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!
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!
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Laurieston Hall was set up as a commune 50 years ago and is still thriving today. Anatomy of a Commune tells the story of those who have lived there in their own words. Some are poetic, or show a wry sense of humour, or paint a revealing picture of daily life. Others seek a more objective evaluation of their successes and failures. They had a lot of fun, and created a place that gave pleasure, and sometimes a life-changing experience, to a great many people.
<< Take a look inside at these sample pages
The D&D editors were joined by members of Lifespan, Laurieston Hall, Old Hall and Bamford Quaker Community for a panel discussion on what lessons we can learn from the experience of earlier intentional communities. What relevance they might have for the challenges faced today by people trying to set up similar groups and even what they may have to say about major political questions we face as a society today.
One thing that we really want you to know:
There are many different ways to live communally
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.
These housing co-ops and big shared houses in built up areas show that not every commune has to be rural!
Having a focus often helps. These places all have some spiritual or religious belief that underlies their existence.
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The D&D Reviews are more specialised books about particular types of community
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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.
Places needing Volunteers
We are offering a series of internships for volunteers with real practical experience and enthusiasm to offer, who want to improve and learn new skills. Internship subjects vary each year – examples are – countryside and livestock management, natural building, Growing and processing organic veg, ecotourism, fundraising and admin, carpentry, beekeeping, website design, business skills, experimental archaeology.
Places needing Members
Shirle Hill Cohousing is currently not looking for new members as its unit are currently full. When the pandemic permits, we would love to invite interested people to our working days again so please do get in touch if you are interested in finding out more, but unfortunately we do not have any units for sale or rent at present.
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...
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
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
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.