Los Angeles Area Intentional Community Summit – Sunday, April 23, 2017

We’re putting on the second Los Angeles Intentional Community Summit this Sunday!
It’s for all folks who live in or are interested in community living to get together and create a larger network, to learn about how other communities operate, discuss the issues that affect community life, etc.

Let’s eat some snacks and drink some drinks and get to know one another and our city’s communities. 

Where:     Sugar Shack, 4402 W Pico Blvd, LA CA 90019
When:      Sunday, April 23 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Bring:       Veggie Snacks and/or drinks to share + non-throwaway plates, utensils, cup

This is a leave no trace event

Please read details to make sure you’re a fit for this event.

 Please share it with anyone who might be interested!
Peter Dean
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National Cohousing Conference May 19-21, 2017, Nashville TN

THE 2017 NATIONAL COHOUSING CONFERENCE promises an amazing lineup of offerings, from innovative approaches to developing new and affordable communities, to potent ways to enhance our vibrant communities.WE WILL COVER cohousing basics as well as hot topics in sustainability and resiliency in both living green through energy efficiency, shared resources, and greener building, to how community sustains us for measurably healthier lifestyles.

The program will offer a tantalizing soup to nuts menu of session choices—something for everyone: those who are living it, those who are developing it, and those who are just dreaming about it. And with all of that there will still be plenty of time for conversations in the hallways, tours, and fun!

For more information, click on the links in the green box, or visit 2017 Conference Questions & Answers.

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 2017 National Cohousing Conference: Building Resilient Sustainable CommunitiesRegister Now!

THE 2017 NATIONAL COHOUSING CONFERENCE promises an amazing lineup of offerings, from innovative approaches to developing new and affordable communities, to potent ways to enhance our vibrant communities.

WE WILL COVER cohousing basics as well as hot topics in sustainability and resiliency in both living green through energy efficiency, shared resources, and greener building, to how community sustains us for measurably healthier lifestyles.

The program will offer a tantalizing soup to nuts menu of session choices—something for everyone: those who are living it, those who are developing it, and those who are just dreaming about it. And with all of that there will still be plenty of time for conversations in the hallways, tours, and fun!

For more information, click on the links in the green box, or visit 2017 Conference Questions & Answers.


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Greywater Installer’s Course – May 17 – 21, 2017 at L.A. Eco-Village

greywater img_4964-150x150Interested in learning how to install greywater systems?
Becoming a greywater installer for your area?
This course will teach you how to design and install these water-saving irrigation systems.  

You will learn about the theory behind simple and high-end systems including the indoor use of greywater. We’ll cover basic plumbing and landscaping skills needed for the four types of common simple greywater systems. You will learn how to conduct a site assessment, determine which system to install and how to maintain existing systems. Additionally you’ll learn about what plants do best with greywater and the do’s and don’t of residential greywater reuse. By the end of the course you will know about proper installation of code compliant washing machine, and simple systems under the CA state code.

There will be an optional exam and installation for people wishing to be certified and listed on our website. The “installer’s page” contains contact info for graduates who wish to be listed, as well as an internal list serve for installers to share info, experiences, and get support.

Learn more about the content and see the week’s schedule here.

 greywater 3 img_5176-150x150Cost $650. Limited work-trade positions available

(To apply for a work-trade position click here)

Register here

Location: Los Angeles Eco-Village (117 Bimini Place, Los Angeles, 90004)

What past participants have to say:

My favorite part of the course were the instructors, which I found incredibly knowledgeable and well prepared. I really liked the balance between the lecture and hands-on exercises. As someone who has designed and taught career educational classes, I think this course was designed masterfully and worthy of emulation. Instructing adult learners from a wide variety of levels is not easy. –Dorsey Moore- Principal- Sustainability for All

I really loved it all, it was a great balance of classroom hands-on stuff. The instructors were admirably prepared and incredibly generous. I really appreciate the balance of theory and practice. -Leigh Jerrard- owner of Greywater Corps and architect

Awesome experience, highly recommend it and I admire you both. My favorite parts were the exercises, the groups and the final project because it really showed we had learned. Having it set up this way is geniusDeva Luna- landscape contractor and Designer/Manager at EarthCare Landscaping

Tgreywater 2 img_5191-150x150he 5 day installer course was amazing! The teachers were both very patient and knowledgeable…. I found it very reassuring that the instructors were teaching systems that they had personally installed. They knew what worked and what didn’t from experience. It was neat to meet such a variety of people in the class such as landscapers, other plumbers and people that just wanted to install their own greywater systems in their own homes… I have gone from being a residential plumber to installing greywater systems and rain harvesting systems full time. I still refer to the useful handout binder that I received during the course when installing a greywater system. I felt very confident installing even the very first system I did on my own– Brian Munson – plumber (and now a Greywater Action instructor)

Are You Following the Burgeoning Tiny House Movement? Check it out March 5th & 6th

Are you Following the Burgeoning  Tiny House Movement?
Great chance to check it out here in Los Angeles:Lara french doors sustainable wood double glazed windows

Hang out with the LATCH Collective and partners

imaginopolis brings us… Tiny House in My Backyard! 

