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:

Pilsdon at Malling Community

The Pilsdon at Malling Community is a community looking to provide a place of healing for those in need. We…

Read more about Pilsdon at Malling 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:

L’Arche Ipswich

Our first house, The Cornerstone, opened in 2006 and is situated in a pleasant and quiet area of Ipswich near…

Read more about L’Arche Ipswich »

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:

Pennine Camphill Community

Our main area of work is supporting a college for students with learning disabilities. We're quite a mixed bunch, some…

Read more about Pennine Camphill 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

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

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

Abundant Earth Community

This is what we're attempting in Lincoln/Lincolnshire over the next year. Our project is based predominantly upon an idea around…

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

Autistic Cohousing Community

We are a small group of Autistic adults in the UK who are looking for other autistic adults who might…

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

Greek island Artist Cottage with option to buy off workshop studio

For sale Greek renovated home 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath plus sleeping loft. Outdoor spa baths. Gardens fruit and nut trees.…

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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

Nickie

I'm interested in moving in to an alternative community, about July 2021 and in the Cambridge area. Currently live part…

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General Noticeboard

Looking for Property

Hello World, Looking for a rural property in Southern Europe, ideally already partly or fully off grid, some sort of…

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Ghosts of Communes Past

What was that about people that don't learn from history being doomed to repeat it?

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