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!

The Intentional Communities Research group will be hosting their Fourth symposium entitled ‘Intentional Communities as experimental spaces’.  This year it’s online and Diggers and Dreamers is getting involved.

The morning will consist of presentations from academics and other commentators in the field who are currently researching Intentional Communities. The afternoon will include a series of learning circles on a continuation of the theme. 

The day will conclude with a shared discussion drawn from the separate learning circles and discussion of the day. All this for £20!

Diggers and Dreamers will be hosting a FREE online Fringe event after the daytime conference. All four contributors will talk about their experience of writing about communal living.

Registration for this event is separate from the Symposium.

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:

Old Hall Community

We are a large community of people who share an old friary, and 70 acres of Suffolk farmland. We share…

Read more about Old Hall 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:

Stourbridge Camphill Houses

Camphill Houses is based in and around the busy town of Stourbridge, on the urban rural fringe to the south-west…

Read more about Stourbridge Camphill Houses »

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

Wellhouse Community

Happy to have volunteers. Depending on length of stay we may as for a contribution to bills/food costs as we don’t have much cash. Always open to negotiations and if your skill set is particularly useful to the project then we will be very open to you staying for free.

See more Places that need Volunteers »

Places needing Members

Cambridge Cohousing Marmalade Lane

We hold a waiting list for when homes become available to buy or rent and post on our facebook page CambridgeK1CoHousingProject. Currently (April 2021) we have this opportunity as a family is going away for a year:  Try cohousing for a year, Marmalade Lane, Cambridge – 4 bed terraced house to rent.Fully equipped terraced house which comprises 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms  (with toilet, shower or bathtub), a walk-in closet, a large open kitchen, a spacious dining/living room with oak flooring,  underfloor heating and downstairs toilet. It has a high speed internet connection and is part of a site wide network.  The rear garden gives onto a large south-facing shared garden where residents grow vegetables, fruits, flowers and look after the wildlife. There are several shared facilities including a common house (with lounge, kitchen, laundry, playroom, an adult only room and guest rooms), a gym, a workshop, a shop and bike sheds. It is located next to a stop on the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway and close to a network of cycle ways which provide fast and direct access to Cambridge city centre (15 minutes by bike), the new Cambridge North railway station (10 minutes by bike) and other destinations.Monthly rental fee: £1800 (bills are not included).  Typical bill: c. £150/month (electricity, water, internet).Service charge: £10/month.  Available from August. Contact: audreybouttier@gmail.com

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

Dreaming of living in a happy housing co-op in Yorkshire/ the North.

Hi. Would love to hear from anyone who might like to join me in setting up a housing co-op that…

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

Eats mostly animal products, but wants to get out of the unhealthy, normal society.

I have wanted to live in a community for a while, I believe that it’s how humans are supposed to…

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General Noticeboard

Our green Venture North England

THE GREEN VENTURE SEARCH   We are a mature mother and daughter, searching for premises and/or like minded people to…

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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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