Intentional Communities in Scotland

Places in Scotland

Auchinleck Housing Co-operative (EH6 4SG)

Auchinleck Housing Co-operative is a women’s co-op in the Newhaven area, on the north side of Edinburgh. We are currently 8 women - lesbian, bisexual and straight - ranging in age from 20s to 60s. We are an inclusive and trans/trans* friendly household. The house is a three-storey Victorian semi-detached house, with front and back gardens, two living rooms and a spare bedroom for guests. We have communal dinners cooked from organic veg boxes and produce from our garden. Decisions are made at meetings which we hold once or twice a month, the aim is to share equal responsibility for…

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Balnakeil Craft Village (IV27 4PT)

Balnakeil Craft Village was originally built as an early warning station against nuclear attack, but became obsolete before coming fully into use. The site was taken over by the local authority who initiated the craft village, letting the buildings to craftspeople. Later, the buildings were sold to their tenants and they now change hands on the open market. There is no longer any obligation for every building to house a craft business, but a high proportion do so. The buildings are typical military structures: single-storey, flat-roofed and of concrete block construction. They vary in size, but are mostly roomy enough…

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Bath Street Housing Co-op (EH15 1EZ)

Greetings from the Bath Street Housing Cooperative. Our spacious 200 year old Georgian house, nestled in the quaint seaside neighbourhood of Portobello, was established as a cooperative in the early 1980s. We maintain a communal spirit, we hold monthly house meetings, and strive to live as sustainably as possible while taking responsibility for the long-term health of the house and the Cooperative. Home-made sourdough bread and cookies are constant features. ☺

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Camphill Rudolf Steiner Schools (AB15 9EP)

The Camphill Rudolf Steiner Schools, which are situated on three estates in Royal Deeside, provide curative education for children with special needs ranging in age from 3 to 19 years. A total of 150 co-workers live together with 80 pupils in 11 residential units: co-workers/volunteers share the work that has to be done - teaching, caring, household tasks, gardening, etc. In the traditional Camphill household the child is part of a 'house community' which approximates closely to a family environment where there is continuity, consistency of treatment, organisational stability and a sense of personal security. From the foundation of the…

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Corbenic Camphill Community (PH8 0DY)

Corbenic Camphill Community is situated in beautiful Strathbraan, four miles from the town of Dunkeld, and twenty miles from the city of Perth. The Community was established in June 1978 and is registered with the Care Inspectorate. Over the years it has developed into a community of approximately 100 people, 38 of whom are adults with special needs. Set in 100 acres of land, it is made up of six households and a variety of workshops.

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Edinburgh Student Housing Co-op (EH10 4HR)

Edinburgh Student Housing Co-operative is a 106 member fully mutual co-operative, entirely self-managed by its members. Student housing co-operatives are a new phenomena in Britain, first starting in 2014, with ESHC currently the largest. Alongside being a unique experiment in communal living, the co-operative is also the city's cheapest student housing provider by a sizeable margin. The co-operative uses a participatory, consensus based model, with all major decisions being made by general meeting. ESHC also has two large communal basement spaces, regularly playing host to bands, film nights, political discussions, community groups, theatre groups and parties. The co-operative has a…

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Isle of Erraid Community (PA66 6BN)

Erraid is a small Hebridean island in Scotland, in view of Iona. The island is one square mile in size and our small community lives and works on the land. We live in old light house keepers’ cottages, which we share with our guests. Life on Erraid seems pretty much like it must have been in the 1870s when the houses were established. We work in the gardens, heat the cottages and our water with woodburning stoves, drink rain water and live a life very close to the elements. What we are doing on a day to day basis is…

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Ewe House (IV363TS)

The Ewe house - Community within community. Located in Kinloss, Morayshire, Scotland. Our roots are from the Findhorn Foundation (check their web page) and we are part of the wider Findhorn community counting more than 400 people from all over the world. It is simply a privilege to live in rural Scotland in the middle of an international community based on deep social values. There is app. 2000 incoming guests a year - generating many opportunities for participating in workshops and activities. Furthermore, we are in the "Kinloss gap", one of the 3 driest most sunny places in GB. (Not…

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Faslane Peace Camp (G84 8NT)

Faslane Peace Camp community has existed for 31 years, aiming to promote an alternative, more sustainable way of living based on nonviolence and cooperation. We welcome visitors at any time - let us know in advance if you can, but it’s not essential. We live in caravans and each donate £5/week for food and other expenses. All communal food is veggie/vegan. Dogs and children are welcome, but be aware that we are next to a busy road. Our focuses are: peace, nonviolence, direct action, nuclear disarmament, sustainability and community building. Faslane Peace Camp was set up in 1982 as a…

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Findhorn Foundation (IV36 3TZ)

The only thing that stays the same at Findhorn is change. People come here and experience inner changes, their hearts opening, their minds relaxing, their consciousness expanding. The community itself is always changing too, with new management structures, new decision-making procedures, new initiatives moving forward — all the better to reflect the deeper issues and innovative solutions for our times. After 50 years the Findhorn Community is still committed to serving spirit, with “love in action” being the most widely practised mode of service. How that service is carried out keeps changing and developing over the years. Where once the…

