Ananda Community : Open House & Solstice Celebration

Farm fresh produce, fresh ideas to chew on, re-fresh-ments to munch on, music to savor, joy-filled art to digest, Solstice inspiration & energy to synthesize, and, a freshly-made vegetarian dinner with new friends to enjoy. Free and all are welcome!

Saturday, June 20, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
20715 Larch Way, Lynnwood 98036

The Ananda Community in Lynnwood invites you to a summer solstice afternoon enjoying market faire booths with organic no-till farm produce, bakery items, crafts, gifts, books, activities for children, and much more. 

This annual open house and solstice celebration includes music, refreshments, art gallery, farm-garden tours, and a free vegetarian dinner!

Special guest speakers at the one-hour Solstice Celebration from 5 to 6 p.m. will be Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi Novak, spiritual directors of the nine intentional Ananda Communities worldwide. 

Other special guests will include members from other local intentional communities.

Vendors will include Ananda Farms of Camano Island, East West Bookshop of Seattle, Living Wisdom Thrift and Gifts, Living Wisdom School of Seattle, Ananda Meditation Center, and individual vendors, artists, and health practitioners.

Ananda Community Open House & Solstice Celebration

Intentional Communities: sustaining and celebrating life! 

Saturday, June 21, 3 to 7:00pm    Free!
20715 Larch Way, Lynnwood WA (I-5 Exit 181)

Ananda Community hosts its annual Open House and Solstice Celebration in cooperation with other local intentional communities. All are welcome. Please come to all or part…

3:00 to 4:30pm

  • Tours of grounds, gardens, homes

3:00 to 5:00pm

  • Live Music
  • Art gallery
  • Refreshments
  • Demonstration of healing treatments
  • Products for sale and display
  • Activities for children

5:00pm

  • Solstice Celebration with guest speakers from local intentional communities

6:00 pm

  • Vegetarian dinner – free!

We hope to see you there!

NICA Board Members Circuit Portland Area Intentional Communities

In January, NICA Board Members Larry Rider and Nancy Lanphear made a trip to visit the following communities in Portland:

  • Peninsula Park Cohousing
  • Columbia Ecovillage
  • Kailash Ecovillage
  • Trillium Hollow Cohousing
  • Cascadia Commons Cohousing
  • Ananda Community of Portland
  • Daybreak Cohousing

We also visited Woodard Lane Cohousing in Olympia, WA.

We were given tours of these communities and spent time talking with some community residents. It was good to hear stories of the activities and challenges of communities that we had not connected with for several years. Challenges included financial issues, participation in community activities, loss of former members, and connection with other communities.

We were pleased to find that PDX Coho, a group of most of these communities, has been meeting quarterly and exchanging information about nuts and bolts of community life. We also visited the Ananda College at Laurelwood, in Gaston, OR, where we will be helping with a course this fall on Intentional Communities and Sustainability.

Altogether it was a fulfilling and inspiring trip to see the current state of IC’s in the Portland area.

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NICA Spring Gathering: Relationships in Community, April 13, 2013

Among the many benefits of community living is sharing the joy of relationships. Join us at the Ananda Community Lynnwood for a day of exploring the world of intentional community. Our focus will be Relationships in Community, including workshop/discussions on

  • Having more harmonious relationships
  • Romantic relationships in community
  • Leadership, authority, and influence
  • Working out conflicts in community

And we will all make some new friends and share in our own community for the day.

BRIEF OUTLINE OF THE DAY:

10-12   Opening circle, introductions, reports, etc.

noon     Potluck lunch – bring a dish to share

1pm     Excerpts from the new movie Within Reach, a bike tour of 100 intentional communities

2-4       Workshop/discussions, led by members of several local communities

4-5       A Tour of the Ananda Community

All are welcome. We ask for a $10 donation to defray costs for the day

DETAILS

  • Event: NICA Spring Gathering
  • Date: Saturday April 13, 2013
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Location: Ananda Community of Lynnwood (20715 Larch Way, Lynnwood WA, just off exit 181A on I-5)
  • Requested donation: $10

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NICA presents Within Reach Movie, March 23, East West Bookshop

WITHIN REACH explores one couple’s pedal-powered search for a place to call home. Mandy and Ryan gave up their jobs, cars and traditional houses to “bikepack” 6,500 miles for nearly 2 years around the USA seeking sustainable community.

