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LATEST ARTICLES

Raising Kids in Community

Sometimes people will ask my kids what it’s like growing up in cohousing and they receive a blank stare. Not because they asked a question of a 15 year old and 17 year old, but because my kids know no other life, except in cohousing. My oldest was two years old when we moved into… Read More

NextGen Cohousing Advocate

By Mariah McKay Cohousing offers families and individuals a greater quality of life through collaboration. It shows that we can live better in community, and that is important in a culture that has gone too far in propping up a myth of invulnerability through individualism. For those who can afford a home in privately developed… Read More

Another Failure . . . UNLESS

A conference reflection: Another failure, unless, of course…   You really ENJOYED having to make choices – choices I tell you! – among 5 bus tours, 24 +/- Pre-Conf. intensives and workshops, 60+ waaay too awesome conference workshops, three plenary speakers plus one closing panel made up of 6 well versed, knowledgeable speakers/resource people.  What… Read More

The Edge of Intentional

In the spectrum of intentional community, cohousing hangs out on the mainstream edge. We have our own homes. We don’t share income. Most of us have traditional mortgages as a way of accumulating wealth.  Compared with the most interdependent communities out there, most cohousing looks fairly conventional, but I wonder if we are inching along… Read More

WebChat #25 Ted Rau on Rounds

Ted Rau joined us Wednesday for an in depth look at rounds, a core element of sociocracy and a useful tool for consensus or any type of small group meeting.  Ted explained that rounds help with equivalence, clarity in structure and saving time.     Ted suggests using rounds for small groups when people can contribute…. Read More

The People You Meet . . .

Two years ago, as Coho Nashville was wrapping up, I posted this to my Facebook feed.  I wonder who I will meet this year in Portland? I love cohousing people. Unique, passionate, life-changing, world changing people. Also peculiar in any number of ways. This week I have met people who:Spend years building hopes and dreams.Do not… Read More

Curiosity-Based Questions

All of us have experienced meetings that bog down, get derailed, or run aground. Sometimes it’s pretty dramatic, and sometimes it’s just a more extreme version of business as usual; but regardless, it is demoralizing and generally makes it hard to accomplish the work you intended to do. This can happen for many reasons, and… Read More

WebChat #24 Cohousing Design

Chuck Durrett, who along with Katie McCamant, brought cohousing to the US, joined us for a WebChat on cohousing design and the process he uses to design a community. The theme of the evening was “If it doesn’t work socially, why bother?” Chuck began by sharing his earliest awareness of cohousing, as a young architect… Read More

Leaving Cohousing and Remaining Committed to Community

In the span of about 6 months, I will leave two precious cohousing communities. I ask myself how this can be as I’m more committed than ever to community living and building my life around it. It turns out, it’s complicated. Often the burning souls of community move into cohousing and stay forever. There are… Read More

Common Meals in Cohousing Communities

An Experienced Cohouser Reports From Common House Kitchens and Dining Rooms across North America This article appeared originally in the print magazine Cohousing in the Winter of 2001 It is followed by excerpts from a short piece published on this website in 2008, and by an Update posted in February, 2014 Twenty-seven and counting. That’s… Read More

Top 10 Benefits of Early Participation in Cohousing

There are certainly many substantive benefits of being an early investor and committed burning soul in the cohousing formative stages. The most important of these are having a strong Influence in the 1. decision making 2. site selection 3. design decisions 4. project budget 6. priority of choice in selecting a lot, site or unit… Read More

Durham Coho Wins 2014 Golden Leaf Award

Durham Coho is proud to have been selected to receive a 2014 Golden Leaf Award, thanks to a nomination from our architects Ellen Weinstein and Ken Friedlein. http://www.wfarchitecture.com/ This is a big win, given we were in the toughest category of “large development,” with 7 submittals from such entities as Duke University and the Durham… Read More