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Iona Community (PA76 6SN)

The lona community is a dispersed Christian community which maintains 3 residential centres on Mull and lona, as well as an office base in Glasgow. The community came into being around the rebuilding of the monastic quarters of the mediaeval abbey on lona during the middle of the 20th century. The community today remains commited to 'rebuilding the common life' through working for social and political change, striving for the renewal of the church with an ecumenical emphasis, and exploring new, more inclusive, approaches to worship, all based on an integrated understanding of spirituality. On Iona we run the Abbey…

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L’Arche Highlands (IV2 4QR)

L'Arche Inverness is part of the world-wide federation of L'Arche communities founded by Jean Vanier in 1964, that aims to build community with people with learning disabilities. Our community is based in the capital of the Scottish Highlands and consists of 5 households where community members live together; those with learning disabilities and those who come as 'assistants', sharing in every aspect of daily living: shopping, cooking, celebrating, working and praying together. We are primarily a community comprising members representing various Christian traditions. We are also happy to welcome those of other faith traditions and none. Assistants come from all…

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Laurieston Hall (DG7 2NB)

Laurieston Hall began as a commune in 1972. In 1987 it transformed itself into a Housing Co-operative, currently home to 19 members, 4 children aged 5-10, and a few long-stay visitors. We live in and around a huge Victorian main house, with a large organic walled garden, surrounded by 180 acres of beautiful woods, pastures and wetlands, stretching from a loch to the north, to the best wee sledging hill in Galloway to the south. Living spaces use wood for heating and cooking. A hydro supplies much of our electricity. We grow as much fruit and vegetables as we can,…

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Lothlorien Community (DG7 3DR)

Lothlorien is a therapeutic community for people with mental health problems. It has been run since 1989 by the Rokpa Trust, an international charity founded by Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche of Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Dumfriesshire. Buddhist values of compassion and tolerance are the basis of our approach, but we are not a religious community and are open to everyone. The community consists of 10 residents with mental health problems and 4 voluntary co-workers, living in the 13 bedroomed main house and a further 5 people living in the move-on house, Roan Lodge, The 6 staff, known as the…

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Milltown Community (AB30 1PB)

Milltown Community is a small and lively Camphill community in rural Aberdeenshire. We have two houses in which we life share with adults with disabilities. We are a mix of co-workers who have been here for some time, employed co-workers who live locally and young volunteers who come for a year. We have a Day Workshop which is for adults with disabilities from the local area to come in to work on a daily basis. The Day Workshop runs a small plant nursery and a shop that sells our woodwork and craft products. It has a Tools for Self-Reliance enterprise…

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Newbold House (IV36 2RE)

The Newbold Trust is a social enterprise dedicated to nurturing positive change by hosting transformative workshops, classes and events. We are run by a small residential team of members and work exchange help. The house and venue is a beautiful late Victorian mansion with 7 acres of grounds, orchards, woodland. Our walled organic vegetable garden provides the community with delicious food and honey from our own bees. We are on the outskirts of the town of Forres, in close proximity to the beautiful coastline, rivers and mountains of the Scottish Highlands. We have close ties with the Findhorn Foundation ecovillage…

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Newton Dee Camphill Village (AB15 9DX)

We are a suburban community of 185 people, including 90 adults with special needs. We live and work together in 21 households, working on the land, and gift/coffee shop. We receive no salaries and our needs are met by the community. The management of the community is based on consensus with day-to-day decisions being made by mandate working groups. Our workforce is based on volunteers, with young people from Britain and abroad joining us (minimum age 19) for a minimum of one year. Our striving is based on anthroposophy, formulated by Rudolf Steiner. We work out of Christianity and celebrate…

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Rubha Phoil (IV45 8RS)

Our future is bright. Do you want to be a part of it? We're Looking for New Members! Like any good divers permaculture garden, our community needs a variety of people in order to flourish and grow further. We welcome applicants and open the doors for the next generation of Rubha Phoil members: If you come and stay with us for a while, you'll have the chance to experience living in community and with nature on a daily basis. Learn to redesign your life, live sustainably, reconnect with nature, build community. It will be a rich learning experience for all…

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Talamh (ML11 0NJ)

Talamh is gaelic for earth, and it’s 50 acres form a green haven in Lanarkshire just south of Glasgow.  The thousands of young native trees planted over the past two decades are growing into woodland, and the pond we created teems with life – the historic land and buildings here provides a mixed habitat for wildlife and people. The current members and an extensive wider community of all ages call this amazing place home. Talamh Housing co-op  is Landlord free and organised by the current members. At weekly meetings (as a group) we manage the affairs and aim to achieve…

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Woodhead Community (IV36 2UE)

After over 20 successful years as a small family and land-based community, we officially dismantled some of our communal activities four years ago. However, the four founders still carry on in much the same way as before, sharing spiritual, political and social values. We continue to work together one day a week, maintaining the property and socialising. There are two caravans on the site, a garden room, and a room in one of our houses where single people live, sharing a large communal kitchen and living space. They each live independently, having community interactions as they choose. There is also…

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