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!

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 >>

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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

Join the D&D editors and some 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

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:

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 »

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:

The Drive Housing Co-op

The Drive Housing Co-op owns 8 The Drive, Walthamstow. This is a 11-bedroom former childrens’ home, a detached house within…

Read more about The Drive 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:

Lunesdale Community

The Lunesdale Community is a new ecumenical Christian community, currently welcoming new members. We intend to be a diverse, international…

Read more about Lunesdale 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

Pendragon House

We enjoy when Wwoofers visit us in Glastonbury Somerset, work can vary from household chores to gardening to light maintenance work, 4 hours per day nominally. Please get in touch if you are interested. During the covid crisis we would put you in an isolation room when you arrive and take you to a testing station ASAP.

See more Places that need Volunteers »

Places needing Members

Share Instead

Looking for something different? Co-operate in style! There are 2 vacancies in our 5-member housing co-op in Sheffield, Share Instead.We support one another in our paths of activism and self-development and collectively look after our lovely 5 bedroom home in leafy S7. We aim to make our co-op accessible and affordable, without paid work needing to dominate our lives. We share cooking and costs of vegetarian food. We are part of Radical Routes co-op network.Rent £269, Food £137 and Bills £50 per month. Please email shareinstead@gmail.com if you might be interested.Jan 2021

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

Red Pig Farm

We are currently looking for additional members and further investment for our first project at Red Pig Farm, Llandeilo, Wales.…

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

A Conscious Community in Wales

Hello there. My name is Jivan and my partner is Georgia. We are both keen to either join, or failing…

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

Nearly completely renovated old cob house , in very isolated hamlet 4 houses (British neighbours ) for sale in northern central Brittany France( loads of potential )

Isolated house for sale in Northern france  50 M2 downstarirs 50M2  upstairs  2 bedrooms with possibilities of 3 , heated…

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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

Two Free Spirits

I'm a 33 year old single mother living with my 7 year old son looking for a less conventional way…

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General Noticeboard

Farm Sitter Required - Affinity and Experience with Animals

Hi, This is my farm http://quintadasmoitas.com. I’m in Portugal. I don’t know if there is anyone out there already in…

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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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