Consultants

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Get in touch with a professional for assistance with your intentional community. Want to get general information about the types of services these independent consultants offer? The Services page has an outline and descriptions to help you understand the categories below. Here they are listed roughly in an order that they might be utilized by a group in the forming phase.

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Consultant Types

Sliding Fee

IC types I would live in or am forming:

Preferred regions of North America:

Consultants for IC Initial Development

Consensus facilitation

These professionals specialize in guiding groups in coming to difficult decisions using consensus-based decision-making.

Amanda Griesbach

Canada

Consensus facilitation

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group facilitation, Mentoring, Leadership, Team recreation, DEI consulting, Business management, Consensus facilitation, Finance advising, Mediation

J. Elliott Butler-Cisneros

Southeast U.S.

Consensus facilitation, Group facilitation, Mediation, DEI consulting, Youth education

Philip Be'er

Canada

Consensus facilitation, Mentoring, Group facilitation, Mediation

Legal contracts

Even with the best of intentions on both sides, written agreements are crucial. Our listed lawyers can help you with document preparation. By making clear everyone’s commitments, even when you fully trust the other(s), you give yourselves a mandate to discuss potential challenges thoroughly, which can prevent misunderstandings or disputes. For any financial interactions, agreements should be in writing, signed and dated. If all maintain their good will and compliance with the agreement, it is still possible that a members’ death would call into question how much was contributed by each member. You should have signed records to prevent loss of your contributions. Don’t make it something you’ll get around to later. Each state has different laws around housing, so we recommend you check local jurisdictional requirements and limitations. It is important to consult with a lawyer for specifics on your situation. Get legal advice relevant to your state or province. With our listed consultants, you can limit your search by area. Often, a mediator can assist you in writing your agreements at a lower cost, then you should get a final review by a lawyer and officially file the document with the appropriate governing body.

Aimee Champion

Pacific Coast U.S.

Mediation, Legal contracts

Austin Hepworth

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Mediation, Legal contracts

Realtor service

Our listed realtors specialize in multiple-party purchases or are actively upgrading their understanding of location-specific legal options for joint ownership.

Brian Horwitz

Canada

Realtor service, Zoning & compliance

Noam Dolgin

Canada

Realtor service, Zoning & compliance

CoHo BC

Canada

Realtor service

Finance advising

Our finance advisors specialize in community-related contexts.

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group facilitation, Mentoring, Leadership, Team recreation, DEI consulting, Business management, Consensus facilitation, Finance advising, Mediation

Yonas Jongkind

Canada

Finance advising, Zoning & compliance

Lending institution

These are funding or lending institutions that are willing to work with unconventional loan structures or mixed mortgages.

Grant writing

Our listed grant writers may be able to direct you to relevant funding sources even if you are not a certified non-profit organization. Professional grant writers may also be willing to train one of your members to do the bulk of the grant searches and research. Non profits such as Open Collective may be able to act as an umbrella organization to support your funding of a project that meets their guidelines.

Hannah Swenson

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Grant writing, Group facilitation, Self-employment

Mentoring

Our group mentors develop familiarity with your group over time. They may not have specific certifications but are wise elders.

Nicole Hartley Bradford

Canada

Mentoring, Group facilitation, Mediation, Leadership, Self-employment , Marketing or website

Ardell Broadbent

Canada

Mentoring, Mediation, Self-employment

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group facilitation, Mentoring, Leadership, Team recreation, DEI consulting, Business management, Consensus facilitation, Finance advising, Mediation

Bill Martin

Pacific Coast U.S.

Mentoring

Meagan Elaine

Canada

Mentoring, Permaculture design

Robert Rivello

Pacific Coast U.S.

Mentoring, Group facilitation, Leadership, Business management, Marketing or website, Permaculture design, Sanitation & water systems

Philip Be'er

Canada

Consensus facilitation, Mentoring, Group facilitation, Mediation

Consultants for IC Interpersonal Interaction

Group facilitation

These professionals have a variety of specialized skills listed in their profile descriptions.

Nicole Hartley Bradford

Canada

Mentoring, Group facilitation, Mediation, Leadership, Self-employment , Marketing or website

Brett Macdonald

Canada

Group facilitation, Team recreation

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group facilitation, Mentoring, Leadership, Team recreation, DEI consulting, Business management, Consensus facilitation, Finance advising, Mediation

Marta Gradilone Rodriguez

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Group facilitation, Mediation, Team recreation, Youth education

J. Elliott Butler-Cisneros

Southeast U.S.

