Community for Mindful Living - CA & MA Locations

Berkeley, California

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We're committed to cultivating a practice of family friendly mindful living within a modern cohousing community.  Residents own their homes and a shared interest in a large common house, gardens, and other communal spaces.
We consider living in a supportive community a valuable opportunity for both personal and societal transformation.  The benefits for our children, ourselves, our neighbors, and our planet are innumerable.
We are involved in three initiatives.
1. California Project.  In 2011, we converted a well located 4 unit Berkeley, CA property into a small cohousing community with 8 adults and 5 children.  Currently, there are no openings, though we eventually hope to acquire the two adjacent properties, ultimately growing to 10-12 units.  Contact us to be alerted when openings become available.
2. Massachusetts Project.  BREAKING GROUND FOR 2017 MOVE INS! In 2015, after an extensive search, we found a one-of-a-kind cohousing location in a vibrant college town in Massachusetts. There is a newly forming community building over 30 net zero or energy positive homes in a natural wooded environment adjacent to a safe, child-friendly forest, pond, and river, and yet is walkable to town, schools, and services. Our core values are very closely aligned with theirs. Rarely do all these key elements occur together. In fact, we've found nothing comparable in the US. It is especially well suited for a family with young children. Contact us soon for more information about this unique project.
3. Future Projects.  We see an increasing interest in large 20+ unit mindful living cohousing projects in the SF Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest, and in Europe.  A critical mass of motivated people is necessary to make these projects happen.  Please add your name to our mailing list for updates and access to our community forum.
What is Mindfulness?
"Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience."  Psychology Today
We Embrace Six Core Values
Simplicity – Living simple lives in the present moment. We are living in fast-paced, distracting, chaotic times. It is increasingly easy, and hazardous, to lose our bearings in the modern world. We aspire to live simply, and slowly, in a supportive community that helps us stay focused on what matters most.
Communitarian - Living in harmony with others. We share the strong intention to live more collaboratively and closely with others in order to build, and benefit from true community.
Awareness and Personal Growth - Some call this "Spiritual" work. We consider living in community among supportive friends to be an important opportunity for both personal and societal transformation.
Ecological - Living in harmony with nature. We strive to live more sustainably by embracing permaculture principles. We pursue renewable energy, green building methods, the reduction of waste, compassionate consumption, and other methods of treading lightly on our planet. Update: The 30+ homes in the Massachusetts Project will all be net zero or energy positive, generating equal or more energy than consumed!
Educational - Spreading knowledge and inspiring others. We find additional purpose in what we do by educating and empowering others beyond our core community. We endeavor to model an attractive, healthy, joyful, sustainable way of living in a compassionate, cooperative and less consumptive manner.
Inclusivity - Embracing diversity. We are non-sectarian and deeply respect the many different cultural and lifestyle traditions. Our common thread is our commitment to cultivating an awareness of the divine presence in all things. We are open to everyone who shares this respect. We see strength in all types of diversity.
Our primary influences include Thich Nhat Hanh, Marshall Rosenberg, Ekhart Tolle, Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Plum Village and Sirius communities. Additional thanks to Diana Leafe Christian.

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