Emerging Theme: Cultivating Collective Liberation: Intentional Communities as Living Laboratories for Social Change
Although it's not in California this year, we believe cohousers and people seeking community can benefit from participation in the WCCC.
For beginners to long-timers who’ve lived in community, a place and way to enter into an intentional experience of community culture; to learn about the communities of the western US; gain understanding of the structures in use for group cooperation and decision making; celebrate the diverse types of community that exist; expand the potential of increased inclusiveness; and explore Intentional Community as a model for impacting wider social change.
Sahale Learning Center, run by the Goodenough Community, is an EcoVillage with a dozen residents, valuing permaculture principles, integrating human activities with the land, supporting human development and conscientious stewardship of all living things.
It’s located about 20 minutes from Belfair, WA. Sahale is an easy drive from Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and the Olympic Peninsula.
Learn more and register via the NICA website:
Join leaders in the regenerative communities movement for a unique 3-day retreat at the stunning Arcosanti urban laboratory in Arizona. Following the Arcosanti Convergence, this gathering is designed for organizations working at the intersection of sustainability and community. A series of Open Space sessions will guide us into project-focused working groups. Individuals, communities, and organizations wishing to become partners in GENNA Alliance are encouraged to attend. Together we can synergize our efforts for a thriving network!
>>> Register here! <<< (You will be redirected to NuMundo to book your tickets)
“We envision a world of interdependent cooperative communities stewarding the conditions of regeneration, justice, peace and abundance, in order to realize the full potential of flourishing for all life, for all generations to come.”
GENNA Alliance is a collaborative platform for organizations and individuals serving the regenerative communities network within North America. Initial partner organizations include: Global Ecovillage Network, Fellowship for Intentional Community, NuMundo, VillageLab, GEN-US, and NextGENNA. Representatives from these organizations will be present at the CoLab.
Current initiatives within the Alliance include:
- Data sharing
- Consultancy program
- Event organizing
- Collaborative fundraising
CoLab Event Highlights:
- Networking opportunities with sustainability thought-leaders
- Workshops on project development and capacity building
- Open space sessions to generate ideas and collaborate
- Opportunities to onboard to GENNA Alliance
Participants are encouraged to arrive at Arcosanti by the evening of October 8th and depart the morning of October 12th. If you would like to attend the Arcosanti Convergence from October 5-8, a combined Convergence and CoLab ticket (10% discount) can be purchased here: http://arco.life/
The closest airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and there is this regular shuttle from the airport to near Arcosanti ($30 each way). For logistical questions, please contact email@example.com.
- Camping + meals for 4 nights: $240 early-bird ($275 after August 22nd)
- Shared room + meals for 4 nights: $320 early-bird ($375 after August 22nd)
- Private room + meals for 4 nights: $410 early-bird ($475 after August 22nd)
- 10% discount for combined Convergence and CoLab Tickets
Thanks to the support of the Gaia Trust Foundation, we are able to offer scholarships to attend the GENNA CoLab. Priority will be given to organizations already part of GENNA Alliance, and next to organizations considering joining. Please complete this application form by September 1st to be considered for a scholarship.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Community for the Health of it
2019 National Cohousing Conference
May 30 – June 2, 2019 Portland, Oregon
Something for everyone —
those exploring the idea, newly forming groups or existing communities.
• Cohousing Bus Tours & Open Houses
• 2-days of Pre-Conference Intensives
• Multiple Tracks of sessions: Build It – Live It – Sustain It
• Facilitated Discussions
• Networking Opportunitieshttps://2019.cohousing.org/
The International Communal Studies Association (ICSA) thirteenth international conference, to be held in upstate New York, will explore strategies that intentional communities use to promote the inclusion and empowerment of persons of diverse abilities, cultures, races, economic backgrounds, religions, ages, genders, and sexualities. We especially welcome proposals related to intentional communities and community movements that focus on the experiences of particular groups that have historically been marginalized—as, for example, the Camphill movement does for persons with intellectual disabilities. What can the field of communal studies learn from the unique experiences of such communities? We also especially welcome proposals that explore the implications of community choices that seek to increase or to limit diversity. How have communities succeeded or failed in their efforts to increase diversity or strengthen inclusion? Under what circumstances is it appropriate or necessary for an intentional community to limit certain forms of diversity? What is the relationship between the mere presence of previously excluded persons in a community, and the full inclusion and empowerment of those persons? What lessons might intentional communities share with other persons and organizations committed to diversity, inclusion, and empowerment?