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:

Gannicox Camphill Community

We are an intentional Camphill community of some 20 individuals. All of us have special gifts and abilities which we…

Read more about Gannicox Camphill Community »

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:


Lilac means Low Impact Living Affordable Community. We are an affordable, urban co-housing development in Leeds, West Yorkshire and have…

Read more about LILAC »

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:

The Abbey

The Abbey is a Retreat, Education and Conference Centre near Oxford. It offers opportunities for visitors, coming as individuals or…

Read more about The Abbey »

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

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


Volunteers are welcome to visit by arrangement, to get involved with the various projects here and experience community life and day to day goings on.

See more Places that need Volunteers »

Places needing Members

On the Brink

On The Brink is a vibrant, creative cohousing community in Nether Edge, Sheffield. We enjoy living, sharing, playing and making together in our converted Victorian house and new-build eco houses.We are 20 adults, 6 children, 1 dog, 2 cats, 6 chickens and lots of bees! Our gardens and growing area covers 1.4 acres, and has lots of wonderful trees.We are now looking for a new member to join us and purchase Flat 9, which is a one-bedroomed flat.You will need to be enthusiastic about living in a cohousing community and committed to working together for the benefit of the community. We are looking for more diversity at OTB, so if you think this is the place for you, please get in touch!Flat 9 is for sale at a fixed price of £175,000 in a chain-free sale. Purchasers will have to become members of OTB. This is a great opportunity to have a chance to share in our vision at On The Brink and live in a more communal way.  For more details please go to our website at The closing date for applications is 10am on Friday the 12th of November.  We look forward to hearing from you!  

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

Cobnut Land Co-op

We are aiming to live more rurally, sustainably and self-reliantly as a small community in the North, (probably within an…

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

Vegan Humans with Horses Community

Looking for a community of vegan humans who are responsible for horses in their care and would like to collectively…

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

Go Wild in the Country - "We are all prisoners of our own making" - Learn How To Set Yourself Free

"We are all prisoners of our own making" - learn how to set yourself free. Most of our daily routines…

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General Noticeboard

Land For Sale - 2.4 Acres in Watten, Scotland (Highlands)

2.4 acres of land for sale in the higlands – Watten – FOR SALE £85,000    half of the land…

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Ghosts of Communes Past

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

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