We are increasingly unsatisfied with our lives. We are isolated, unnaturally disconnected from our neighbors whether in sprawling suburban single family homes or condos and apartments where the walls are too thin. Our lives are fragmented between work and home. Increased mobility has alienated us from our extended families. We are settling for shallow simulations of human interaction when we need eye-to-eye contact and the warmth of touch.
We have a general sense that something is missing.
We are yearning for community. We dream of lives that are wholesome, satisfying, cooperative, full of warmth, kindness, and safety. We are thirsty for spontaneity and connectedness. We crave for a place where we can sink roots. We long to contribute and be truly interactive instead of passive spectators. We want to share our lives with those who share themselves, appreciate others and be appreciated.
We want to live in the company of family and good friends.
To facilitate this vision, Good Tree Village is using the cohousing model, an increasingly popular form of intentional community called the “old-school village for modern times”. It balances personal privacy with the benefits of community.
Want to know more?
- Come to a work session or social gathering.
- Join our Good Tree Village Facebook page.
- Join Friends of Good Tree Village email list.
- Email goodtreevillage [at] gmail [dot] com or call 301.541.3223.
Our ideal community size is 12-15 families who are willing to work to establish the first faith-based cohousing community in the DC metro area. Those who desire a stronger sense of community — regardless of race, ethnicity, faith, age, marital status or family size — are welcome. Join us in the effort!
WHO IS INVOLVED?
The best way to find out who we are is to join us at our next work session or social gathering. Those open to the pursuit of goodness and truth, regardless of faith, are always welcome.
WHERE WILL IT BE LOCATED?
We are searching for a location within 10 miles of Prince George’s Muslim Association (PGMA) in Lanham, MD.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Pricing depends on land and development cost, but will most likely be comparable to equivalent-sized housing in the DC metro area. Currently the median cost of a single family house in our target area is $175,000 – $250,000.
IS THIS A RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY?
People of all faiths are welcome to join, however we plan to tailor our community to suit the needs of practicing Muslims.
WHEN CAN WE MOVE IN?
This process may take upwards of three years including the time to gather the initial families, go through the permit process (approximately 1 – 1.5 years), and then build (approximately 1 – 1.5 years). In the meantime we will occupy ourselves with the internal process of community building. Going through the process of developing a collective vision of our physical community is what helps us coalesce spiritually as a community.
InshaAllah / God Willing, the reality will be so much sweeter than the vision.