Food as Celebration at NICA Spring Gathering: April 24 at Ravenna Kibbutz

NICA Spring Gathering
Saturday, April 24th
10 – 5 pm

hosted by:

Ravenna Kibbutz
6211 23rd Ave NE

, WA 98115
(dead end off 65th Ave)
Suggested donation (onsite): $10

parking on side streets, carpooling encouraged


Whether you live in an intentional community or are interested in the idea, please come and join in a day of sharing as we meet up with old friends, make new friends and together explore the theme of

“FOOD AS CELEBRATION: how food helps build community”

  • Share a happy memory around food
  • How does food create a sense of community for you
  • Do you have a ritual around food
  • How does food nourish your Spirit?

Help us anticipate the number of participants by registering here.


Daybreak Cohousing in Portland to host Fellowship of Intentional Communities semi-annual event, May 21-23

The FIC Invites NICA Members to Join Us in the Rose City!

The Fellowship for Intentional Community will be holding its semi-annual organizational meetings May 21-23, 2010 at newly constructed Daybreak Cohousing in Portland OR, and you’re invited!

Portland is a hotbed of community interest and this will mark the first time we’ve met in Oregon’s largest city. Topics in the queue include a proposal to hold an Art of Community weekend in northern CA in spring 2011, selection of this year’s recipient of the Geoph Kozeny Communitarian Award (Fred Lanphear was the inaugural recipient last year), discussion about collaborating with the Transition Town movement, and plans for enhancing our family of websites.

Thursday evening we’re having an evening soiree for people interested in community building to talk about their dreams, struggles, and accomplishments. Friday evening we’ll be meeting with Mark Lakeman of City Repair to discuss what they’ve been learning about building stronger neighborhoods.

This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with FIC’s movers and shakers, finding out where your energy might fit into the mix, and observing some consensus veterans in action. We hope you’ll join us for the camaraderie and stimulating conversation!

For reservations or to ask questions, contact:
Jenny Upton at (434) 361-1417 or by email at


Panel Discussion: Intentional Communities, Models for Sustainable Living

Do you long to recapture a sense of true community, where friends know and help one another? Learn why intentional communities are attracting increasing interest as models of cooperation, friendship and sustainable living. Tonight, members of NICA (Northwest Intentional Communities Association) from local communities share experiences and perspectives on the benefit of community life and touch on topics such as decision making, problem solving, structure, income and ownership. You’ll leave with inspiration and practical techniques for sustainable living wherever you live, serve or work!

The panel will consist of representatives from the following communities:

  • Ananda Community
  • Ravenna Kibbutz
  • Songaia Cohousing
  • Sherwood Co-Op

Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Location: East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE


Agenda and directions for NICA Fall Gathering

Here is the agenda for this Saturday’s gathering at the Ananda Community in Lynnwood, WA.

Click here for a printed agenda.

9:30 – Sign-in and gathering time with tea/coffee and juice
10:00 – Welcome and a song
10:05 – Welcome from Ananda Community – logistics
10:10 – Singing/Introduction of individuals and communities
10:40 – Reports – FIC, COHO, and NICA
10:55 – NICA website and internet connections
11:00 – Dances of Universal Peace
11:20 – Community Stories

12:30 – Lunch

1:30 – Singing/ Dance of Universal Peace

2:00 – Panel presentation and discussion:
What makes your community “HUM”? or
What creates and sustains the cultural life of our communities?

3:00 – Open Space Dialogue – selected topics
4:00 – Closing
4:30 – Tour of Ananda

Directions to Ananda Community in Lynnwood

From the South

Take I-5 North to Exit 181A. Stay in the far right lane of the exit, and go straight across 44th Ave. at the light to wind around onto 204th St. SW. In about ¼ mile, take the first right which is Larch Way. Go about ¼ mile and turn left into the Ananda Community (look for the white sign). Stay left at the fork in the drive and head to the back of the Community until you see the sign and building for Hansa Temple on your left. Park in any space without a number.

From the North

Take I-5 South to Exit 181. Stay in the LEFT lane of the exit (196th EAST), and following the curve of the exit enter onto 196th St. SW. Stay in the right lane, crossing over I-5, and take the first right onto Poplar Way. Turn right onto 204th St. SW at the 2nd light, go about ¼ mile and turn left onto Larch Way. See above (“From the South”) for remaining directions to the Branch Center.

Once you turn into the community take the left fork in the driveway and head around the back side where you will see a sign for Hansa / Yoga.

Here’s more information on the Ananda Community.

Fall Gathering Scheduled!

Set the date to join us for a day of community stories, singing and Universal Dances of Peace as well as a tour of Ananda, our hosting community. Ananda is located at: 20715 Larch Way, Lynnwood, WA. Guided by the theme, “What makes your community hum?,” we will explore together the question, “What creates and sustains the cultural life of our communities?” Watch for more information soon!