How to Find and Join an Intentional Community
by McCune Porter, eNews editor
A key component of the non-profit Fellowship’s mission is “To serve as a reference source for those seeking intentional communities, conferences, and other community building experiences and practices appropriate to their needs.”
One of the most frequently asked questions through our web contact form at ic.org relates to exactly that part of our mission, and goes something like this: “I was wondering if you have some suggestions for me in regards to visiting or joining an intentional community.”
The writer may go on to further detail her/his interests and skills, and may state preferences for a region or country, such as in this paraphrased recent example: “I was hoping you could help me in my search for an opportunity to work or volunteer in an ecovillage or community in Southern California.”
Here is an outline of the sort of references we give to those asking for such information. Most of this is free information available online:
1)Search the FIC’s Online Directory. Visit our homepage, then click on the tab labeled Directory to begin your search for communities that meet any requirements you may have. Contact the communities individually on the list you generate and pose your questions to each community on the list. To contact an individual community, use the contact information at the upper right of that community’s listing.
The Search Our Site box at the top of every page on our site might also prove useful if none of the other online Directory search tools seem to help locate what you’re seeking.
5)Visit/Tour Local Communities. A visit to or tour of intentional communities near your place of residence can be very useful. (Always pre-arrange such visits—never show up without an appointment to visit or tour.)
6)Other Resources Beyond Those Provided by The Fellowship. There are a few other directories online or in print that are of value if you’re interested in cohousing, communities in the UK, or communities elsewhere in Europe. There is a forum that hosts various intentional community discussion groups. Search yahoo groups and google groups for others.