Tag: Community


Building Trust, Part 2

Intentional Trust While building trust through everyday habits is effective, it takes time. Many communities want ways to build trust faster. I don’t believe anything can replace the small stuff, but I do think you can accelerate the process with intentional practices designed for trust building.  These intentional practices range from full weekend retreats to... Read More

Building Trust, Part 1

How do we build trust?  It’s a common question, both from communities experiencing a lack of trust (which often appears as conflict) and from forming communities wishing to foster trust.  I often tell my client communities that trust (and mis-trust) is built in 1000 small moments and a couple of big ones. Or to say... Read More

Journey to Ahhh…Part 4

Homes not Housing: Creating Community for all What does “home” mean to you? Is it a feeling? A place to put your belongings or lay your head? Is it being around family, loved ones, and friends? Is it about having a choice or personal control over where you live and who you live with? Our... Read More

Gathering the Harvest at Rocky Corner

It is the first week of autumn here in Southern New England – a few dabs of color creeping into the brush and trees.  There is promise in the air, promise of the brilliant foliage that blesses our land each year after the harvest. Our gardens are now nearly empty of their summer bounty, and... Read More

Forming in a Pandemic

Who could have predicted a pandemic, right? I mean, we all know that unexpected things will come up when you are working on a project as big as a cohousing community, but a pandemic? How on earth do you do any marketing when you can’t meet with people? That is the dilemma we find ourselves... Read More

Covid Support

In April, I came down with COVID-like symptoms, including a high fever, cough, and congestion. I was lucky enough to have a place out of the house where my kids could be, to allow me to isolate for the recommended amount of time. It ended up being a long time before I had three days... Read More

Urban Cohousing

For many, the term “cohousing” may conjure up an image of a rural community situated in a pastoral environment, complete with chickens, gardens, orchards, even mini-farms. And in fact, many cohousing communities throughout the United States are bucolic retreats from the hustle and bustle of cities. But now there is a resurgence of interest in... Read More

Six key aspects to consider about space sharing

Author: Nicolas Francart, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nicolas_Francart  There are many different ways of sharing space, from coworking to coliving, and even many different forms of coliving (eco-villages, shared apartments, student rooms with shared kitchens, etc). A recently published paper (https://doi.org/10.5334/bc.34) explores the drivers and barriers to space sharing. The artic

Missing Cohousing

After living in cohousing for 15 years I moved to an independent living community for health reasons.  I’d been satisfied with my choice until the Covid-19 virus hit. All the shared living spaces in my new community were shut down, leaving the residents no way to connect.  The manager of our community is very ineffective... Read More

Cohousing Across the Country – Part 7

Sharing the journey from Atlanta, GA to Anacortes, WA, engaging with community along the way.   Part 7 of 7 Arrival Arriving in my new home, surrounded by beauty, but not living in cohousing, I have much to ponder. The big question is this: Is it possible to live a community life without (for now) living... Read More