Re/Building Community in Oklahoma
A Gathering for Intentional Communities
Saturday March 13, 2010 9am-12:00pm
St Stephen’s United Methodist Church1801 Brooks St, Norman, OK
Intentional Communities (ICs) and Cohousing have burst onto the scene in the U.S., introducing large segments of the population to the many advantages of resource sharing, the tools to design thriving neighborhoods, etc.
What is an “Intentional Community?”
From the Fellowship for Intentional Communities’ website (www.ic.org):
“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.” Any group of two or more adults that chooses to call itself a community is welcome to participate.
Who should attend this gathering?
- anybody who wants to start, participate in, or contribute in some way to ICs in central Oklahoma
- people wanting to network with others having a shared vision of community living
- gardeners, farmers or ranchers who want provide crops or food for ICs
- consultants, designers, builders, architects, etc. who want to design for, and/or work with ICs
- property owners who want to make their real estate available for purchase/rental by ICs
- investors who may want to help fund an IC with seed capital>
- teachers who want to hold focused workshops and/or educate the general public
Ray Eppler – cofounder, St. Francis Renunciation Fellowship, a Norman area conscious Christian IC in existence for 40 years, will share from his own wealth of unique experience and insights.
Asia Scudder – Presenting information about Transition Town, an international grassroots initiative to develop communities centered around resilient social structures, sustainable technologies, and local food production.
Longtime members of Sparrow Hawk Village – Oklahoma’s oldest intentional community near Tahlequah, sharing personal insights about the experience of living in an intentional community.
Some of the Benefits and Objectives of Shared Living Communities:
- Self-help, phased construction, shared building knowledge & experience
- Group & bulk buying
- Co-leasing or co-ownership
- Group design decisions – Participation in the planning of your own home
- Innovative & ecologically sustainable home design
- Private living spaces
- Spacious common areas
- Vehicle trip reduction
- Natural energy systems & recycling
- Conservation of energy, materials, farmland & open space
- Shared cooking & meals
- Bulk food buying
- Home gardens & orchards
Social and Family Values
- Singles-single & two parent families
- Couples-younger and older
- Disabled & special need groups
- Personal growth opportunities
- Increased sense of belonging, safety and security
- Companionship & cooperative relationships
- Stronger mutual support
- More time for oneself
- Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community by Diana Leafe Christian
- Rebuilding Community in America: Housing For Ecological Living, Personal Empowerment, and the New Extended Family by Kathleen Smith
- Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves by Kathryn M. McCamant and Charles Durrett
- Ecovillage Living: Restoring the Earth and Her People edited by Hildur Jackson and Karen Svensson
- Collective Housing Handbook [IMPORT] by Sarah Eno, Dave Treanor
- Co-op Villages: The Next Evolution By Jack Reed, Jen Chendra and Jim Costa
- Sustainable Communities: A New Design Synthesis for Cities, Suburbs and Towns by Sim Van der Ryn and Peter Calthorpe
- Health & Community: Holism in Practice by Mike Money
- Communities Directory – print edition (6th edition due out in Spring of 2010)
- Communities Magazine
- http://www.ic.org – the internet’s most comprehensive online directory of Intentional Communities by the Fellowship for Intentional Communities (FIC)
- http://www.commonfire.org – The Common Fire Foundation helps to create communities that give full expression to healthy, joyful living in solidarity with other people and the planet. Useful resources such as “the most comprehensive introduction to Green Building on the web.” They welcome inquiries from people who wish to learn more, or perhaps start a community in their local area.