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LATEST ARTICLES

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

Six key aspects to consider about space sharing

Author: Nicolas Francart, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nicolas_Francart  There are many different ways of sharing space, from coworking to coliving, and even many different forms of coliving (eco-villages, shared apartments, student rooms with shared kitchens, etc). A recently published paper (https://doi.org/10.5334/bc.34) explores the drivers and barriers to space sharing. The article doesn’t provide a recipe for success for cohousing,… Read More

The Seamsters

Brenda is a member of River Song Cohousing in Eugene OR.  Like most cohousers, she is involved in community far beyond that boundaries of their still-building cohousing community.  The following article describes and example of the community spirit that draws people to cohousing, is nurtured there, and then pours back out to the wider world.  … Read More

Isolated Together

Cohousing is not only about the things we do together; it is also about the things we do alone. One of the major traits of cohousing, as an example of community living, is the ability to be alone. Cohousing has private homes, most commonly homes we own.  Individual household’s personal space is a distinguishing characteristic… Read More

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

A little more than a week ago, a couple of people in Washington Villagebegan discussing the COVID19 pandemic and how it might impact ourcommunity. Our Common House had been already been closed and we knew some members had already suffered losses in employment. We realized the government would be sending out $1200 checks to all… Read More

Discussion outside the common house

Did humans eating monkeys unleash ebola into our species? Did some Chinese eating bats and pangolins unleash Covid-19?  My guess is there are a lot of conversations these days about such topics. My other guess is that, especially in the States, most of those conversations lack serious substance and facts, and might even border on… Read More

Missing Cohousing

After living in cohousing for 15 years I moved to an independent living community for health reasons.  I’d been satisfied with my choice until the Covid-19 virus hit. All the shared living spaces in my new community were shut down, leaving the residents no way to connect.  The manager of our community is very ineffective… Read More