HOLD THE DATE: NICA Fall Gathering, Nov. 2, 2013

Sharingwood Cohousing Community has graciously offered to host this year’s NICA Fall Gathering, with the theme, “Living in Community.”


  • What:  NICA Fall Gathering, focusing on “Living in Community”
  • Date:  Saturday, Nov 2,  2013
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Where: Sharingwood Cohousing Community (22105 E Lost Lake Rd  Snohomish, WA 98296, about 20 minutes east of Woodinville)
  • Who: People interested in the intentional community lifestyle, both people from IC’s and those wanting to explore the many new directions of IC’s.
  • Cost: Suggested donation of $10
  • Food: Coffee, tea, and soup will be provided – please bring something to share for a potluck lunch
  • More Information: Call Frances Parks, 206-390-5855

Join us as we explore some of the following questions:

  • What is it like living in a community?
  • What kinds of people do well in community?
  • What are the qualities of a good communitarian?
  • Why do community residents like living in community?
  • What is the balance of privacy and community?
  • What are the important annual events/celebrations in your community?
  • What qualities are communities looking for in new members?
  • How does a community transfer its vision, history, and culture to new members?
  • If you live in a community, how did you discover it?
  • If you live in a community, what was your entry process like?


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For directions from your specific location, click on the marker and select “Directions to.”

Sharingwood is about 10 minutes past Woodinville, northeast of Seattle, about 30 minutes from Microsoft or 40 min from Seattle with no traffic. If there is heavy traffic it may take up to another 20 minutes.

From Seattle or Bellevue

  1. Take Hwy 520 or I-90 to I-405 (north)
  2. Go NORTH on I-405 (EVERETT)
  3. Take EXIT 23 to HIGHWAY 522 EAST bound towards MONROE (stay on right side of exit).
  4. Move to middle lane of HIGHWAY 522 and continue. After the highway become single lane, go straight through the first stoplight at Paradise Lake Road (hwy 524) past Texaco/Chevron.
  5. At the second stoplight, turn RIGHT onto ECHO LAKE ROAD. This is a mile past the “mile 18” marker. There is a double yellow flashing sign just before this turn. This is half a mile past the “18 mile” marker.
  6. Stay on ECHO LAKE ROAD for 1.8 miles. Go past Echo Lake golf course, and past Rainbow Grocery General Store (on the left), and go about half a mile.
  7. Turn LEFT on LOST LAKE ROAD. There is yellow sign on the right-side before the turn, which you can see clearly at night. The actual turn is hard to see at night.
  8. Continue on LOST LAKE ROAD for 1.9 miles. The road takes a sharp 10 m.p.h. hair-pin curve becoming W. LOST LAKE ROAD for another half mile. You’ll see the lake to your right if it’s daytime.
  9. The main road turns sharply to the left just past a 15mph yellow sign. At this point, turn RIGHT onto EAST LOST LAKE ROAD (which has a DEAD-END sign clearly visible) and follow it to the end of the road – half a mile.
  10. You’ll hit a speed bump. Slow down there. In a few yards you will enter the Sharingwood Community. The common house is on your left when you get to the first Y in the road.

Cooperative Communities & Sustainability Conference, Nov. 15-17, 2013

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Ananda College and the Northwest Intentional Communities Association (NICA) are cosponsoring the Fall 2013 Cooperative Communities & Sustainability Conference, November 15-17, 2013, on the Ananda College campus.

Gain more knowledge for your community, join the networking fun, and learn the latest trends and directions for all types of communities.

Conference Highlights

  • Keynote speaker Laird Schaub of Sandhill Farm community leading sessions on consensus & decision making in communities
  • Eco-village design presentations & hands-on workshop
  • Latest in co-housing, eco-villages, urban communities & spiritual communities
  • Permaculture & sustainable agriculture, cob building demo & more
  • Organic vegetarian meals available, optional yoga classes, fun events & more

To register or to reserve a display booth, contact: admissions@anandauniversity.org

For more detailed information on workshops and speakers, including accommodations, see the event page on the Ananda College Web site.

Map & Directions

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Ananda Community Open House & Solstice Celebration: 1 – 7 pm. Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Ananda Community of Lynnwood welcomes everyone to an Open House and Solstice celebration from 1pm to 7pm on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

There will be tours, presentations, and opportunities to ask questions about this thriving intentional spiritual community. There will be booths of various Ananda projects, food and entertainment, and tours of the community. The afternoon concludes with a Solstice Celebration gathering from 6 to 7 pm, featuring speakers from other Intentional communities, and a spaghetti dinner.


  • Event: Open House and Solstice Celebration
  • Date: Saturday, June 22, 2013
  • Time: 1 to 7 pm
  • Venue: Ananda Community of Lynnwood (20715 Larch Way, Lynnwood WA 98036, (425) 778-4628)
  • Cost: Free


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Visions of Utopia: Screening and Discussion, July 13

Visions Of Utopia DVD
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Geoff Kozeny travelled to hundreds of intentional communities, interviewing many residents about their community experience. The result was a remarkable DVD in which Geoff shares highlights of the history of IC’s (Intentional Communities), insights about what works, and in-depth profiles of 7 contemporary communities, including Ananda Village, Twin Oaks, Breitenbush Hot Springs, Earthaven Ecovillage, and more.

On Saturday, July 13 from 4-6pm,  NICA will present Part One of the DVD set. It is 94 minutes, and will be followed by a discussion on various issues related to this hopeful movement for a better way of life.


