Models of Nomadic Co-Living


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.


  • 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.


  • Each nomadbase would have their own culture.
  • But what are minimum requirements to call something a base or place?
  • 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 could stay.
  • The next question would be, which of these do we think as a nomadbase?


Pieces of land that are used as a nomadbase/ space.

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 and gatherings (see Rainbow gatherings)

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 privately owned land but this piece of land would be owned by a foundation.
  • Sometimes owned or fundation private land, such as island, can also be retreat/spiritual centers

Activist Camps

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


  • Kumbha Mela - Every 12 years all of the babas and sadhus and all of the other holy men of the Indian subcontinent and around the world along with a lot of pilgrims journey to Allahabad, India for the largest gathering of humanity in the world.
  • 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.


Houses, flats, appartments

Single household

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 or collective hosting. Also known as "couchsurfing houses". Places where one or more people live and are actively hosting people within hospitality exchange networks.

Flatshare/ Shared housing

  • Flats or houses that have 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...). Many examples world-wide, for example Ganas

Cooperative housing

  • In the student network of cooperatives:
  • In St.Louis Wash U Coop is very active with hosting
  • In Portugal, cooperatives take the shape of Republicas and can host foreign students. [1]


Different types of communities other than households.


  • 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, 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.

Villages/ Cities

  • Eco-villages all around
  • GEN - ecovillage network in Europe
  • 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).

Stay & Work


  • Farms are one of the best known nomadbases. There is two existing networks Wwoof and People come to volunteer and can stay at the farm in exchange of bread and a bed.
  • There are also independent farm such as working on sustainability and hosting nomads.


  • A network of places you can do volunteer work in exchange of a place to stay. It is also based on learning.
    • HelpX is provided primarily as a cultural exchange for working holiday makers who would like the opportunity during their travels abroad, to stay with local people and gain practical experience.

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.

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 place where you come to stay, live according to certain principles 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.

Artist Collectives

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

Infoshops/ Alternative cafe's/Cultural associations

  • Tea-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.


  • The International Brotherhood of Rail Riders (IBRR) is predominately a hobo organization; however, we do host other travelers

Pilgrimage Refuge