User:Diana Leafe Christian

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Diana Leafe Christian lives in an off-grid homestead at Earthaven Ecovillage in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

She hosted radio interview programs on KORL in Honolulu in the 1970s and KVMR in northern California in the 1980s, and wrote articles for New Age magazine, Yoga Journal, and East-West Journal. In 1993 she became editor of Communities magazine, a quarterly publication published by the nonprofit Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), about intentional communities and organized neighborhoods in North America. She left the editor post in 2007, but still writes for the magazine.

Communities magazine former global editorial headquarters, with staff arrayed for a group photo. Pictured (left to right): Diana Leafe Christian.
Diana learned from dozens of community veterans and founders about what it takes to start successful ecovillages and intentional communities in today's financial and zoning climate. In Template:Christian03, she uses success stories, cautionary tales, and step-by-step advice to cover typical time-frames and costs; the role of founders; getting started as a group; vision documents; power, governance, and decision-making; legal structures; finding and financing land; zoning issues; sustainable site plans; selecting new members; and good process and communication skills for dealing well with conflict.

At Earthaven, Diana works in construction and gardening projects on the sustainable homesite she shares with her mom and other Earthaven residents, and edits Communities magazine in her home office. She participates in Earthaven's consensus governance process, serving on its land-use, strategic planning, membership, and promotions committees.

Diana, in a frenzied pre-production meeting with the staff of Communities magazine.
Diana speaks, leads workshops, and shows slide presentations on ecovillages in the United States and Canada, including Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Tennessee, Los Angeles Eco-Village, Lost Valley Educational Center in Oregon, O.U.R. Ecovillage in British Columbia, EcoReality in British Columbia, and Easton Mountain Center in New York. She has led workshops at the North American Cohousing Conference, Twin Oaks Communities Conference, and FIC's Art of Community gathering. Her articles on ecovillages and intentional communities have appeared in publications ranging from Mother Earth News to Canada's This Magazine. She has been interviewed by New Dimensions Radio, NPR, and the BBC.

Diana's next book is Finding the Ecovillage or Sustainable Community of Your Dreams: A Field Guide (working title), about visiting, evaluating, and joining ecovillages and sustainable communities (New Society Publishers, Spring 2007).

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