Creating a Life Together

Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities

Author: Diana Leafe Christian

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550923161

Category: Architecture

Page: 272

View: 6172

Everything you need to know to create and manage an intentional community from scratch.
House & Home

Finding Community

How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community

Author: Diana Leafe Christian

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 9781550923834

Category: House & Home

Page: 256

View: 2644

Finding community is as critical as obtaining food and shelter, since the need to belong is what makes us human. The isolation and loneliness of modern life have led many people to search for deeper connection, which has resulted in a renewed interest in intentional communities. These intentional communities or ecovillages are an appealing choice for like-minded people who seek to create a family-oriented and ecologically sustainable lifestyle—a lifestyle they are unlikely to find anywhere else. However, the notion of an intentional community can still be a tremendous leap for some—deterred perhaps by a misguided vision of eking out a hardscrabble existence with little reward. In fact, successful ecovillages thrive because of the combined skills and resources of their members. Finding Community presents a thorough overview of ecovillages and intentional communities and offers solid advice on how to research thoroughly, visit thoughtfully, evaluate intelligently, and join gracefully. Useful considerations include: • Important questions to ask (of members and of yourself) • Signs of a healthy (and not-so-healthy) community • Cost of joining (and staying) • Common blunders to avoid Finding Community provides intriguing possibilities to readers who are seeking a more cooperative, sustainable, and meaningful life. Diana Leafe Christian is the author of Creating a Life Together and editor of Communities magazine. She lives at Earthhaven Ecovillage in North Carolina.

Intentional Community

An Anthropological Perspective

Author: Susan Love Brown

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791452219

Category: History

Page: 190

View: 6679

Uses classical anthropological theory to understand “intentional communities” in the United States.

Creating Cohousing

Building Sustainable Communities

Author: Kathryn McCamant,Charles Durrett

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 0865716722

Category: Architecture

Page: 336

View: 1937

The cohousing ?bible” by the US originators of the concept.
House & Home

Sustainable Revolution

Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms, and Communities Worldwide

Author: Juliana Birnbaum,Louis Fox

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583946845

Category: House & Home

Page: 368

View: 1426

Urban gardeners. Native seed-saving collectives. Ecovillage developments. What is the connection between these seemingly disparate groups? The ecological design system of permaculture is the common thread that weaves them into a powerful, potentially revolutionary—or reevolutionary—movement. Permaculture is a philosophy based on common ethics of sustainable cultures throughout history that have designed settlements according to nature's patterns and lived within its bounds. As a movement that has been building momentum for the past 40 years, it now is taking form as a growing network of sites developed with the intention of regenerating local ecologies and economies. Permaculture strategies can be used by individuals, groups, or nations to address basic human needs such as food, water, energy, and housing. As a species, humans are being called forth to evolve, using our collective intelligence to meet the challenges of the future. Yet if we are to survive our collective planetary crisis, we need to revisit history, integrating successful systems from sustainable cultures. To boldly confront our position on the brink of the earth's carrying capacity and make changes that incorporate the wisdom of the past is truly revolutionary. Sustainable Revolution features the work of a worldwide network of visionaries, including journalists, activists, indigenous leaders and permaculturists such as David Holmgren, Vandana Shiva, Charles Eisenstein, Starhawk, Erik Assadourian, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Albert Bates, and Geoff Lawton. This beautifully photographed collection of profiles, interviews, and essays features 60 innovative community-based projects in diverse climates across the planet. Edited by anthropologist Juliana Birnbaum Fox and award-winning activist filmmaker Louis Fox, it can be read as an informal ethnography of an international culture that is modeling solutions on the cutting edge of social and environmental change. The research presented in the book frames the permaculture movement as a significant ally to marginalized groups, such as the urban poor and native communities resisting the pressures of globalization. Sustainable Revolution uplifts and inspires with its amazing array of dynamic activists and thriving, vibrant communities. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Business & Economics

EcoVillage at Ithaca

Pioneering a Sustainable Culture

Author: Liz Walker

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 9781550923070

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 8358

The compelling story of an internationally recognized example of sustainable development.


