Abeja has lived at Emerald Earth with her family for the last six years, and she has lived in intentional community for the better part of the last 18 years. Folks still seem willing to put up with her.
Albert Bates is author of The Financial Collapse Survival Guide and Cookbook and 14 other books on energy, environment, and history, including Climate in Crisis (1990) and The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook (2006). A former environmental and civil rights lawyer, he has argued before the US Supreme Court and written a number of legislative acts. A cofounder and past president of the Global Ecovillage Network, he is presently GEN’s representative to the UN climate talks. When not inventing fuel wringers for algae or pyrolizing cookstoves, he teaches permaculture, village design, and natural building, and is a special advisor for Gaia University. He wrote the chapter on agriculture for State of the World 2010. His latest book is The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change (New Society 2010).
Alex Daniell, a personal financial advisor and small-scale residential builder, is a member of Walnut Street Coop in Eugene, Oregon and partner of Tree Bressen, a process and facilitation trainer in the communities movement. He is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society as well as The Wordos, a fantasy and science fiction writers group.
Alexis Zeigler has lived in intentional communities all of his adult life. He is also an activist, writer, and orchardist, currently living at Woodfolk House in central Virginia and helping start a sustainability-focused education center and community nearby called Living Energy Farm
. His website is conev.org
Alice A. Holstein, Ed.D.
Alice Holstein, Ed.D. has struggled with manic depression for 20 years, 12 of them horrific, before establishing a solid recovery in recent years. Her career as an Organization Development consultant, college teacher, and author was interrupted by the illness. She now works as a peer support specialist in the mental health field, also receiving the 2010 “Shooting Star” award from the Greater La Crosse Area Mental Health Coalition. Alice is a popular public speaker and is currently writing about mental illness as a spiritual path.
Alline has been a member of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
since 1999. She and her husband Kurt run the Milkweed Mercantile
, a strawbale, solar- and wind-powered Inn and Seminar Program. Contact her at alline AT milkweedmercantile.com—she’d love to hear from you.
Alyson Ewald is an organizer, fundraiser, baker, and founding member of Red Earth Farms
, a 76-acre community land trust in Missouri. She and her partner Mark experiment with permaculture, natural building, and child-raising together, with varying degrees of success.
Amara taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, a method of peer counseling, for over five years, and has been studying and practicing it since 1983. She developed her own approach to peer counseling in 1988, called Wholistic Peer Support, integrating many ideas from RC with spiritual meditation practices, psychic healing, and body-centered techniques. She is a member of La’akea Permaculture Community, near Pahoa, Hawaii. See amarakaruna.webs.com
for information on trainings and services from Amara, www.karunaarts.com
for her interfaith prayer flags, art, and Goddess clothing, and www.karunapublishing.com
for inspirational music, books, and children’s books. For more information on La’akea trainings, see www.permaculture-hawaii.com
Amoja Three Rivers
Amoja Three Rivers offers herstory presentations at festivals,
conferences, and colleges throughout the United States. With Blanche Jackson she founded
Market Wimmin, a cultural crafts and merchandising business, and the Accessible
African Hersotry Project. She is a co-founder of Maat Dompim Womyn of Color
Before joining Twin Oaks, Arizona worked as a software engineer. The fall of WorldCom/MCI soured her perspective on the modern corporate world and led her to work completely for herself while researching the problems with businesses in today’s world and our impacts on that world. Her findings left her searching for a better way of life.
Arjuna da Silva
Arjuna da Silva is an inveterate optimist, certified alchemical hypnotherapist, group facilitator, and visionary. She’ll be spending the next year settling into her gorgeous new home and landscape at Earthaven, while beginning several book-length projects about life in the 21st century.
Beatrice Briggs is the founding director of the International Institute for Facilitation and Change (IIFAC), a Mexico-based consulting group that specializes in participatory processes. The author of the manual Introduction to Consensus and many articles about group dynamics, Beatrice travels around the world, giving workshops and providing facilitation services in both English and Spanish. Home is Ecovillage Huehuecoyotl, near Tepoztlán, Mexico, where she has lived since 1998. www.iifac.org.
Blake Cothron is an artist, writer, organic agriculturalist, and holistic life teacher, currently founding the Vedic Living Farm project in Kentucky. He practices Ayurvedic medicine, Goddess worship, and Ashtananga Yoga, and can be reached at healandserve [AT] gmail.com.
