Intentional Communities in South East England

Places in South East England

This includes London

The Abbey (OX14 4AF)

The Abbey is a Retreat, Education and Conference Centre near Oxford. It offers opportunities for visitors, coming as individuals or in groups, to engage with spiritual development, personal growth, organisational inquiry and to celebrate significant life events. The Abbey offers a peaceful and reflective environment. The house itself is a beautiful Grade 1 listed medieval building, with an inner courtyard, set in four acres of mixed garden and woodland. The Abbey's architectural heritage links back to the work of the Benedictines in the 13th century, and as such provides a welcoming and meditative atmosphere. The daily life of The Abbey…

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Beech Grove Community (CT15 4FB)

Beech Grove is part of the Bruderhof, an international communal movement of families and single men and women who seek to put into action Christ’s command to love God and neighbor. Like the first Christians described in Acts 2 and 4, we feel called to a way of life in which all are of one heart and soul, no one possesses anything, and everything is shared in common. We also draw inspiration from the Anabaptists of the Reformation era who revived the early Christian example of discipleship in full community. Jesus Christ and his spirit and teachings are the foundation…

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Bhaktivedanta Manor (WD25 8EZ)

The headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in the UK, Bhaktivedanta Manor offers a range of residential and day courses based upon the teachings of the Vedas, India's ancient Sanskrit writings. In the many workshops and courses conducted throughout the year, you can learn about yoga, meditation, Ayurveda (holistic living), vegetarian cookery, Vastu (the 'Indian Feng Shui'), Vedic astrology and much more. You will meet people from all walks of life who share one thing in common, a desire to find greater fulfilment and a deeper meaning to life. The Manor lifestyle is encapsulated by the maxim 'Simple…

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Braziers Community (OX10 6AN)

Founded in 1950, Braziers is a non-religious community and a college. The main house is Strawberry Hill Gothic in style and is set in 50 acres of unspoilt Oxfordshire countryside. Longer-term residents with a variety of backgrounds and interests live here and, in addition, there are usually three or four foreign students who come to improve their English and help run the house and grounds. We also have WWOOFers and HelpXers. Braziers is broadly evolutionist in outlook and has a particular interest in group process and group communication. We have paying guests most weekends and are a popular venue for…

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Carol Street Housing Co-operative (NW1 0SE)

Carol Street Housing Co-Op is a well established affordable housing project situated in Camden Town London. We are a terrace of 6 large Georgian houses with 29 tenants and 2 houses in a smaller terrace around the corner housing 6 tenants. We aim to represent our local ethnic and cultural diversity and to provide shared housing for this community. Each Co-op member has their own room and shares a kitchen, bathroom and living room with other members of the household. To be eligible, you must comply with Camden Council Housing criteria and to have lived in the London borough of…

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Catholic Worker Farm (WD3 9XJ)

We here at The Catholic Worker Farm are working to support and accommodate destitute women (whom we call 'Guests'). These are vulnerable homeless women and children disentitled to benefits or work permits, literally "street homeless". The house is located near London, England, on a working farm, restored to suit the needs and comforts of our Guests, where we try to live each day by the love and values of Jesus Christ. We have received over 30 women since August of 2006. Along with our family, the house permanently accommodates seven individuals who have battled through horrific circumstances to reach the…

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Darvell Bruderhof (TN32 5DR)

The Darvell Bruderhof is located in the hills of East Sussex, about one hundred kilometres south of London, near the southern England coastline. The rolling hills that immediately surround Darvell include woods and hedge-lined fields, usually grazed by sheep and cows. On our property you’ll find brick apartment buildings and communal buildings including a dining hall, meeting room, kitchen, laundry, school, offices, and factory. We are part of the Bruderhof movement. Founded in 1920 in Germany, the Bruderhof (“place of brothers” in German) has its roots in the Anabaptist tradition of Europe’s Radical Reformation. We practice adult baptism. We are…

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Deptford Housing Co-operative (SE8 4LY)

Deptford Housing Co-operative was built in 1978 and is a fully mutual ownership co-operative with 138 residencies, mostly for single people in shared houses, but there are also some self contained houses, bedsits and flats. Seven of the properties are leasehold. The co-op has its own office, community centre, shared wireless broadband and computer facilities, car parks and attractive communal gardens. Located in the north of Lewisham, the co-operative is well placed for travel into central London. Deptford rail and DLR stations are both nearby and many buses pass along the major routes at either end of the nearby High…

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The Drive Housing Co-op (E17 3BW)

The Drive Housing Co-op owns 8 The Drive, Walthamstow. This is a 11-bedroom former childrens’ home, a detached house within a reasonably sized plot of land (for London). In summary there are three aspects to this project: - a housing co-op, which enables its members to have a say in the running of the accommodation that they live in, with no external landlord to have to deal with. For us, making decisions by consensus is at the heart of this. - an intentional community, where people live together as one household, and experiment with new ways of living more sustainably…

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Giffard Park Housing Co-op (MK14 5PA)

Giffard Park Housing Co-operative is entirely dependent on our own members for income and management and that is the responsibility you take on when you become a member. Members of a Co-op need to have a genuine desire to have control over their own housing environment, along with a willingness to become involved and take on some of the day to day responsibilities.

