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LATEST ARTICLES

Free Food Fridge

Another great idea for cohousers. We love how Asha Leong of East Lake Commons just outside Atlanta, GA is bringing together her passion, her cohousing community and the broader community in which she lives.  Thanks Asha, for sharing this great idea! Build it and they will come. I’m proud to unveil the East Lake Commons… Read More

Why Diversity?

I’ve been in a lot of conversations about race in various ways, and in particular about racism in cohousing. Somewhere amidst all the conversations, it occurred to me to ask a question I haven’t been hearing. Why do communities want to be diverse? Which led to: What do we mean when we say it? and… Read More

Forming in a Pandemic

Who could have predicted a pandemic, right? I mean, we all know that unexpected things will come up when you are working on a project as big as a cohousing community, but a pandemic? How on earth do you do any marketing when you can’t meet with people? That is the dilemma we find ourselves… Read More

Covid Support

In April, I came down with COVID-like symptoms, including a high fever, cough, and congestion. I was lucky enough to have a place out of the house where my kids could be, to allow me to isolate for the recommended amount of time. It ended up being a long time before I had three days… Read More

But it’s not in our budget!

One of the great things about cohousing is that we budget for things we value and tend to get more for our money that way.  Every community budget works a little differently, and some have more flex than others, but at the end of the day, I’m betting every community has had the experience of… Read More

Cultural Awareness Menu-Black Related (intersectional)

Note: Your 5 Study/Action Questions are at the end of this Menu. Here are 3 steps to transformative Allyship: 1—Review a link from the Menu below. 2– Answer the 5 Study/Action Questions at the end of this Menu.2–Repeat steps 1 & 2 for the next week, month, or for a lifetime.  Allyship impacts people we don’t know,… Read More

Where in the World?

Looking for a way to stay connected through Covid? Read on for one idea from a forming community, including the invitation template you can use to do this in your community! Recently, Bay State Commons members gathered together (virtually, of course!) to share memories of important trips. WOW, our people do love to travel! From… Read More

Drastic Downsizing

I write this knowing few people will think this is good advice, or advice they could actually take, but I’ve been observing move-ins at Village Hearth Cohousing for nearly a month, and had my own experience, so here goes. Downsizing from a large, typical American home, where you are surrounded by the things you’ve acquired over… Read More

Cohousers for Racial Justice

What’s new in Cohousing in June of 2020?  One exciting thing is a new group of cohousers working together.  See notes from their recent meeting below.   COHOUSERS FOR RACIAL JUSTICE (FACEBOOK CoHousers for Racial Justice) SAT, June 13th, 2020 The first meeting of a new Facebook group, CoHousers for Racial Justice https://www.facebook.com/groups/cohousersforracialjustice/, took place on Sat. June… Read More

Cohousing and the BLM Movement

Hanging on the wall in my house is a dyed silk-screen print done by an artist from the first cohousing community I worked with in California.  On it is the simple quote by Rumi that says: “Out beyond the ideas of right and wrong there is a field.  I will meet you there.”  To me… Read More

Black Lives Matter at Rocky Hill Cohousing

 Our cohousing community wanted to do something as a group.  Several people had participated in local protest demonstrations, but others, particularly older and more vulnerable folks, felt that was not safe.  But we all felt we wanted to show our support and a safe way was to line up with signs along the main road… Read More

Urban Cohousing

For many, the term “cohousing” may conjure up an image of a rural community situated in a pastoral environment, complete with chickens, gardens, orchards, even mini-farms. And in fact, many cohousing communities throughout the United States are bucolic retreats from the hustle and bustle of cities. But now there is a resurgence of interest in… Read More