|Judgement vs. Acceptance||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Chris ScottHanson (chriscohousingresources.com)|
|Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2006 07:59:53 -0700 (PDT)|
Yeh Lynn! Thanks. Chris On Jul 16, 2006, at 7:45 AM, Lynn Nadeau wrote:
It's wearying to hear all sorts of judgements about "cohousing is x y and z" particularly from people who do not live in it. You'd think, reading some ofthese posts, that cohousers were all uptight rich yuppies who bannedclotheslines, domes, satellite dishes, and meat. With due respect to all who have found a good reason for one or another such choice, that's certainlynot the defining feel of cohousing.RoseWind actually includes 2 homes built by Habitat, a dome, a strawbale, a cottage that is under 800 sq ft, a sattelite dish, some clotheslines, somemeat and lots of other variety.If you are creating a project, you can guide it in the direction you want. I remember hearing about one that was done on some sort of recycled army base (the kitchen sounded like it was the size of a stadium!). Another includes an old convent (a very compact living arrangement, those nuns and monks).There is a trailer park in a nearby county here that is a sort ofintentional community for lesbians, mostly retired. You want a certain kindof community - - create it!Some of us speak from long experience dealing with building codes, city governments, meeting burnout, etc, and are very proud of what we managed tocreate "anyway".And I hear just as much stereotype bandied about, about "ecovillage". Again,you can make it what you want. I hear, "if you want no rules, chooseecovillage". But you can create an ecovillage -- as we are doing in Port Townsend -- that complies with City regulations and encourages alternativebuilding materials and is quite structured regarding our vision andprinciples and how we implement them--- it's not just a free for all in thewoods somewhere (which can also be an attractive arrangement!).I look out my (cohousing) window and see beauty, neighbors, friends, people I help and who are glad to help me. I hear music from my neighbor's fiddle group, laughter from the kids splashing in the backyard kiddie pool nextdoor, eat produce straight from the garden and the chicken eggs.Next door, I am part of an exciting new ecovillage project, where we have dozens of folks visiting a 4 day "Family Camp", sharing food and music, learning skills, making new friends and connections, using our cob breadoven and kid structure. Let's include all of who we are, in cohousings, ecovillages, and otherintentional communities, and hold the put-downs! We can all learn from eachother, and this list is a marvelous tool for just that. Lynn Nadeau RoseWind Cohousing, PT EcoVillage _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/
variety in cohousing vs stereotypes Lynn Nadeau, July 16 2006
- Judgement vs. Acceptance Chris ScottHanson, July 16 2006
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