This creative demonstration event will help policymakers visualize the potential of tiny houses as backyard homes and villages, and your presence will show support for this housing option!

Come tour backyard homes in South LA during our open house hours.

Join our Reception for snacks and inspiring, imaginative talks from SolHaus Design, LA Mas, CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages at L.A. Eco-Village, THRIVE LA, Makes a Village, LATCH Collective, the American Tiny House Association, and more!


Sunday March 5th 3 pm – 4 pm

Sunday March 5th 1pm – 3pm
Monday March 6th 10am – 2pm

The open house outdoor event and reception will take place at 3833 Third Avenue, Los Angeles.

Register at www.imagineopolis.org/registration  to receive further event details.

See beautiful tiny house works of art:  LATCH Collective (LosAngeles Tiny Co-House Haven)

Please consider donating either $, time, or materials needed to make this event a smashing success! 
(Go fund me campaign is here)


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A weekend about Ecovillages and Sociocracy – Friday, March 3 – Sun March 5, 2017at L.A. Eco-Village. Attend any of the 3 events. Follow your passions

Diana Leafe Christian is author of Creating a Life Together and a well-known speaker and workshop trainer in the communities and ecovillage movements. Three events with Diana coming up: Friday, March 3rd at 7 pm – slideshow, How Ecovillages Worldwide Have Influenced the Wider Culture.     Sat, March 4, 10am-4 pm overview workshop, Introduction to Sociocracy for Ecovillages and Intentional Communities. Sociocracy, which means “governance by peers & colleagues” (also called Dynamic Governance), is a highly effective governance structure and decision-making method Diana now highly recommends instead of consensus.     Sun March 5 from 2pm to 6pm workshop on The Three Aspects of a Healthy Thriving Community                                                                                                                                                                   

Come to one or all three events.  See what fits your passions.
RSVP required for all events
: crsp@igc.org or 213/738-1254

All events will be held at 117 Bimini Pl, Los Angeles 90004 in the Los Angeles Eco-Village:

Diana Leafe Christian and friend
Diana Leafe Christian and friend

Here are the options:

Friday, March 3, 2017  from 7 to 10pm:
Slideshow & talk about Ecovillages around the world: How Ecovillages Worldwide Have Influenced their Wider Culture.  Diana’s tales and stories of beautiful ecovillages on four continents, many of which she’s visited, and how they are beneficially affecting their region, their country, or the Planet.  See reviews here.

Fee:  $5 to $20 sliding scale.
RSVP to:  crsp@igc.org or 213-738-1254

Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10am to 4pm*:

Introduction to Sociocracy for Ecovillages and Other Kinds of Intentional Communities. An overview of this effective governance structure and decision-making method, and one process, Selecting People for Roles (Sociocracy elections), a good-vibe meeting technique you can learn and use in your group.  Learn more here

Fee $70 to $90 (sliding scale).  Note that fees from been lowered for this event.
RSVP:   crsp@igc.org or 213-738-1254

Please note that this is an introduction to, or review of Sociocratic principles and practices.

*Lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30pm: bring your own brownbag or visit one of our many “around-the-corner” cafes.



Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 2pm to 6pm:

The Three Aspects of a Healthy Thriving Community. Includes eight antidotes to structural conflict, and overviews of:
1 – the 19 steps people typically take to start successful ecovillages and intentional communities
2 – community vision and mission, and
3 – a clear, thorough membership process.

Learn more here

Fee: $60 to $75 sliding scale.  Note that fees for this event have been raised.
RSVP to crsp@igc.org or 213-738-1254

Reservations required for all events: crsp@igc.org or 213/738-1254
All three events held at Los Angeles Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Pl, Los Angeles 90004

Pay at the door (the old fashioned way); if paying by check, make out to CRSP

More about Diana here:  www.dianaleafechristian.org.  Popular lecturer and trainer on diverse aspects of ecovillages, cohousing and intentional communities,  Diana makes a rare visit to Southern California.

Author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities and Finding Community: How to join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community, Diana is also the former editor of  “Communities Magazine.”

Diana’s expertise on community decision making and governance processes has brought international attention to  “sociocracy.”  Sociocracy is a governance for peers and colleagues using feedback loops to help an organization continuously improve.







