The Maypole at Mosaic Commons
Jubilee Cohousing
Nubanusit Cohousing
Prairie Hill Cohousing
Rocky Hill Cohousing
Trillium Hollow
Fresno Cohousing
Wolf Creek Lodge
Monterey Cohousing Minneapolis  MN
Hundredfold Farm Orrtanna PA
N St Cohousing Davis CA
Mosaic Commons Cohousing
Jamaica Plains Cohousing
Nevada City Coho baseball

Innovative. Sustainable. Home.

Cohousing communities are intentional, collaborative neighborhoods created with a little ingenuity. They bring together the value of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living. That means residents actively participate in the design and operation of their neighborhoods, and share common facilities and good connections with neighbors. All in all, they stand as innovative and sustainable answers to today’s environmental and social problems. Welcome home.

Tune-Up Experiences: Enhancing Cohousing Communities

[We received these two responses to our inquiry about experiences of those who have sought "tune ups" to enhance their communities.]

From Michael Madera, New View Cohousing (Acton, MA)
In April 2015, Laird Schaub engaged in a ‘tune-up’ retreat with us over 4 days, 2 of which were in facilitating full day plenary meetings.
His influence and wisdom helped us shift many expectations and set up many more effective processes for considering issues and managing our affairs as a community. He challenged us through reflections and comparisons from over 50 coho communities as well as with his active and highly structured facilitation style.

Finding Your Tribe at the 2015 Twin Oaks Communities Conference

In December 2013, my daughter decided to visit Twin Oaks, a long established, egalitarian income sharing community in Louisa, Virginia. Her hope was to find a community that would support her commitment to living sustainably, connecting with the earth on a spiritual level, and supporting her egalitarian cooperative values. Her initial reports were tentative, “Is this how I want to live my life?” “Can I imagine making my life with these strangers and their unfamiliar norms?”

........When I think of what makes for a good conference, I think about the feeling one gets after going to a “good” one. It is a feeling of having been guided in the right direction. Great conferences make you feel transformed ....If you are thinking about living in an intentional community, I strongly recommend attending this year's communities conference: http://communitiesconference.org/.

A Word from Chuck [Training Program for Architects]

[Editor's Note: Chuck Durrett with McCamant & Durrett Architects is developing a training program for architects, detailed at the end of this blog, which is reposted from A Word from Chuck: Reporting from the National Cohousing Conference in Durham, NC from MDA's newsletter.]

When Katie & I traveled to Denmark in 1984 and studied the details of how to help plan a well functioning cohousing community, we watched the best in the world do it, day after day. We visited the best and we visited the worst and we examined in great detail, what made them different. We interviewed many hundreds of residents who had organized, co-developed and co-designed the communities. We interviewed dozens and dozens of architects, developers, bureaucrats and bankers. We looked at product; we learned Danish so that we could understand the process and partiality, the difference between a thoroughly capable process and a weak process.