Tag: Stories


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

Land with a Spirit of Peace and Nurture

For any forming cohousing community, finding a building site is a big event. Skagit Cohousing is especially blessed to find land nurtured for the past 30 years by Ann and Bill Testerman. After raising their children (and many animals) on their 4 plus acres, Ann and Bill decided that in their retirement, it was time... Read More

I’ve lived in cohousing for 14 years. Here’s why I never want to live elsewhere.

Great article on cohousing’s benefits from a long-time resident, published in Business Insider last week. “At our condo complex, we live a completely different lifestyle. It’s common for neighbors to bring dinner to a table on the patio and eat together. We often pop into each other’s homes to borrow something, to ask a question,... Read More

Don’t Give Up the Dream

DON’t GIVE UP THE DREAM – IT JUST MIGHT PAY OFF The seed of cohousing along the Willamette River in Eugene was planted in 2011. Oakleigh Meadow, LLC incorporated in 2012 . With design & architectural plans in our pocket and membership interest growing solidly into the double digits, we were jazzed! OMC’s Planned Unit... Read More

Are You Kidding?

We are better together in cohousing… It seems every day I experience a moment when I’m reminded of how cohousing offers us a way to live better lives, especially during these times when our world can seem so divisive. A few months ago, my cohousing moment involved a white board. I call it the “Are... Read More

Top Ten Reasons to Attend a Cohousing Conference

Add your own reasons to this list at this April’s Regional Cohousing Conference! 10. Get ideas for your community. Whether you are a brand new community or you’ve been living together for decades, there is more to learn about how to thrive in community. At Conferences you will meet people who have solved the problems... Read More

Being Thankful for Community

Thankfulness isn’t just for Thanksgiving – there are so many reasons to be thankful for community, every day!(Re-post from Coho Now #108. Not on the list? Sign-up here.). Day 1 Today I am thankful for my neighbor for letting me borrow her car Day 2 Today I am thankful for my neighbor who made my... Read More

TIME Magazine on Intentional Communities

We evolved to thrive as social-able creatures, back when tribal cultures thrived or failed based on collective action. The experience of loneliness is plaguing greater populations than ever today, from millennials out on their own for the first time to high-rise big-city dwellers to empty-nesters and those aging alone or isolated. “Cohousing really builds into... Read More

Six Degrees of Separation…or is it 4.26 degrees?

The six degrees of separation theory was first proposed in 1929 by the Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy in a short story called “Chains.” Six degrees of separation is the idea that all living things and everything else in the world are six or fewer steps away from each other so that a chain of “a... Read More