For many people another way of living starts with this book...

So you’re fed up with living in a little box. Maybe just by yourself. Maybe with your family. Just being a docile consumer alongside the billions of other docile consumers. And the combined outcome of it all is a wrecked planet.

Isn’t there something more to life than this? Couldn’t we have access to many of the best things in life without doing such harm if we were prepared to share more with our neighbours? Perhaps in an intentional community – that’s a community that has come together by intention rather than by chance.

Believe it or not, many people have been living in intentional communities like this for decades. And it’s not all hippy crash pads where nobody does the washing up! This website will open your eyes to the multifarious ways in which communal living happens in the 21st century.

It’s your way into the future!

Diggers & Dreamers first appeared in printed form in 1989 and – in its various incarnations – has now been an invaluable resource over many decades. The name came from the recognition that there are two classic types of people living in intentional communities. The Dreamers: who spend a lot of time imagining different ways of doing things; and the Diggers: who do the day-to-day work of making it actually happen. A successful community blends both of those ways of  being together. In 2019/20 the Foundation for Intentional Communities generously awarded us their Geoph Kozeny Communitarian Award!

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It’s been a long wait but the new (12th) edition of our legendary book is now available from the D&D Shop.

196 pages packed with articles, photo-essays, ruminations and a directory of intentional communities in Britain.

One thing that we really want you to know:

There are many different ways to live communally

Cohousing Community

Living fairly separately but with the possibility of sharing a lot of facilities. The best of both worlds perhaps!

Big House Commune

This is the classic idea of the commune in a big mansion in the country. Here are some places that fit that mould.

Here's an example of a big house commune:

Glyn Abbey

We live in an old country estate of 10 acres. Glyn Abbey is a trust with a fixed number of…

Read more about Glyn Abbey »

Urban Communal

These housing co-ops and big shared houses in built up areas show that not every commune has to be rural!

Check out this urban community:

Random Camel Housing Co-operative

Random Camel Housing Co-op of Ipswich, Suffolk, purchased 23-27 Foundation Street, Ipswich in 2012. It’s a terrace of 3 2-up…

Read more about Random Camel Housing Co-operative »

Spiritual Community

Having a focus often helps. These places all have some spiritual or religious belief that underlies their existence.

Take a look at this spiritual community:

Pilsdon at Malling Community

The Pilsdon at Malling Community is a community looking to provide a place of healing for those in need. We…

Read more about Pilsdon at Malling Community »

Low Impact Community

Many aspire to low impact living but these places go all the way with off-grid, low consumption lifestyles.

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The D&D Reviews are more specialised books about particular types of community

So where
are all these
communities?

Explore our online Directory

Currently seeking... communards

Check out these noticeboards for communities that like to host volunteers as well as those that are currently looking for people to join.

Volunteering and WWOOFing are amongst the best ways to to try communal living out for yourself. Once you’ve decided that you really want to go for it then Places needing Members is the next stop.

Places needing Volunteers

Keveral Farm Community

We sometimes take enthusiastic volunteers who want to help with our veg growing and other jobs. You may be the only volunteer, and may be working by yourself and preparing your own food some days, so a good level of self-reliance is needed by volunteers.

See more Places that need Volunteers »

Places needing Members

Fruit Corner

If you are interested in joining one of our communities, please send a short email, ideally with a bit about you and your current situation.

See more Places that need Members »

So you want to start or join a forming community?

Don't underestimate the scale of the task! Maybe follow up some of these links...

Developing Groups

Black Dragon Co-op

We are 6 adults (one child, four dogs, one cat) all working in woods and with a business plan to…

See more Developing Communities »

This noticeboard is for Developing Groups that are fairly well established – they may even have a building or a site lined up.

People Forming a Group

Co-living connections for one-parent families

Instead of yearning for land, I have decided to use all my creative juices to serve my community better. Parenting…

See more notices like this »

People Forming a Group is our noticeboard for those at the very early stages whereas Developing Groups are usually quite a bit further down the road.

Properties might suit communities

Lookng for land in South Wales - any help welcomed

I’m looking for about 30 acres of land in South Wales for a regenerative agricultural community. I’d be vey grateful…

See more notices like this »

Properties might suit Communities is where people who are trying to sell or make people aware of a particular vacant property can place a message.

And don't forget our other Noticeboards...

People needing Communal Places

Work for park up?

Could you offer a quiet space for a Caravan and small awning, small poly tunnel? Looking for a place to…

See more notices like this »

General Noticeboard

West Wales abode needed (Ceredigion preferably, North Pembrokshire considered)

Local family of four (1 adult, 2 children, 1 cat) looking for a new long term home - a cabin,…

See more notices like this »

Ghosts of Communes Past

What was that about people that don't learn from history being doomed to repeat it?

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