People forming a Group

This noticeboard is intended for individuals, small handfuls of individuals or families that would like to find others to get something going. People are likely to be at a very early stage and so not big enough or thought-through enough to go into our Forming Groups section. We would always urge people to consider whether they really want to "reinvent the wheel" all over again. Existing communities are often looking for new members (take a look here) and there are usually several forming groups who've already got some way down the line here.
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Community to be formed in East Yorkshire

I will be purchasing a property in East Yorkshire that has a fair bit of outside space. I also own a couple of acres of arable land about 25 mins drive away. I'd like to tentatively start forming a community, where we strive to be as self sufficient as possible. Initially, accommodation would have to be in your own camper vans or caravans. Power and water is available. At some stage I'd like to look for a larger property with more land and out buildings, but for now the current property will suffice. Please msg me on here and we can discuss.

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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 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 You can also connect on Facebook at

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Looking to connect with others to form a community also working as volunteers

Hello, At the moment me and my girlfriend are looking to connect with other people, preferably in the North East of England , to try to form some kind of community. We are planning on living in a camper van, which is liveable in already, but needs a little bit work, and travelling around in February / March to get some more ideas of how good communities work! I have been involved with a lovely group of people just outside of Durham, working mainly in the garden, on the veg box scheme, but also helping out with woodland work and the chickens. I did a permaculture course around a year ago and I'm training to be a herbalist. My girlfriend (Alex) is a bushcraft enthusiast, has done a couple of course and would like to start running courses, but would like to learn more She has had a lot of experience of living simply and using traditional methods (she worked at Beamish for a few years) and is very capable and personable! We're both passionate about living simply and as sustainably as possible and ideally would like to run/ be involved with some kind of environmental centre, teaching about sustainability and environmental in a fun, engaging way. We both have family in the North East, so we're looking to try to form something there, though we're open to other possibilities. It'd be great to meet up if you have similar ideas! We'll be travelling in February / March as well and we would like to work as volunteers on projects, ideally where we could learn more in our respective fields (Bushcraft and herbalism), however we're also interested in sustainable housebuilding (I've had a little experience of this) and community living so could be quite flexible with that! We're hard working types and would be of great use t anyone needing help! We'd be happy to hear from you. I'm reachable at Love and best wishes for a great 2018, Osla and Alex

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Peru- Possible opportunity to leave the rat race behind

a Sustainable Farm and Animal Healing and Art therapy retreat* for Healing people recovering from trauma or terminal illness. Investment co-operative with 5-8 other like minded artists/writers/alternative folk, location found in Peru in rural area, adapting existing finca/farmhouse that we have scouted, pets and kind hearts welcome, just $8 thousand dollars/ or 6500 Euro or cryptocurrency investment each, room to build further adobe round houses, yurts etc. lastvoicesofgaia at gmail dot com Possible opportunity to get involved in biodiversity conservation project connected to this project. Help with paperwork and visa status in Peru, Spanish lessons etc.

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Looking to form a naturist/alternative lifestyle commune

I am looking to form a naturist/alternative lifestyle commune at a location yet to be decided. As a naturist myself I would like to choose to live with other naturists as they are generally free of life’s inhibitions, clothes and the greed and class structure that appears to prevail us in society today. I want to get back to a society where people talk to each other again and enjoy each other’s company around the table without them feeling the need to be better than each other. The persons joining the commune will be expected to live together in comfortable dormitory style accommodation much like was practised in the olden days with long house etc. There will be no discrimination based on age, race, colour, beliefs or sexual preferences. Toilet facilities will also be communal and shared. It is envisaged that the commune will be owned by its members in the form of a company limited by shares. Members will be expected to contribute to the commune in a number of different ways as suits their existing skill set and life experience, and there will be no buy in fee as I would not want to preclude anyhow from applying. Depending on any business ventures that the commune may partake in, a small allowance will be paid, although ideally this should not be required as food, heat, lighting and daily requirements will be provided by the commune. It is also envisaged that the ratio of the commune will be roughly 50% Male and 50% female although I do not believe this will be set in stone and it will ultimately depend on the view of the members. We will welcome singles, couples and families. Where possible we will use technology to help us in our daily lives while balancing technology with an environmental vision. An example of this is that we may choose to use technology solutions to provide the commune with renewable power and for communication but we may choose to use re-use items that are for sale in the market place rather than buying new items for the commune. In addition we will follow a “Buy in the local community” first ethos where ever possible. It would be nice if we could also grow our own food, but that will depend on the location, land available and the required experience being available within the members. If any of this is of interest to you please contact me at for a short survey questionnaire (single page) which will help us identify member’s requirements.