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Grow Heathrow (UB7 0JH)

WE ARE AN OPEN COMMUNITY. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL (NOBODY CHECKS IT), INSTEAD MESSAGE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE TO ARRANGE A VISIT, OR JUST TURN UP The best days to visit are any day ! come and join us chopping wood , helping in the garden, skipping, cooking or just hanging out drinking tea 🙂 There are a few acres of land by the M4 and M25 motorways in west London where three dilapidated greenhouses stand. Since 2010 a group of activists, local residents and people living off-grid have worked to develop the site into a self-sustaining low carbon community,…

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Guiseppe Conlon House (N4 1BG)

We are a community of the radical Christian “Catholic Worker” movement. The Catholic Worker is an ecumenical, pacifist, and anarchist movement founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in New York in 1933. As a community we are dedicated to living simply, in solidarity with those who are marginalised by society and in resistance to violence and injustice. The London Catholic Worker was brought together by the Jubilee Ploughshares 2000 disarmament action, in response to the need for a Catholic Worker community of hospitality and resistance in the world’s second imperial city. In June 2010 the London Catholic Worker opened…

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Hamwic Housing Co-op (SO17 1WF)

Hamwic Housing Co-operative has property mainly in the Portswood and Highfield area of Southampton and provides affordable rooms in shared and self-contained property to single adults with no live-in dependents, who are in housing need. Due to our size and limited resources, Hamwic cannot provide housing for people with special needs and we cannot offer any supported housing.   PASS IT ON We’re looking for a number of good-natured, committed co-operators to take our Co-op to the next level in provision of quality co-operative housing. Benefit from affordable housing and hold a democratic stake in Southampton’s only housing co-operative. Tidy,…

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Hargrave Road Community (N19 5SJ)

We live in a custom-built community house sharing a belief in co-operation, negotiation and understanding, to arrange how we live together. The core values of our Housing Association home are that of respect, self-help, mutual support, and participation. We currently have a very vibrant mix of people, skills and cultures from around the world. Over the years our roof has sheltered many fascinating people. We have seen the development of ethical livelihoods: (Palestinian olive oil), (Sustainable woodland skills and events), the study of a variety of subjects from anthropology to town planning, and strong musical influences from British…

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Hoathly Hill Community (RH19 4SJ)

Hoathly Hill is on the border of East and West Sussex, set in the beautiful High Weald, between the two villages of West Hoathly and Sharpthorne. There are currently about 70 people of all ages living at Hoathly Hill. There are 27 living units and about 25 acres of land, with vegetable, fruit and herb gardens, a square lawn with formal beds, a playing field, allotments and community buildings used for a kindergarten, sculpture and pottery and community events. There are weekly community meetings, monthly work days, weekly Saturday cafes and celebration of the festivals of the year. Hoathly Hill…

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Mulberry House

Homeworld (MK13 7BB)

“The best way to fight evil is to make energetic progress in the good”.* People want to feel good. They want to get on with enjoying themselves and life without any hassle. People want freedom, peace, recognition and cooperation. People want fun, learning, variety and growth. Homeworld UK began in 1980, when instead of protesting about society’s ills with fellow students, a group of us decided to ‘make energetic progress in the good’ by creating a viable alternative culture that is more beneficial for human needs. We are creators; a melting pot of artists, engineers, musicians, computer geeks, designers, home…

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L’Arche London (SE27 9JU)

L'Arche London is a diverse and inclusive Christian-ecumenical Community of people with and without learning disabilities. We welcome people of all faiths and of none. Mutual relationships are at the heart of our Community. We are committed to high quality support and to developing our relationships with the local neighbourhood and professional services. We recognise and celebrate the unique value of every person and our need for one another. In the joys and struggles of our daily life together, we strive to be a sign of hope and justice. There are four community households in the West Norwood area of…

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Laughton Lodge (BN8 6BY)

Laughton Lodge is a co-housing community set up as a non-profit company limited by guarantee, where all lease holders are directors of the company. We are 70 adults and children, living in 21 houses and sharing 23 acres of fabulous Sussex meadowland – once a rural, residential hospital. Homes come in all shapes and sizes and are held on a 9999 year lease. We also have 11,000 square feet of communal space in the form of a community centre for our own use and for occasional and regular rental. The community centre comprises offices, large hall, training room, sun lounge,…

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Mornington Grove Community (E3 4NS)

