Community Seeking 3/22/10
From: Monty Berman (
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 06:02:57 -0700 (PDT)
Tues, 23 Mar 2010From: Monty Berman mberman116@hotmail.comSubject: Community 
SeekingTo: Cohousing-L cohousing-l [at]              I think 
Sharon has it right about not looking to find “the right 
community.” (SEE HER EXCERPT BELOW)      With my view of the newcomers 
experience here with EcoVillage at 
Ithaca over the 12 years of our existence, I’d say finding such a 
“right” community is a crap shoot---WITH THE DICE HEAVILY LOADED IN 
FAVOR OF IT HAPPENING.Monty-------------Monty Berman   EcoVillage at 
IthacaIthaca, NY   Message: 3

Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 12:10:37 -0400

From: Sharon Villines <sharon [at]>

Subject: [C-L]_ Community Seeking

To: Cohousing-L cohousing-l [at] . . . That means the people
in new communities know very little about each other except that they have all
been brought together by a desire that sweeps away differences and focuses on
the goal -- housing that is  designed to
support community.


They aren't searching for utopia. Just a better way to live. They  

aren't searching for people like themselves, but for a neighborhood is  

supportive when it needs to be, knows how to celebrate together, and  

is open to new members. If they couldn't find one, they built one.


So I'm concerned that the focus on finding just the right community  

might lead down the wrong path and result in fewer cohousing  

communities, not more.




Sharon Villines

Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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