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LATEST ARTICLES

WebChat #37: Diana on Challenging Behaviors

98% of cohousers are lovely, well intentioned people we can all get along with, says Diana Leafe Christian in her recent WebChat. But what about the other 2%? What about people who are consistently difficult, who seem to lack a capacity for empathy and care only about themselves. How does community work with them and… Read More

Patterns of Development

We thank Laura Fitch of Fitch Architecture and Community Design for sharing this slideshow with us. Click here to access.

WebChat #36: Mary Kraus on Work Systems

We wrapped up our first year of WebChats where we began, in Pioneer Valley Cohousing. Our first WebChat was one year ago in October of 2018. Jerry Koch-Gonzalez shared with us from his home office. Last week was even more fun because I got to sit with Mary Kraus in person as we finished the… Read More

WebChat #35 Sky and Avi

Last month Sky Blue, Executive Director of the Foundation for Intentional Community, and Avi Kruley, Community Wellbeing Facilitator at the Mount Madonna Center, joined us for a WebChat looking at what makes an intentional community an intentional community. They explored the 5 R’s: Residence, Rationale, Responsibilities, Resources and Respect. From there they guided us through… Read More

Don’t treat individual problems as community problems

One of the questions our community support team helps to discern is whether an issue is a community issue or a personal issue. While in many cases this is a straightforward, sometimes extra investigating will reveal which type of a challenge we are facing. When Ricardo always parks in the handicap space, without a handicap… Read More

Cohousing Across the Country – Part 7

Sharing the journey from Atlanta, GA to Anacortes, WA, engaging with community along the way.   Part 7 of 7 Arrival Arriving in my new home, surrounded by beauty, but not living in cohousing, I have much to ponder. The big question is this: Is it possible to live a community life without (for now) living… Read More

Cohousing Across the Country – Part 6

Sharing the journey from Atlanta, GA to Anacortes, WA, engaging with community along the way.   Part 6 of 7 Wasatch Commons My final stop on my cohousing tour, was with Wasatch Commons in Salt Lake City.  It seemed fitting to end my visits with one of the longest standing communities in the US.  Wasatch recently… Read More

Cohousing Across the Country – Part 5

Sharing the journey from Atlanta, GA to Anacortes, WA, engaging with community along the way.   Part 5 of 7 Solidarity Collective in Laramie WY Cohousing isn’t the only form of intentional community alive and well in the US. We have much in common with other groups that choose to live together, share resources, and support… Read More

Cohousing Across the Country – Part 4

Sharing the journey from Atlanta, GA to Anacortes, WA, engaging with community along the way.   Part 4 of 7 Staff Retreat You may not know that the Cohousing Association has no actual physical office.  Each of the paid and unpaid people who work to bring you services from the association provides our own office space…. Read More

Cohousing Across the Country – Part 3

Sharing the journey from Atlanta, GA to Anacortes, WA, engaging with community along the way.   Part 3 of 7 Cohousing Working Well As I made my way across the country, I paused for nearly a week at the half way mark, Boulder, Colorado, a mecca of cohousing. There I was welcomed by my CohoUS teammate… Read More

Cohousing Across the Country – Part 2

Sharing the journey from Atlanta, GA to Anacortes, WA, engaging with community along the way.   Part 2 of 7 Long Trails and Great Ideas Cohousing begins with great ideas, hard work and risky investment in shared dreams.  Sometimes the vision and the effort deliver cohousing in a matter of years, sometimes it’s longer.  My first… Read More

Webchat #34 Budget Process

Do you ever wish you could skip all the trial and error and just get to the process that really works? Mac Thomson offers that opportunity in our latest WebChat, as least when it comes to budget process. Mac has led the budget process for Heartwood Cohousing for many years. He shares actual examples of… Read More