Ross Chapin, Taunton Press, 2011, Hardcover, 224 pages
Describes how to create small scale neighborhoods where people can easily know one another,
and find friendship or a helping hand nearby. Looks at historic
precedents from 19th century Methodist camp communities, to early 20th century Garden
City models, and covers contemporary
pocket neighborhoods, including New Urban communities, affordable housing, houseboat
communities, eco-neighborhoods, and ‘cohousing’, from Danish origins in the
1960s, to examples across America, Australia and New Zealand, including a chapter on
Diana Leafe Christian, New Society Publishers, 2003, Paperback
Provides step-by-step practical information distilled from numerous firsthand sources on
how to establish an intentional community. It deals with structural, interpersonal and
leadership issues, decision-making methods, vision statements, and the development of
a legal structure, as well as profiling well-established model communities. Diana Leafe
Christian is the editor of Communities magazine and a member of an intentional
community in North Carolina.
Charles Durrett, New Society Publishers, 2nd ed., 2009, Paperback, 320 pages
"Shows how seniors can custom-build their neighborhood to fit their needs. This is
housing built by seniors, not for them, and emphasizes independence and social networking." James
A. Cox, Midwest Book Review
Liz Walker, New Society Publishers, 2005, Paperback
The example of EcoVillage at Ithaca will help readers
imagine fresh alternatives to “life as usual.” Liz Walker co-founded and has directed
EcoVillage at Ithaca since its inception in 1991 and has lived there with her family
since the first buildings were
completed. She has worked on all aspects of the community’s development and has written
and lectured widely on the topic.
Thich Nhat Hanh, Parallax Press, 2003, Paperback
Explores the spiritual, emotional, and practical aspects of developing
a community for life. Stresses the importance of communication in all our relationships
as the basis for resolving difficulties and maintaining an atmosphere of harmony in "Sanghas," families,
and even nations.
Chris and Kelly ScottHanson, New Society, rev. ed., 2004, Paperback, 304 pages
As pioneers in the development of cohousing in North America, Chris and Kelly ScottHanson
offer a wealth of information and practical hints on how the process works. Covers group
processes, land acquisition, finance and budgets, construction, development professionals,
considerations, permits, approvals and membership.
Charles Durrett and Kathryn McCamant, New Society, 2011, Paperback, 336 pages
Charles Durrett and his wife Kathryn McCamant are award-winning architects who introduced
the concept of cohousing to the US with their book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach
to Housing Ourselves. Charles wrote The Senior Cohousing Handbook and,
together with Kathryn has designed over fifty cohousing communities in the
United States and consulted on many more around the world.
Jan Martin Bang, New Society Publishers, 2005, Paperback, 288 pages
Explores the history of the ecovillages movement and provides
a comprehensive manual for planning, establishing, and maintaining a sustainable community using
a permaculture approach. Features full-color case studies of
successful ecovillages ranging from kibbutz to camphill communities and from as far afield as Australia,
Israel, Europe, and the United States. Jan Martin Bang lives in the camphill community of
Solborg in Norway.
Diana Leafe Christian, New Society Publishers, 2007, Paperback, 256 pages
Finding community is as critical as obtaining food and shelter, since the need to belong is what
makes us human. The isolation and loneliness of modern life have led many people to search for
deeper connection through intentional communities or ecovillages. Finding
an overview of ecovillages and intentional communities and offers solid advice on how to research
visit thoughtfully, evaluate intelligently, and join gracefully. Diana Leafe Christian is the author
of Creating a Life Together and editor of Communities magazine. She lives at
Earthhaven Ecovillage in North Carolina.
Hildur Jackson, and Karen Svensson, editors, Green Books, 2002, Paperback A full-color guide to ecovillages, from the people behind them
to the tools to make them happen. Includes articles and interviews with ecological builders,
water treatment experts, ecovillage designers, mediators, permaculturists, spiritual thinkers,
localization activists, and other ecovillage pioneers from around the world. Provides an extensive
list of resources and contacts.
David Wann, Fulcrum Publishing, 2005, Paperback, 288 pages
Cohousing began in Scandinavia in the 1960s and spread to the United States in the 1980s. There are now several hundred such communities throughout the country in more than thirty states. Reinventing Community tells real-world stories from the perspectives of the unique people who live in these communities, whether they be in urban, suburban, or rural settings. David Wann is the author of Deep Design and a co-author of Affluenza.
Rupert Fike, Book Publishing Company, 2nd Ed., Paperback
In 1972, at the height of the counter-culture movement, several hundred hippies drove their
school buses into southern rural Tennessee and founded America's largest, modern-day
intentional community: The Farm. In this book, past and present members of The Farm recount
some of their more memorable experiences.