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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Transition Town Resources for NICA Fall Gathering 2012

The Transition Movement has spread quickly since it’s initiation in Great Britain, including several efforts here in the Northwest.

Key leadership of the movement in the Pacific Northwest will be leading sessions at the NICA Fall Gathering 2012. See more information here, and register for the event here.

Here are a few reference sites for learning more:

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

Click on this photo for more information on Transition Towns

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
  • 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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NICA Spring Gathering: Getting Better Results from Meetings, Sat. April 14

You are invited to NICA’s Spring Gathering on Saturday, April 14 at Duwamish Cohousing in West Seattle. The focus of the day will be on how to improve community meetings. We will have discussions and workshops on some of the following:

  • Improving Facilitation skills
  • What is Consensus Decision-Making? The basics
  • Consensus vs. “Consensus-minus-one”
  • The importance of taking good notes
  • Preparing an effective agenda
  • Fun exercises for building community


  • Event: NICA Spring Gathering-Getting Better Results from Meetings
  • Date: Saturday, April 14, 2012
  • Time: 10am to 4pm
  • Location: Duwamish Co-housing (6000 17th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106)
  • Lunch: Pot Luck
  • Suggested Donation: $10

Map and Directions:


Driving directions to Duwamish Co-Housing,  6000 17th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
From West Seattle Bridge

1. Head west on W Seattle Bridge (0.2 mi)

2. Take the Delridge Way SW exit toward SW Spokane St/S Seattle Comm. Col (0.2 mi)

3. Slight left onto Delridge Way SW (0.6 mi)

4. Turn left onto SW Oregon St  – 3rd light after the turn onto Delridge (128 ft)

5. Wind up Oregon, the arterial, (it has other names as you go up the hill, 23rd, Dawson) almost to the top of the hill

5. Turn right onto 17th Ave SW – follow the street to the very end (it is a dead end street) and park on the street. You will see a large building, the Common House, on the left.

Alternative and best option for parking

Access from 16th Ave, SW, and lots of on street parking:

You may continue on past 17th Ave; the street curves and becomes 16th Ave SW.  Continue south on 16th past the first sign for the South Seattle Community College; about a block past the first sign, on the left you see steps leading up to the college. Park on the street there.  Just across the street from the steps, you will see a wooden gate opening to a ramp.  Follow the ramp down and you will be in the Duwamish Co-housing  Community.  Turn right on the path and the Common House will be in front of you.

Directions on the bus:

Metro Bus #125 from downtown (it is the #11 coming from Madison Park, changes numbers downtown) comes to the South Seattle Community College entrance (less than a block from Duwamish Co-housing). It is very convenient.

Still need help? Call Frances Parks at 206-390-5855.

Facilitating a Meeting with Care and Skill Workshop, Tree Bressen, Oct. 15

Did you facilitate the monthly meeting only to freeze like a deer in the headlights when a conflict came up or someone acted inappropriately?

This workshop will cover the essentials of what every meeting facilitator needs to know. After going over the basic principles, we’ll practice skills such as reflective listening, how to intervene when someone is speaking too long, dealing with upsets, and other situations as brought forward by workshop participants.

This is a highly interactive workshop–come try out these key skills in a safe and supportive atmosphere.


  • Event: Facilitating a Meeting with Care and Skill
  • Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Location: Ravenna Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE, 98115); easily accessible by bus. See Metro Trip Planner for bus route assistance.
  • Cost: Gift Economy basis (Pay an amount that feels good and right and fair to you, that you can afford, and that you can give joyfully.)
  • To SIGN UP for or get more information on this workshop, contact Syd by email ( or call 206-679-5342