For many people another way of living starts with this book...

So you’re fed up with living in a little box. Maybe just by yourself. Maybe with your family. Just being a docile consumer alongside the billions of other docile consumers. And the combined outcome of it all is a wrecked planet.

Isn’t there something more to life than this? Couldn’t we have access to many of the best things in life without doing such harm if we were prepared to share more with our neighbours? Perhaps in an intentional community – that’s a community that has come together by intention rather than by chance.

Believe it or not, many people have been living in intentional communities like this for decades. And it’s not all hippy crash pads where nobody does the washing up! This website will open your eyes to the multifarious ways in which communal living happens in the 21st century.

It’s your way into the future!

Here are a few sample pages…

Diggers & Dreamers first appeared in printed form in 1989 and – in its various incarnations – has now been an invaluable resource over many decades. The name came from the recognition that there are two classic types of people living in intentional communities. The Dreamers: who spend a lot of time imagining different ways of doing things; and the Diggers: who do the day-to-day work of making it actually happen. A successful community blends both of those ways of  being together. In 2019/20 the Foundation for Intentional Communities generously awarded us their Geoph Kozeny Communitarian Award!

One thing that we really want you to know:

There are many different ways to live communally

Cohousing Community

Living fairly separately but with the possibility of sharing a lot of facilities. The best of both worlds perhaps!

Big House Commune

This is the classic idea of the commune in a big mansion in the country. Here are some places that fit that mould.

Here's an example of a big house commune:

Beech Hill Community

We live in a large country house in Mid Devon. Accommodation is both rented and leasehold, in converted outbuildings and…

Read more about Beech Hill Community »

Urban Communal

These housing co-ops and big shared houses in built up areas show that not every commune has to be rural!

Check out this urban community:

Newbold House

The Newbold Trust is a social enterprise dedicated to nurturing positive change by hosting transformative workshops, classes and events. We…

Read more about Newbold House »

Spiritual Community

Having a focus often helps. These places all have some spiritual or religious belief that underlies their existence.

Take a look at this spiritual community:

Windsor Hill Wood

Windsor Hill Wood is a woodland shelter inspired by the Pilsdon Community in Dorset. It aims to create a peaceful…

Read more about Windsor Hill Wood »

Low Impact Community

Many aspire to low impact living but these places go all the way with off-grid, low consumption lifestyles.

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The D&D Reviews are more specialised books about particular types of community

So where
are all these
communities?

Explore our online Directory

Currently seeking... communards

Check out these noticeboards for communities that like to host volunteers as well as those that are currently looking for people to join.

Volunteering and WWOOFing are amongst the best ways to to try communal living out for yourself. Once you’ve decided that you really want to go for it then Places needing Members is the next stop.

Places needing Volunteers

Pendragon House

We enjoy when Wwoofers visit us in Glastonbury Somerset, at the moment we are looking for help in the garden. 5 hours per day nominally. Please get in touch if you are interested. 

See more Places that need Volunteers »

Places needing Members

Pendragon House

We are currently looking for individuals and families, ideally a single parent with 4 – 12 year old children, but also individuals, who are motivated for communal living. We would need you to come and visit us once or twice prior to joining.

See more Places that need Members »

So you want to start or join a forming community?

Don't underestimate the scale of the task! Maybe follow up some of these links...

Developing Groups

Barney Fields Elders

Barney Fields is a development of new homes in Hartland, a picturesque village on North Devon’s Atlantic coast. Plans are…

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This noticeboard is for Developing Groups that are fairly well established – they may even have a building or a site lined up.

People Forming a Group

Cornish homestead

Hi, I am looking for other likeminded people to form a group and hopefully purchase a property/land together. I imagine…

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People Forming a Group is our noticeboard for those at the very early stages whereas Developing Groups are usually quite a bit further down the road.

Properties might suit communities

Lincolnshire property

Spotted this when looking for a property for myself - regrettably the work that might be needed is beyond my…

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Properties might suit Communities is where people who are trying to sell or make people aware of a particular vacant property can place a message.

And don't forget our other Noticeboards...

People needing Communal Places

Who wants a volunteer?

Hello  beautiful people, So it's just me and my beautiful dog Mia, abit of a lone wolf but that's only…

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General Noticeboard

Looking for a place to rent

We are a retired couple looking for a property to rent in France,Spain or Bulgaria.We are looking for a property…

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Ghosts of Communes Past

What was that about people that don't learn from history being doomed to repeat it?

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