Consensus facilitation, Group facilitation, Mediation, DEI consulting, Youth education

Kate

Northeast U.S.

Group facilitation, Leadership, Team recreation, DEI consulting

Hannah Swenson

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Grant writing, Group facilitation, Self-employment

Teri Grunthaner

Upper Midwest U.S.

Group facilitation, Mediation, Team recreation

Robert Rivello

Pacific Coast U.S.

Mentoring, Group facilitation, Leadership, Business management, Marketing or website, Permaculture design, Sanitation & water systems

Philip Be'er

Canada

Consensus facilitation, Mentoring, Group facilitation, Mediation

Mediation

Ideally, in an intentional community, there is a hope for an equitable outcome rather than any one party trying to have the greatest gain for themselves. We invite our legal consultants to list based on their experience with intentional communities or their training as mediators, so they can act as intermediaries rather than having double costs of a representative for each side. For relatively minor concerns, you might hire a group facilitator trained in conflict resolution who can do an adequate job at less expense to your group. Be sure to recap and write up the agreement promptly, preferably before the end of the meetings, to ensure that everyone’s understanding and memory of the agreement is the same. Get the agreement signed by all when finalized. Give each member a copy of the agreement, so there is no question later of whether unauthorized changes were made.

Philip Be'er

Canada

Consensus facilitation, Mentoring, Group facilitation, Mediation

Aimee Champion

Pacific Coast U.S.

Mediation, Legal contracts

Austin Hepworth

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Mediation, Legal contracts

Ardell Broadbent

Canada

Mentoring, Mediation, Self-employment

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group facilitation, Mentoring, Leadership, Team recreation, DEI consulting, Business management, Consensus facilitation, Finance advising, Mediation

Marta Gradilone Rodriguez

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Group facilitation, Mediation, Team recreation, Youth education

J. Elliott Butler-Cisneros

Southeast U.S.

Consensus facilitation, Group facilitation, Mediation, DEI consulting, Youth education

Teri Grunthaner

Upper Midwest U.S.

Group facilitation, Mediation, Team recreation

Nicole Hartley Bradford

Canada

Mentoring, Group facilitation, Mediation, Leadership, Self-employment , Marketing or website

Leadership

These professionals have skills in sociocracy, holocracy, or general community or business leadership experience.

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group facilitation, Mentoring, Leadership, Team recreation, DEI consulting, Business management, Consensus facilitation, Finance advising, Mediation

Kate

Northeast U.S.

Group facilitation, Leadership, Team recreation, DEI consulting

Robert Rivello

Pacific Coast U.S.

Mentoring, Group facilitation, Leadership, Business management, Marketing or website, Permaculture design, Sanitation & water systems

Nicole Hartley Bradford

Canada

Mentoring, Group facilitation, Mediation, Leadership, Self-employment , Marketing or website

Team recreation

You might find these consultants helpful to add in the mix for retreats or visitor sessions for getting to know prospective members.

Spiel Meister

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Youth education, Team recreation

Brett Macdonald

Canada

Group facilitation, Team recreation

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group facilitation, Mentoring, Leadership, Team recreation, DEI consulting, Business management, Consensus facilitation, Finance advising, Mediation

Marta Gradilone Rodriguez

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Group facilitation, Mediation, Team recreation, Youth education

Kate

Northeast U.S.

Group facilitation, Leadership, Team recreation, DEI consulting

Teri Grunthaner

Upper Midwest U.S.

Group facilitation, Mediation, Team recreation

DEI consulting

These consultants have experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group facilitation, Mentoring, Leadership, Team recreation, DEI consulting, Business management, Consensus facilitation, Finance advising, Mediation

J. Elliott Butler-Cisneros

Southeast U.S.

Consensus facilitation, Group facilitation, Mediation, DEI consulting, Youth education

Kate

Northeast U.S.

Group facilitation, Leadership, Team recreation, DEI consulting

Property management

Our property managers have successfully worked with groups for several years. They can guide you in establishing time-tested procedures related to facilities management, rentals, and hospitality services.

Consultants for IC Programs & Occupations

Youth education

These professionals have a variety of specialized skills listed in their profile descriptions, including charter school setup and alternative education styles such as Montessori and Waldorf.