Brandy Gallagher is one of the original founders and developers of O.U.R. Ecovillage and serves as the executive director of O.U.R. Community Association. Brandy’s passion for community building comes from four decades of living in communal or cooperative settings. Her most recently published work is the documentary, “Creating TOPIA: The Journey of Developing a School of Sustainable Community Building.”
Brian Toomey lives at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, and is a co-owner and editor on Sustainablog.org
, an online blog covering environmental issues. He enjoys reading, vegan whole foods cooking, and meditating. He also has a fanatic love of basketball and the Boston Celtics, and shares the Buddha’s desire that all beings be liberated from suffering.
Bucket Von Harmony
Bucket Von Harmony is a member of Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia. Twin Oaks Community has served as an example of cooperative living for 41 years. Bucket serves as Co-Secretary of the Federation of Egalitarian Communities and is on the Twin Oaks Membership Team. Bucket also gardens, home schools a six-year-old, cooks dinner for 100 people, and makes tofu.
Carol Pimentel was Mistress of Caballeros House in San Luis Obispo, California for over 20 years. She now resides with a housemate in Asheville, North Carolina, where she has a relaxed private practice as a counselor and organizing consultant. She is also Facilitator of Community Life at the Jubilee! Community. Wherever she finds herself, building community is Carol’s form of activism and her art in the world. She loves to share her experience and offers consulting, problem solving, and coaching to others living in or contemplating shared housing.
Caroline Estes, cofounder of Alpha Farm community in Oregonand Alpha Institute, which teaches consensus and offers facilitation services, has been teaching and facilitating consensus for more than 40 years. Caroline has taught consensus to most intentional community-
based facilitators in North America, and works with Hewlett-Packard, University of Massachusetts, the US Green Party, the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, and many other
Central Florida Cohousing
Chant Thomas practices environmental activism as a spiritual path at Trillium Community in the Siskiyou Mountains of southwest Oregon.
After spending almost two decades in the sprawling suburban sameness of an East Coast Jungle Gym, Chris Foraker escaped to the West where, fleeing the persistence of a quarter-life crisis, he found refuge in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. That's where he currently resides. In a school bus.
Christian and Johannes Zinzendorf
Christian and Johannes Zinzendorf are cofounders of the Hermitage, a spiritual community of Harmonists in the Mahantongo Valley of central Pennsylvania. They are also co-authors of The Big Book of Flax
, published in 2011 by Schiffer. The flax-to-linen process is one of the traditional crafts they keep alive both in person and on their video channel, attheHermitage, at youtube.com
. The Hermitage’s website is www.atthehermitage.org
. The authors may be reached at BroJoh [AT] yahoo.com.
Charles Durrett is an architect, author, and advocate of affordable, socially responsible and sustainable design who has made a major contribution in the last 20 years to a multi-disciplinary architecture and town planning—one that involves and empowers the inhabitants and enriches the sense of place and sense of community in both the urban and rural settings in which he works. Charles has designed over 50 cohousing communities in the United States, including Muir Commons, the first cohousing community in North America, and has consulted on many more around the world.
Coleen O’Connell, a member of the Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage community, has served on the leadership team for the project. Coleen is the Director/Faculty of the Ecological Teaching and Learning MS Program for educators at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her professional and personal passion has been to explore ecological literacy and sustainability in the context of our personal lifestyle choices. She has traveled internationally with students living in and studying the ecovillage movement. She cofounded a small ecovillage, Ravenwood, in the midcoast region of Maine which has been a teaching laboratory for Lesley University and the Audubon Expedition Institute (now the Expedition Education Institute). She can be reached at oconnell AT lesley.edu and welcomes your comments or questions.
Colin Doyle has been living since late 2010 at Lost Valley Educational Center in Dexter, Oregon (in the residential community now called Meadowsong Ecovillage). He is Lost Valley’s Program Director, in charge of its conference center and its courses on sustainability and personal development topics. He enjoys experiencing different types of life around the world and hiking up big mountains to see vast views.
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. is an author, educator, and core faculty member of the School of Holistic Studies at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California. His books include Terrapsychology: Re-engaging the Soul of Place and Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind (visit ecotherapyheals.com).
Damien Friedlund writes pseudonymously.
