Category: Stories-from-the-trenches


Discussion outside the common house

Did humans eating monkeys unleash ebola into our species? Did some Chinese eating bats and pangolins unleash Covid-19?  My guess is there are a lot of conversations these days about such topics. My other guess is that, especially in the States, most of those conversations lack serious substance and facts, and might even border on... 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

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

Power Outage in Cohousing

In October 2011 in this part of Massachusetts, we had an unusual snowfall. Leaves were still on the trees, but big, fat flakes of wet snow fell from the sky. As the snow kept coming down, there was an increasing chance that snow-laden tree branches might fall on power lines and cause an outage. Now... Read More

Foster Parenting in Cohousing

This story was written in 2003 and first published in David Wann’s book Reinventing Community: Stories from the Walkways of Cohousing. We are republishing it here with permission because it is such a great example of how cohousing communities nurture and support beyond the community itself. We’ve been living with foster children in our house... Read More

Four Months In — What Have I Learned?

First, I have to say I love it here! I was not at all sure I would. Two-and-a-half years of lots of meetings and large potlucks, with little time for one-on-one relating, had made me wonder if I was making a big mistake. Plus, I was giving up a to-die-for view of the river for... Read More

Camping and Cohousing

In my younger days, I would backpack into the wilderness to set up camp; then we had kids and began ‘car’ camping; we progressed to a Wildernest camper; our kids got bigger and we upgraded to a small hard sided camper; we missed sleeping outdoors, but our bodies are getting too old to sleep on... Read More

South Africa’s Memel Global community: A challenging place to walk your talk

When I cleared customs in Chicago, the Homeland Security guy was more interested in how my visit to South Africa went than the packaged beef Biltong – potential contraband – I had in my bag. Biltong is sliced spiced meat, similar to jerky. Click on the image and check out my pilot episode about my... Read More

Ravens’ Roost Celebrates Grand Opening

Ravens’ Roost, Anchorage’s first cohousing neighborhood celebrated its grand opening last month (on April 3rd), marking a monumental achievement of vision and persistence in bringing the idea of a collaborative community to reality in Alaska’s biggest city. Festivities were held in our common house and attached atrium, and included appearances by Alaska first lady Donna... Read More

PDX Commons Gathers Together for Portland Women’s March

Gretchen’s Reflection: The benefits of intentional community can sometimes come as a surprise – especially when the community is still in formation, not yet even living together. When members of PDX Commons learned about the Women’s March on Washington and all of the sister marches around the globe, including one right here in Portland, there... Read More