People forming a Group

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New Community for Swansea Central

Hi there. We are Dan and Zyg, two brothers looking to welcome new members to form a community in Swansea. We have a 7-bed house with a decent size garden, couple of greenhouses and workshop (was garage), just half a mile from the beach. The music room has a grand piano and other instruments - bring yours too. The garden (big for a city centre location - about the size of 2-3 allotment plots) is given over to growing fruit & veg. We are interested in people wanting to participate in the eco-renovation of the house and growing food in the garden, and then share a happy co-existence with us. Though in a vibrant and cosmopolitan area with all that city life offers, we're on a quiet street, so it's a place of relaxation and enjoyment with a good community spirit. contact Dan at dan@danzyg.com if you're interested.

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Preparing for 2050+: post-global, post-carbon futures; LAND BLOC STRATEGY

Hello, a lot of who I am and my goals is well explained on my blog so feel free to visit www.epictomorrows.wordpress.com The core vision and Heroine Quest is here: https://epictomorrows.wordpress.com/heroine-quest/ Due to likelihood of civilisation crash and / or Transition / Descent / Powerdown before 2080 (read oil industry insiders, plus David Fleming, Shaun Chamberlin, Richard Heinberg, James Lovelock etc) I am looking for likeminded folk with very specific foundational skills to help negotiate the difficult time ahead and build an international resilient, broadly leftist land bloc (not a 'commune') in mid Devon, expanding outwards from the 20 acres or so that I already help manage. Strongly feminist and anti-imperialist, I seek similar. Representation from BAME communities also sought. Additionally, I am seeking folk who are broadly sympathetic to all elements of the Heroine Quest, although this is open to amendment. Please, do not contact me if you are looking for someone's land to live on; I cannot help. What I am looking for is more private land buyers with capital to expand the bloc, entrepreneurs of all kinds including web-based, who seek to accumulate wealth in order to redistribute it again with the aims of local economic resilience, and folk who are strategy and security minded. An eventual aim is to build a critical mass in this one area of likeminded land owners, affording possibilities for self-governance, self-policing, alternative economics, re-wilding and local sufficiency in food, along proven permaculture lines. Additionally, a very localised microrenewables and hydrogen based energy infrastructure. My name is Tehanu, also known as Matthew. My number is 07538746677 // Other interests: ENM relationships, international relations; Rojava (N Syria), Tamera (Portugal), ZEGG (Germany), Zapatistas (Mexico). The UK will likely be a relatively safe haven mid-century. While our borders are still open, come and join me. Help me change the landscape, literally and metaphorically. We have no time to lose. Additional to the land bloc project I am looking for global helpers in the 18-25 age range to help with Epic Tomorrowss Heroine Quest (see top of post). In return I offer mentoring, if I am considered worthy. I am 38 years old.

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Property sharing

Having lived abroad since 98 and travelled a lot since early retirement, I am 20 years later, indulging in the exploration of suitable (for serious amateur astronomy) roomy properties in South West France . Anyone interested to join me to form a group/community is / are welcome.

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Looking for people interested

Hi I am looking for people who live on the wirral or close by I.e: chester, Liverpool, Cheshire, North Wales etc. Who would be interested in meeting up to share ideas about forming a community that is sustainable, conscious, creative and vibrant.

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Youthful Seniors Renting in Penzance (Updated March 2018

Youthful Seniors Renting in Penzance CHARACTERS - Community Housing Association of Retired Arty Crafty Types and Environmentally Responsible Souls Imagine a cross between “Last Of The Summer Wine” and “Friends” – a friendly and eco friendly community set up with the aim of improving individual quality of life as well as substantially reducing the collective footprint. I am a semi-retired fella seeking like-minded-souls to join me in a rental property in a lovely area that my kids would want to visit - and not just to see me... preferably big garden and by the sea - boat share anyone? Not sure how to go about setting this up but students seem to be able to manage... Perhaps all members could put up a bond sufficient to initially acquire a suitable property as well as helping to ensure the group maintained its focus and had time to vet replacement candidates when necessary? Looking for people who enjoy the likes of:- working/playing together, live music whether listening or playing, cooking, arty-crafty stuff, gardening, good conversation, sport etc... When I searched the internet there were any number of expensive Care Homes and the likes for the aged but I am neither old nor in need of any care. A rental property would seem the quickest and simplest way forward – a hotel or big Guest House or? I suspect a minimum personal requirement would be to have a double, preferably en-suite, bedroom and access to social areas both indoors and out to relax proportionate to the group. Perhaps the group, or a subset thereof, would have a desire for a more permanent arrangement as some kind of Cooperative through what I believe is called Crowd-Funding - maybe a property suitable for development both internally and externally. I believe there would be a place for all kinds of members with different financial portfolios from investors at one extreme to those purely wanting a relatively fixed modest rent. ADVANTAGES-FINANCIAL. The expenses associated with acquiring accommodation can be drastically reduced as well as day to day living expenses – especially for someone living on their own. For someone like myself who is “managing” by themselves there is the prospect of being relatively “comfortable” ADVANTAGES-SOCIAL. Especially for a single person, the prospect of independent living far beyond that which might be enjoyed living alone - in particular with regard to their mental health. Pals to play with and share life’s ups and downs. Having the option of sharing the graft and joy associated with meals - it all just seems so much more civilised! We are all old enough to have acquired hobbies and interests that others might be interested in and I would dearly love to be introduced to more... Consider this – unlike a transient student accommodation this would be an opportunity to settle in a beautiful area with like-minded souls with time at their disposal who would become your good friends – of course there would be challenges along the way but there are thriving groups out there proving group living can be done... Possibly the most powerful reason to some might be that a surviving partner would not suddenly be left alone – a very comforting thought... DISADVANTAGES. HARD work at first... as with everything where some kind of gain is possible there are of course risks hence renting first to hone the group and learn how best to go forward successfully. If any of this appeals and you are interested and/or know someone who might be and/or know of any existing groups along these lines please get in touch. Den

