Your Community Thrive:
More Harmony, Trust, and Connection in Your Cohousing Neighborhood, Ecovillage,
or Intentional Community
Diana Leafe Christian,
author of Creating
a Life Together
September 29, 2012
• Earthlands Community,
Petersham, Massachusetts • 9
am – 5:00 pm
$125.00, incl. lunch, snacks (Financial assistance available upon request)
• www.earthlands.org • larrybuell (at) earthlands.org •[masked]
This workshop is about creating
more harmony, trust, and connection in groups, and helping to prevent conflict
and deal effectively with conflict when it arises. It’s based on what Diana has
learned visiting dozens of communities in North America and abroad in the
decade since she wrote Creating a Life Together, as well as her own experiences
living in community. Designed for people starting new communities as well as
those living in existing communities, the workshop will be based on workshop
participants’ questions, issues, and concerns from their own community
situations. Topics can include the following:
1. Creating Trust and
Harmony, Reducing Potential Conflict:
Three aspects of community health: effective project management, good
A clear community Mission & Purpose.
Why Diana no longer recommends consensus decision-making (consensus-with-
recommends Sociocracy (or the N St. Consensus Method) instead.
* Overview of Sociocracy — an
effective self-governance and decision-making method
especially beneficial for communities — with resources
for learning more.
(Note: Affordable Sociocracy workshop in Boston on
Sept. 30! j.kochgonzalez (at) gmail.com )
* The N St. consensus method.
A clear, thorough membership process. The membership process in cohousing.
If a group uses consensus, the significant, mutually influencing relationship
(1) decision making, (2)
Mission & Purpose, and (3) the community membership process.
Resolving typical problems in the consensus process.
Helping people stay accountable to agreements. A “graduated series of
How using Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in community creates more harmony
Overview of NVC;
resources for learning more.
2. Dealing Effectively with
Using the NVC-based Restorative Circles process to resolve conflict.
Dealing effectively with challenging community members.
Effectively dealing with “dissing” and other forms of verbal abuse in a
Understanding the effects of unhealed trauma.
The “bell-shaped curve” — How self-empowered systems thinkers can effectively
without being punished or marginalized for showing initiative.
Temporarily removing someone from the decision-making circle.
* Asking someone to leave.
Creating a “community within a community.”
The most helpful thing you can do for your community.
Diana Leafe Christian
is author of Creating a Life
Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities
(now translated to four languages),
and Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community.
She publishes Ecovillages,
a free online newsletter www.EcovillageNews.org
and is an Ecovillage Design Education
(EDE) trainer through Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). Diana speaks at
conferences, offers consultations, and leads workshops in North America and
abroad on starting successful new ecovillages, Sociocracy, and how communities
can thrive. She lives at Earthaven Ecovillage
in North Carolina. www.DianaLeafeChristian.org