Communify Un-Conference in San Diego, Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9am to 6pm

Join us at COMMUNIFY San Diego:     Communify un-conference

A gathering of pioneers, seekers, neighbors, organizers, dreamers, trainers, leaders, and activists reclaiming a more sustainable world through intentional communities, cooperative culture, deep democracy, and participatory economics.  

Saturday, March 7, 2015 9am-6pm at San Diego Friends Center  

People in intentional and traditional communities around the world are already living more green, peaceful, and abundant ways of life.

Reclaiming the power of cooperative human connections, people everywhere have been asking questions that lead back to more satisfying lives. We’re busy reinventing what we own, how we spend time, grow food, earn a living, do business, invest money, and participate in our neighborhoods and governments.

Get the jump on Earth Day. Meet, learn, share, and break bread with old and new friends across community movements here in southern California. There’s plenty of time to network and strategize next steps forward.

Sustainable Community is Within Reach!  

Communify San Diego is an unconference.  Using “open space technology” we will convene a marketplace of ideas when everyone can propose sessions on the topics they are most interested in. Sessions can be skills-sharing, discussions, interviews, games, or presentations.  Opportunities to get to know each other will include “Speed Dating” and “Deepening Connection” sessions. Other sessions have been proposed and are invited include:

  • Dealing with Difference – Communication Games and Technologies of Participation
  • Conscious Elders & Aging in Community
  • Wisdom Circles and Restorative Justice
  • Post-Occupy Organizing of the Commons
  • Sacred Economics
  • Slow Money, Crowdfunding, & Participatory Budgeting

We’ll also share opening and closing circles, a panel of special speakers, info tables for partner groups, raffle prizes to benefit Fellowship for Intentional Community and our local host.  Morning coffee, healthy snacks and lunch are provided.

Special Guests & Presenters  

Lois Arkin, Founder of Los Angeles Eco-Village
CASA: Consejo de Asentamientos Sustentables de las Américas
Diana Leafe Christian, author of Creating a Life Together, and Finding Community
Raines Cohen certified Senior Advisor / Cohousing Coach
Betsy Morris, PhD, Cohousing Researchers Network, and author of “Making Cohousing Affordable,” and “Urban Redevelopment and the Emerging Community Sector.”
Plus YOU, bringing the topics you want to learn about or share.

Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9am to 6pm

San Diego Friends Center:
San Diego Friends Center
3850 Westgate Pl
San Diego, CA 92105
Google map and directions

$65 in advance;  $75 at the door.
Partner discounts, work-trade/volunteer rebates are still available or call 619-457-6198 (voice/SMS) for more information.

Betsy and Raines · · 619-457-6198

Will you come?
RSVP on Facebook
AND purchase a ticket here

More info here:
Communify unconference About San Diego

Add-on Events 

Weeknight showing of Within Reach, Friday evening at colab.

Sunday 1:30-6:30pm –  Tour and Half Day Intensive at Emerald Village in Rio Vista,  specifically on the nuts and bolts of developing cohousing and ecovillages — people, place, and process.

Communify San Diego is produced by Cohousing California partners, Cohousing Coaches Betsy Morris & Raines Cohen, of Planning for Sustainable Communities, in Berkeley, CA and the San Diego Local Hosts, Patti Shields, Jonah, Mesritz, Andrea Carter, and Mariah Gayler.

Cohousing California is pleased to promote the work of our organizational partners including the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Cohousing Association of the US, and CASA, the South American regional association of the Global Ecovillages Network, and CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages.

Tax-exempt donations are welcome through our nonprofit sponsor, the Fellowship for Intentional Community (




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Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit, February 24-25, 2015 at the Natural History Museum, Los Angeles

Conference website:  *

Living Soil +Carbon Sequestration + Native Plants = soil security = water security.

Twenty prominent presenters over two days in dialogue with Summit attendees will share strategies for:

• Restoring urban soils

• Reducing drought

• Creating a more verdant and economically viable city, and

• Sequestering carbon in the soil biome to reverse climate change.

Here in the City of Angels is the beginning of the collaboration with the billions of angels in the soil biome beneath our feet  to restore the soils of America’s urban environments.

The Summit host, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, located in Exposition Park, near downtown Los Angeles, seeks to inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds and empower the widest possible audience to enjoy, value and become stewards of the living Earth. The Museum believes that human beings are connected — to each other, to communities, to other species, and to the Earth.

As humans increasingly influence natural systems, it is critical that we understand these relationships. Therefore, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has donated all facilities and resources  during this Summit in order to spark the necessary dialogue around urban soil and water security.

