I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of ‘intentional communities’- groups of people that formally create a community to share resources and live in a way that reflects their common values and beliefs. Now more than ever, as the economy atrophies, food prices soar, and infrastructures break down, the practice of ‘intentional community’ is critical: it is up to us to find the solutions, locally, that larger society can no longer provide.
Washington State has more intentional communities than anywhere in the country. From radical anarchists squats, off-the-grid eco-villages, to intergenerational urban communes and self-sustainable housing cooperatives, I want to explore as many of these living solutions as possible, and find out if something like this is right for me. I plan to visit some local intentional communities and document my experiences there- to dig into what makes intentional communities work (or not work, for that matter).
Peppered between these stories and personal experiences will be little seeds of knowledge I come across about how to get closer to the kind of lifestyle I moved out here to find. One in which I feel empowered to live by my values of respecting nature, forming community, and finding alternative ways to contribute to a local and fair economy.