Cohousing & other Intentional Communities
I've always been fascinated with Intentional Community. I read a great deal of fiction about it; it was a common theme of the science fiction and fantasy I read when I was growing up. In High School, my friends would draw the most detailed, elaborate architectural plans. At Simon's Rock College, I took a class with the amazing Jim Monsonis called "Utopias, Dystopias, and Experimental Communities."
In 1995 five of us started The Homeport Collective, an all-under-one-roof extended-family style community, which lasted for about 10 years. I miss it!
In 1999, though, I had an infant, and one that I could see what that a small under one roof community wasn't going to be what I needed as a parent, or what Zach needed as a kid. We started looking at cohousing, did some tours, met with several groups, and found ourselves at the first meeting of Mosaic Commons (then Sudbury Valley Cohousing) in January of 2000.
It took rather (A LOT) longer than we had hoped - 3 pieces of land fell through, we had delays after delays once we did buy piece #4 of land we're on with Camelot Cohousing, but we moved in in 2009. I also became staff for the nation cohousing organization in 2008 or 2009, depending on how you count it.
Sometimes I joke that Cohousing is on the far right of the intentional communities spectrum. I admire very much the communities I see that are more in the middle!