Spend some time wandering in the beautiful gardens.    Learn more about the Museum at:

See conference website for sponsors and registration:

* not to be confused with the Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana Limited Equity Housing Cooperative in Los Angeles Eco-Village

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Permaculture Voices 2015, March 4-8, 2015 Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina: San Diego, CA

PV2 features speakers such as Diana Leafe Christian, Paul Stamets, Gunter Pauli, Maddy Harland, Dr. Elaine Ingham, Starhawk, Mark Shepard, Larry Santoyo, Toby Hemenway, Pandora Thomas and more
Overall there will be over 60 presenters and 100 hours of content talking about everything from broadacre permaculture to social permaculture to green business.
There will be extensive networking opportunities throughout the event including two parties.
Event Logistics:
March 4-8, 2015
San Diego, CA – Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
More Information:
Want to be a part of the change, either on a personal or business level?
PV2 isn’t just another permaculture convergence that focuses on hyper-local DIY skill building and resiliency; we instead decided to look bigger.
We are blending the practical techniques and tactics found in workshops with the entrepreneurial spirit and opportunity of a business conference.
We have brought together a diverse group of creative and innovative doers in a variety of fields looking to share experiences, knowledge, connect, and create in ways that increase passion, purpose and profit.
These doers come from a variety of fields both within and outside of permaculture. Each field has its own needs and yields. It is this edge that creates the opportunity for things to happen, and it is this opportunity that offers value to the attendees – how can you fill needs and utilize yields to create more value.
Why we organized PV2 the way that we did.
At PV1 we realized that the attendees themselves were a wealth of knowledge and a diverse collection of needs and yields. Given that, we have focused on turning some of the conversation away from the stage and into the audience to create an experience for diverse participants to share ideas, discover opportunities, and create strategies and connections that enable meaningful and financially viable creations.
We want to see a massive impact on an environmental, social, and financial level, so PV2 will be heavily focused on right livelihood – making a living within the permaculture space.
Business fuels change and we believe in the power of utilizing business for positive change.  You may be involved in a business in some way as an employee or an owner, and given the time spent on(in) that business, it has a huge effect on your life, both financially and emotionally. If your values aren’t aligned with what you do, then it isn’t sustainable.
Therefore PV2 is planned to help inspire change on a personal level and an organizational level in a way that maximizes the triple bottom line.
We want to help people make business more sustainable and we want to help promote and grow the next generation of regenerative businesses.
If you aren’t a business owner or an employee you can still benefit by participating in this discussion because there is a lot of opportunity and needs out there. And there will be a lot of change makers at PV2 looking for help. If you want to help, then you’ll be in the right place.
Los Angeles Eco-Villagers Laura Allen and Lois Arkin will also be at this conference
.  Come hang out with Laura at the Greywater Action table on Thursday and Friday. 3/5 & 6.  And with Lois at Diane Leafe Christians workshop Friday  3/6 from 1:30 to 2:30pm.
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National Cohousing Conference – May 29-31, 2015 in Durham NC

The conference promises amazing offerings:
from innovative approaches to developing new and affordable communities, to potent ways to enhance our vibrant communities.We’ll cover cohousing basics as well as hot topics in sustainability, community building, and the evolving definition of cohousing. Our “next generation theme,” will explore the new wave of urban, senior and agricultural communities, check in with our now-adult children of cohousing, and celebrate communities that have thrived for over 20 years.A packed agenda yes, but plenty of time for networking, special gatherings, and fun!
Read more for details, and sneak preview of offerings, and visit our
Learn more about cohousing here:
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Call for Papers by May 15, 2015 for Communal Studies Association Conference October 1-3, 2015 in Pleasant Hill Kentucky

Call for Papers

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Conference
Marking the Land:  How Intentional Communities Shape
Their Surrounding Physical & Social Landscapes

The 2015 Conference of the Communal Studies Association will be held at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. In 1806, Shaker missionary visits to this area stimulated religious revivals and Shaker conversions which led to the establishment of the Pleasant Hill community. By the 1820s, Pleasant Hill was one of the largest Shaker communities in America. The Shakers at Pleasant Hill actively shaped a landscape that was entirely distinct from the physical and social landscapes of the surrounding region, making Pleasant Hill a Kentucky showpiece.

Intentional communities make their mark on the places they inhabit. That mark might be in the physical transformation of the landscape that sustains the community. It might be the design or transformation of the structures that shelter the community. Or it might be the creation or reorganization of a distinct social landscape. Landscape transformation lies close to the heart of the communal impulse.

