Intentional Communities: Models for Sustainable Living Panel Discussion, Sept. 1

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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 for sustainable living. While living in an intentional community may not be for everybody, the lessons that are being learned, and the present models being developed, hold much promise for society as a whole. Join residents from several local communities as they share about some of the benefits of community living, including simple living and shared resources, sharing food growing and meals, a sense of belonging and creative participation, as well as more satisfying models of leadership and decision-making. There will be lots of time for questions. Presented by NICA (Northwest Intentional Communities Association.)


  • Event: Intentional Communities: Models for Sustainable Living Panel Discussion
  • Date: Thursday, September 1, 2011
  • Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Location:  East West Bookshop (6500 Roosevelt AVE NE Seattle WA 98115)
  • For more information, contact: 206-523-3726,

Permaculture to be Focus of NICA Spring Gathering, March 26, Maxwelton Creek Cohousing

NICA will hold its annual Spring Gathering this year on Saturday, March 26, from 10:15 to 4:15 at Maxwelton Creek CoHousing on Whidbey Island. The theme of the gathering will be Permaculture.

Suggested donation at the door is $10. Shuttle service will be available meet for those who depart on the 9:05 AM ferry from EDMONDS (see note below!); return time trips to the ferry will start at 3:00 pm.

We encourage people to bring a contribution for a potluck lunch, but we will provide some warm main dishes so you don’t have to bring more than you can carry on the ferry.

RSVP here to help us anticipate how many will be coming.

Additional information, including agenda, will follow soon!

NOTICE – The Mukilteo/Clinton ferry will be CLOSED for repairs on Saturday, March 26. To get to Clinton take the EDMONDS ferry at 9:10 am. For more information see Mukilteo Terminal Closure Announcement


NICA Panel Discussion-Wednesday, Oct. 13, East-West Bookshop

Small, intentional communities are an important part of the solution to the problems of our age, offering a much-needed example of a way of life based on co-operation, harmonious living, shared resources and human relationships. Their strength comes from their intention- the conscious purpose of coming together to create a better, more human-scaled lifestyle.

Learn more about this exciting new way of life as representatives from the diverse Shared Housing, Student Co-ops, ashrams, and Co-Housing communities that exist in the Seattle area share and answer questions on many of the facets of community living that have relevance to all of us: finances,relationships, communications, leadership, aging, ecology, permaculture, family, education, decision-making.


  • Event: NICA Panel Discussion: Hope for a Better World
  • Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010
  • Time: 7:00 to 8:30pm
  • Location: East West Bookshop (6509 Roosevelt, Seattle, WA)

Map and Directions:


Register today for NICA Spring Gathering

Ravenna Kibbutz has graciously offered to host our Spring Gathering this year. Please help us anticipate how many folks will be coming by registering here.

Pre-registration is NOT required; we’re only trying to get a rough idea of how many to expect for space and food considerations.

More information on the event can be found here.

Questions, comments, recommendations?  email

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 warm-ups

Here are some questions to prime the pump for the NICA Fall Gathering, to be hosted by the Ananda Community in Lynwood, WA:

  • What are the spoken or unspoken values that guide your relationships and your decision-making processes?
  • What gives your community strength?
  • How does your community wrestle with a culture that is built on spirit even if you don’t call it that?
  • How do people in your community feed their soul?
  • Do you have a specific ritual life?
  • What are your community traditions and what do they mean to you?
  • How do you celebrate?

Feel free to provide your thoughts as comments to this message.

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!