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!

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Taking its inspiration from the famous Summerhill School, Lifespan Community was founded in 1974. Its nineteen terraced houses are situated high up in a remote part of the Yorkshire Moors. Freer Spreckley describes the many phases, changes, triumphs and tribulations that Lifespan has gone through since that time. But it’s still going strong!

Take a look inside at these sample pages >>

“Lifespan offered a space to experience different ways of living and working to individuals who were trapped on the edge of poverty or stressed out by family life. This book tells the story of how a dedicated band of people came together to seek a way of living communally that was affordable, regenerative and socially rewarding. The highs and lows faced by this radical community in their struggle for a better way to live offer lessons for us all in these challenging times.”

Billy Bragg

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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:

Quaker Community

We are a community of 6 to 10 Quakers with a focus on leading a spirit-led life in an ecologically…

Read more about Quaker 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:

Argyle Street Housing Co-operative

Argyle Street Housing Co-operative opened in 1981 as a “fully mutual” co-op. We take decisions through members’ meetings, with voting…

Read more about Argyle Street 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:

Bhaktivedanta Manor

The headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in the UK, Bhaktivedanta Manor offers a range of residential and…

Read more about Bhaktivedanta Manor »

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

Stop Press: Nov 2020: We have cancelled all wwoofing until further notice. 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: volunteers@oldhall.org.uk 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

Laughton Lodge

WE HAVE TWO PROPERTIES FOR SALE AT LAUGHTON LODGE
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DETAILED INFORMATION OF THE PROPERTIES FOR SALE CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE https://www.laughtonlodge.org/live
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No.16 – Spacious 5 bedroom period home over three floors with views over 23 acres of beautiful gardens, woods and meadows in a thriving co-housing community. £650k Contact Tom 07711 265642 or email tomsw19@hotmail.com
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No.18 – Recently refurbished 4 bedroom period home with South-facing open plan living area and access to gardens and grounds. O.I.E.O. £695k Contact Steve 07714660887 or email steveh@laughtonlodge.org

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

Prospect Permaculture Community

We are a group of like minded people who are setting up an intentional community based on permaculture principles. The…

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 and allies

We're in the early stages of forming a semi-rural intentional community (Earthrise) for unschooling families and allies in the Devon/Dorset…

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

9 acre Finca Catalonia

9 acre finca has olives, almonds, vines and 3 bed house in the style of a castle, lovely views, 4…

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

Seeking Land Based Work/Community

I have studied and have hands-on-experience of horticulture from the 1980's.. Worked on allotment plots/self-employed gardening rounds/Guerrilla gardened/Woofing and Agroforestry/…

See more notices like this »

General Noticeboard

Forming A Sanctuary in Burgundy countryside, very rural France, near a nice river and forests

Hi there, I am living in a French Country Cottage with an attached Barn,  there is a lot of opportunity…

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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