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Conscious Dying:Preparing for a peaceful transition – Mar. 10-12, 2017 in Pacific Palisades

March 10, 11 & 12
Pacific Palisades, CA
Fri. 3pm – 9,   Sat. 9 – 6,    Sun. 10 – 6
Conscious Dying is an intensive, interactive workshop providing information and tools to
create a meaningful death free from suffering.
This workshop is open to professional and non-professional end-of-life caregivers and all those wishing to prepare for a conscious, peaceful transition.
Films, discussion and group exercises support the information shared in an intimate and nurturing environment. Advance health care directives and other legal documents are completed, signed and witnessed in the class.
Conscious Dying is Level II of The Art of Death Midwifery certificate program and the pre-requisite for Level III, After Death Care. Early registration is recommended.
“This workshop was such an education in my ongoing exploration of death, much more than I expected. I really enjoyed the balance of practical and spiritual information.”   B. Rinehart

Topics explored:
  • Understanding your options for end-of-life care
  • Avoiding the ER – Life support vs Death Support
  • Completing advance directives for health care
  • The physical process of dying
  • Ceasing nutrition and hydration
  • Pain vs suffering
  • Physician Assisted Death – before you decide
  • Spiritual perspectives on the dying process
  • Organ donation 
  • Healing relationships / saying goodbye /letting go
  • The living funeral
  • Creating your Death File
“Olivia personifies the sense of sacred through and through. Her content touches the heart and her information hits the spot of what we need to know personally, legally and professionally in this business. Highly recommended.”  – S. Whizin

Space is limited to 15 students to maintain the intimacy of the group
This class fills quickly, early reservations recommended
Early bird $50 discount if confirmed by February 1st
CONSCIOUS DYING is held in a private home in Pacific Palisades, CA. 
For more information and for payment options please e-mail Olivia 
to reserve your place with non-refundable deposit.

“This workshop was practically informative as well as deeply spiritual. Olivia’s reverence and passion for this work is profound. She is a pioneering light-being in the realm of conscious dying. ”  – S. Rhedmon

This class is open to anyone and is also Level II of  The Art of Death Midwifery program an in-depth training for professional and non-professional end-of-life caregivers and those seeking to prepare for a conscious, peaceful transition. Please check the website for the 2017 class schedule and contact Olivia if you are interested in enrolling in the program.  Olivia@sacredcrossings.com
Workshop Facilitator
Rev. Olivia Bareham, founder of Sacred Crossings is an Inter-faith Minister with a BA in Natural Theology and Sacred Healing. She is a certified Death Midwife, Celebrant and Home Funeral Guide currently assisting individuals seeking a conscious dying experience and guiding their families in home-based after death care. Olivia is also a hospice volunteer, author and public speaker, a member of the National Home Funeral Alliance: www.homefuneralalliance.org and Advisory Board member of Anam Cara Compassionate Care Center  www.anamcarala.org
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Conscious Life Expo – Feb 10 – 13, 2017 at the LAX Hilton

Come hang out at the Los Angeles Eco-Village booth #P30


Come to our Intentional Community Panel on Saturday, Feb 11 from 4:30 to 6:30pm at the Permaculture Plaza.  L.A. Eco-Village founder Lois Arkin will be moderating with panelists Ray Cirino (the one and only), Permaculturist Tyler Hess, and Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust Founder Lara Morrison.  If you are a member of a local intentional community, c’mon out to this event for IC networking!

Also appearing at the Festival Friday 2/10/17 from 5:30pm to 7pm in the LaJolla Room

John Perkins for Earth

Barbara Marx Hubbard for Air

Lynn Andrews for Fire

Michiko Hayashi for Water


Vandana Shiva

AND MUCH MORE:  www.consciouslifeexpo.com

check it out!

If you’re pretty familiar with LA Eco-Village and would like to help staff our booth, please contact Lois asap:  crsp@igc.org or 213/738-1254







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Mutual Aid Network Cooperative with Stephanie Rearick Sat., Dec 10 from 2 to 4pm at L.A. Eco-Village

Communities around the world are piloting Mutual Aid Networks (MAN) designed to meet life’s economic needs – food justice, work redesign, sustainable energy, community justice, housing and transportation access, travel and culture exchange, etc. Local MANs are connecting in a global cooperative, the Main MAN, in order to support each other’s success and build a network of networks that can engage the 100% in a neighborly global economy.

We’re hosting a gathering of people and organizations in Los Angeles to learn what the Mutual Aid Network framework can do and explore how it might help us meet our goals – as individuals, as organizations, and in partnership with one another. Those of us who choose to proceed will determine goals and next steps.


