Certainly! Building intentional mixed circles in the context of alternative, conscious, or intentional communities requires a focus on inclusivity, shared values, and open communication. Here are 20 principles, with specific examples of how they can be applied:

  1. Inclusivity and Diversity
  • Example: Encourage participation from all backgrounds and walks of life, reflecting a true representation of community diversity.
  1. Shared Values and Vision
  • Example: Collaboratively create a mission statement that reflects the core values and aspirations of the community.
  1. Open Dialogue and Communication
  • Example: Establish regular town hall meetings to allow all members to voice concerns, ideas, or feedback.
  1. Respect and Empathy
  • Example: Implement community guidelines that emphasize understanding, compassion, and respect for all perspectives.
  1. Collaborative Decision Making
  • Example: Use consensus-based decision-making processes to ensure everyone has a say in important community choices.
  1. Sustainability Focus
  • Example: Adopt sustainable practices like communal gardening or renewable energy sources to reflect a commitment to environmental stewardship.
  1. Conflict Resolution
  • Example: Create a conflict resolution team or process to address disagreements or issues, focusing on mediation and reconciliation.
  1. Community Engagement and Participation
  • Example: Encourage members to actively participate in community activities, whether social events, work projects, or committees.
  1. Education and Learning Opportunities
  • Example: Offer workshops or learning sessions on topics of interest to the community, such as permaculture, mindfulness, or artistic expression.
  1. Health and Well-being Focus
    • Example: Provide spaces or activities that promote physical, emotional, and mental well-being, such as a communal yoga studio or therapy support.
  2. Financial Transparency and Responsibility
    • Example: Keep an open and clear record of community finances and allow for input on budgeting decisions.
  3. Intergenerational Connection
    • Example: Foster relationships between different age groups through mentorship programs or shared activities.
  4. Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity
    • Example: Celebrate and learn about the various cultural traditions represented within the community.
  5. Accessibility and Accommodation
    • Example: Ensure that community spaces are accessible to all, regardless of physical abilities or other needs.
  6. Volunteerism and Service
    • Example: Organize volunteer opportunities both within the community and in the broader local area.
  7. Creativity and Innovation
    • Example: Encourage creative thinking and innovative solutions to community challenges through brainstorming sessions or innovation hubs.
  8. Privacy and Boundaries
    • Example: Respect personal space and privacy needs by establishing clear guidelines and communal vs private areas.
  9. Leadership and Governance Structure
    • Example: Develop a clear and participatory governance structure, allowing for rotational leadership or shared responsibilities.
  10. Crisis Management and Preparedness
    • Example: Create a community emergency plan, including responsibilities and resources for different types of potential crises.
  11. Spiritual Connection (if applicable)
    • Example: If the community has a spiritual focus, create spaces or practices that nurture this connection, such as meditation gardens or spiritual study groups.

These principles serve as the foundation for creating vibrant, supportive, and harmonious intentional mixed circles. By embracing these guidelines, such communities can thrive as places of connection, growth, and positive social change.

About the author

Shiva Rajaya

Tantrika / Life coach / Activator of new evolutionary codes for the planet and humankind