Finding Cohousing

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Some of the things to think about in looking for a possible cohousing project to join: Do I have a specific or a preferred location in mind, or am I flexible? Would I be more comfortable in a larger or a smaller community? Would I like to live in an urban community? Or rural, or suburban, or college town? How viable is this forming group likely to be? What kind of group decision-making process will I be most comfortable with, or am I fine with whatever the group uses? Am I okay with their workshare and common meals policies?

There are just some of the points to consider when you're trying to find a cohousing community that is a good match for you. Our contributors have covered many of them in the posts below, and the cohousing-related resources can help with others. Also, you can learn a lot from the Cohousing-L listserv (link below), both from its archives and from current discussion threads.

By Diana Leafe Christian   If you’re looking for a forming cohousing community, learn to “read between the lines” in directory listings and websites. • I observed in my...
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By Diana Leafe Christian   If a cohousing community uses the word “ecovillage” in its name, is it really an ecovillage? What does that mean, anyway? Today I got an...
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By Diana Leafe Christian   This blog entry is in response to Craig's Forum comment on June 4th in the "Researching Your Community" Forum about "Do-...
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By Diana Leafe Christian   Fostermamas (see blog entry below) also mentioned that their family is multi-generational and multiracial. And on June 27th, Annette wrote a...
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By Diana Leafe Christian   If you want to join a cohousing community, in my experience there are at least two ways to plan visits to likely existing communities and/or...
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Diana Leafe Christian   What happens when a cohousing community changes in values, lifestyle, and “community culture” over time? And how might this affect you as an a new...
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By Diana Leafe Christian   Friday night (7/25), I gave a talk at the "Community Seeker's Fair" which kicked off the NICA Gathering here in Portland (described...
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By Diana Leafe Christian   If you’re looking for a cohousing core group or existing community to join, you’re probably thinking about what you want. You may also be...
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By Diana Leafe Christian   Right now I'm at the NICA Annual Sumner Gathering in Portland, Oregon. NICA, the Northwest Intentional Communities Association, is the largest...
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