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LATEST ARTICLES

Seeking Home… Away From Home

Nine months ago, our family moved from Los Angeles to Albuquerque to be part of Cohousing ABQ  before the homes are built.  The move with our two little kids, aged 2 and 5, was rough. There was serious drama with the moving company, and the night we arrived our dog was lost, frightened by the… Read More

Successful Living in Community

As everyone currently living here at Nomad, we understand that owning a home here is a lot more than just having a deed of trust in your name. Cohousing and community in general is larger, sometimes much larger. The desire for community is as old as humans have been scratching out survival on this planet…. Read More

Trading “Fairness” for Understanding

As Lead of Community Agreements for my community, I have come to doubt the value and viability of “fairness.” I think fairness is occasionally possible, but rarely is it always possible for everyone.  In a complex situation like cohousing, if we strive to be fair to everyone, we are fair to no one, because the whole process becomes bogged down and… Read More

Work From Home In Cohousing

By now we are all familiar with the narrative about how the COVID pandemic has changed how we work. There have been hundreds of articles written about why working from home is amazing, or why working from is terrible (spoilers: I’m a big fan of working from home). There is also debate about what the… Read More

A Context for Hope: The Gift of a Cohousing Childhood

The Winter 2021 issue of “Communities” landed in our mailbox this month, and I was immediately taken by the theme: “Children in Community.” What a bonanza! Stories written by both parents and (now) adult children who grew up in community fill these pages. Over and over, one message kept coming up: the benefits of a… Read More

Mission-Driven Communities in Israel: A Model for the United States?

For several years, I have been working to combine two types of community: Jewish and cohousing. These two concepts of community – one that allows people to experience and express their Jewish lives and one that gives people the chance to knit close communities through shared living – can be mutually reinforcing and stronger together…. Read More

How To Decide Which Cohousing Community Is Right For You

So many exciting cohousing communities! How does a seeker decide which one is best? The Short Version: • Can you afford it? • Is it located in an acceptable geographic location? • Is the urban vs rural location right for you? • Is their timeline compatible with yours (not perfect but acceptable)? • Do they… Read More

Recipe from the Archives: Yummy Tofu Salad* (Eggless Egg Salad)
PDX Commons creatively celebrates new members and a full house

In the past year, PDX Commons went through a major turnover of homes — five homes sold to seven new members (including two couples). In some cases, the pandemic was a factor, but there were other reasons as well. This was our first experience with selling homes and selling during the pandemic — and in… Read More

From the Archives: Giving Thanks

Reprinted from November 2007: This month I thought I would focus on “giving thanks.”  At Heartwood, we all gather around the food, hold hands, acknowledge the cooks, and introduce the guests. One of the cooks leads us in a blessing or a moment of silence. Here are a few favorites: The silver rain.  The golden… Read More

Flashback Recipe: Doug’s Famous Lentil Loaf

CohoUS Staff has recently uncovered a stash of cohousing recipes. We hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we do. To add to this treasure chest, send your favorite recipe and a bit of the story, to staff@cohousing.org. Reprinted from October 2007: My plan with this column is to feature recipes from cohousing communities around… Read More

Recipe from the Archives: Moroccan Chicken

CohoUS Staff has recently uncovered a stash of cohousing recipes. We hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we do. To add to this treasure chest, send your favorite recipe and a bit of the story, to staff@cohousing.org. Reprinted from May 2007: My birthday is May first and last year we had a big Moroccan… Read More