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People forming a Group

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South West Network seeks more settlers for the Resistance!

Hi, I am a political activist, land worker and entrepreneur (musicoftheresistance.com and rebirch.com ) advertising on behalf of an informally and disparately connected network of growers, political activists, engineers, software designers, entrepreneurs and Artists across the southwest of England, particularly in rural Devon. I seek more likeminded individuals from across the country and internationally to help build a strong ownership base of land and property in the region, affording opportunities for political strategy, civil disobedience and the growth of truly sustainable human culture. The interests of myself and my contacts include: organic growing, permaculture, ecological engineering, meditation, martial arts, quantum physics, writing, singing, dancing, polyamory, home education of children, low impact solutions, community building, working animals, self-builds, challenging planning law (lots of experience), political activism, nomadic lifestyles, fasting and feasting, eating for optimum health, festivals, appropriate and spiritual psychedelic use, photography, publishing, curating, science and technology, engagement with wider society, rites of passage, foraging, ecopreneurship (making lots of money in order to transform capitalism from the inside), documentary making and much much more. We seek folk of all levels of experience and from all backgrounds, but groundedness and a sharp edge are preferred. Physical fitness and political courage are also bonuses. A couple of us live in a new housing development of flats in a town which is central to the whole of Devon. It is nicer than the average modern development and another row will be built here soon. Around 110K per flat. For various projects at the moment I particularly seek a live in carpenter and mechanic for one project, and a female grower with her own campervan for another project. Email matt.lepley@gmail.com or phone Matt on 07967738778 I look forward to hearing from you!

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North Bristol Community Project

North Bristol Community Project is a small local charity which aims to promote well-being through community participation, social inclusion and self-empowerment. If you would like to join an urban based community of like-minded people come and visit us, have a cuppa, learn new things, share your skills and make new friends. The office tends to be open Mon, Tues, Thurs, Frid 10am-4pm.

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Join The Individuals Network

Hi my names Daniel and I've created a website that you may be interested in called www.theindividualsnetwork.com. It's basically a social networking site based around mysticism, unconditional love, connectivity and creativity. In the future when I have more people on my site I hope to partially make it a platform for people to connect and make communes/communities. So, if you're a free thinking individual human being and are looking to connect with the same, join my site. I look forward to seeing you there!

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Forming cohousing communities in London, Bristol, and Exeter

We are currently in the process of helping community groups interested in building cohousing schemes in London, Bristol, and Exeter form. We (KIN) are a design-led, architecture and development practice. Our objective is to deliver the world’s most environmentally and socially sustainable homes: creating a beautiful, healthy, sustainable, carbon-free built environment for everyone. Having lived and worked in community, we know it can be an overwhelming process to, literally, build a community. Our aim is to bring people together, who are looking for a better way to get the homes that want. We have the expertise and support needed to make things happen, be that design, finance, securing land or providing general advice. NB: If there is sufficient interest in other cities/areas, then we are happy to explore those too. You can sign up to express your interest at www.cohousing.co If you already have a group of people together, or have a particular project or site you want to discuss, please do get in touch at www.kinarchitects.co You can also connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/298134157060594

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Community for youthful retirees (Updated August 2017)

Community for youthful retirees Southern Cornwall - roughly Penzance to Looe. CHARACTERS - Community Housing Association of Retired Arty Crafty Types (Environmentally Responsible Souls) Imagine a cross between “Last Of The Summer Wine” and “Friends” – a friendly and eco friendly community set up with the aim of improving individual quality of life as well as substantially reducing the collective footprint. I am a retired fella seeking like-minded-souls to join me in a rental property in a lovely area that my kids would want to visit - and not just to see me... Preferably big garden and by the sea - boat share anyone? Not sure how to go about setting this up but students seem to be able to manage... perhaps all members could put up a bond sufficient to initially acquire a suitable property as well as helping to ensure the group maintained it’s focus and had time to vet replacement candidates when necessary? Looking for people who enjoy the likes of:- working/playing together, live music whether listening or playing, cooking, arty-crafty stuff, gardening, good conversation, sport etc... When I searched the internet there were any number of expensive Care Homes and the likes for the aged but I am neither old nor in need of any care. A rental property would seem the quickest and simplest way forward – a hotel or big Guest House or? I suspect a minimum personal requirement would be to have a double en-suite bedroom and access to social areas both indoors and out to relax proportionate to the group. Perhaps the group, or a subset thereof, would have a desire for a more permanent arrangement as some kind of Cooperative through what I believe is called Crowd-Funding - maybe a property suitable for development both internally and externally. I believe there would be a place for all kinds of members with different financial portfolios from investors at one extreme to those purely wanting a relatively fixed modest rent. ADVANTAGES-FINANCIAL. The expenses associated with acquiring accommodation can be drastically reduced as well as day to day living expenses – especially for someone living on their own. For someone like myself who is “managing” by themselves there is the prospect of being relatively “comfortable” ADVANTAGES-SOCIAL. Especially for a single person, the prospect of independent living far beyond that which might be enjoyed living alone - in particular with regard to their mental health. Pals to play with and share life’s ups and downs. It just seems so much more civilised! We are all old enough to have acquired hobbies and interests that others might be interested in and I would dearly love to be introduced to more... Consider this – unlike a transient student accommodation this would be an opportunity to settle in a beautiful area with like-minded souls with time at their disposal who would become your good friends – of course there would be challenges along the way but there are thriving groups out there proving group living can be done... Possibly the most powerful reason to some might be that a surviving partner would not suddenly be left alone – a very comforting thought... DISADVANTAGES. HARD work at first... As with everything where some kind of gain is possible there are of course risks hence renting first to hone the group and learn how best to go forward successfully. If any of this appeals and you are interested and/or know someone who might be and/or know of any existing groups along these lines please post a reply, thanks. Den

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People willing to Buy a large house together.

Hi, we are looking for like minded people who are fed up with having to run their own homes single handedly. We are open to many suggestions but the prime aim is to live together happily into old age. We havent a particular area in mind so are not fixated on either coast or city.The importance is having a collective, which should enable us to have many more valuable possessions ie: swimming pool, gym, large garden with gardener, cook, possible river or coastal views,etc etc. I am not interested in living off the land or living on a shoe string budget, just a really good living. A sports car, Motorhome, Caravan in the drive for those happy enough to use,and many other useful vehicles which will all be shared. Equally importantly we will be amongst new companions. We have a meeting arranged for late Sept,call if you are serious about joining us. If you think you might be vaguely interested,or indeed know someone else who could be, by all means give me a call, many thanks, Tom. 07825687131 Investors would also be very welcome. And people willing to join at a later date. Update on 30th Sept meet. We had a very successful meeting, and I am even more confident we can establish a small group able to formulate a business plan very soon. We are still not fixated on a particular area and are welcoming more people every week. I am investigating the pros and cons of doing this as a Ltd company and would welcome any expertise. I will be travelling to London within the next 3 weeks to meet up with others in the group to talk through anything we didnt cover yesterday and to generate even more enthusiasm. For anyone reading this for the first time, please do not feel left behind, the opportunity to have a collection of smaller groups in different areas is also another possibility, which I find particularly exciting. Look forward to hearing from you, Tom.

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