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In a world increasingly isolated and separate, community is still readily available—we just have to look around. In Creating Community Wherever You Are, Deanna Nakosteen opens our eyes to what’s possible. When we create community, we create relationships and meaningful connections. When we live our lives with connection and meaning, we broaden our capacity for love.Humankind has lived a tribal lifestyle for millions of years.
We went from living in tribes, which gave us support, love, family, food, and safety, to becoming increasingly separated. By creating community we feel belonging, togetherness, cooperation. A community has shared values, and close relationships. We all crave connection and meaning in our lives. Living in community is one way of tapping into both of these.
Having spent 30+ years in an intentional community, Deanna shares her experience of this unique way of living. Intentional communities come in a wide array of forms, coming together around a common vision or shared values. Deanna’s community consists of 25 adults and children on a 5 acre piece of land sharing a large kitchen, garden, and orchards.
About The Book
The first two chapters are filled with the story of how Deanna experienced community during her early years and her journey that led to discovering an intentional community. Living in an intentional community has taught her how to live a more deeply and enriching life.
In chapter 3 on how to use this book it is suggested that the readers go to the chapter topic that resonates with them. Part 1: The Foundation includes chapters on food, health, and permaculture. The chapters in, Part 2: The People, are communication, relationships, and children. And chapters on living in abundance, systems and groups, and members are in the final section, Part 3: Bringing it All Together.
With each topic chapter Deanna shares her story, then a discussion of the topic, and at the end of the chapter she offers reflective questions and action steps to spur on the reader to create community wherever they are. To become further involved there is a site on the internet where readers can connect, assist others, and share their experiences and ideas on creating community.
Written with warmth, Deanna’s bright spirit and wisdom fills each page in this book full of practical tips and inspiring information Creating Community Wherever You Are issues an invitation to all of us, no matter where we live, to deepen our connections to one another, the world and ourselves.