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:

Temple Druid Community

Temple Druid community is set in 56 acres in the foothills of the Preseli Mountains.  Our aim is to be…

Read more about Temple Druid 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:

The Burrow Housing Co-op

The Burrow is a queer-centred housing co-operative in East Manchester. We moved into our permanent building, a former hostel, in…

Read more about The Burrow Housing Co-op »

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:

Isle of Erraid Community

Erraid is a small Hebridean island in Scotland, in view of Iona. The island is one square mile in size…

Read more about Isle of Erraid Community »

Low Impact Community

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

Want more Detail?

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

Keveral Farm Community

We sometimes take enthusiastic volunteers who want to help with our veg growing and other jobs. A good level of self-reliance is needed by volunteers.

See more Places that need Volunteers »

Places needing Members

Redfield

Redfield Community is currently looking for new members. We aim to maintain an approximate gender/age/families/singles balance. In particular at the moment, we are looking for families, couples and single women. If you don’t fit in to any of these categories, please do still express your interest as things can and do change. There are a variety of ways to visit us: visitor days, open days, maintenance weeks and WWOOF weekendsPlease contact the membership secretary if you are interested by emailinfo@redfieldcommunity.org.uk

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

Cardiff Cohousing

Our vision is to create, within the next 3 years, a housing-based community in Cardiff that will encourage social interaction…

See more Developing Communities »

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…

See more notices like this »

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

Property available 16 acres, stable, annexe, nr Exeter

6 bedroom house with 1 bed self-contained annexe, with 15 acres including orchard, garden, paddock, woodland and 9 acre field,…

See more notices like this »

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

Unvaxxed man seeks like-minded people to live with.

I am fifty-seven years old, easy-going, optimistic, fit and healthy, vegetarian, animal lover, single, heterosexual, non-smoker, occasional drinker. I have…

See more notices like this »

General Noticeboard

Greek Island Off Grid Sculptor’s Cottage For Sale

Off grid sculptor’s studio for sale on Greek Island of Thassos with organic gardens of fruit and walnut trees 650m2.…

See more notices like this »

Ghosts of Communes Past

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

And finally... are you up-to-date with Chris's Blog?

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