|Getting It Built at Esalen||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Martin Tracy (mtracynetcom.com)|
|Date: Wed, 20 Apr 1994 16:27:42 -0700|
The CoHousing Company will be having a Getting It Built weekend workshop sponsored by the Esalen Institute at Big Sur. The cost is $200 - $380 (depending on accomodations) and includes room and board. The workshop runs from July 15th to July 17th. To reserve space, contact the Esalen Institute, (408) 667-3005. For more information, call The CoHousing Company, (510) 549-9980. The Esalen Institute is well known for its clothing-optional hot tubs, overlooking the beautiful Pacific. In fact, they are open to the general public from midnight until dawn. Which brings a question to mind... The Grass Valley/Nevada City cohousing group just fell apart. According to Mitch, the controversy which did them in was "Should I be able to own a gun?" Sound familiar? The group split into two factions: those who said that, whether or not they would own a gun, or let their children play in a house that had one, they considered it to be a personal choice. The other group said, nohow, no way would anyone be able to own one. (This is a simplified account, based on one extended phone call.) Granted, guns are dangerous, by design. Nevertheless, I believe that a good indicator of a healthy community is that personal freedom is encouraged and supported when possible. Which brings me to clothing-optional hot tubs. Some cohousing groups have hot tubs, some have kids. How is this handled? Clothing required at all times? Nudity ok? Adult-only evening hours? Fences? What about a family that lives in a community without a hot tub? Would they be allowed to put one in their back yard? Would they be allowed to landscape for privacy? My life partner is a professional dancer, and finds that an evening dip in a hot tub keeps her from being stiff the next morning, so this is a matter of some personal interest. Martin Tracy -- mtracy [at] netcom.com
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