New Frontiers for Sustainability, Schumacher Briefing

Author: Jonathan Dawson

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603581162


Page: N.A

View: 8570

Family & Relationships

Communities Directory, 2010

A Comprehensive Guide to Intentional Communities and Cooperative Living

Author: Fellowship for Intentional Community

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780971826458

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 501

View: 5977

Up-to-date information on over 1,000 intentional communities in North America, including ecovillages, co-ops, communes, and cohousing projects and 250 communities from around the world, plus detailed cross-reference charts, an index, and maps to help you find the community you are looking for.
Body, Mind & Spirit

Ecovillage Living

Restoring the Earth and Her People

Author: Hildur Jackson,Karen Svensson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781903998168

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 181

View: 536

Ecovillage Living is a guide to everything you've always wanted to know about ecovillages, from the tools to make them happen to the people behind them. If you have ever dreamed of natural housing, water treatment systems, solar panels, composting toilets . . . If you have wanted to work close to home, have neighbours whom you know, live in a safe place for your children, or have a more harmonious lifestyle . . . If you're building a community, and want to learn from others' experiences . . . then this is the book for you. It is an unprecedented how-to, and why account of ecovillage living, and a vibrant story of people spearheading a lifestyle which is rapidly growing into a new global culture.
Social Science


A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves

Author: Kathryn McCamant,Ellen Hertzman

Publisher: McCamant/Durett


Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 4327

A movement that began in Europe has taken hold in North America because it provides some real answers for the increasing number of people who stop to look at where and how they live and at their impact on the environment. Cohousing is a way for a group of people to work together to develop places to live that offer both privacy and community with the values of an old-fashioned neighborhood-safety, independence, mutual concern. Many of these new ventures are up and running and many more are in the planning stages. Delivering more bang for the buck, this innovative approach to housing is challenging the formidable housing problems we face, and it is succeeding.

Choosing a Sustainable Future

Ideas and Inspiration from Ithaca, NY

Author: Liz Walker

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550924648

Category: Architecture

Page: 288

View: 9953

A small city's big vision that can help transform your own community.

Pocket Neighborhoods

Creating Small-scale Community in a Large-scale World

Author: Ross Chapin

Publisher: Taunton Press

ISBN: 160085107X

Category: Architecture

Page: 220

View: 6650

This book by architect and author Chapin describes existing pocket neighborhoods and co-housing communities--and provides inspiration for creating new ones.
Political Science


Lessons for Sustainable Community

Author: Karen T. Litfin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745681239

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 3063

In a world of dwindling natural resources and mounting environmental crisis, who is devising ways of living that will work for the long haul? And how can we, as individuals, make a difference? To answer these fundamental questions, Professor Karen Litfin embarked upon a journey to many of the world’s ecovillagesÑintentional communities at the cutting-edge of sustainable living. From rural to urban, high tech to low tech, spiritual to secular, she discovered an under-the-radar global movement making positive and radical changes from the ground up. In this inspiring and insightful book, Karen Litfin shares her unique experience of these experiments in sustainable living through four broad windows - ecology, economics, community, and consciousness - or E2C2. Whether we live in an ecovillage or a city, she contends, we must incorporate these four key elements if we wish to harmonize our lives with our home planet. Not only is another world possible, it is already being born in small pockets the world over. These micro-societies, however, are small and time is short. Fortunately - as Litfin persuasively argues - their successes can be applied to existing social structures, from the local to the global scale, providing sustainable ways of living for generations to come. You can learn more about Karen's experiences on the Ecovillages website:


A Practical Guide to Sustainable Communities

Author: Jan Martin Bang

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 9780865715387

Category: Architecture

Page: 288

View: 1979

A unique combination of permaculture design and ecovillage planning -- with examples from around the world.