Rather than looking in a traditional neighborhood, they begin to recognize that community is the secret ingredient to living sustainably on this planet. Along the way, they explored 100 Ecovillages, Cohousing Communities, Co-op Houses, Communes, Transition Towns and their own principles and commitment. In the end they return to the timeless truth that community is people; they are everywhere; and there is room for everyone.

Both their journey and their film have answered the question that they and many others are asking: How can we pass along a lush, beautiful, sustainable world to future generations? After circling the country and interviewing hundreds of Americans, they have found that by reaching within, sustainable community is Within Reach. In fact, it’s already here.

Larry Rider, Nancy Lanphear and others from NICA (Northwest Intentional Communities Ass’n) will lead a short discussion afterwards about the issues raised in the film. They will and also talk about the vibrant Intentional Communities here in the Seattle area, how to connect with a community near you, and other topics of local interest.

The cost is $10 which helps to defray the costs of producing this film.

EVENT DETAILS
  • Event: Screening and discussion of film, Within Reach
  • Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
  • Time: 3:00 to 5:00 pm
  • Location: East West Bookshop (6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115; 206-523-3726; events@eastwestbookshop.com)
  • Cost: $10
See the trailer and more information on the Within Reach Web site

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FIC Executive Secretary Laird Schaub to speak on “Intentional Communities: Past, Present, and Future Directions,” Nov. 15

NICA will sponsor a free public talk on the subject “Intentional Communities: Past, Present, and Future Directions” on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 7 to 8:30pm at the East West Bookshop (6500 Roosevelt NE) in Seattle.

The talk will be given by Laird Schaub, popular speaker on intentional communities and executive secretary of the Fellowship of Intentional Communities (FIC), NICA’s parent organization.

We hope you will join us for this inspiring evening as we explore the dynamic role that the expanding communities movement is having in building a co-operative culture.

DETAILS

  • Event: Intentional Communities: Past, Present, and Future Directions
  • Presenter: Laird Schaub, Executive Secretary, Fellowship of Intentional Communities
  • Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
  • Location: East West Bookshop (6500 Roosevelt NE)
  • Cost: Free

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Clearwater Commons Featured Site on 2012 Green Home Tour – April 21 & 22

Just received this exciting message from our colleagues at Clearwater Commons. If you are available, you may want to stop by.

Clearwater Commons, the most comprehensive low impact development project in the Puget Sound, is being featured on the 2012 Green Home Tour April 21 & 22, from 10am – 4pm.

The only site in Snohomish County on the tour, Clearwater Commons provides a unique blend of low impact features, energy efficiencies and the latest in green home building techniques. Situated on seven acres in a suburban environment alongside North Creek, the site includes raingardens in the right of way, pervious pavements, wetland mitigation and homes on pin-pile foundations.

Deck and Trellis

With five of 16 homes in the final stages of completion, the Green Home Tour will showcase an affordable blend of features that maximize energy efficiency and integrate low impact development, with such elements as advanced framing, heat recovery ventilation systems, zero VOC finishes and ample insulation. The Commons is also the home of the Mini B, one of the first certified “Passive Houses” in Washington. At 300 sq ft, the Mini B uses only $100 per year in heating costs, the returns of building tight and ventilating right.

Clearwater Reach of North Creek

The model development took six years from conception to occupancy, due to its original approaches and green commitment. The story of the Common’s long road through permitting and financing hurdles is featured in the article “The Clearwater Commons Story: Turning Low Impact Development into Positive Impact Development”.

An intentional co-housing community, Clearwater Commons is a designed as a pedestrian friendly village with common garden, shop, storage shed, guesthouse and creekside acreage. Commons members will be on site during the two day tour, as will sponsors, partners and suppliers of featured building materials.

For further information, call Tom Campbell 206.919.7449 or email commons@clearwatercommons.com

Clearwater Commons Featured Site on 2012 Green Home Tour – April 21 & 22

Clearwater Commons, the most comprehensive low impact development project in the Puget Sound, is being featured on the 2012 Green Home Tour April 21 & 22, from 10am – 4pm.