Dana Snyder-Grant is a resident of New View Cohousing in Acton, Massachusetts. She is a writer and clinical social worker, specializing in chronic illness and disability. Dana is the author of Just Like Life, Only More So and Other Stories of Illness
(2006), which includes tales of cohousing: justlikelifeonlymoreso.com
. She can be reached at danasg [AT] newview.org.
Darin Fenger is a prize-winning journalist working as a newspaper reporter in southern Arizona.
David Leach is an associate professor of writing at the University of Victoria and a former fellow at the Centre for Cooperative and Community-Based Economy. He is finishing a book about his kibbutz experiences, called Look Back to Galilee: Searching for Utopia in a Divided Land.
Devon Bonady lives with her family in a cabin in the treetops of the Oregon forest. She appreciates her new lifestyle as a mother, gardener, and environmental educator. She continues to learn many lessons from her constantly evolving community.
Diana Leafe Christian
Diana Leafe Christian, author of the books Creating a Life Together
and Finding Community,
is publisher of Ecovillages,
a free online newsletter about ecovillages worldwide (EcovillageNews.org
), and a columnist for Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) (gen.ecovillage.org
). She is a trainer in GEN’s Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) program, and speaks at conferences, offers consultations, and leads workshops internationally. See www.DianaLeafeChristian.org
Dianne G. Brause
Dianne G. Brause grew up in a close-knit farming community in the midwestern US. While doing her M.A. degree in New England she explored the concept of intentional community while living cooperatively with others running a retreat center. In the late 1980s, she cofounded an educational retreat and conference center in Oregon, where she lived until she returned to her birth community in rural Ohio to help her parents in their waning health. Currently, she is completing a Ph.D. program and is helping the newly founded Ubiquity University to make contact and links with intentional communities which may want to take in Ubiquity’s B.A. degree students for internships, apprenticeships, or training programs in areas of particular expertise and wisdom held by that community. Please contact Dianne at diannebrause [AT] ymail.com if your community or ecovillage might like to offer this type of opportunity for students from around the world.
After a career in allopathic medicine, Dona Willoughby currently lives her passion of healing—both humans and this beautiful planet we live on—at La’akea. She assists in teaching permaculture, herbal medicine, beekeeping, and Nonviolent Communication. Her daughter Aniko and grandson Kai’ea also live at La’akea.
Douglas Stevenson and his high school sweetheart/wife, Deborah, became members of The Farm Community in 1973. Douglas has served on the community’s board of directors, membership committee, and is currently engaged as The Farm Manager, overseeing community development projects. He also represents The Farm as the spokesperson to the press and outside media. His company, Village Media, recently completed the editing of Volume Two of Geoph Kozeny’s “Visions of Utopia” video project, profiling 10 different intentional communities. Douglas and Deborah have shared a co-housing residence with lifelong friends since 1985. They enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, who (along with their daughter and her husband) also live on The Farm. See www.thefarmcommunity.com and www.thefarmblog.org.
E. Christopher Mare, M.A.
Elizabeth Barrette writes and edits nonfiction, fiction, and poetry in diverse fields including speculative fiction, alternative spirituality, and community. She ran the Pagan magazine PanGaia
for 8 years and writes regularly for the Llewellyn annuals. Visit her blog The Wordsmith’s Forge
and coven website Greenhaven: A Pagan Tradition
Elke Cole lives in Victoria and designs, builds, and teaches “houses that love you back.” Her work both at home and internationally has been groundbreaking in introducing natural building to a wide audience and into the permit process in BC. Please visit www.elkecole.com to find out more.
Fred Lanphear has lived in various forms of intentional community for over 35 years. He is a cofounder of Songaia Cohousing near Seattle, where he currently lives and where he was initiated as an Elder in 2006. Fred was a cofounder of NW Intentional Communities Association (NICA) and serves on its Board of Directors. He also served on the Fellowship of Intentional Communities (FIC) Board for two terms.
Geoph Kozeny has lived in various kinds of communities for 34 years, and has been on the road for 19 years visiting communities— asking about their visions and realities, taking photos, and in general exploring what makes them tick. Presently, he is editing part two of a video documentary on intentional communities, aspiring to convey the vision and passion that drives the movement, and tell stories about what works. (Summer 2007)
Gudmundur Armann Petursson
Currently Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Montpelier, Vermont, Gwendolyn Hallsmith has over 25 years of experience working with municipal, regional, and state government in the United States and internationally, and is also Executive Director of Global Commmunity Initiatives (www.global-community.org
). Recently she has founded and developed the infrastructure at The Headwaters Garden and Learning Center, a new ecovillage in Cabot, Vermont. There are seven home sites, five of which are still available. The mission of the ecovillage is to be a demonstration community illustrating permaculture principles, and offering educational programs on everything ranging from sustainable communities, permaculture, and green design, to alternative and complementary healing and raising children to be world citizens. Contact Gwendolyn at gwenhs AT gmail dot com.