About Stephanie Rearick
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Stephanie  is founder of the Dane Countysr-akron-hi-14l0247 TimeBank, a 2800-member time exchange, and Creative Director of Mutual Aid Networks. In addition to her work in cooperative economics, Rearick is co-owner of Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse and works as a musician.
Date & Time:      Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 2 to 4pm
Place:                     L.A. Eco-Village
                                 117 Bimini Pl

                                 Los Angeles 90004*

No Reservations required:  mailto:crsp@igc.org or 213/738-1254
Free event but donations welcome to benefit MAN and Arroyo Sustainable Economies Community Organization (Arroyo S.E.C.O.)


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West Coast Communities Conference Thursday Sept. 29 – Sun. Oct 2, 2016 Northern California

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Thursday Sept 29 ― Sunday Oct 2
at Groundswell Institute a queer ecovillage and retreat center
2 hours north of the San Francisco CA Bay Area
Co-Sponsored by the Fellowship for Intentional Community

West Coast Communities Conference 2015 LogoWest Coast Communities Conference: Racial & Economic Justice

Get details and register here

Whether old hat to intentional community or just diving in for the first time, join us at the second annual West Coast Communities Conference to get the boost in skills, connections, and wisdom that will take your engagement to the next West Coast Communities Conference - Assembly 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) and Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC), 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 worker cooperatives, rural communes, artist collectives, or any other kind of communal enterprise is invited to participate.

West Coast Communities Conference - Chatting The focus for this year’s conference will be on racial and economic justice. These struggles remain present in our lives and more evident than ever – so, we feel it is essential for us to focus on these issues within the communities movement. We have tremendous potential to be leaders in confronting racial and economic disparities, and we also have a long way to go before our own movement reflects the diversity of our country. Continued discussion is key, so we are encouraging all presenters to find ways to bring these subjects into their workshops or activities and for WCCC participants to come with both ideas and open minds.

We will be limiting attendance to around 100 in order to minimize impact on our land, so please register to ensure your spot. Registration fees are $100 for tenting and $150 for cabins, which includes access to all programs and three scrumptious hot meals a day. In addition, there are day passes for those who don’t wish to stay overnight. Plentiful scholarship and work trade options are available – we do not want economic status to be a barrier to attending this event.

Register Now!

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Social Permaculture Intensive with Pandora Thomas & Starhawk – September 28 – October 2, 2016 at QuailSprings CA


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& starhawk

SEPT. 28 – OCT. 2, 2016

Land Restoration Training

Course Description

How can permaculture principles bring people together to co-create and empower one another to transform patterns of unjust power into healing, nurturing and inspirational collaborative experiences?

All groups deal with issues of power, conflict and the need to make decisions. In this five-day intensive, using approaches inspired by permaculture principles, we’ll explore how to structure our groups for maximum group health, how to share power fairly, improve our communication skills, mediate conflicts and facilitate group processes. And we’ll share tools for decision making and constructive critique.

We’ll balance the process work with time outdoors in nature, including hands-on work on the land, as well as walks, bird sits and wilderness awareness. Insights from permaculture, magic, and indigenous wisdom will help us learn to be more effective and joyful as we work together to regenerate our world.

This course is for you if you belong to a group or organization seeking to make change; a nonprofit or NGO that seeks to work collaboratively; a spiritual circle, ritual group, or faith community; a community group, Transition Town, collective, or worker-run cooperative; an intentional community or household or hope to start one; a collaborative arts, theater, or music group; a family or a community of friends that want to improve communications and ways of handling conflict.

Topics we will explore

  • Design beneficial relationships
  • Value diversity and edge
  • Stack functions
  • Design the physical to support the social
  • Working with diversity—race, gender, class, sexual orientation, etc.


Pandora Thomas

Pandora Thomas

Pandora Thomas is a passionate global citizen who works as a teacher, writer, designer and speaker. She studied at Columbia and Tufts University and with several permaculture and greenbuilding design programs. Her writing includes a children’s book, various curricula and a manual entitled “Shades of Green” for individuals wanting to teach green building to youth. She has keynoted and lectured on topics ranging from diversity, social justice, youth and women’s leadership, social entrepreneurship and sustainability. She has taught groups as diverse as Iraqi and Indonesian youth to men serving in San Quentin creating inspiring and hands on programs around permaculture design, sustainability, and outdoor and environmental education.

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Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and one of the most respected voices in modern Goddess religion and earth-based spirituality. She is the author or coauthor of thirteen books, including the classics The Spiral Dance and The Fifth Sacred Thing.

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Registration Information

  • Course Tuition: $825
  • Course fee includes: Instruction, catered meals and camping accommodations


  • Early Bird: $150 discount (Discount Code: SOCBIRD – Expires: August 1st)
  • Bring A Friend: $50 discount (each) for couples or friends attending the course together (Discount Code: SOC4TWO)
  • Financial aid: Payment plans and limited partial scholarships (based on low income / financial need & intention to use the training) available by application. Inquire early to apply for financial aid by sending your application request via email directly to permaculture@quailsprings.org

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