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Making it happen..

Okay, not looking to blow off steam on a Friday night here, looking to gather a group of like-minded individuals and build a simple, sustainable forage crop and practical farming community unit. No families with children just adults please. Maximum self sufficiency and minimal outside world interaction should be your mind set. Not looking for folks to invest overly, just to share all they have in the way of hard work, time and equipment so don't discount yourself if money is tight. Contact me here if you are aware of what this will entail, effort not just talk will be required. Area selection will depend on highest geographical concentration of group members vs best resources trade off.

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Bath, cohousing group looking for people

We own ~45% of a property in Bath that has the potential to convert into a compact cohousing community of 7 dwellings. It's 25 mins walk to Bath with a bus very close. Old farmhouse will provide 3 units and 4 additional units to be built to high eco-housing specifications. Shared gardens and common house. We have lots of eco-village and community living experience.

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Conscious Creative Household

Hello beautiful souls, I am looking for women to create a holistic, conscious, creative houseshold near London. Currently working as an actress, playwright and dream-circle facilitator I want to be close to the city, but not inside the city. Looking for a beautiful space, near the forest, near the waters, where the living room can become a red tent, and the garden a haven of peace and herbal explorations. Please contact me if you either know about a house that will be available for rent soon or if you are a woman looking for the same living conditions. Please contact me via phone: 07753119668 or email: www.marionbott.com Looking forward to building an artistic family with conscious intentions. Love, Marion

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People willing to Buy a large house together.

Hi, we are looking for like minded people who are fed up with having to run their own homes single handedly. We are open to many suggestions but the prime aim is to live together happily into old age. We havent a particular area in mind so are not fixated on either coast or city.The importance is having a collective, which should enable us to have many more valuable possessions ie: swimming pool, gym, large garden with gardener, cook, possible river or coastal views,sports car, motorhome, caravan, timeshare holidays, the list is endless.. I am not interested in living off the land or living on a shoe string budget, just a really good living. Equally importantly we will be amongst new companions. If you think you might be vaguely interested,or indeed know someone else who could be, by all means give me a call, many thanks, Tom. 07825687131 Investors would also be very welcome. And people willing to join at a later date. For anyone reading this for the first time, please do not feel left behind, the opportunity to have a collection of smaller groups in different areas is also another possibility, which I find particularly exciting. Look forward to hearing from you, Tom. I have recently visited a property near Carlisle called Scalesceugh Hall and Villas. Met with Anita, one of the proprietors. Gleaned a lot of information from her. I urge anyone reading this to take a look at them on-line as it is a great model to be working from.

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Sunflower Cohousing Society

Sunflower Cohousing currently has four members, and we are looking for others to join us in an environmentally conscious cohousing project. We have recently purchased a property in a small hamlet near Champagne-Mouton in France, where there is an infant’s school, doctor, pharmacy, post office, and supermarket. The property comprises a modernised 2-bedroomed house, with stone barns on both sides and a hangar, all facing into a central grassed courtyard. We have started to convert one of the barns into 2 small, self-contained cottage-style houses. We also have consent for 3 additional houses, and plans for 2 larger family dwellings. Each house will have its own private garden space to the rear, and a semi-private patio area to the front, facing onto the courtyard. The new houses are all highly insulated, with solar heating pipes under the tiles of a sealed roofing system, and with wood-fired back-boilers producing heat and hot water from regenerative sources. One section of the barns will house a community building, with a larger kitchen and dining/meeting area, craft room, a laundry, office space, and additional bedroom space for visitors. There is also an existing workshop area, machinery bay, and garden tool workshop, all of which will be incorporated into the community space. We have started to create a community vegetable garden (our potager) and a new orchard in an adjoining 4 acre field which is also owned by the community. We intend to keep a small selection of livestock on this field, to complement the chickens and geese that already share our space. We are working towards an ecologically friendly lifestyle, and to be self-sufficient where possible, but we also recognise that true self-sufficiency is very labour intensive, and so we try to achieve a sensible balance in order that we may also enjoy life. We have a range of systems already in place – composting bins, worm bins, aquaponics, vegetable and fruit production – and are constantly looking at ways to improve upon our arrangements but also to minimise our impact on the surrounding countryside. ᅠ Between us, we have gained experience in developing permaculture systems and organic practices in the UK and Spain, in both wet and arid conditions and would be looking to introduce and expand upon those techniques as part of the production of food for the community. We also have a wide range of practical and creative skills, such as building, IT, animal husbandry, fleece spinning, weaving and knitting, willow weaving, preserving, sewing, dying, and basket making. We are looking for others with a similar outlook on life to come and join us. Investing members will be asked to match our own investment to date (we are not looking to make a profit), and will in return receive an equal share and an equal say in the ownership and development of the community as a whole. http://www.sunflowercohousing.org.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/505483079482490/