Heather M. Barnes
Heather M. Barnes has been teaching and facilitating youth groups since 1993. Currently she works at Howell Nature Center in Howell, Michigan, as an Outdoor Educator and Coordinator of the Heifer Global Village. No one has ever died on any of her programs.
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Helen Kolff is a cofounder of the Port Townsend EcoVillage, a retired educator, and currently is a community activist, wilderness guide, and grandmother.
Hilary Giovale is a mother, writer, and bellydance instructor in Flagstaff, Arizona. She holds a Master’s degree in sustainability from Northern Arizona University.
Born in Boulder, Colorado, James Collector, 24, graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in journalism. His quest is to answer the question: “How to be?” But he's not dying for answers; the search is the life lesson.
Jane Hillis has been a resident of Morehouse since 1992 and involved since 1974 in group living. She has a Ph.D. in Sensuality from More University and is a faculty member of the Lafayette Morehouse Sensuality Department. Jane studied psychology at UCLA and later completed her liberal arts degree at Antioch University in Venice, California. Jane and her husband Joe enjoy living communally and finding ways to have life improve as they age.
Janna Payne is a Canadian, who has lived intentionally in community in Los Angeles, California; Toronto, Ontario; and Cork, Ireland. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/jannaspeaks
Javan Kerby Bernakevitch
Javan Kerby Bernakevitch has been a long-standing environmental educator, professional communicator, facilitator, and editor. An O.U.R. Ecovillage resident, Javan continues to expand his knowledge and passion for sustainability through permaculture as a teacher-in-training and designer, piloting top-bar honeybee hives, natural building with a special interest in finish plasters such as waterproof tadelakt, and engaging public talks and workshops on permaculture and sustainability. He continues to actively contribute to his community through his passion for sustainability and by collaborating on articles with community residents.
Jennifer Ladd is a philanthropic coach and cofounder of Class Action, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cross-class efforts to educate about and eliminate classism. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Jennifer Munns Burnham (JaFoo)
Jesika Feather is a teacher, mother, and writer. Currently she is a member of the Heart and Spoon community in Eugene, Oregon.
Compostmeister Jesse Harasta lives at Bread and Roses Collective House in Syracuse, New York. He is an anthropologist at Syracuse University who studies minority language survival in Britain.
Jim Schenk founded Imago
with his wife Eileen in 1978 (www.imagoearth.org). He is passionately involved in creating Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage
as a local and national model for sustainable living in our urban areas. He edited the book What Does God Look Like in an Expanding Universe?
, an anthology with articles from such authors as Thomas Berry, Miriam Therese MacGillis, Brian Swimme, and Brooke Medicine Eagle, containing their reflections on “Where We Come From,” “Why Are We Here,” and “What Happens After Death.” He is also involved in planning a Bioneers Conference in Cincinnati, October 15-17, 2010, emphasizing Green Urbanism.
Joanna Winter is a planner with The Cohousing Company/McCamant & Durrett Architects. She has a background in sociology and has worked in local government on affordable housing development and policy. She studied intentional communities and community sociology at Grinnell College before receiving a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, and is currently working with the US Cohousing Association’s task group on affordable cohousing.
Johannes Zinzendorf is cofounder of the Hermitage, a spiritual community of Harmonists in the Mahantongo Valley of central Pennsylvania. The Hermitage’s website is www.atthehermitage.org
Jonathan Dawson is President of Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Executive Secretary of GEN-Europe, and author of Ecovillages: New Frontiers for Sustainability (Chelsea Green, 2006). He has worked in community economic development in Africa over the last 21 years as a project manager, researcher, and consultant. He lives at Findhorn Foundation in Scotland where he teaches courses on applied sustainability up to graduate level. Note: We preserve the spelling of our Commonwealth country authors. March 22-28, 2008 Positive Energy conference at Findhorn: www.findhorn.org/positiveenergy.