We seek the widest range of participation at CSA’s 2015. Paper proposals may address any aspect of communal and intentional group studies, historical and contemporary, alike. We especially encourage paper proposals addressing the theme of landscape transformation, broadly constructed. CSA welcomes proposals from graduate and undergraduate students, first-time presenters, and professional and amateur scholars alike.

Deadline for Submission of Paper and Session Proposals:
May 15, 2015

Use our website form to send your presentation title, a 150-word maximum abstract, and a brief (100 word) biographical statement and contact information. Only on-line proposals will be accepted.

For information contact Program Chair, Carol Medlicott, at All presenters will be notified by email in August 2015.  A limited amount of financial support is available for graduate student assistance. If applicable, please indicate your interest with your on-line proposal submission. Successful applicants will be notified of financial support by email in August 2015.

The Communal Studies Association is an interdisciplinary organization for people living in intentional communities, historic site personnel and academics representing topics including history, anthropology, religious studies, sociology, political science, and others. Each year, the CSA’s annual conference is held at the site of an historic intentional community. For more information about the organization, see our website.

Torang Asadi
Communal Studies Association
Communal Studies Association | P.O. Box 122 | Amana | IA | 52203


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The Economics of Happiness Conference in Portland OR February 27 – March 1, 2015

Videos from our past conferences

The Portland area is a hotbed of localization initiatives and we will be joined by at least 50 partner organizations, offering workshops on everything from local investing to storytelling, alternative economic indicators to earth-based education. There will also be more than 20 speakers from around the US and the world, who will be covering a range of interconnected topics – local food, technology, healthcare, local business, indigenous rights, environmental justice and much, much more.

If you can’t make it yourself, invite your friends on Facebook and look out for the videos, which will be posted online after the conference.

Conference details and registration here

For more fascinating information on the Economics of Happiness, including videos and resources, go here.

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Rocket Stove & Sustainable Architecture Combined Workshop! April 19 – 26, 2015 at Cal-Earth, Hesperia CA

Come join Cal-Earth as we combine sustainable architecture with sustainable heating systems! This combination workshop is very hands-on and is geared towards anyone who wants to learn to build and create a useable space right away. In this workshop you will learn how to build your own house and how to build a super high-efficiency rocket stove (masonry heater) in only eight days! As with all Cal-Earth workshops, no prior experience necessary.

Workshop Details

The workshop will include the standard core curriculum taught at Cal-Earth during the first four days. In this unique workshop, you will not only have the opportunity to build a full dome from beginning to end, but also a fully functional rocket stove! The rocket stove mass heater will be a real, permanent installation, inside one of the houses at Cal-Earth. Learn more about rocket stoves and expert instructor Lasse Holmes.

Cost: $1800 for new students/$500 for previous workshop alumni (25% work study  and/or partial gift scholarships available)

Note: Anyone who has previously attended a Cal-Earth workshop may attend the Masonry Heater portion for $500 (April 23-26). Please contact us for more information on this. 

APPLY NOWNote that Cal-Earth has free monthly visitor’s day.  More info here:


Cal-Earth 2015 Workshop Dates:
Jan. 31-Feb 1 (weekend-taught in Spanish language)
Feb 18-21 (4 day)
March 16-21 (week)
April 19-26 (Rocket Stove Combined)
May 11-16 (week)
June 15-20 (week)
July 8-11 (4 day)
Sept. 14-19 (week)
Oct. TBD Permaculture
Nov. 16-21 (week)





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Exploring Your Senses, workshop, Sat., Jan. 24, 2015 from 1:30 to 4:30pm at Los Angeles Central Library


Los Angeles Eco-Village members Carol Springer, massage and trauma touch therapist, and Claire Bergen, offer a free introductory class for parents, educators, and other adults who play and work with children. The class will provide instruction about breathing, the body’s responses to stress, and activities to create and teach relaxed alertness.


Date:  Saturday, January 24, 2015
Time:  1:30 to 4:30pm
Los Angeles Central Library, Downtown Los Angeles
Meeting Room A

630 W. 5th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071

No reservations required.  Just show up
Free event

More information at their web site:

Watch for details on future Exploring Your Senses Workshops at Los Angeles Eco-Village on Thursdays, March 5 and 12, 2015 from 6 to 9pm


Consensus, Collaboration & Conflict Resolution Free Workshop with Starhawk in Silverlake Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:30pm


It happens all the time: a group of well-intentioned neighbors come together fired up with passion to create change.  We come together and begin with huge inspiration and enthusiasm–and then, with time passing, become trapped in the mire of conflict.  How do we work with those “irritating,” “self righteous,” “controlling,” “fluff brained,” “clueless” folks who are, in reality, our dear friends, neighbors and allies?


