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FW: Communities Conference 2013 Early Registration Ends

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e-mail to display.]If you register now, the basic fee range is still $75-175, depending on accommodations. Rates will go up by about $15 per night on July 1st. Now’s the time to say, Yes, I’m going to the Communities Conference this year!

The Communities Conference at Twin Oaks Community is a chance for people interested or involved in intentional communities and other community-oriented projects or businesses to share ideas, network, and enjoy a weekend together. There are formal workshops, open space, as well as many informal opportunities to cross-pollinate with other community-minded folks. Â Held Labor Day Weekend, Aug 30 - Sept 2.

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See information below on some of this year's workshops.

[Image! click at top of e-mail to display.]Meet the Communities

A classic component of the Twin Oaks Communities Conference is called Meet the Communities. On Saturday morning, we experience a series of lightning introductions to the communities represented at the conference. Someone from each community gives the group a basic summary of what their community is like and what makes it unique. This helps everyone get a sense of who they want to be sure to connect with and which communities they want to know more about. Then we spread out, with various community representatives choosing picnic tables to answer questions and have more in-depth conversations.

New Workshops Scheduled

The Five Principles of Happy Housemating with Annamarie Pluhar

Five principles. That´s all. Live according to these five principles and you will have a happy and harmonious home. In this session, you will be introduced to the five principles and, using role-play scenarios, learn how to apply these principles in typical housemate conflict situations. Expect a lively conversation!

Annamarie Pluhar M.Div. is on a mission to help those who struggle with being alone or are suddenly alone to discover that sharing housing is a excellent solution. Her book Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates and website, grew out of her experience of living in shared housing. She has 30 years experience in corporate and non-profit training development and delivery.

[Image! click at top of e-mail to display.]Community is the Ecological Solution with Alexis Zeigler

How do peak oil, climate change, and the limits of growth affect income equality and civil liberties? Ecological limits have powerful impacts on our political culture. We cannot solve our problems by solarizing suburbia and putting biofuel in the tanks of our cars.

Renewable energy is suited to community-scale use, not individual use. Our social problems cannot be solved by putting greenwash on the current economy. The coming revolution in renewable energy and local power will be based in intentional communities. Find out how the pieces fit together, and how you can be a part of it.

Alexis Zeigler, co-founder of fossil fuel-free community Living Energy Farm, is a self-educated activist, green builder and orchardist living in central Virginia. He has organized numerous campaigns around environmental and social justice issues, built super-insulated buildings and alternative energy systems, and has lived in intentional community all of his adult life. Read more at

Zones of Intimacy: Understanding Personal and Group Social Dynamics in a Permaculture Context with Lee Warren

Permaculture is a design system that looks at how to integrate humans into the natural world in a conscious, practical, and sustainable way. Often called ecological design or environmental design, it emphasizes design principles and studies patterns in the landscape to create systems for elegant human settlement designs. "Zones of Intimacy" uses the permaculture zone model to look at how we organize our human social interactions. It helps us build a framework to understand relationships, conflict, and social sustainability in a whole new way.

Lee Walker Warren has been homesteading in cooperative community for more than 15 years. She is the Co-founder and Co-director of the School of Integrated Living at Earthaven Ecovillage in NC, where she also founded and manages Imani Farm, a pasture-based cooperative farm. Lee is also an herbalist, writer, teacher, and food activist, with an avid interest in conscious relationship, right livelihood, and women´s empowerment. She is the Program Coordinator for the Southeast Women´s Herbal Conference.  More information at

NYC event hosted by New Economics Institute!

“On July 19-21, the New Economics Institute is hosting a convergence in New York City called reRoute: Building Youth and Student Power for a New Economy. The idea is to bring together a diverse new generation of practitioners and organizers from across the US and Canada to share strategies, tools, and stories about our work creating a solidarity economy from the ground up in our communities and on our campuses. The cost in on a sliding scale, and scholarships for housing and travel are available. Space is limited so buy your ticket today!”

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