  • Event: Visions of Utopia, Vol 1, screening and discussion
  • Date: Saturday, July 13, 2013
  • Time: 4:00 to 6:00 pm
  • Venue: East West Bookshop (6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115)
  • Cost: Free


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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.


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


  • 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: 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.


  • 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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Explore the Fellowship of Intentional Communities Web Site

We are sharing this reminder from the Fellowship of Intentional Communities of the fantastic resources available on their Web site:

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Explore our Website
edited by McCune Porter, eNews staff

The Fellowship for Intentional Community nurtures connections and cooperation among communitarians and their friends. We provide publications, referrals, support services, and sharing opportunities for a wide range of intentional communities, cohousing groups, ecovillages, community networks, support organizations, and people seeking a home in community.

Looking for more information, in more depth, in your quest for community? The Resources section and the Wiki at the FIC family of websites present an array of free services to help deepen your understanding of intentional community life, including the following : FIC logo

  • Reference Articles
  • REACHBook bulletin board
  • Events Calendar
  • The Intentional Community Wiki
  • Community Classifieds (free and helpful to read, not free to post)

REFERENCE ARTICLES. The FIC has permanently posted in the reference article section a number of particularly valuable articles of general interest to those interested in intentional community, including a complete set of the excellent and much-requested 30+ articles which were printed in the print 2000 Communities Directory.

  • A few examples:
  • What’s True About Intentional Communities: Dispelling the Myths
  • Permaculture: The Path to a Sustainable Future
  • Intentional Communities: Lifestyles Based on Ideals

REACHBook Bulletin Board. REACHbook is a public notice board for people looking for community, communities forming, and communities looking for people, as well as a place to post about resources directly relevant to intentional community. Posting is free.

The bulletin board is a very active one―thousands of postings have been made. Posts are found in the following categories:

  • Community Forming
  • Community With Opening
  • Comments
  • Other
  • Resources
  • Seeking Community

Instructions for posting your message can be found here.

EVENTS CALENDAR. The Community Events Calendar contains listings of gatherings, festivals, conferences, workshops and other community related events. There is no charge to post your community-related event here. Follow the simple instructions found here to post your event.

A few of the most recently posted events:

  • August 25—26 Wilderness Survival Camp
  • August 31—September 3 Twin Oaks Communities Conference
  • September 8 Manitou Arbor Ecovillage Orientation
  • September 15—16 Permaculture Design Course—first of six weekends

We invite you to visit the Resources section of the FIC’s websites today!

THE INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY WIKI. We are growing the IC wiki into a collection of shared knowledge, information, and resources for intentional communities, those interested in intentional communities, and those interested in creating more community in their lives in whatever form. Read it, enjoy, and then please pitch in to help us improve the content!

Wikis are user-created, written and edited by their online community of users—Wikipedia is the best known example.

COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS. Listings of land/houses/real estate for sale, services, job opportunities, products, and publications offered by, and of interest to, intentional communities.


NICA Fall Gathering to Focus on Transitioning: Relationships, Resilience & Sustainability, Oct. 20, 2012

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UPDATE: Event registration now available!

Register HERE

We’re estimating that we can handle up to 50 participants, so please register as soon as you know you can come!


Join us at the NICA Fall Gathering on October 20, 2012,  at Wooley Mammoth Community to explore the topic, Transitioning: Relationships, Resilience & Sustainability. 

Many intentional communities (ICs) have led the way in being more sustainable, even if that’s not their stated purpose. Some that have sustainability as a primary goal are finding there is more discussion and more awareness of it in the wider culture.

We’ll look at ways in which attendees might might become more resilient. Come and share your own experiences and insights on how ICs are already more sustainable than most other North American living situations. We’ll also see how we can become more flexible and sustainable culturally as well as with our resources in a future with less oil and petroleum-based products, when we will not be able to depend on cars and long distance delivery systems for our food and other basic needs. Ongoing climate change could result in decaying infrastructures or even crash the globalized economy.

Within the framework of the Transition Movement, set into motion by the book, Transition Towns (first edition 2007) by Rob Hopkins, we’ll engage in a series of conversations to take inventory of our current strengths and challenges, and add ideas into the mix of how we can improve.

We plan to show an introductory video and review what’s been launched right here in our region, with the example of “Transition Whidbey.” Then we propose talking about the skill sets and systems which increase the flow of information between communities for mutual benefit. We may also examine how we can exchange ideas and resources with our happenstance neighbors, the people living and working around us –  gearing up for what may be of necessity more decentralized systems, depending less on larger governmental, corporate or public utility systems.

Current Details (more to follow):

  • Event: NICA Fall Gathering – Transitioning: Relationships, Resilience & Sustainability
  • Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
  • Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Location: Woolley Mammath Community (29148 Outlook Ln Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284)
  • RideShare Coordination: email rideshare@nwcommunities.org
  • Capacity: 50; please register here

Tentative Agenda:

  • Community reports
  • Background on the Transition Movement by David Mcleod,  on of the founders of Transition Whatcom
  • Report on what’s happened in the area since then plus the overlap/synergy of Transition initiatives and intentional community: Jamie Jedinak
  • Discussion: How are we already working in a Transition mode
  • Northwest examples, including intentional communities and other groups
  • Video presentation: Transition Whidbey

Map to Woolley Mammoth Community

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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