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== Coop ==
== Coop ==
* in the student network of cooperatives: http://nasco.coop  
* In the student network of cooperatives: http://nasco.coop  
In St.Louis Wash U Coop is very active with hosting http://www.washucoop.com/
* In St.Louis Wash U Coop is very active with hosting http://www.washucoop.com/
In Portugal, cooperatives take the shape of Republicas and can host foreign students.(http://www.regiaocentro.net/lugares/coimbra/universidade/republicas/)
* In Portugal, cooperatives take the shape of Republicas and can host foreign students.(http://www.regiaocentro.net/lugares/coimbra/universidade/republicas/)

Revision as of 15:40, 24 November 2009

The goal of this page is to make a list of all sorts of possible models of Nomadic Co-living. This list wants to be as inclusive as possible, hence it includes many different projects alltogether.

The question we really need to ask ourselves is: what exactly do we aim to do with a nomadbase network? This list will help to understand the broader context of places/spaces/bases where nomads can stay.


  • A nomadbase would be a place where multiple nomads can live at the same time.
  • A nomadplace would be a place where there is just room for one or maximum two nomads.

Free Lands

  • Land in some countries is free to access. You can be as free as you want and wonder around, eat fruits and veggies when you find them. This is the greatest and biggest nomadbase on the planet.
  • Connection with festival (see Rainbow gatherings)

Activits Camps

  • Occupied forests
  • No-Border camps
  • Climate Action camps

Privately owned Land

  • In some countries people own their own piece of land that they have openened up to share to nomads, travelers


Same as above but owned by a foundation.

  • Sometimes owned or fundation private land, such as island, can also be retreat/spiritual centers


Households can be single households or multiple person household. These households can be shared with nomads.

  • Rooms available for nomads. Long term, short term (one week?).
  • Every house would have their own rules
  • Some houses are free of charge or other houses might ask you for contribution (financial contribution or in terms of work shifts).
  • Hospitality houses: collective hosting


  • That has a certain turn-over rate can be a turnover rate. If people can come for a month, a couple of week (a period compatible with nomadic lifestyle). In this situation it is also possible that nomads pay the normal rent as anyone else.
    • Advantages: There is already a 'commons' there. You don't have to start new, there is a bed, internet, etc.
    • It can even be more a nomadbase if these people are willing to host.

Community Housing

  • Large houses where many people live. Would rather be a big house, in a forest, in the country side or in the city. It is usually intentional but it can have different degrees of participation in the decision-making process (consensus, majoritarian, core group consensus...). Could be one person who lives there 'permanently'. Many examples world-wide, for example Ganas



  • Larger communities that accept nomads at their community to work and live. Different rules apply to different communities.
  • Intentional communities (networks). There is one overlapping network in the United States, http://www.ic.org/ Some communities might be more open than others. The network in Europe is called Eurotopia (with 617 locations on the topic of "living in communities).
  • Kibbutz. Collective communities often based on agriculture. You come to stay for short or longer period. If staying for long-term, you live there and work in return.


  • Farms are one of the best known nomadbases. There is two existing networks Wwoof and Growfood.org. People come to volunteer and can stay at the farm in exchange of bread and a bed.

Community Centres

  • Places in cities that uses community space for meetings for examples. They often may have sleeping places for people. In some places you are part of the place, in others you would be less.
    • Define: different levels of participation


  • A network of places you can do volunteer work in exchange of a place to stay. It is also based on learning. http://helpex.net


A place where you come to stay, live according to certain princnples usual on a religious or spiritual basis. In exchange of staying there, you work (offer services) and/or do a lot of medidation.

  • Buddhist Centers where you can work for months
  • Asharm - Yoga based retreat centers
  • Meditation Centers


  • Squats can be opened for nomads. In some countries this already is common practice. Some squats are very open, others are not at all.

Villages/ Cities

  • Eco-villages all around
  • GEN - ecovillage netowrk in Europe http://gen-europe.org/index.html
  • Auroville is city where people try to live in peace and harmony. It is also called a experimental township. To stay you need to apply (explain what skills you can bring in).


  • Rainbow-gatherings for example. These happenings are open for anyone to join and you can stay as long as it is there. Rainbow-junkies for example tend to jump from one gathering to another.
  • Burning man (not very inclusive, 250 dollar to get in)
  • Mutant Fest - Free Burning Man.
  • Communal camps - intentional free open shared communal camping.

Artist in Residence

  • One place that is open for an artist who has to apply in order to stay there. These places are there for artists. You apply for residence.

Artist Collectives

  • Communities that are based on artists (could also be called squat+art)

Infoshops/ Alternative cafe's

  • T-house for example. Staircase in Montreal. Places that have a cafe or an infoshop where you can come to contribute/ help out and possibly stay over for a while.