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!

New 12th Edition COMING SOON

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!

Meet Chris Coates author of A Life in Common the Story of the 20 years he spent living at People in Common a small alternative living/working Co-operative in East Lancs

“ People in Common grew out of the counterculture of the 1970’s. We didn’t call ourselves a commune because of all the assumptions that are made about the hippy lifestyle and Burnley isn’t the obvious place that you’d think of for an experiment in communal living.”

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:

Crabapple Community

Crabapple was founded in 1975 and moved here to Berrington Hall (a rambling, slightly eccentric, Georgian rectory) two years later.…

Read more about Crabapple 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:

Sanford Housing Co-operative

We have beautiful ponds, gardens and a friendly atmosphere, a tropical communal oasis in London with a famous colourful peace…

Read more about Sanford Housing Co-operative »

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:

Botton Village

Botton Village, an intentional community within the worldwide Camphill Movement, is home to 330 people, about 140 of whom are…

Read more about Botton Village »

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

Canon Frome Court

We take volunteers via Helpx and Wwoof from spring to autumn. Please contact our volunteer coordinator for further information: wwoof@canonfromecourt.org.uk

See more Places that need Volunteers »

Places needing Members

Wild Peak Housing Co-op

Wild Peak is looking for members!   We have six spaces opening up at our housing and land coop in Derbyshire.

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

ClanAlba Housing Co-op

ClanAlba Housing Co-op are looking for gainfully employed/unemployed members...more info soon

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

Earthrise community - for unschooling families

We’re currently 3 families, forming a semi-rural intentional community (Earthrise) for unschooling families in Devon. We are passionate about creating…

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

Go Wild in the Country - "We are all prisoners of our own making" - Learn How To Set Yourself Free

"We are all prisoners of our own making" - learn how to set yourself free. Most of our daily routines…

See more notices like this »

General Noticeboard

Long Term Help Offered.

Hi.I have experience of working on an organic gardens and Glamping site .Willing to work a full day. 5 days…

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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