Finding Your Community Home

How to Research, Visit, Evaluate, and Join the Ecovillage or Intentional Community of Your Dreams

Diana Leafe Christian’s lively online course is a no-nonsense guide to help you not only avoid common pitfalls of the community-search process, but enjoy your search as you assess each community in terms of your own social, spiritual, financial, and legal well-being. 

Diana will help you research communities thoroughly (including what to learn first!); plan enjoyable, illuminating visits; be a “Great Guest”; evaluate communities you visit intelligently; and join your chosen community graciously. The course includes abundant videos and graphic-rich handouts. 

February 11 – March 25
Seven weekly sessions
8 – 9:30 pm Eastern Time

Gathering circle at Earthaven Ecovillage
Peace pole at Earthaven Ecovillage


Week 1, February 11: What to expect when living in community; seven different kinds of communities.

Week 2, February 18: Research communities thoroughly first. Assessing community websites so you’ll really know what they mean. Your criteria for communities to visit.

Week 3, February 25: Community reputation, lifestyle choices, shared agreements, community governance and decision-making.

Week 4, March 4: “Community Glue” — community culture, social life, trust and harmony, conflict resolution. Planning enjoyable visits. What to bring (and not bring) to communities you visit.

Week 5, March 11: The visiting process: what to expect. What to ask (and how to ask). How to be in the community’s “Great Guest” Hall of Fame. Evaluating your visits.

Week 6, March 18: Your “Insider’s Guide” — more ways to assess and choose your community wisely.

Week 7, March 25: Community membership processes. What to do (and not do) to join your new community gracefully. What to expect about feeling “a sense of community” in your new group. Welcome home!

Medicine Wheel Collective at Earthaven Ecovillage



What’s Included
Tuition includes instruction, workshops, and all materials.

We offer partial scholarships to black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend. We understand that BIPOC experience more financial and institutional barriers to participation, and this is one way we are able to create more access. If you identify as BIPOC and would like to receive a scholarship, please contact us at

Refund Policy

If you cancel, you may:

  • Donate your tuition to support our continued work
  • Request a refund per our policy:
    • 90% refund for cancellations prior to 30 days before the start of the program
    • 50% refund for cancellations prior to 10 days before the start of the program

If SOIL cancels this class for any reason whatsoever, you would receive a 100% refund.

About the Instructor

Photo of intentional communities expert Diana Leafe Christian

Diana Leafe Christian

Earthaven Experience Programs Faculty

Diana is author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, about forming successful communities and ecovillages and Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community. She speaks at conferences, offers consultations, and leads webinars and workshops internationally on starting successful new intentional communities, how existing communities can resolve conflicts and become more healthy and thriving, and sociocracy, a self-governance and decision-making method she finds especially effective for communities.