The only site in Snohomish County on the tour, Clearwater Commons provides a unique blend of low impact features, energy efficiencies and the latest in green home building techniques. Situated on seven acres in a suburban environment alongside North Creek, the site includes raingardens in the right of way, pervious pavements, wetland mitigation and homes on pin-pile foundations.

Deck and Trellis

With five of 16 homes in the final stages of completion, the Green Home Tour will showcase an affordable blend of features that maximize energy efficiency and integrate low impact development, with such elements as advanced framing, heat recovery ventilation systems, zero VOC finishes and ample insulation. The Commons is also the home of the Mini B, one of the first certified “Passive Houses” in Washington.  At 300 sq ft, the Mini B uses only $100 per year in heating costs, the returns of building tight and ventilating right.

Clearwater Reach of North Creek

The model development took six years from conception to occupancy, due to its original approaches and green commitment. The story of the Common’s long road through permitting and financing hurdles is featured in the article “The Clearwater Commons Story: Turning Low Impact Development into Positive Impact Development”.
An intentional co-housing community, Clearwater Commons is a designed as a pedestrian friendly village with common garden, shop, storage shed, guesthouse and creekside acreage. Commons members will be on site during the two day tour, as will sponsors, partners and suppliers of featured building materials.

For further information, call Tom Campbell 206.919.7449 or email commons@clearwatercommons.com

Everett/Seattle Evolver Event- Getting Back Together: Intentional Community Gift Circles, March 23

Quick announcement of upcoming Evolver event in Everett/Seattle area:

See full announcement here.

A new generation of intentional communities and pioneering collectives are reimagining the way we live, love, grow food, eat, dance, and play. These are the eco-villages, artist coops, global pystrancers, tantra tribes, rebel bicycle clubs, urban homesteaders, healer co-ops, Burning Man camps, yoga ashrams, and Slab City dwellers forging new models of coexistence. This month, our 40+ Spores in the Evolver Social Movement will explore the communal ins-and-outs of intentional living – from how to facilitate group process, ways to share resources, efforts to create financial and environmentally sustainability, and even figuring out who washes the dishes and takes out the trash.

On the agenda for this months Seattle/Everett Convergence event, we will be focusing on the Economics of Gifting as a way to network our communities, tribes, families, and travelers betwixt them. Evening activities include a facilitated discussion on the evolution of intentional communities and intentional organizations, an introduction to gift economy circles and, yes, by popular demand.. a potluck >~_^<

Starting at 6:30 PM on Friday, 3/23:

1.) Opening Ceremony – a big welcome home to our new others

2.) Community Introductions – Who are you today, what’s one thing that brought you here

3.) Nourishment Potluck – Tea, water, and fruit provided by Mercury’s Outpost, food contribution not required

4.) Creative Collaboration – Viewing of the new short film on Charles Eisenstein’s Sacred Economics then facilitated discussion on Intentional Living

5.) Gift Flow Rounds – We’ll create a gift circle of intentional community cultivators by going round to state a need first, then to offer up our extras, and gratitudes

6.) Closing Celebration – We have lots of space and it *IS* Friday night…. there is a stage, there is room for dancing, there are living room sets for conversation

Event Venue: 3231 Creatives, 3231 Broadway, Everett, WA 98290

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Co-opalooza 2011- A Celebration of Community & Co-ops, Oct 16

Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union (SMCU) created Co-opalooza to celebrate co-ops and help spread the word of the great things they do for their community. Co-ops from across the economic spectrum will be joining SMCU for a free, all-ages festival with live music, kid’s activities and raffle prizes to help demonstrate the broad spectrum of cooperatives and share the co-op message.

Co-operatives share a commitment to a set of principles that ensure fair business practices, just wages, and social responsibility, among other worthy goals. There are many kinds of cooperatives, including credit unions, pre-schools, farms, and even global news organizations.

DETAILS:

  • Event: Cooopalooza 2011: A Celebration of Community & Co-ops
  • Date: Sunday, October 16, 2011
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Location: Fisher Plaza, Seattle Center

For more information: see the Coopalooza Web site