The benifits of having a community membership category of Peripetitic Communitarian in any community

I am in my second year of living my life out as a self-designated Peripatetic Communitarian, “Peripat” for short. I feel it is potential of great benefit to both any community and any individual seeking or belonging to community.
I first heard the phrase used in describing it’s coiner, Geoph Kozeny in 2015 on The Farm in TN, unfortunately 8 years after his passing. He is very searchable including on Immediately on hearing it, I let out a giant gasp: Ha! that’s what I am!
My personal working definition has become: I live in community every day of the year, 2 or more communities, 2 or more months each, each year repeating. Currently living in 3 communities, in 3 states in the “U”“S”, which mite be called an attempt at a community of communities it self.
So far, I am amazed at the benefits I feel to my self as individual, and very hopeful for the benefits to each community available.
I have met a number of younger communitarians who live on edges of processes of memberships, & affiliations of immense endeavor, with more than one community each, who are very attracted to the concept. And I hereby put this up here for potential discussion. —grateful ole mar_tree


Love this! I can tell you and I would get along famously. Keep up the positive vibes and showing positive examples of what’s possible.

I love this, one idea I have is a farm share. Kind of a time share but farm work and profit sharing.

I’ve been a “frequent flyer” in some communities over time, and sometimes it’s been tough to feel like I could be a part of community while continuing to do work that requires travel (that I enjoy!). Also… it gets cold in some places and hot in others – why shouldn’t I be able to split time? :rofl:


While the FEC (federation of egalitarian communities) does have precedence for dual membership within its communities, In practice this can be quite difficult to set up. I imagine that it’s easier to be a peripat between communities that are not fully income sharing or communes. In working towards dual membership within the FEC communities the the member and the member’s communities have to have pretty thorough level of negotiation, conversation, and transparency around money. Which community is responsible for covering that members needs and when?

I think it’s fantastic to have movement between communities. I think it’s a hundred percent necessary to spread knowledge share enthusiasm reduce boredom and have fully developed lives. Living in community means we don’t have as many funds available to us all the time and traveling between communities means we get to have more affordable vacations.

I have lots to say on this. I’m not a peripateic communard right now but easily could see in myself moving into that role later in life for various stages.

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Honestly, this sounds like the best of all possible worlds!
Absolutely down for something like that myself!
Been actively researching the idea of living in (a) community for years now - your post just switched on the light bulb for me: the thing that’s holding me back from making the jump into that life is my massive fear of being ‘trapped’ in only 1 experience, 1 set of challenges. 1 group of people (however lovely they may be), 1 place… FOREVER!! Yeah, I don’t think I could stand it!
I also think it’s a total boon for any community - to have ‘fresh blood’ - or maybe a better image: ‘fresh AIR’ - coming into the community twice a year or so. I’m sure things can get stagnant in communities if nothing ‘new’ happens for too long…
Yep, I think it’s a massive win-win for everyone.
I support the idea (don’t know if I made that clear? Ha ha :D)

EDIT: just noticed this post is 6 months old - has there been any significant progress with your idea?

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i love this concept and i want to be a peripat too. i also want my Waystation ( & Looking to form an intentional community in Southern California) to be basically a big home base for others. some permanent members in the population, but i wish for it to mostly be a safe space for travelers to rest & restock. hence: Waystation. (i just came up with that name a day ago. but it’s perfect.)

and i agree that nobody should feel stuck. which is why i’m big on connection and exploration. i want our potential/future children that grow up in these spaces to come of age and set out on a journey to visit & engage with all the other IC-spaces, and even some of the big cities, and i never want them to feel stuck or out of touch. it’s a big world out there.

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aaaaugh. @FakeNameForTheInternet i meant to reply to you with this.

Thanks Benny, love the name/concept ‘WayStation’! If I had a boatload of money that’s what I’d set up (with others who had the same idea). When I was backpacking and staying in hostels occasionally, meeting all sorts of adventurous ‘outside the box’ people, I used to dream of running a big hostel - I imagined it would be so fun and interesting every day. Now I’m imagining it on more land with lots of cabins and funky dwellings. Trouble is, I think I’d be no good at administering something like that day to day - too much of a dreamer! Starting to look around more seriously these days to find out if other people are already on that train and making it happen. Need some millionaires who’ve had a genuine change of heart! :smiley: (see, told you I was a dreamer!! ha ha!)

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or it could be more homegrown than that. we could check out gofundme, or even Kickstarter.

money isn’t what i’m worried about. you can hire folk to build your community for you, but then they leave when the contract is over; i’m worried about our core group & population.

the more people we find who want to stick around, the closer this concept is to reality.