28 July 2005

Eco-communities

One fantasy I've had is to live in an "intentional community." I'm fully aware that living with others is often a hassle and communities often break down for various reasons, but I still feel that strong communities (planned or otherwise) bestow enormous advantages. I recently came across (via Where We've Bound) the website for the Dancing Rabbit Eco-Community, which is attempting to develop a more sustainable model for living in what seems like a low-key, balanced way. Their website lists links to other such communities throughout the world. Does anyone out there have any personal experience they'd like to share about living in such a community?

4 comments:

The Continental Op said...

I learned about Dancing Rabbit from the "30 Days" TV program. It eems like a great idea. But the people struck me as kind of petulant (though perhaps they were not fairly portrayed in the program). I was once very tempted to join an intentional community. It was actually a client of mine when I practiced law. The only thing that stopped me (well, not the only thing, but the main thing) is that it is a "faith based" community and I just couldn't deal with the Jesus thing, no matter how progressive a spin they put on it.

Karlo said...

I sometimes wonder if the reason many of these communities fail is that they attract precisely the type of personality that's unable to work well within a group, for example, people who desire community because they've never been part of a close-knit community or family.

Sky Niangua said...

"people who desire community because they've never been part of a close-knit community or family."

That is a good observation Karlos. At one time I was one of 'those'. Always loved the 'idea' of the Waltons but maturity brought me the insight to see I was one who thrived better with 'few'.
But I do admire the "eco-village" concept and think it could bring positive impact to both the earth and her inhabitants. My husband and I live as simple and natural as possible for us.
Good post.

Karlo said...

I'm glad to hear that. I think the anarchists are right when they insist that significant positive changes should ideally appear first at the local level.