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.

Save time, money, and heartbreak in your search for community.

Gathering circle at Earthaven Ecovillage
Peace pole at Earthaven Ecovillage

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.

Medicine Wheel Collective at Earthaven Ecovillage


The February workshop has been cancelled. If you are interested in this workshop, please subscribe to our newsletter so you find out when it will be offered.

About the Instructor

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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.