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Community Spotlight: Heartwood Commons

Last month we introduced Heartwood Commons in Tulsa, OK, a new 55+ cohousing community that will be ready for move-in early this year. The great news is that they still have a few homes left for sale! We mentioned that one of the advantages of joining an existing community is that you don’t need to... Read More

Is a Facilitation Course Right for Me?

Taking a facilitation course, or any community process course, is a great gift to your community and to yourself. The skills gained can dramatically improve the experience of living in community, reducing frustration and increasing the sense of trust and connection. Thus, I consider that a facilitation course is a great idea for any communitarian.... Read More

A new community on the cusp of completion

Construction of Heartwood Commons in Tulsa, OK, the newest 55+ cohousing community to be built in the nation, is almost done, and members expect to move in early this year. The great news is that they still have a few homes left for sale! One of the advantages of joining an existing community is that... Read More

Helping our neighbors

  How should cohousing residents help each other as they get older or suffer age-related injuries and illnesses? This is a hot topic in senior cohousing circles, sometimes referred to as “co-caring.” The guidelines for such assistance vary by community and may be based on a written agreement or offered informally. PDX Commons in Portland,... Read More

No Seniors Left Behind During the Holidays

As seniors in living cohousing, many of us may not have family or close friends nearby to celebrate holidays with. Maybe you moved across the country to live in your community, or maybe you’ve lost friends or family members. Or maybe you simply prefer the company of your fellow cohousers. One of the great things... Read More

Lew Bowers

Lew Bowers is a founding member of PDX Commons. He is also a Certified Cohousing Consultant through Katie McCamant’s 500 Communities Program. Currently he is assisting Adams Creek Cohousing get started in Hood River and Our Home get started in North Portland. In an earlier life Lew was Director of Downtown Development for the Portland... Read More

Dyan Wiley

Dyan is a founding member and longtime resident of Cherry Hill Cohousing (formerly Pioneer Valley) Cohousing in western Massachusetts and lives part-time in Belfast, Maine. She has advised other cohousing communities and provided training in facilitation, decision making, group process, and policy development. She has led public presentations on many aspects of cohousing and has... Read More

Senior community supports lifelong learning

Shepherd Village’s newsletter, the Shepherd Village Voice, ran the following article in its October 2023 issue. With their permission, we are reprinting it here as a great example of lifelong learning. Perhaps it will trigger ideas for how your community might tap into the knowledge and expertise of your members to present educational programs for... Read More

Managing Participation in Community

Participation is one of the most important parts of community living, especially senior cohousing. It means engaging with your community around necessary work (like maintenance tasks), community meals, committees and decision-making, fun events like celebrations, and more. Being engaged with your community is the antidote to the isolation you might feel if you were living... Read More

Natural After-Death Care at Silver Sage, an Urban Senior Cohousing Community

In 2007 Henry and Jean were founding members of Silver Sage Village in Boulder, one of the earliest senior cohousing communities in the US. In the early years Jean had been enthusiastic in recruiting new members, but her suspicion she had early-onset Alzheimer’s was confirmed at age 63 and then worsened rapidly after a fall... Read More