Mario & Maya Castaneda

Pacific Coast U.S.

Youth education

Spiel Meister

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Youth education, Team recreation

Marta Gradilone Rodriguez

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Group facilitation, Mediation, Team recreation, Youth education

J. Elliott Butler-Cisneros

Southeast U.S.

Consensus facilitation, Group facilitation, Mediation, DEI consulting, Youth education

Self-employment

Often remote communities are interested in ensuring that their residents have viable livelihoods, which could include a business that several or most members are engaged in, or individual businesses.

Ardell Broadbent

Canada

Mentoring, Mediation, Self-employment

Hannah Swenson

Rocky Mountain U.S.

Grant writing, Group facilitation, Self-employment

Nicole Hartley Bradford

Canada

Mentoring, Group facilitation, Mediation, Leadership, Self-employment , Marketing or website

Christopher Kindig

Northeast U.S.

Self-employment , Business management, Marketing or website

Business management

These professionals have experience with the business and non-profit aspect of ICs. This is more than just book keeping. Look for consultants who run a similar type of operation to your IC or planned IC.

Sky & Avi

Pacific Coast U.S.

Group facilitation, Mentoring, Leadership, Team recreation, DEI consulting, Business management, Consensus facilitation, Finance advising, Mediation

Robert Rivello

Pacific Coast U.S.

Mentoring, Group facilitation, Leadership, Business management, Marketing or website, Permaculture design, Sanitation & water systems

Christopher Kindig

Northeast U.S.

Self-employment , Business management, Marketing or website

Marketing or website

These professionals have in-depth experience with ICs and know how to increase your visibility.

Robert Rivello

Pacific Coast U.S.

Mentoring, Group facilitation, Leadership, Business management, Marketing or website, Permaculture design, Sanitation & water systems

Nicole Hartley Bradford

Canada

Mentoring, Group facilitation, Mediation, Leadership, Self-employment , Marketing or website

Christopher Kindig

Northeast U.S.

Self-employment , Business management, Marketing or website

Consultants for Land Management

Zoning & compliance

It’s best to find these professionals local to you, but even when distant, they can guide you in working with local municipalities to change or adapt regulations.

Noam Dolgin

Canada

Realtor service, Zoning & compliance

Yonas Jongkind

Canada

Finance advising, Zoning & compliance

Brian Horwitz

Canada

Realtor service, Zoning & compliance

Christopher Kinney

Pacific Coast U.S.

Zoning & compliance, Permaculture design, Natural building, Sanitation & water systems

Permaculture design

It’s best to find these professionals local to you, familiar with the climate and regional plants.

Christopher Kinney

Pacific Coast U.S.

Zoning & compliance, Permaculture design, Natural building, Sanitation & water systems

Dirk Witte

Canada

Permaculture design

Meagan Elaine

Canada

Mentoring, Permaculture design

Robert Rivello

Pacific Coast U.S.

Mentoring, Group facilitation, Leadership, Business management, Marketing or website, Permaculture design, Sanitation & water systems

Natural building

It’s best to find these professionals local to you, familiar with the best green building materials for your climate.

Christopher Kinney

Pacific Coast U.S.

Zoning & compliance, Permaculture design, Natural building, Sanitation & water systems

Sanitation & water systems

It’s best to find these professionals local to you, familiar with specific offices and regulations.

Christopher Kinney

Pacific Coast U.S.

Zoning & compliance, Permaculture design, Natural building, Sanitation & water systems

Robert Rivello

Pacific Coast U.S.

Mentoring, Group facilitation, Leadership, Business management, Marketing or website, Permaculture design, Sanitation & water systems

Animal husbandry

If you can’t find these professionals local to you, or willing to travel, make friends with local farmers!

consultants

External Community Consultants

The following groups offer services for financial management, group cohesion and decision-making, and for building or finding property. Even those that focus on large housing developments often offer consulting and workshops for smaller groups that aren’t using their full set of services.

Community Consultant Groups in Canada

There are unique cultural aspects and legal frameworks available in Canada that are beneficial for ICs. Co-operatively owned condominiums/strata are becoming increasingly popular.

Community Consultant Groups in the U.S.

The following organizations have excellent resources for training and list consultants for intentional communities. Contact those closest to you, to get advice relevant to the restrictions and opportunities available in your specific area.