We are a diverse urban community and currently have spaces available for new members. We welcome people from all walks of life and would love to attract people with practical skills, as well as those with a head for figures. The community was founded in 1981 to be a stable and secure home. It occupies two large semi-detached Victorian houses, with communal garden, in a quiet road in East London. Over thirty years later the community is still going strong. Our main commitments are to communal living and working by consensus. We are vegetarian and non-smoking at home, though some…

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The Nevill Community (N16 8SL)

The Nevill is a large converted pub, hosting a small community of various ages and from various places. Our shared values are mutual care, sustainable living, respect, vegetarianism, and participation. We like to welcome nice visitors of all kinds. This house has lots of history and communal spaces, including dining, room, spare rooms, photographic dark room, garden, little library for book exchange, cellar, workshop and bike shed. The household is currently made up of 6 adults, 2 children, 1 cat, and has been founded in 1991 by Dave. We share many interests such as art, architecture, music, film, theatre, activism,…

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New Ground Cohousing (N16 8WH)

This pioneering group, which began meeting in 1998, is now resident in a 25 unit environmentally friendly cohousing scheme in High Barnet, London. Planning permission was granted to Hanover Housing, the group’s developer, in April 2013. OWCH is restricted to women aged 50 and over and will have mixed tenure (some social rentals) and individual, self-contained flats with communal facilities and activities. Applicants for the community, which will be self-sustaining and self-managed, will be selected from a waiting pool of those who play an active part and also regularly attend monthly meetings prior to residency. Members are responsible for forming…

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Oakfield Road Community (N4 4LB)

Oakfield Road Community is a small community (5 members) established about 19 years ago and centred simply around the tasks necessary for the upkeep of our house and the sharing of food (vegetarian) . We are situated in a quiet and leafy part of Stroud Green, North London about midway between Crouch Ends more high end shopping and café culture and the more budget Harringay Green Lanes. Harringay National rail is our closest rail link but we are also close to Finsbury Parks excellent tube and bus links. We rent direct from a private landlord, the ground floor and basement…

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Pilsdon at Malling Community (ME19 6HH)

The Pilsdon at Malling Community is a community looking to provide a place of healing for those in need. We rely on volunteers to make this possible and invite those who feel called to help in healing and to share the joys of community living, we are in a lovely part of Kent and are next door to a Anglican abbey of nuns.

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Quaggy Housing Co-op (SE14 6HW)

We're a small housing co-operative of 5 adults living in a shared house in south east London, which we bought in 2020. We’d describe ourselves as left-leaning, and most of us are involved in political or community activism. We aim to balance a certain degree of communal living (e.g. sharing communal space and some meals) with the freedom for each of us to live our own independent lives. We are using a form of housing co-op known as a mutual home ownership society, which means that some of our rent goes towards building up an equity stake in the house…

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Rainbow Housing Co-operative (MK13 0DW)

Rainbow, known by many as 'The Street', has twenty-four terraced houses in one street situated in the north of Milton Keynes. The Co operative was founded in 1977. The aim of the group is to provide housing in a community setting, there is a communal garden with a natural pond, fruit trees and play areas for the children. The membership, generally 35 to 40 including children is very mixed in age, sex and personal circumstances. One house is used as a Community House and has meeting space, office, laundry facilities, a workshop equipped with tools, freezer, domestic equipment and greenhouse.…

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Redfield (MK18 3LZ)

Redfield is an intentional community situated in North Buckinghamshire. We live as a single household in a large old mansion, set in 17 acres of gardens, woodland and pasture, surrounded by farmland. We have sheep, pigs, chickens and bees. Life here involves a lot of sharing, commitment, responsibility, building maintenance, gardening, animal management, logging and having fun. The ground floor of the house and the grounds are communal, with private rooms and units on the first and second floors. The Redfield Centre is a separate self contained venue with accommodation spaces and a classroom space with a workshop attached which…

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Redfield, Buckinghamshire

Sanford Housing Co-operative (SE14 6NB)

We have beautiful ponds, gardens and a friendly atmosphere, a tropical communal oasis in London with a famous colourful peace movement mural. Many performers and artists live here and we have tried to artistically redesign our living space. Founded in 1973 it was built using private finance supplied by the Housing Corporation and Commercial Union. Sanford Housing Co-op consists of 119 units of shared accommodation in 14 purpose-built houses. Its rents are not set by any outside body but are designed to cover actual costs. All the tenants as members of the Co-operative are collectively landlords and responsible for helping…

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Skylark Housing Co-op (BN2)

Skylark Housing Co-operative consits of seven adults and three dogs. On the 1st March 2013 we bought our semi-detached house. Its an ex-council house on the edge of the downs, in Bevendean. In our large garden our fig tree produces wonderfully and we grow vegetetables, flowers and herbs. Bevendean has a vibrant community scene with the first co-operative pub on a council estate The Bevy, a plethora of other housing co-operatives, a community garden and a fruit and nut orchard in the works. All of us at Skylark are queer and many trans/non-binary. We are involved in activism, education and…

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