West Coast Communities Conference

West Coast Communities Conference 2017


Fiscal Health in Communities




West Coast Communities Conference 2015

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Organized by SWICA - South West IC AllianceSouthwest Intentional Communities Alliance

And co-sponsored by the Fellowship for Intentional Community, Cohousing California, Terra Madre Gardens and Sustainable Living Institute

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Diana Leafe Christian, author of "Creating a Life Together"

Welcome to the 3rd Annual West Coast Communities Conference. Taking off from last year’s subject of economic justice, we are organizing this year’s topics around the subject of equitable and sustainable income and affordability.


Friday, September 29

1pm Gates open, registration and camping setup, visit tables, games and activities, tour of Terra Madre farm
Evening program: 
Welcome, Introductions. Sky Blue, Federation for Intentional Community, “History of intentional communities and what to expect from the conference”

Saturday, September 30

Keynote, Diana Leafe Christian: “Recipe for a Thriving Community: Establishing an Internal Economy with Social Enterprises, Community Labor Systems, and More.” Workshops: 

Al Lampell, Fair Oaks Eco-Village:
“Living in Community: What type of people do best in communities and why”
Craig Saloner, Emerald Village: “A Peek into the Emerald Village Financial World”
Panel discussion “How to Have a Healthy Community”
Lois Arkin, LA Ecovillage: "The Making and Thriving of LA Ecovillage"
Paul Brooks, The Communisphere: “The Communisphere - Visualizing Whole Systems”
Betsy Morris, Cohousing California: “The ABCs of Good Group Process”
Calah Lopez, Democracy at Work Network: “Worker Cooperatives in Intentional Community”
Joshua Alvord, Local Earth: “Ecovillage Playshop”
Panel discussion: “Financing your Community”

Sunday, October 1

Jonah Mesritz...Emerald Village:
“Steps to Buying your Community Property – lessons learned” 
GPaul Blundell, Compersia Community:
“Income Sharing – How various communities do it”
Jennifer Ierymenko, Social Score: “Evaluate how well places facilitate social connection”
Teresa Baker, LATCH Collective: “Cooperatives as a Business Model” 
Diana Leafe Christian: “Introduction to Sociocracy”
Raines Cohen, Cohousing California: “Regional Organizing”
Open space: create your own session 
Closing 3:30pm 

The event will be held in Escondido, CA, off Highway 15 between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Whether you're old hat to intentional community or just diving in for the first time, join us at the third annual West Coast Communities Conference to get the boost in skills, connections, and wisdom that will take your engagement to the next level. A blend of workshops and interactive social activities, we will go deep into the topics that matter most to our communities while also making time for joyous connections.

Inspired by the Communities Conference that takes place at Twin Oaks in Virginia each year, and organized with sponsorship from the Fellowship for Intentional Communities (FIC), this event promises to be a brilliant convergence of those who see the vital role community has to play in the trying times we live in. Anyone with interest or experience in cohousing, ecovillages, worker cooperatives, rural communes, artist collectives, or any other kind of communal enterprise is invited to participate.

Full registration: $180
Day rate available for individual days.
Work exchange: volunteer at the conference and receive the whole weekend registration for $100
Children up to age 5 are free, and ages 6-17 are half price.


September 29, 2017 at 1:00pm - October 01, 2017


Terra Madre Gardens
9928 Protea Gardens Rd
Escondido, CA 92026
United States
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West Coast Communities Conference · · 510-842-6224


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