The Senior Cohousing Handbook

A Community Approach to Independent Living

Author: Charles Durrett

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550924133

Category: Architecture

Page: 320

View: 2662

How to make your senior years healthy, safe, social, and stimulating.

The Cohousing Handbook

Building a Place for Community

Author: Chris ScottHanson,Kelly ScottHanson

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550923145

Category: Architecture

Page: 304

View: 3230

An updated edition of the essential guide to building a cohousing community

Eco-villages & Sustainable Communities

Models for 21st Century Living

Author: Jillian Conrad,Drew Withington

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781899171217

Category: Nature

Page: 95

View: 5266

This text is based on the proceedings of the Eco-Village and Sustainable Communities Conference which took place at the Findhorn Foundation in October 1995. Eco-Villages provide a guide and model for finding the balance in human systems that can work within the natural system of nature.

Communal Living

The Ultimate Guide for Communal Living and What You Need to Know

Author: Julian Hulse

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781507888407


Page: 44

View: 9596

Discover What You Need to Know About Living In Commune!Read on your PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device!You're about to discover the crucial information about communal living. Millions of people have already experienced the amazing benefits that communal life has to offer. It can be overwhelming if you have been thinking about living in a shared arrangement and you haven't been able to find quality information on the topic. You need to understand the risks and benefits before jumping right into it. As someone who has lived this type of lifestyle, I want to provide an unbiased view at what you can expect. Most sources online are giving information based on a financial incentive, I do not promote any individual communes in this book.This book goes into the origin and history of communal living, the different types of communal living arrangements, the positives and negatives associated with this type of lifestyle, as well as the inspiration and future of this movement. By investing in this book, you can get a grasp of what the life-changing experience of living in commune can bring to you.Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn... Understanding The Origins And History Of Commune Life The Different Types of Living Arrangements The Negative And Positive Effects Of Living This Way The Future And Other Critical Information! Take action right away to invest in your own future by downloading this book, "Communal Living: The Ultimate Guide for Communal Living And What You Need to Know", for a limited time discount!

Senior Cohousing

A Community Approach to Independent Living - the Handbook

Author: Charles Durrett

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 9780945929307

Category: Architecture

Page: 249

View: 5598

Senior cohousing is an entirely new way for seniors to house themselves with dignity, independence, safety, mutual concern, and fun.Developed with the residents themselves, senior cohousing combines the autonomy of private dwelling with the advantages of shared facilities and community living.Senior cohousing residents live among people with whom they share a common bond of age, experience, and community -a community they themselves built to specifically meet their own needs.Providing a proven, phase-by-phase methodology for creating senior cohousing and an inside look at existing senior cohousing communities -the people, the places - this comprehensive book is for seniors, housing professionals, designers, and anyone seeking appropriate housing alternatives for today's dynamic seniors.Take a moment. Browse through this book. Visit the communities and meet the people who have made the conscious choice to take control of their lives, to live by living independently through community.

The Intentional Christian Community Handbook

For Idealists, Hypocrites, and Wannabe Disciples of Jesus

Author: David Janzen

Publisher: Paraclete Press

ISBN: 1612613276

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 8233

Forward by Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove In the 21st century, Spirit-energized people of all ages are searching for a new (yet ancient) way of life together. A new generation of intentional communities is emerging with inspiring stories to tell of discoveries and struggles as they find their way. David Janzen, a friend of the New Monasticism movement with four decades of personal communal experience, has visited scores of communities, both old and new. This book shares the wisdom of many communities in many locales over the last half century. David Janzen grew up on a Kansas Mennonite farm, graduated from Bethel College, and studied at Harvard Divinity School. In 1971, he and his wife helped found New Creation Fellowship, a Christian intentional community in Newton KS. In 1984, they moved to Reba Place Fellowship in Evanston IL, where David now runs an affordable housing ministry.