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LATEST ARTICLES

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

Differences between whole-group consensus and Dynamic Governance (sociocracy)

Over the years, dozens of cohousing communities worldwide have adopted Dynamic Governance (DG, internationally known as sociocracy) as a governance model. My own community adopted DG in 2012, after 18 years of whole-group consensus. By pure happenstance, I joined immediately after.  So, what’s different in DG compared to whole-group consensus? In DG, decisions are put… Read More

Flashback Recipe: Green Beans with Tomatoes and Basil

Cohousing has changed a lot over the years, but cooking for one another remains a joy, along with our love for good, wholesome food.  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… Read More

Henning Mortensen
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