Our Shared Values
Our community contains elements that nourish a vibrant, meaningful life for every member.
Following the Cohousing Model
We follow the classic cohousing model devised in Denmark, where residents design their own community, parking is on the periphery, units are individually owned and the common facilities and land are commonly owned. Units are affordably priced and include rentals where possible. The individual units are arranged in building clusters in order to maximize open, green space. Regular community meetings shape the direction and growth of the community. Residents share community work.
Children are valued as full members of the community. Our resources support children as well as adults. Children are intentionally included in the daily life of the community. As a community we value children as unique individuals and treat them with respect and compassion. As a community we strive to practice and model non-violent communication and actions with children as well as with adult members of the community.
Sharing Goods and Resources
We share goods and resources such as tools, transportation and childcare. We share food costs for common meals and do bulk buying whenever possible. By providing storage facilities, child play areas, workshop, common gathering and dining space, we are able economically and efficiently to provide quality spaces. Shared laundry, office and guest space are also available upon request.
We are committed to reducing consumption and conserving natural resources. Our community design conserves energy and water. We strive to use ecologically sound maintenance practices and building materials where possible. Vegetarian food is available at all common meals. We offer nontoxic options in our building materials. We recognize that the choices to live in town (reducing our driving miles) and engage in a social situation that shares responsibilities (reducing isolation and repetition) are steps towards a sustainable lifestyle.
Sharing Community Life
We wish to enable each person to create a satisfying balance between solitude and large and small gatherings. We have regular gatherings to celebrate events such as birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and the life of the community.
We choose to resolve conflict peacefully and with a spirit of goodwill based on mutual respect, support and trust. We strive to treat every person in the community with respect and kindness. We govern ourselves through a form of consensus decision-making that includes delegating responsibility to committees.
We accept all people for who they are. We value the strength of diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and experience to build a community.