In the 1960s and ’70s, during the height of the back-to-the-land movement, thousands of folks gathered in communal living groups, pooling their resources and skills, and living as close to the land as possible. Places such as Findhorn Community in Scotland, The Farm in Tennessee and Twin Oaks Community in Virginia, which had their beginnings during that time period, are vital and active today.
Along the way, many of the small, rural and urban communities failed for lack of vision, finances or stick-to-itness; but around the world, people continued to gather on farms, in the mountains, and in co-housing apartments and ecovillages, such as EcoVillage at Ithaca. While the makeup of the communities and their residences may vary, the foundations are similar: sustainable, eco-friendly, intentional community. If you are wondering if communal life would suit you or are just interested in the hows and whys of today’s “communes,” check out the Fellowship for Intentional Community or order their directory, which lists more than 500 worldwide intentional communities.