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Sunny SW France

At the moment this is just to get a feeling for if there is anybody out there who would share my sensibilities towards the planet. I have not started my adventure except for acquiring the property. I have some things to sort out in the UK and so the earliest that I will be starting will be Spring 2019. I'm considering sharing my 2.8ha in SW France, just over 500km South of Cherbourg or Le Havre. I've put a web page up here http://fenioux.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html which shows some photos and gives a little description. It would be on some sort of contribution towards the costs of running the place and renting a house; it could include some of your labour. Since I have only just bought it I don't know how much that would entail. In return you would get a life in a sunny, quiet and beautiful part of France on a really good piece of land. I looked for a few years in Portugal around the Castelo Branco area and couldn't find anything as nice as this. The land has excellent soil quality and consists mainly of flat meadow but there is a little higher ground, by perhaps 3m. There's a small river running along the Western boundary and a stream crossing the property as well as what looks like two springs near the house. They'd need to be dug out in order to be usable. It has an old stone house on it that could easily be converted into 3 small houses with two floors, each floor being around 20m2 i.e. 40m2 per house. Each house would overlook the river and the trees in front of it. The house is structurally sound with 700mm thick walls, and has a new roof, but it has not been lived in for about 200 years and so it is just the shell. I will need to investigate renovating and the time scales involved. So, what I want from you is to understand what are the sorts of things that you would do with a place like this (stone house and land) and also to get an idea of your approach to life i.e. what is your world view. Since it is zoned N there is apparently no scope for new build and so this might curtail some of your ideas. However, there are two fairly big buildings on the land that could be divided up for different uses. I already know what needs to be done but I need to know something about you to figure out if we would be able to get along. I will be a 50 year old man (not planning on changing my gender, just thought that you might want to know) next year. I have a large amount of detail about myself and my plans and if I think that we will get on I will show that to you so that you can consider whether you are still interested. We would have one neighbour on 1.8ha who shares my vision and is ready to get stuck in and another, from whom we bought the land, on 1ha who has similar views. I might take some time to reply since I have a lot of commitments at the moment but hopefully I will reply to everybody.

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Smallholding for the good life

Hello, I am looking to find some like minded people to join me in my journey to build a self sufficient smallholding. I dream of living off the land, bill free and therefore hopefully stress free too. I am looking to buy land in early 2019 and am currently considering the idea of building a small house using reclaimed wood. I don’t have strong views on how things should or shouldn’t be run. I would love to join with others young and old to learn from and create a community with. My main aim is to create a sanctuary away from the modern world not defined by money and technology. If you feel this is something you could be interested in please get in touch. This is very much early days and so any advice or information you have would be welcomed. Thanks.

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Rural, sustainable, tiny eco-home community

Hello Diggers, I am a Dreamer... I would really love to create a sustainable rural co-housing community based around a group of tiny eco-homes (there's some great designs out there now), with compost loos, shared gardens, chickens - & maybe other livestock - an orchard and communal space for shared meals, get-togethers, workshops, house concerts, etc. I would love to connect with other people who maybe share a similar concept for sustainable living and might be able to help me realise this - ambitious! - dream. I am an ecologist, musician, educator and I currently I work at an Open Air Museum where I previously did a traineeship on their working Victorian-1950s Farm, learning the basics in many practical rural skills and crafts - including fencing, hedgelaying and working with sheep. I have previous experience of communal living on boats and in shared houses and at the moment I live on my narrowboat at a large marina in the Chilterns. Ideally I would like to stay in the south of England - I grew up in the Kentish Weald which still feels like home, plus I think there could be potential for demonstrating a different solution to the housing pressures around the Black Hole of London - but the crazy land prices may make that a step toooo far and unfeasible, so I would be willing to look elsewhere. I look forward to hearing from any like-minded folk! Lynz

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Youthful Seniors renting in Penzance

Message in response to Dreamer Den's posting. I was interested in your post and have the same problems, trying to run a home single-handed, would like a combination of communal and private space and company. Your last posting was March this year and I wondered if you had had any other responses. I'd like to exchange ideas/information further. Please email on: loudonse6@gmail.com

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