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:

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 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.


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;
  • Cost: $10
See the trailer and more information on the Within Reach Web site

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Photo Slideshow from NICA Fall Gathering 2012

Right around 50 folks attended at least part of the NICA Fall Gathering 2012.

Thanks to everyone who participated, particularly David Mcleod, who offered a presentation on Transition Whatcom, and Jamie Jedinak and other members of the  Wooley Mammoth who so graciously hosted this year’s event.

Here are a few glimpses of the event. Notes from the afternoon Open Space sessions will be posted soon.

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:

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
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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.