Author: Elizabeth Barrette
Elizabeth Barrette writes and edits nonfiction, fiction, and poetry in diverse fields including speculative fiction, alternative spirituality, and community. She ran the Pagan magazine PanGaia for 8 years and writes regularly for the Llewellyn annuals. Visit her blog The Wordsmithâ€™s Forge and coven website Greenhaven: A Pagan Tradition. Articles by Elizabeth Barrette include: ""Patchwork"" (Issue # 139) Poetry in Community (Issue # 142) The Richness of Giving (Issue # 141) Householding: Communal Living on a Small Scale (Issue # 144) Balancing Powers (Issue # 148) Nurturing Healthy Minds (Issue # 150) Crowdfunding (Issue # 152) Permaculture on Low to No Budget (Issue # 153) Circles of Community (Issue # 154) The Bookends of Community (Issue # 157)
Marking endings and beginnings with ritual can add intentionality, understanding, and connection to our lives.
A collective financial approach that allows individuals to pool their resources in support of favorite projects, crowdfunding both encourages and thrives upon community.
Living in community can provide all the elements necessary for promoting mental well-being, from kinship and useful work to recreation and beauty.
Especially in financially uncertain times, those seeking the advantages of intentional community living can often find them within a single shared house.
Many traditional cultures around the world have an economy based not on buying and selling, but on giving, which fosters an intricate network of social connections.