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LATEST ARTICLES

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

Cohousing Across the Country – Part 1

This summer I drove from Atlanta, GA to Anacortes, WA, which is to say I moved home. As I crossed the country, I engaged with as much community as I could. I’m sharing that journey here, in seven parts, with gratitude and lessons learned.   Part 1 of 7 The beginning of any journey is the… Read More

Telling Your Story WebChat

In his recent WebChat Alan O’Hashi walked us through the process of telling your community story. He gave advice for how to craft your story, what needs to go in the “elevator speech” and some tips for managing social media. See the full webchat here.

What is Friday Forum?

Friday Forum (FF) is a group that meets every other Friday for approximately one and a half hours.  Its purpose is to provide members a place to reveal and discuss their personal cares and concerns. To keep it from becoming just any group, where people chitty-chat, interrupt, dominate, tell long narratives that deal with things… Read More

Design Process WebChat

In her recent WebChat, architect Laura Fitch reviewed her Intensive Workshop process for helping future residents design their cohousing communities. The weekend-long workshops (one each for site, common house, units and eco-programming) include information and decision-making about elements of design as well as expertise in consensus or sociocracy.  Community members participate in the design of… Read More

Culture Change and Personal Transformation

Joe Cole’s recent WebChat focused on the challenges in community and the potential they provide for growth and transformation.  Living in community may be the hardest thing we ever do, and also the most rewarding.   The cultural infrastructure of a community guides the transformation from competitive culture to cooperative culture and determines the types of… Read More

How to Help One Another

Connecting Cohousing Communities in a Regional Network Cohousing communities are scattered across this continent now, some in unique, solo locations, others in geographic clusters in and around urban areas, with new ones always in development. In each community the members dive into a new paradigm of relationships and shared responsibilities and begin to figure out… Read More