Amid political polarisation, environmental chaos, consumerism, inequality, and loneliness, there is an overwhelming need for us to change the way we live. Across the UK, there is a growing interest in communal living and other alternative lifestyles.
The UK Communities Conference 2022 (8–10 July) will be an exploration of intentional community in Britain. This will include community introductions and discussions around the value and practice of communal living. We also hope to promote more collaboration between communities to support a stronger communities movment.
We are currently inviting community members, researchers, and anyone else with an interest to get involved! Conference sessions are likely to include:
· Community introductions. These will be talks by community members describing their way of life and values, followed by Q+A. We hope that diverse communities will be represented (large, small, secular, spiritual, off-grid, etc.)
· Community-forming experiences: Participants who have set up communities can share their experiences, providing practical insights and revealing that new projects are still possible in the UK
· Research on the benefits of communal living: Researchers will be invited to talk about all aspects of communal living, especially when this reveals less-recognised benefits of community
· Histories of communal living: The history of communal living in the UK has rarely been told in detail; we hope to include some talks on this, especially where it can inform current practice
· Other contributions: This could be anything that fits the theme, from practical workshops on specific topics (e.g., conflict resolution or community finance) to events purely for fun
The conference will include all meals from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime, plus camping in our camping field, and there will be a party with a bonfire and dancing on Saturday night.
Anyone who gives a talk or leads a session can attend for free, with a contribution towards their travel expenses. For other attendees, there is a registration fee of £90 to cover estimated costs (£45 for those on low incomes). Attendees who wish to stay in the house here will be invited to make separate bookings closer to the event (prices tbc). To register for this event, please email email@example.com
If you’re interested in running a workshop, giving a talk, or contributing in some other way, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!