Joshua is an educator, facilitator, and consultant, whose mission is to support people interested in exploring and learning about the many facets of living in community. He is the co-founder of the True Nature Community and Education Center (truenaturecommunity.org) in Costa Rica and The CREER Service Organization (creerbelieve.org). Through his work he hopes to help people discover how they can create ways of holistic living filled with connection, support, and interdependence. When Joshua is not living in Costa Rica he resides in Asheville, North Carolina, where he is the coleader of the Asheville Communities Network (ashevillecommunitiesnetwork.com).
Joshua Finnell is Humanities Librarian at William Howard Doane Library at Denison University, Granville, Ohio. For the last three years, he has served on the advisory board for the Homestead. His work has appeared in Library Philosophy and Practice, Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and New Library World.
Joshua Lockyer teaches anthropology and environmental studies at Washington University in St. Louis, including classes on intentional communities. He would like to thank the following students who provided quotations used in this article: LeeAnn Felder, Annie Rose Fondaw, Gabriella Torcise, and John Wargofchik. He would also like to thank all the communities and communitarians who have helped him and his students along this journey.
Joyce Hollyday is a cofounder and co-pastor of Circle of Mercy, an ecumenical congregation in Asheville, North Carolina, and the author of several books, including Clothed with the Sun: Biblical Women, Social Justice, and Us.
Judith Bernstein moved from Oregon to California’s Central Coast in order to try life in cohousing at Oak Creek Commons in Paso Robles. She has many interests: the arts, writing about environmental preservation and sustainability issues, photography, and caring for cats at the local humane society. In addition to writing fiction and poetry, she works as a consultant for nonprofit organizations, focusing on fundraising and communications.
Jules Pelican has lived at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center since November 2004, and is married to OAEC resident James Pelican. She works for the BA Program at New College of California, whose degree program in Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community focuses on many of the skills needed for successful community building.
Julie Boerst lives at White Hawk Ecovillage with her husband and two children. She enjoys baking, reading, and walking (www.whitehawk.org).
After 25 years working with nonprofits to promote healthy, just, and sustainable food systems, Kai Siedenburg is taking a sabbatical to explore how she can follow her deepest callings and “be the change” that is needed on the planet at this time. She is grateful to live in a neighborhood village in Santa Cruz, California.
Karin Iona Sundberg
Karin Iona Sundberg is a writer, painter, and poet living in Eugene, Oregon. She lived at Lost Valley with her family from 1994-2003, and now makes her living as one of the flock at Hummingbird Wholesale.
Karina Sabot welcomes your correspondence at kasabot [AT] gmail.com.
Karl Steyaert is a facilitator, trainer, and consultant who enjoys cultivating life-serving systems for individuals and organizations. Formerly an educator and facilitator at the Findhorn community in Scotland, he has experience in formal consensus, Nonviolent Communication, and sociocratic decision-making methods. Karl is also the cofounder of Bodhi House, a living-learning community based in Oakland, California.
Freelance writer Kelly Barth and her partner and fellow Kawsmonaut, landscape painter Lisa Grossman, and their two cats live happily on little money in a very small house in Lawrence, Kansas. The two have been a part of the Kawsmos community since 2005—just in time for a year of studying the sun and the resultant “Lighten Up” energy-reduction project. All residents of Douglas County, Kansas, the Kawsmonauts meet monthly in each other’s homes for potlucks and interdisciplinary study and celebration of various aspects of their home bioregion, planet, galaxy, and universe.
Kim Crieger Goodwin
Kim Goodwin is a real estate broker, herbalist, and food rights educator in Eugene, Oregon. Her first direct experience with community was in helping an IC purchase their new home. She continues to love those “roads not yet traveled.”
Kim Scheidt is a founding member of Red Earth Farms community in northeast Missouri. She works at the national headquarters of the Fellowship for Intentional Community.
Kirsten Rohde is a member of the Goodenough Community and the president of the sponsoring non-profit, The American Association for the Furtherance of Community. Her home is at Sahale, although she still works some of her time in Seattle. Her first experience with community living was as a student in Ann Arbor living in housing provided by the Inter Cooperative Council. Kirsten works as a research nurse in the fields of Alzheimer’s Disease and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Kiva Bottero and Are Saltveit
Kiva Lindsey Goldstein, a Colorado native, took her first Morehouse course 16 years ago, and has been living in the community the past seven years. It was at Morehouse where she met and married her husband, Michael. Kiva studied at Naropa University in Boulder and was staff member of The World School of Massage in San Francisco, where she was certified in Holistic Health Education and massage therapy. She is currently training to teach Morehouse courses, which includes participating in ongoing research in sensuality and pleasurable living.
