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:

Woodhead Community

After over 20 successful years as a small family and land-based community, we officially dismantled some of our communal activities…

Read more about Woodhead 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:

Hamwic Housing Co-op

Hamwic Housing Co-operative has property mainly in the Portswood and Highfield area of Southampton and provides affordable rooms in shared…

Read more about Hamwic 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:

Beech Grove Community

Beech Grove is part of the Bruderhof, an international communal movement of families and single men and women who seek…

Read more about Beech Grove Community »

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

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

Birchwood Hall Community

My name is Rosie, and I used to live at Birchwood Hall Community until I moved away to take up a new job. I was really sad to leave as it’s an extraordinary place to live, for very un-extraordinary reasons. People are very genuine, respectful of each other’s space, and always ready to have fun. It was amazing to live in an environment with people who care about each other, and look out for each other in tricky times. Everyone eats together in the evenings, and this is an important part of community life. I miss the gentle mix of organisation and flux, the conversation, the laughs, the dry humour, the salad from the garden, but most of all the people. Birchwood is a wonderful place to live, and there is currently room for more members. Please send an e-mail to tell them about yourself if you’re interested in living communally, and they’ll take it from there. The members living at Birchwood Hall will look forward to hearing from you.

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

Lowfield Green Housing Co-op

We’re pioneering a model that will create sustainably built and permanently affordable homes while also allowing people to come together…

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

Heart-based Living Sanctuary

A seed project to grow friendship and community and attain a place to live together. Open to young people who…

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

Spain: Andalucia – a simple house with forest garden

A simple off-grid house in Andalucia with a forest garden in a vast natural landscape. 75,000 euros for quick sale.…

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

Warm home wanted

Hello, My name is Merelyn. I am a single woman, living together with my rescue puppy, Ananda Nu, who is…

See more notices like this »

General Noticeboard

Fit and active guy 30's looking to possibly join or form a community

Hi, I'm a fit and active guy in my 30's currently living in SW England but have become fed up…

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?

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