Re: Windsong has turned 25 years old
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2021 15:35:32 -0700 (PDT)
Hey Becca and all —

Thanks for sending this.  It is, indeed, so heartwarming to witness all these 
early cohos now having milestone anniversaries.  Takoma Village celebrated #20 
in Covid year 2020.
These examples should serve as guide posts for us whether we are just forming, 
building or moved-in.  

Windsong is so beautiful.  Joani Blank, one of cohousing’s great movers n’ 
shakers who has passed on, and I visited there in 1996 shortly after the 
community moved in.  Their CH kitchen wasn’t yet completed so they brought 
their potluck contribution, place settings, etc. with them to common dinner 
then took everything home to clean up.  I wonder how many of us did that in the 

This article references the Jystrup Savvaerk Cohousing community in Denmark as 
also having these enclosed “streets.”  Fred along w a number of us visited this 
community in Denmark in1999 as one of the stops by a group of us eager to learn 
about cohousing in the Danish Motherland.

Congratulations, Windsong!  A beautiful community which stands as a tribute to 
all cohousing.

Best —

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Ex. Dir. & Mbr. Board of Directors
Mid Atlantic Cohousing
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA
zabaldo [at]

Just once, I want a username and password prompt to say "close enough”,  I 

NOTE:  I’m switching back to using zabaldo [at]  Many apologies!

> On Aug 1, 2021, at 4:58 PM, Becca-Person Brackett <brackett3 [at]> 
> wrote:
> It is heartening to look back and see how well cohousing communities have
> fared.
> This article in ""  looks back to how Windsong began and what
> happened since then.  Langley, British Columbia
> *BC celebrates 25 years of cohousing*
> <>
> Many of us admire their atrium from afar and its color - What? it was
> painted brown at first?
> Becca Brackett
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