Kristina lives in California with her friends and family, in the community she calls “Orinda” in her writings. She has a master’s degree in psychological anthropology, but now works in the renewable energy field. She enjoys writing, gardening, cooking, yoga, traveling, taking care of her children, and spending time with friends.
Laird Schaub, a member of Sandhill Farm community in Missouri, has been doing consulting work on group process since 1987. A longtime activist in community networking, he has lived in community since 1974 and been involved with the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) since 1986; he is currently its Executive Secretary. 660-883-5545. Laird authors a blog which can be read at communityandconsensus.blogspot.com.
Lee Walker Warren
Lee Walker Warren a writer, herbalist, and the manager of Imani Farm, a cooperative homestead farm at Earthaven Ecovillage. She is a cofounder of the Village Terraces Cohousing Neighborhood (within Earthaven) and the Program Director of the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference (sewisewomen.com
). She has lived in community for 15 years.
Leila Dregger, 50, freelance journalist from Germany, former publisher of a women’s magazine and book writer, joined Tamera in 2003. She works in Tamera’s political network office especially to build a bridge to the Portuguese people. Her aim is to establish a school for peace journalism in Tamera. For more about Tamera, its visitor programs, and Summer University (July 25-August 5, 2010), see www.tamera.org.
Lindsay Hagamen lives, works, loves, and plays on the high plateau that descends off of Mt. Adams in Klickitat, Washington. She is a member of the Windward Line Family, believes we need to get back to the fundamentals in order to truly thrive together, and helps people transition toward the ecosexual life in workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest and on myloverearth.org
Liz Walker is cofounder of EcoVillage at Ithaca, and serves as Executive Director of the EVI‒Center for Sustainability Education. She has authored two books, EcoVillage at Ithaca: Pioneering a Sustainable Culture, and Choosing a Sustainable Future: Ideas and Inspiration from Ithaca, NY, both published by New Society Publishers.
The Sharing Gardens are an ever-evolving ministry and creative synthesis of the skills and experience of Llyn Peabody and Chris Burns. Llyn’s background is in education, communication, and organizing of all kinds: volunteers, personal and work spaces, and systems efficiency. Chris has 40+ years of organic gardening and 14 years of communal experience—sharing all things common.
Lois Arkin is the founder and Executive Director of the CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages (1980), the initial development organization for the Los Angeles Eco-Village (LAEV), and cofounder of its successive development organizations, the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust and the Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana Limited Equity Housing Cooperative. She lives and works in LAEV, is a former FIC board member, and former editor of the “Ecovillage Living” column for Communities. She is an Ecovillage Network of the Americas council representative for the Western US and a Board member of the Global Village Institute. Learn more about the Los Angeles Eco-Village at www.laecovillage.org
. Lois aspires to be a well-watered vegetable after she is composted in the LAEV courtyard garden, assuming she can get the zoning variance.
Lynn Farquhar has resided at the Lama Foundation since summer 2004. A former urbanite and a late-blooming gardener, she’s eager to swap tips on farming.
Lynne Goodman lived in the New York Morehouse for 18 years, the last seven of which she and her husband took the leadership position of being the “housemothers.” They have led many Mark Groups, introductory social evenings held around the country. Last year they moved to the Bay Area to live at the Oakland Morehouse. Lynne graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in English. She is now a graphic designer.
Ma'ikwe Schaub Ludwig
Ma’ikwe Schaub Ludwig has lived in intentional community for 17 years, and is currently a member of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Rutledge, Missouri, where she is co-organizing its five-week Ecovillage Design Education course for 2013. She is also author of Passion as Big as a Planet, which looks at the relationship between self-awareness and effective earth activism. Ma’ikwe teaches facilitation and consensus with her husband, Laird Schaub, and has also offered workshops on starting communities, leadership, and spiritual activism. Contact her at maikwe.ludwig AT gmail.com.
Maggie Sullivan is a Bloomington, Indiana native with a passion for sustainability and a deep love of the Midwest. She co-writes the green living blog www.greencouple.com
with her husband Will and serves as president of the nonprofit Center for Sustainable Living. Her favorite ecovillage is Lost Valley Educational Center where she studied permaculture in 2005, and she looks forward to having an ecovillage in her own hometown.
