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Money in Community

With this entry I’m plowing new ground: for the first time, I’m posting an essay written by a guest author. In this case, Beth Raps, who lives in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia where she operates her business, Raising Clarity: to cultivate abundance in noble causes, people, and organizations. I first met Beth last October in… Read More

Fair Oaks EcoHousing Updates

We at Fair Oaks EcoHousing are a family-friendly, intergenerational group of households intending to build 30 homes on 3.5 acres. Our community’s start of construction is planned for summer of 2015. We’re actively looking for others who share our vision to join us. We’re excited about our prime site location, minutes from the American River… Read More

Coping with Record Snow at Mosaic Commons in Central Mass

In response to a “how are you coping out there with snow and cold temps,” Diana Carroll at Mosaic Commons in Central Massachusetts, where they’ve gotten more snow than anytime in recorded history, writes: Well, logistically it has been quite challenging, of course. Our snow plow company has been working absurdly hard to keep us… Read More

NPR Morning Edition 2-16-15: Europe Experiments with Cohousing

Please comment on this NPR story profiling cohousing in England and Spain: http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2015/02/16/385528919/not-a-group-hous… The online story has more depth than the audio. Share a bit of YOUR experience with cohousing here in the US, and please mention www.www.cohousing.org for more info. Many thanks!

Sparking the Conversation: Cohousing on Wisconsin NPR

We’ve all come across the kinds of stories that are meant to be shared. An article a friend recommends or a radio program we hear on the way to work and can’t stop thinking about all day. Well, cohousing has been in the story spotlight lately – and with Conference registration having recently opened, the… Read More

Combining Cohousing with New Urbanism for Artists

Louisville Artists Cohousing in Boulder County Colorado is creating a community that combines cohousing with new urbanism for artists – thus building opportunities for economic sustainability into the community for artists. As artists we struggle with having the resources, community support and inspiration we need to create. Most of the artists in our group do… Read More

Books from our childhood memories

Here’s a short excerpt from an article by Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing, a cohousing community forming in Eugene, Oregon, that first appeared in Communities magazine #164 (Fall 2014) – Community Conversations. “The Sneetches and Other Stories,” “Hatchet,” “The Happy Hollisters,” “The Secret Garden,” “The Little House,” “Henry Reed, Inc.,” “A Child’s Garden of Verses,” “Paddle-to-the-Sea,” “Bone… Read More

London Visit – to the Newest Cohousing Community in the UK

In January while in London, my wife and I visited what is probably the newest multi-generational cohousing community in the UK: Springdale Gardens Cohousing. It is in the middle of a block, completely surrounded by row houses, in the Stoke Newington district of north London. It consists of a single building with six units on… Read More

An Amazing Process to Build Community.

Several years ago in Nashville we started with four people who really wanted to see a cohousing community built. Our small group grew to almost thirty or so with people coming along interested in a home with some of those who participated in the beginning just wanting to support ‘the cause’. Our first workshop in… Read More

Kids of Cohousing – A Fun Opportunity to Shine!

We are gathering a collection of videos (and other materials) about growing up in cohousing that we are hoping to debut at the National Cohousing Conference in Durham, NC in May. Do you know young, teen, or grown children in your community who enjoy music, drama, poetry and/or video production. Do you have some awesome… Read More

Elderberry: Senior Cohousing Among Gardens, Farm Animals and Nature

As the number of senior cohousing communities continues to grow, seniors have more choice in the type and location of a community that best fits their lifestyle. Elderberry, a cohousing community near Durham, North Carolina, is unique in that it is designed for seniors who want to live in a rural community as they grow… Read More

Can Boomers Make Cohousing Mainstream? from the Atlantic “CityLab”

Check out this article from the Atlantic “City Lab”http://www.citylab.com/housing/2015/01/can-boomers-make-cohousing-mainst… Katie McCamant is quoted: “McCamant predicts the number [of cohousing communities] will double within 10 years.” One of my quotes: “Baby boomers are demanding a better way to live. We want to be sustainable; we want community, happiness.” This upbeat profile is dampened with this perspective:… Read More