Cohousing - Cooperative Housing - Shared Households - Cooperate Living - Eco Villages - Sustainability

Welcome Communitarians

If you're seeking information and resources for cohousing, cooperative housing, or any other type of Intentional Community - you've come to the right place 🙂 

NICA is a volunteer-based non-profit that provides support to Intentional Communities in the Cascadia region (Northwest US & BC).  Our purpose is to help communities grow.  We also assist those who would like to start their own community or join existing ones.

These are just 2 examples that illustrate the many different forms of Intentional Communities.  (1) Renters living together in a single-family home (cooperative housing) practicing cooperative living.  (2) A group constructs its own cohousing community with each person owning their own home (cohousing).  Learn more about Intentional Communities.

NICA Team

How Can We Help?

If you're seeking community check out our directory and helpful resources.

This a starting point for those who are curious about starting Cohousing, Shared Cooperative Housing, or any other type of Intentional Community.

Make use of our community resources to help your community flourish.

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What's an Intentional Community?

“An 'intentional community' is a group of people who have chosen to live together with a common purpose, working cooperatively to create a lifestyle that reflects their shared core values. The people may live together on a piece of rural land, in a suburban home, or in an urban neighborhood, and they may share a single residence or live in a cluster of dwellings.”
   - G. Kozeny

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Events

NICA Community Gatherings

We organize our Community Gathering event in the Fall and Spring every year for everyone to attend. Whether you are an active member or just starting a community, we invite you to attend our gatherings and be part of the Intentional Community movement in the Cascadia region.

Attending our events is the perfect opportunity for making acquaintances, taking part in workshops and seminars, as well as listening to guest speakers. It's a great way to socialize and network!  Learn more about our upcoming Community Gatherings and sign up to join the next one. We'd love to have you there.

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Events

If you organize or know of an event related to Intentional Communities please let us know.

Monthly Virtual Cooperative Housing Mixer (Seattle)

Come join us for a virtual cohousing mixer! We’ll be following a musical chairs format, where we pair people up and put them into breakout rooms to chat 1:1. It’s a great opportunity to find a house, fill a room, gather a group to start a new house, or just mingle with people from the …

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Directory

Directory

I'm Looking for Community

Check out our Looking For Community page to access the directory and other related resources to help you in your search.

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For Established / Forming Communities

Check out the Established Communities page to list your community opening.

Check out the Starting Community page to post your forming community to find new members.

Browse our directory for seekers that are looking for openings or to help your community form.

About NICA

NICA Team

We are a non-profit organization always in need of additional help from volunteers. No matter your talents and skills, we encourage you to join us and contribute to our cause - we would love to hear from you!

Our Mission

Our Mission is to grow and support Intentional Communities in the Northwest U.S. & British Columbia — a.k.a. Cascadia bioregion to make visible the many models of successful intentionally cooperative ways of living. We coordinate the exchange of knowledge and resources about Intentional Communities not only to showcase how they benefit members’ lives but to foster ecological, economic and social sustainability in the wider culture.

NICA’s Five Primary Purposes

  1. Ascertain and promote intentional community aims and values that contribute most to community sustainability;
  2. Facilitate communication and networking between local, regional, and national intentional community organizations;
  3. Foster and assist the study of and education on all major elements of intentional communities;
  4. Assist in organizing and financing efforts of and for sustainable communities;
  5. To coordinate the exchange of resources between communities and others.
 

What We Do

Our board of trustees currently meets monthly (the first Wednesday of each month usually, but dates can vary). We coordinate various projects that help the Intentional Community movement and organize our annual Community Gathering events.

These meetings are combined with potlucks and move around to different board members’ home communities. But for the time being, we are meeting up via Zoom calls. If you are interested in attending as a guest we are open to visitors. Please reach out to us to be scheduled on our upcoming meeting/call.

Our Community Gatherings take quite a lot of planning and organizing and we welcome volunteers that would like the help.  Each year we organize and host Community Gatherings in the spring and fall. These are 1-3 day-long events that provide opportunities for intentional communities in our region to meet each other, talk about similarities and differences, and share what has been learned. These events are not designed to be promotional, as in marketing any particular community. Typically, at least half of the attendees are current community members and seekers are welcome and usually attend too. If you are seeking members as a new or forming an Intentional Community (IC), these events are a great place to enhance your community’s visibility.

Brief History

The Northwest Intentional Communities Association was formed by a coalition of intentional communities’ representatives who gathered in the fall of 1992, spearheaded by John Affolter of the Teramanto community. The first meeting of NICA was held in the spring of 1993 at the Wesleyan Community on Vashon Island. This is when the bylaws and articles of incorporation were ratified. We incorporated in the Fall of 1993 as a Washington State nonprofit. We were involved in the 1993 Fellowship for Intentional Communities Celebration of Communities gatherings and have held gatherings ever since. We began publishing a newsletter in the Fall of 1992, and we successfully became a 501c3 tax-exempt organization in 1997.

A Big Thank You

We want to recognize and send a big thank you to everyone that has helped or volunteered for NICA.  If we missed you please send us a message and we'll add your name to the list.

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    Thanks for all the work you've done

Volunteer

Volunteer Openings

NICA is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers and we're looking to recruit individuals who would be interested in joining us. Take a look at the jobs available and if you feel that you can contribute, then please fill out the form to submit your application.

  • Administrative Assistance

    Assist with running weekly and monthly administrative processes.  Helpful to have the following experience or be willing to learn:

    • Working with Google sheets and preparing basic reports
    • Preparing newsletter (content will be provided)
    • Monitoring our inbox
    • Plus various other related tasks

    The workload is light needing several hours of work each month and you'll work alongside a board member to set you up and help you along the way.

  • Board Member

    Assist with board member duties such as fundraising, developing programs and policies, and advocating for the organization’s mission.  Should provide guidance and help to strengthen organizational capacity. 

I'm Interested

Fill out this form and we'll reach out to discuss our volunteer opportunities with you.

Please include the name of the position you are interested in and share any relevant experience.

I'm Interested

Fill out this form and we'll reach out to discuss our volunteer opportunities with you.

Please include the name of the position you are interested in and share any relevant experience.

Contact Us

Let's Talk

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or feedback. We'll be more than happy to provide an answer or direct you to the right place. Please keep in mind though that our team is made up of volunteers; hence, kindly bear with us if there's a delay in response times.

NICA Team