Communities Directory

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Cover of printed Directory, 2007
Cover of printed Directory, 2005

The Communities Directory, A Comprehensive Guide to Intentional Community provides listing of intentional communities primarily from North America but also from around the world. The Communities Directory has both an (online)[1]and a print edition,[2] which is published based on data from the website.


The first version of the Communities Directory appeared in issue #1 of Communities magazine[3] in December 1972. In all, ten versions were published in the magazine over the next 18 years. The Fellowship for Intentional Community[4] became publisher of the magazine in 1989, and in 1990 released the first self-contained book-format edition of the directory (also distributed to magazine subscribers, counted as double issue #77/78).

The Communities Directory is now in its 6th edition. Editions were published in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2007. The production cycle has been shortened due to the online collection of data. The 4th edition lists 600 communities in North America and another 130 worldwide. The 5th edition lists almost 1250 communities worldwide.

There is also a companion video Visions of Utopia: Experiments in Sustainable Culture that outlines the history of intentional shared living and profiles a diverse cross-section of contemporary groups (external link included below).

The Online Communities Directory database is shared by members of the Intentional Community Data Collective which includes the Fellowship for Intentional Community and Coho/US's Cohousing Directory.


The Communities Directory is published by Fellowship for Intentional Community, which also publishes the quarterly magazine Communities.

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  1. ^ "Intentional Communities Directory – ecovillages communes cohousing" (Online). Rutledge, MO: Fellowship for Intentional Community. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
  2. ^ Communities Directory (Print). Rutledge, MO: Fellowship for Intentional Community. ISSN 1088-8349. OCLC 32605029 Retrieved August 5, 2010. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Communities (magazine). Roth, Chris, ed. Communities. Rutledge, MO: Fellowship for Intentional Community. ISSN 0199-9346. OCLC 3130385 Retrieved August 5, 2010. Since 1972, Communities has been the primary resource for information, issues, and ideas about intentional communities in North America – from urban co-ops to cohousing groups to ecovillages to rural communes. Communities now also focuses on creating and enhancing community in the workplace, in nonprofit or activist organizations, and in neighborhoods, with enhanced coverage of international communities as well Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ FIC Web Weavers. "Intentional Communities – ecovillages, communes, cohousing, coops". Rutledge, Missouri, USA: Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC). Retrieved August 2, 2010. Intentional Community is an inclusive term for ecovillages, cohousing communities, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives, intentional living, alternative communities, cooperative living, and other projects where people strive together with a common vision.

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