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Co Housing/Eco Housing including those 50+ North Wiltshire

Hi Looking for interested folks who are tired of hearing about how YOUNG people need to 'get on the housing ladder' and for whatever reason are not so young but still can't get out of unsustainable expensive renting. Land is expensive round here, and for work and family reasons we need to stay around here (Devizes,Calne,Chippenham area) so we need some creative thinking. Not thinking to exclude younger people, just stressing older people need homes too. At this stage would just like to form a discussion group for ideas - co housing, eco housing, even an eco village? So email or facebook group would be fine but please only if you are local to this area, or definitely can be.

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Calling for Others Interested in Community and Heritage

Hello, This is a call for others interested in setting up a modestly sized sustainable community, preferably in one of the milder climate regions of the UK!:) My own dream also leans towards the heritage side, as in buying and reviving a lovely old pile. Feel free to get in touch: Thanks much, Deborah

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Sunflower Cohousing Society

Sunflower Cohousing currently has four members, and we are looking for others to join us in an environmentally conscious cohousing project. We have recently purchased a property in a small hamlet near Champagne-Mouton in France, where there is an infant’s school, doctor, pharmacy, post office, and supermarket. The property comprises a modernised 2-bedroomed house, with stone barns on both sides and a hangar, all facing into a central grassed courtyard. We have started to convert one of the barns into 2 small, self-contained cottage-style houses. We also have consent for 3 additional houses, and plans for 2 larger family dwellings. Each house will have its own private garden space to the rear, and a semi-private patio area to the front, facing onto the courtyard. The new houses are all highly insulated, with solar heating pipes under the tiles of a sealed roofing system, and with wood-fired back-boilers producing heat and hot water from regenerative sources. One section of the barns will house a community building, with a larger kitchen and dining/meeting area, craft room, a laundry, office space, and additional bedroom space for visitors. There is also an existing workshop area, machinery bay, and garden tool workshop, all of which will be incorporated into the community space. We have started to create a community vegetable garden (our potager) and a new orchard in an adjoining 4 acre field which is also owned by the community. We intend to keep a small selection of livestock on this field, to complement the chickens and geese that already share our space. We are working towards an ecologically friendly lifestyle, and to be self-sufficient where possible, but we also recognise that true self-sufficiency is very labour intensive, and so we try to achieve a sensible balance in order that we may also enjoy life. We have a range of systems already in place – composting bins, worm bins, aquaponics, vegetable and fruit production – and are constantly looking at ways to improve upon our arrangements but also to minimise our impact on the surrounding countryside. ᅠ Between us, we have gained experience in developing permaculture systems and organic practices in the UK and Spain, in both wet and arid conditions and would be looking to introduce and expand upon those techniques as part of the production of food for the community. We also have a wide range of practical and creative skills, such as building, IT, animal husbandry, fleece spinning, weaving and knitting, willow weaving, preserving, sewing, dying, and basket making. We are looking for others with a similar outlook on life to come and join us. Investing members will be asked to match our own investment to date (we are not looking to make a profit), and will in return receive an equal share and an equal say in the ownership and development of the community as a whole.

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People willing to Buy a large house together.

With tongue in cheek, I'll post a message with the same title as Tom, but for a complementary approach. I.e. people who are interested in living off the land or living on a shoe string budget are very welcome. And other minimalists, ecofreaks and sufficientists. The swimming pool will double as the pond, the garden will be the gym. But still, the prime aim is also to live together happily ever after (with clear agreements about a leaving procedure).

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Youthful Seniors Renting in Penzance (Updated March 2018

Youthful Seniors Renting in Penzance CHARACTERS - Community Housing Association of Retired Arty Crafty Types and 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 semi-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 its 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, preferably 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. Having the option of sharing the graft and joy associated with meals - it all 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 get in touch. Den

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