All are invited to this free and open event: friends, neighbors, colleagues, Neighborhood Council volunteers and stakeholders from across LA, Neighborhood Watch Groups, City Agencies, non-profits, theater groups, art collectives , PTOs, PTAs, Business Associations and more.

All will find valuable skills for moving their own groups and neighborhoods forward.

Starhawk has authored or co-authored twelve books, including her classic tome The Spiral Dance and futuristic novel The Fifth Sacred Thing, now in development as a feature film. A veteran of progressive movements, and deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism, Starhawk directs and teaches Earth Activist Trainings, which combine a Permaculture design certificate course with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism.


Date & Time:  Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Holy virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Cathedral
650 Micheltoreana St.
Los Angeles 90026

Fee:                   This is a free event

BIKE PARKING & parking available; walking, public transit, and carpools encouraged.

Hosted by Amy Clarke & Charles Herman-Wurmfeld*

Additional events with Starhawk in the Los Angeles Area:

Saturday, Dec. 6. Pasadena Workshap TBA still getting organized, check back on the schedule page at

Sunday, Dec. 7:   Los Angeles, noon to 7pm, Climate Action Workshop & Community Spiral Dance at Fais Do Do Los Angeles.  Attend part or all.  Time and fee details here


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climate action workshop & community Spiral Dance with Starhawk at Fais Do Do in Los Angeles Sunday, December 7, 2014 from noon to 7pm

We are excited to announce that STARHAWK, one of the most respected voices in modern earth-based religion, is returning to LA for a climate action workshop & community Spiral Dance ritual! This is a powerful opportunity to work magic with the author of The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess. Come for all or part of the day!

Sunday, December 7, 2014 Starhawk
Fais Do Do Ballroom
5253/5257 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

12:00 – 12:30 pm – Doors open, Music by Gaia Grove
12:30 – 3:30 pm – “Climate Justice ~ Climate Action” Workshop
3:30 – 4:30 pm – Delicious Organic Vegetarian meal
4:30 – 5:00 pm – Doors open for Spiral Dance
5:00 – 7:00 pm – Winter’s Dream Spiral Dance

** Come for all or part of the day! **

“Climate Justice ~ Visionary Action”
In the midst of ecological and social meltdowns, how do we stay grounded and hopeful? Today’s threats are also powerful opportunities to create a new world rooted in community and ecological balance. What’s needed? Courage, vision, and support to imagine a different way… In this workshop, we’ll learn personal tools to manage stress and prevent burnout as we nourish our creativity. We’ll also learn strategies for setting goals and priorities, and practice the interpersonal skills that build resilient communities. Join us to recharge and renew as we come together to heal our world!

After the climate workshop and a delicious organic meal with our community, we will anticipate the longest night of the year with a Winter’s Dream RITUAL & SPIRAL DANCE led by Starhawk and Reclaiming LA. Join us in sacred space as we dance the spiral, celebrate community, and rebirth our selves and our world. [In support of those in recovery, this ritual is drug and alcohol free.]


SoCal 350 Climate Action Coalition
Gaia Grove
Cross Pollinate
Joyful Activist

Starhawk 2014

Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern Goddess religion and earth-based spirituality. She has authored or co-authored twelve books, including her classic tome The Spiral Dance and futuristic novel The Fifth Sacred Thing, now in development as a feature film. A veteran of progressive movements, and deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism, Starhawk directs and teaches Earth Activist Trainings, which combine a Permaculture design certificate course with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing and activism.


Workshop + Ritual + Meal :: $60 in Advance by Saturday, Dec. 6 | $75 Door
Workshop + Ritual [No Meal] :: $50 in Advance by Saturday, Dec. 6 | $65 Door
Workshop + Meal :: $45 in Advance by Saturday, Dec. 6 | $60 Door
Workshop Only [No Meal] :: $35 in advance by Saturday, Dec. 6 | $50 Door
Ritual + Meal:: $30 in Advance by Saturday, Dec. 6 | $45 at the Door
Ritual Only [No Meal] :: $20 in advance by Saturday, Dec. 6 | $25 Door
Delicious Vegetarian Organic Meal :: $10


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