Maril Crabtree, a poet and essayist, grew up in the South, but adopted the Midwest as her homeland in the early ’60s and has lived in Kansas City (on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri state line) ever since. She has lived in intentional community nearly 25 years and looks forward to sharing a household again. You can reach her via her website, www.marilcrabtree.com.
Mark Mazziotti teaches natural building with varying degrees of success. He recently returned from South Africa where he is helping build an ecovillage that serves children affected by AIDS. He is planning to homestead this year at Red Earth Farms community in Rutledge, Missouri.
Markus Euler lives in the ZEGG Community near Berlin (www.zegg.de). He works there as an accountant and a workshop leader. As a writer he publishes articles about several issues, including community, money systems, love, and relationship.
Melanie Rios is a permaculture teacher and Executive Director at Lost Valley Center
. She is also an activist, gardener, and musician, and has lived in intentional community for 35 years.
Members of the Eugene Permaculture Guild listserv
Michael G. Smith
Michael G. Smith lives at Emerald Earth Sanctuary in Northern California, where he is working to build connection into every aspect of his life. When not building, teaching, gardening, writing, or attending meetings, he enjoys gathering wild mushrooms and eating acorns. See www.emeraldearth.org for upcoming workshops.
Michael Rios co-organized NFNC Summer Camp East (2004-2008) and NFNC Summer Camp West (2004) and co-founded Chrysalis Community in Arlington, Virginia (www.chrysalis-va.org).
Mollie Curry lived in a community of around 60 people in North Carolina for eleven years where she gained heaps of skills in natural building, cooking, and communicating. Currently she and her husband teach, design, and build "naturally" as MudStrawLove.
Molly Hollenbach is a freelance writer. She is working on a revised edition of her book, Lost and Found, a memoir about The Family commune in Taos, New Mexico, 1970 (University of New Mexico Press, 2004).
The Rev. Nancy Moore Roth is an ordained Episcopal priest, author of 13 books (including children’s hymnals co-authored with her husband, Robert Roth, as well as books on yoga, prayer, spirituality, and ecology), workshop and retreat leader, and environmental and community advocate based in Oberlin, Ohio. She is also mother of the Communities
editor. Visit her website at www.revnancyroth.org
Nick Licata is a Seattle City Council Member currently serving his third four-year term, which he won in a city-wide election with over 77 percent of the vote. He lived in the PRAG House collective for 25 years and was president for eight years of the Evergreen Land Trust, which owns five urban and rural properties, each administered by a resident collective.
While on the Seattle City Council, he has chaired committees dealing with parks, arts, police, fire, civil rights, and neighborhoods. He has also served as the vice-chair of the budget committee. Upon taking office in 1998, Nick instituted a poetry program for the Council, called Words' Worth, whereby curators select poets to read before each of Nick's official Council committee meetings. Nick has also started the Poet Populist program, the first poetry program in the US that invites citizens to elect their City's poet.
Pat Bryan works in the field of international education. She is a longtime Oregonian and has never lived in community. Oakleigh Meadow is a cohousing neighborhood in formation on the Willamette River in Eugene, Oregon. It is an intergenerational community of independent households committed to finding purpose and a sense of belonging through working, learning, and playing together in a neighborhood designed to make a small and beautiful footprint on the land. For more information, visit oakleighmeadow.org
Pati Diehl has been active in NFNC since its beginning in 1995, and served as co-organizer of NFNC Summer Camp West (2000-2004).
Paul Born is a best-selling author and activist who grew up with Mennonites—a people who taught him the value of the statement, “Whatever the problem, community is the answer.” He is the cofounder and president of the Tamarack Institute, a Canadian think tank and lab with a mandate to advance collaborative leadership, citizen engagement, and community innovation. Tamarack sponsors Vibrant Communities—Canada’s largest network of cities reducing poverty. Their goal is to reduce poverty for one million people. They are a quarter of the way there.
Rebecca Dale is a late-blooming communitarian living in Currents community in southeastern Ohio. She has been a farmer, worked as a nurse, librarian, and occasional free-lance writer, and used the freedom of retirement to complete graduate work in Earth Literacy and earn a certificate in permaculture design. Digging in the dirt and hanging out in the woods are high on her list of favorite things.
