|Re: Introduction to Cohousing-L||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: PattyMara (PattyMaraaol.com)|
|Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 10:18:41 -0600 (MDT)|
Dear Rose, Congratulations on your group's birthing. This venture will change all of your lives. Our family has been working with our community for seven years, with the hope of moving in finally this month. Hopefully, your group will learn from the experiences of all of us, and shorten that timeline considerably. If I could offer some experience/advice: tap into the collective wisdom of the cohousing professionals like Wonderland Hill Development (Jim Leach) for advice on streamlining the development process. And perhaps more importantly, pay attention to and pour focus-ed energy into community building on a soul and heart level. Learn to play and celebrate together from the beginning. Know that this is relationship work at its deepest core. These are your family, the ones you will be sharing life and death with. In the past seven years, I have witnessed/assisted in 5 homebirths and 1 homedeath of community members. There is nothing sweeter and more heart-piercing than this kind of community intimacy. Trust that the people who are drawn to your community are the "right" ones, even though some are difficult and high maintenance. Encourage the participation of your children in as many events or work days or discussions. Party often. Create rituals for every turning of the season, every hoop jumped through, every personal and group victory. Strive for a diversity of age. Create together. Paint tiles, build rock walls, grow food and flowers, make joyful music. Dance. Blessings to your group. Patty Mara Gourley Tierra Nueva Cohousing Central California Coast In a message dated 98-07-30 15:18:56 EDT, you write: << Hello, Cohousers, my name is Rose Banks, I am one of the members of the East Tennessee Cohousing Community. Our group is very new, and our area is a new frontier for Cohousing, so progress is slow but we are here to stay. I have been 'lurking' on this board for a few months, and thought it was time I let everybody know I am here. I will probably have more questions than answers for the Cohousing veterans on this list for a while, but I will attempt to contribute to the discussion of this vital topic as much as I can. So far I am impressed with the content and variety of subjects on this board. It is very inspiring for novice Cohousing groups to read about households moving in, permits being granted, the first harvest coming in at a Cohousing garden etc. Our group has no site yet, we are still in the forming/visioning stages, so far 6 interested households, one architect, a meeting place, one newspaper article (soon to be two), and we have at least a 'working' name for ourselves. I will be here reading and learning ! Blessed be . Rose Banks, at East Tennessee Cohousing Community where we are just starting out. >>
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