Are you curious about living at Columbia Ecovillage in Portland Oregon or in cohousing in general? Well, here is your chance to try it out. We plan to spend three months in the Los Angeles area during the winter of 2017-18 and are looking for some enthusiastic people to live in our unit and take care of our cats while we are gone. Ideally you are physically able, adventurous, curious, and like to roll your sleeves up and get involved. Exact dates are November 1-January 31.
Our unit is a spacious 3-bedroom, 2-bath upstairs apartment with an electric kitchen and heating system. It is colorfully painted and filled with art and two wonderful cats to get to know and take care of. In addition, each adult gets to participate in the community through 9 hours of work a month, common meals, social events, and access to our beautiful and verdant 3.73 acre urban property in NE Portland.
We are an intergenerational community of about 65 people living in 37 condo units. Age range is 2 years old through 89. There are 12 children, ages 2-16 who roam the property climbing trees and playing games. Our creative cooks offer two seasonal meals a week through our meals club. Cooks decide on the menu and post it on our intranet website where you would also sign up. Meals are $5 per person. Villagers grow and preserve much of our common food such as vegetables, fruits, berries, and nuts. Our 1912 farmhouse has three guest rooms for visitors and is also used for meetings and private parties. Other common spaces you can use are the crafts room, laundry room, and wood fired sauna.
We are located in NE Portland in the Cully Neighborhood, one of the most diverse in the State. There is a frequent service bus stop at our front entrance connecting you to Portland’s great public transportation system. Some residents don’t have cars and many are avid and regular bicyclists.
The best way to learn about living in cohousing is to join in the work parties and take on small jobs around the property. We self manage the property so there is always something to do. Washing dishes after a common meal, helping to cook, emptying the trash, weeding the gardens, cleaning the farmhouse and common hall, firing up the masonry heater and much more. We have used Sociocracy as our governance system since 2013. Our four main councils are Administration, Land, Social, and Facilities. Under those councils are the many smaller circles we call “pods” which do the actual work of the village. You are welcome to attend meetings of the various circles. We also have monthly gatherings of the whole community called Village Conversations.
What else do we do? We hold BBQs, parties, dances, holiday events, and a talent show in January. We go on bike rides, protests, and marches. We drive to the Columbia Gorge for hikes or to Mt Hood for skiing. We take trips to the Oregon coast. We go to movies together, lend cars, kayaks, and other equipment, trade childcare, help each other with problems. We are active members in the Cully neighborhood and host events on our property.
Since you will be staying over a month you will go through a new member review. This consists of answering a series of questions that are sent out to the whole village and participating in a review with 3-4 villagers. The questions are designed to help you and us see how you will fit into our community. The review is to get to know you and give you a chance to ask questions of us. You will then be assigned a host for the length of your stay. This person will help you understand our community and how to be a part of it. By the way, the Portland area is home to a wide variety of other cohousing and intentional communities that you can visit while you are here.
Our two grey and white cats are brothers, 12 years old, and healthy. They are indoor/outdoor cats and use a cat door. The cat box is located outside on the balcony. Additional tasks will be watering indoor plants and gathering mail.
The discounted rent per month is $1050, which includes utilities, cable TV, wifi, and one parking spot. Security deposit $500. Contact Anne or Dennis for more information and to set up a phone conversation. letsprune [at] gmail [dot] com and mavorina [at] gmail [dot] com.
mavorina [at] gmail [dot] com