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!

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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:

Friendship Cohousing

We have purchased a property, Maningham, and are transforming it into the Friendship Cohousing Community - a perfect place to…

Read more about Friendship Cohousing »

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:

Green Wood Housing Co-operative

Green Wood is a housing cooperative that bought its house in 2019. Some of the current group are the original…

Read more about Green Wood 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:

Findhorn Foundation

The only thing that stays the same at Findhorn is change. People come here and experience inner changes, their hearts…

Read more about Findhorn Foundation »

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

Old Hall Community

oldhallvolunteers@gmail.com: Stop Press: May 2021: Covid restrictions are easing. However we are not accepting any volunteers from abroad and only local volunteers allready known to us for the time being. We host volunteers for two week periods from April through to October each year when we close down for the winter. We have set aside spaces for up to a maximum of four volunteers at any one time during this period. We set aside spaces for a maximum of two families during the volunteer season. Please visit our website and email: oldhallvolunteers@gmail.com telling us a bit about yourself and your reasons for wanting to visit our community. We will send you further information. Have fun planning your year. Do not leave it to the last minute – we get booked up. Thank you.

See more Places that need Volunteers »

Places needing Members

Fruit Corner

If you are interested in joining one of our communities, please send a short email, ideally with a bit about you and your current situation.

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

Ryedale Cohousing

As of now, developing a site on the edge of Kirkbymoorside with a builder. Looking at approximately 40-70 age group at…

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

Holistic, active community in Wales

We’re starting a community in Wales that’s into a sustainable lifestyle, permaculture and renewable energy and looking to form a…

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

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

Mature Vegan Lady Seeks Tribe

 I am a friendly adventurous single vegan lady, 52, freelance writer, seeking to share with like-minded people in a supportive…

See more notices like this »

General Noticeboard

Looking for help

Offering initially October to camp/park in a field next to our smallholding home. We are a friendly couple in our…

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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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