In the author’s first, very intense intentional community immersion, revealing the truth led to love and intimacy. He left that group, but, in many spheres of life, emotional and intellectual honesty became his religion.
Relationships don’t exist in a vacuum. Through a culture of communication and support, communities can create the healthy container which relationships need in order to flourish.
A starter marriage, a spouse’s health crisis, and the small details that define each person shed light on the meaning of intimacy.
After a journey from nuclear family life through student coops, an ecovillager finds rich opportunities for intimacy, in many diverse forms—not just with lovers and family.
Women’s Empowerment Circles offer community-within-community, building trust, caring, and mutual support.
Do you think a half-century-old book on proper “womanhood,” much of whose advice is guaranteed to cause feminists to scream out in indignation, has nothing to teach us? Think again.
Despite widespread desire for community, structural and cultural obstacles to intentional community in the modern world loom large.
Also in This Issue (Print Version Only)
· INTIMACY: PAST , PRESENT, FUTURE
The power of intimacy extends beyond human relationships. The editor almost drowns in a chorus of birdsong, a flood of memories, and an ocean of possibilities.
· A NOMAD PONDERS FAMILY AND THE ECSTASY OF THE GROUP
To a former communitarian and long-time student of community, utopian experiments—some sweet, some gone sour—offer valuable lessons about oneness, diversity, and intimacy.
· LOVE IS THE ANSWER
Satyama Dawn Lasby
Transcending jealousy, attachment, and hurt is not only possible—it’s a spiritual experience, once one realizes that love is freedom, and freedom is truth.
· DREAMING IT UP: Our 20-Year Experiment with Open Marriage in Community
Jake and Bell
In relationships based on honesty and transparency, sharing is not as scary as it might seem.
· INTERNAL INTIMACY
Intimacy lives in our hearts and minds, connection comes in many forms, and both are available to us even if we’re alone.
· BEE INTIMACY
For a beekeeper, losing her intimate partners—her community’s honeybees—is just as painful a loss of relationship as any other.
· DIVERSE FORMS OF INTIMACIES
Romantic, physical, and sexual intimacy represent just a small portion of the kinds of closeness available to us. An introvert ponders the various manifestations of intimacy.
· MY SEARCH FOR COMMUNITY AND INTIMACY: Is Cohousing the Answer?
Robin A. Alexander
The path toward connection takes an aspiring communitarian through student rooming houses, group therapy, community-building workshops, and finally cohousing, with important lessons along the way.
· PUBLISHER'S NOTE: DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE: Communities Continues to Make Friends...and Lose Money
· COOPERATIVE GROUP SOLUTIONS: THE TYRANNY OF STRUCTURELESSNESS?
· COMMON HOUSES: WHERE ARE ALL THE PEOPLE?: A Study into Common House Vitality and Some Recommendations for Increasing its Use
Many common houses are woefully underused. By taking some basic steps, cohousing groups can change that.
· ON THE ROAD WITH COMMUNITIES
· SINGING FOR THE CAMERAS: Reality TV = Community Exposure?
The author dreams of informing 30 million viewers about intentional community.