Finding and Living in an Intentional Community
Looking For An Intentional Community
Communities are where people live their lives. Some want a place where they can have interaction with others on a level that does not necessarily entail money. They want to capture the real meaning of the word community. A good quality of life is sort after and a more livable neighborhood type environment. This might mean different things to different people. They might seek out a community that will encompass what they are looking for. An intentional community (IC) can be focused on living close to nature, or living with people who have similar religious beliefs, similar ethnic background or who are a similar age. Communes, earthship communities, retirement communities are just a few of the examples of ICs.
The idea is to deal locally. Since it is a focused community it is easier to support the endeavors of their neighbors. They can buy local goods, support local businesses and interact with others who would be somewhat like minded.
Intentional communities are planned communities that are set up usually for a purpose other than profit. The purpose may be vague or very specific. There are many communities that are planned, rather than just springing up by a water source and expanding. They are built from plans that incorporate different areas like shopping and recreation. These are not necessarily IC's because the bottom line for them is to make money from the homes or units and the added amenities. The added golf courses, swimming pools and gyms bring more of the clients money to the planner/owner of the property. Therefore the purpose is essentially a business model. What can happen is more methods will be used to extract money from those living within the community. Stores will be screened for the sake of profit rather than the good of the neighborhood and fees will pop up everywhere.
Intentional communities are put together for more people oriented reasons, even though solvency has to be a consideration if it is to continue. Some of the reasons could be a more natural lifestyle, family focused, self-reliant or a religious lifestyle. There are different types that fall under this umbrella. The most obvious would be communes but others include co-housing, urban cooperatives and collectives.
Books about Intentional Communities
Places for Seniors
One type of intentional community is senior housing. Nursing homes are sometimes cited as a form of community housing. The thing with them is that most are a form people would prefer not to sample. Elders want options besides that. One nursing home option is the Eden or Green House concept. Another option would be assisted living facilities. Money, of course is a big factor. Medicaid is sometimes not accepted. Now there are many other options to chose from that require various levels of income.
We are familiar with senior communities that have spread to different areas. To live in them you must follow their rules. Many want to age in place which means you don't move. If you live in an apartment building with a large elderly population it could become a NORC.The meaning of this is Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities. Services through one or more organizations are offered. Similarly would be the Village Network. You stay in your own home and get together with others to get discounted senior services from screened agencies
Any of the other intentional communities could be geared towards a senior population. Cohousing, cruise ships, hotels and RV parks can offer ammenities that would benefit seniors.
Links on Communities
- Intentional Communities
This web site serves the growing communities' movement, providing resources for starting a community, finding a community home, living in community, and creating more community in your life.
- The Cohousing Association of the United States
Cohousing communities are old-fashioned neighborhoods created with a little ingenuity. They bring together the value of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living. That means common facilities and good connections with neighbors. All
A web chronology of the beginning and disbanding of this IC in Vermont.
- The Federation of Egalitarian Communities
is a union of egalitarian communities which have joined together in our common struggle to create a lifestyle based on equality, cooperation, and harmony with the earth.
- Walkable Communities, Inc.
Walkable communities are thriving, livable, sustainable places that give their residents safe transportation choices and improved quality of life. Walkable Communities, in partnership with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Inc.
- The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute
Our mission is to make cities and towns throughout the world walkable, bicycle and transit friendly, livable, sustainable, socially engaging and welcoming places by improving their built form. It is challenging to have good health when our environmen
- Sustainable Community Networks
Resources on sustainable communities.
- Blue Zones
The premise of Blue Zones is: identify the optimal lifestyle of longevity and you have a de facto formula of longevity.
- The Greater World Earthship Community
Greater World is committed to exploring and demonstrating ways to design our homes and modify our lifestyles in order to live without polluting and without depleting our resources; to use no more of our natural resources than is sustainable
- R.E.A.C.H., Earthship Community, a pictorial
R.E.A.C.H., the original Earthship community founded in 1989.
- America's most unusual planned communities
Whether it's a religious calling, a golfing itch or Disney-developed serenity, millions have found a way of life in communities that amount to mini worlds.
Different Forms of Communities on Videos
Cohousing is a type of community when a group of people chose to live in some part together. Some live in a single house where others live in separate housing and share tasks like cooking, cleaning and babysitting. There might be common outdoor space where children play or gardening takes place. Eating might be done together and a common recreation room and sitting room for everyone to enjoy. Some are for families others maybe for seniors. They might have written rules and regulations to live by and are democratically run. Household chores either might be rotated or divided according to ability and skill.
Places With Specialized Interests
A community can be established with any interest in mind. There are artists communities, musician villages, RV parks and others. Communities dedicated to building earthships and living sustainable are in the southwest. A Musician village has been established in New Orleans. Seattle and other areas are noted for their houseboats and people live on sailboats and cruise ships.
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Planned Communities in Conflict
- Not So Neighborly Associations Foreclosing On Homes
Capt. Mike Clauer was serving in Iraq when he learned that his home was sold because of missed HOA dues. In many states, it is relatively easy for HOAs to foreclose on members' homes for missed payments as little as a few hundred dollars.
- Flower Mound HOA drops lawsuit over solar panels on home
A Flower Mound homeowners' association has dropped a lawsuit against a couple who had installed solar panels on their home in violation of the association's covenants.
- Retirement Community Fights To Evict 6-Year-Old Girl (VIDEO)
A retirement community in Largo, Florida is fighting to evict six-year-old Kimberly Broffman from the home of her grandparents Jimmy and Judie Stottler, the only parents she's ever known. According to the development's bylaws, all residents must be o
- Private Governments?
You might own the house, the garden and the lot, but if you're one of the nearly 50 million Americans living in communities run by homeowners associations, you may find you don't have the freedom to do everything you like on your property.
- Judge: Homeowners association must pay pickup owner's legal fees
A 3 1/2-year legal battle over where an Odessa homeowner can park his pickup has come to a close.