Re: This Year May Really IS Cohousing Month! Beep! Beep!
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Thu, 7 May 2009 19:39:10 -0700 (PDT)
Hey Craig!

Thanks for this super opportunity once again to invite people to join the Mid Atlantic Cohousing bus tour. (As of this afternoon, only SIX seats left on our now larger bus! If you want to come on this tour sign up today! Click on the yellow bus!)

Answers to your questions below.

On May 6, 2009, at 5:16 PM, Craig Ragland wrote:

Hi Ann,

Could you tell us a little more about why I should take the Mid- Atlantic

Everyone -- If you haven't seen the cohousing communities in the mid Atlantic area ... c'mon down! Love to show you around!

I know that it would let me see some cohousing communities, but why
should I care or pay you folks some money for the privilege?

It's a privilege to see ANY cohousing community on any one of these great tours all happening on May 16th. ALL of these communities are built w/ the joys, hopes, dreams, sweat, anxieties, sometimes sleepless nights of the founding members and often on their credit cards and children's college funds. That these communities continue to open their homes to a bus loads of people ... year after year ... is a testament to the strong values of outreach by these communities to others to share the "good news:"; You, too, can live in community! Here's what it looks like. This is what it takes. Here's how you can get from dream to reality. "Sharing" with the wider community is a core principle of cohousing that apparently endures long after moving in.

Are any of your
communities special? What type of things will I see or learn?

All cohousing communities are special because each one has its own character -- not just in design but in community culture.

Observing and learning about the differences and similarities is one of the key aspects of any tour. While communities on the MAC tour are no more or less "special" than the other tours I will say that what's FUN about our tour are two things: first and foremost our tour guides, who are very special people, and the wide range of communities people will see. Built communities, communities under construction, forming communities, green to ultra green. Communities that use consensus and one that uses Sociocracy. Most w/ a voting "back up" and one that rewrote its bylaws taking out the voting back up. Rural, suburban, urban, and Ex-urban. Some organized as condominiums and some as Homeowner's Associations. Single family detached to stacked units. 3/4's of an acre to 285 acres. 7 homes to 56 homes (BTW -- the 56 unit community is the one on the 3/4's of an acre!) Communities that are resident built and those that use professionals.

Plus ...

... we're shameless ...

... in true cohousing style ...

... we feed people really well.


Just like the other tours we have experts on hand to talk about their community. Some are cohousing professionals who live in the community they built. Others are members who volunteer their time for the tour. I bet it's the same w/ all the tours.

People just seem to have a good time on our tours. Witness that a current member of one of our own built communities is coming on the tour and bringing a friend!

Since I already live in Cohousing, is this tour still for me?

See answers above. We've had several members of other communities come on our tour.

Or, maybe, its
just for people who are looking for their cohousing home? Do any of these
communities have homes for sale or rent?

We do have communities w/ homes or lots for sale or rent. All different kinds. Something for everyone.

If I take the tour, will it make it
easier for me to find a home in one them?

O I certainly hope so!

Craig has asked great questions allowing me the occasion to talk about the MAC tour but also ALL the tours happening on the 16th and on other days this year. See the CohoUs website for dates of other tours:

Whether you're in our neck of the woods or not (DC, MD, PA, VA) if there's a tour near you I hope you will seize the moment and GO! If you are interested in building or living in cohousing this is the fastest way to learn about this contemporary lifestyle. If you're already living in cohousing this is a good way to find out how other communities "do it."

C'mon and join the fun!

Beep! Beep! (Only SIX seats left ...!)


Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Mid Atlantic Cohousing


P.S. More info on the two other May 16 tours (CA and MA) can be found here:

On Wed, May 6, 2009 at 6:40 AM, Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at]> wrote:

Hi all!

With THREE cohousing bus tours all happening on Sat., May 16th maybe
we can call this date Cohousing May Day!

One of these great tours happens here in the Mid Atlantic area:  DC,
MD, VA and includes information and talks from communities from PA.

We still have a few places on our now bigger bus.  If you want to
experience cohousing up close and personal and have FUN doing it ...
join us for this full day meeting and greeting folks in communities
built, building and forming.  You get the full spectrum!

For details and to register:

See you on the 16th!

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
McLean, VA
703 663 3911

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