Sandy Brown Jensen
Sandy Brown Jensen lived for 20 years in Emissary of Divine Light intentional communities, primarily at Glen Ivy Community in southern California. She blogs at sandybrownjensen.com
. Her articles on community may be found in the Communal Studies Journal, Community College Moment
, and elsewhere. Sandy teaches English and is an Instructional Technology Specialist at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.
Sarah Fanslau (née Hewes)
Sarah Fanslau (née Hewes) was born in Blue Hill, Maine and currently resides in New York City. Sarah has a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics, where she studied social policy and development studies. Sarah’s work has been focused in the health and research sectors, where she has been interested in the intersection of social policy and cultural sociology. Currently, Sarah is working as a freelance writer and consultant.
Sarah Taub co-organized NFNC Summer Camp East (2004-2008) and co-founded Chrysalis Community. For more information on Network for a New Culture, visit www.nfnc.org.
Shepherd Bliss has run the organic Kokopelli Farm for the last 20 years, teaches at Dominican University of California, and has contributed to two dozen books. He is currently working with dogs and horses to help in the healing of veterans.
Skye Rios (with Melanie Rios)
Skye Rios is a chemistry major at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. Melanie Rios, in addition to being mom to Skye and his two siblings, is a permaculture designer and teacher in Eugene, Oregon.
Sophie Unwin coordinates Remade in Edinburgh and is researching a book about ecology and community.
Starhawk is the author of 11 books on Goddess religion, earth-based spirituality, and activism, including The Spiral Dance
; her picture book for young children, The Last Wild Witch
; and The Earth Path
, which weaves together permaculture and spirituality. Her twelfth book, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups
was published in Fall of 2011. She also directs Earth Activist Trainings
, offering permaculture design courses with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing, and collaborates with community organizations to bring permaculture to the inner city. Together with director Donna Read Cooper, she created the documentary Permaculture: The Growing Edge
, released in Fall of 2010. She is currently working with Yerba Buena Films to produce a feature film
from her novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing
, and to build earth-centered ethics and permaculture principles into the production itself.
Starhawk is one of the founders of the Pagan spiritual network Reclaiming
. She has lived collectively and worked collaboratively in many settings for more than three decades. She blogs at www.starhawksblog.org
and her website is www.starhawk.org
Atlanta poet and activist Stephen Wing is the author of Free Ralph!,
a comic novel with an environmental theme, and the creator of a line of original bumper stickers, Gaia-Love Graffiti. He has previously written for Communities
on the Rainbow Gatherings (still going strong). Email him at swing1027 [AT] gmail.com. For more of his writings, visit www.StephenWing.com
Ted Sterling lives at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. See also his article about Lothlorien in our “Student Housing Co-ops” issue, Communities #110, Spring 2001.
Tim Miller teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas and is a historian of American intentional communities. His books include The Quest for Utopia in Twentieth-Century America and The 60s Communes: Hippies and Beyond, both published by Syracuse University Press, and The Encyclopedic Guide to American Intentional Communities, published in 2013 by Richard Couper Press.
Tracy Matfin and coauthor Dona Willoughby live, learn, teach, and grow at La’akea Community, currently comprised of nine adults and two children on 23 acres on Hawaii’s Big Island (permaculture-hawaii.com
Tree Bressen is a group process consultant based in Eugene, Oregon, who works with intentional communities and other organizations on how to have meetings that are lively, productive, and connecting. Her website, www.treegroup.info, offers extensive free resources on consensus, facilitation, and more. (Tree uses a lower-case “i” in her articles as an expression of egalitarian values.)
Thirteen years ago Victoria Albright left a 25-year career as a medical writer and wellness educator in Houston, Texas, to explore holistic healing practices and environmental education. Her search led her to an earth-centered spirituality and a passion for simplicity, sustainability, service, and nonviolence. Victoria’s work as a community event consultant has included ecology conferences, sustainability fairs, feminine spirituality retreats and croning ceremonies, peace festivals, nonviolence workshops, and eco-education events for all ages. She is currently writing a facilitator guide for a 10-week series exploring The Wheel of Nonviolence, a personal and social transformation model based on the teachings of Gandhi. Her vision is to work with other cultural creatives to bring about a culture of peace.
Vivian Vaillant is one of the many people who have worked hard to make The Yarrow Ecovillage a successful reality in Yarrow, British Columbia (see www.yarrowecovillage.ca