Living Intentionally Presentation by Jill Kanto

Living Intentionally Presentation by Jill Kanto

Are you curious about Intentional Living? Here is your chance to learn more from a mother of two with actual experience!  Join us for a Zoom presentation followed by a Q&A session with Jill Kanto.

Jill Kanto, founder of, lives in her DIY tiny house with her family. She spent many years studying, visiting and workshopping communities. She travels to Tiny House Festivals speaking about:

  • The spectrum of available communities (& other tiny house parking options)
  • The pros & cons of each type of community
  • A detailed look at an Intentional Community in Virginia
  • Resources for joining or starting a community
  • Common mistakes when founding a community
  • Tools for working together efficiently.


Life Before Living Tiny Was…Hard

In 2012, I was newly divorced and a single mother of a 1 and 7 year old. I was telecommuting nights and stayed up all day with young children, averaging only a few hours sleep each night. I couldn’t afford daycare and groceries were charged on to credit cards with no hope of paying them off. I was stressed, missing quality time with my children and losing my health — quickly. Something had to give.

The following year, I was introduced to the concept of Intentional Communities. These communities didn’t have cracks for people like my children and me to fall through. They supported one another. By working as a team, they lifted themselves to a better quality of life. I quickly became fascinated. Unfortunately, none were close enough for me to move into (because it was too far for my ex-husband to see his children). So, instead I visited as many as life allowed and regularly attended a yearly weekend of workshops. I was determined to try to better my life through community.

Living Tiny in a Tiny Villagette

Life continued at a grueling pace. My health woes worsened. Fortunately, in 2015 my mother lent me $35,000 to build my DIY Tiny House on Wheels.

I landed in a lovely “Backyard Parking” community. I pay rent to a host family and share their 6 acres. We also share kids, a food garden, chicken eggs and caring for the 4 horses, 3 goats and 10 chickens on the property.

Sounds perfect, right? It almost is.

The Birth of

Since I have been exposed to several successful intentional communities, I knew that as good as I had it, it could get even better.

I went online to search for my ideal tiny house village. Not only did I not find a list of intentional Tiny House communities, but I couldn’t find a list of any types of Tiny House communities.

So, I started to compile my own list, for personal use. Once I hit about 60 villages, I realized I had to share my list with the movement.

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