Re: Co-housing and ecovillages
From: Rob Sandelin (
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2010 15:09:32 -0800 (PST)
There are some differences in some cases around ownership.  You can make a
cohousing model into an eco-village but some eco-villages are communally
owner financed not privately owned, bank financed.  In some cases
eco-villages specifically choose against private ownership and bank
involvement in order to retain group control. 

Rob Sandelin
Who tommorow will have been involved in Sharingwood for 20 years.

-----Original Message-----
From: Sharon Villines [mailto:sharon [at]] 
Sent: Monday, February 08, 2010 2:39 PM
To: Cohousing-L
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Co-housing and ecovillages

On Feb 8, 2010, at 5:24 PM, Cindy T wrote:

> I've been wondering how people see the distinction between co- housing 
> and ecovillages?
> Are ecovillages always rural?

A person planning a very large ecovillage in Australia recently explained
their concept as the housing is cohousing, but the ecovillage is larger. It
includes activities involving people who do not live there. Gardens,
recycling, businesses making eco products, etc.

Another person is planning 4 cohousing communities clustered to form a large

I think most ecovillages do function like cohousing but with a stronger
moral imperative to be as green as possible. This may include growing their
own food, composting toilets, etc. Each village different depending on their
location and desires.

Sharon Villines
"Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere."
Albert Einstein

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