Three Cool Cohousing Events This Saturday, 31 May

lv-logo-circle-textJoin Liberty Village on Saturday, May 31 2014 for their Phase II Building Open House, 12 noon – 5PM. Download the Open House flyer.

  • Meet their builder, Frank Dertzbaugh
  • Speak with a lender
  • See their house designs and prices
  • Tour the neighborhood and existing homes
  • Learn about: Cohousing; Consensus; Ground source heating
  • Locally grown/made food available
  • Hey Kids: come and moon‐bounce; swim in our portable pool; feed our chickens; enjoy our playground (so tell your parents to come by!)
  • Coming from out-of-town? You can stay there at no cost – just ask!

Liberty Village Cohousing
9130 Liberty Village Way, Union Bridge, MD 21791
Come home to a neighborhood where neighbors actually know their neighbors. Call 301-304‐0158, visit www.libertyvillage.com, or check them out on facebook.


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Heathcote Community Visitor Days
May 31, Aug 23 & Nov 1, 2014
21300 Heathcote Road, Freeland, MD 21053.
www.heathcote.org
Heathcote Visitor Days typically include gardening, music at the farmhouse, a community presentation, lunch, community tour, work projects, socializing, dinner and an evening activity such as a sing-a-long, bonfire, or game night. Register for Visitor Day here.


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Making Meetings Magic Workshop
May 31, 9AM – 5PM
at Blueberry Hill Cohousing
9701 Farmside Place, Vienna VA
Learn tools use can use for effective, fun and energizing meetings where decision are made with grade and flow. Register online at stormintegration.com/register.

It’s That Time of the Year: Get on the Mid-Atlantic Cohousing Annual Spring Bus Tour, May 17

Join Mid-Atlantic Cohousing‘s Annual Spring Bus Tour on Saturday, May 17, 12:30 – 6:30PM. Visit three well-established cohousing communities in DC, Maryland and Virginia: Takoma Village, Eastern Village and Blueberry Hill. You’ll get a guided tour, presentation and Q&A at each community. Snacks and transportation are provided.

This tour always sells out. Get your seat now!

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Be an Early Bird for the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Cohousing Annual Spring Bus Tour

Walking the pedestrian-friendly paths of a local cohousing community and conversing with the people who live there is, arguably, THE best way to get to know cohousing. One of the members of Good Tree Village went last year and it only stoked her desire to live in an intentional community.

Mid-Atlantic Cohousing’s Annual Spring Bus Tour is set to hit the road on Saturday, 18 May 2013 from 8:30AM – 6:30PM, visiting several cohousing communities throughout Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Whether you’re just checking out the cohousing concept, need to talk with someone about how to create a cohousing community, or you’re ready to move into an existing cohousing neighborhood, MAC’s bus tour will be expedition well worth your time. Register before April 7 to get early-bird pricing.

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Exciting Land Purchase Opportunity for Good Tree Village

For-Sale-SignGood Tree Village has an intriguing opportunity to purchase a little more than 2-acres. This location would be excellent for Good Tree Village because it is:

  • very affordable,
  • large enough to build a cohousing community of 12 single-family homes and a shared common house,
  • adjacent to a well-established, safe and active neighborhood,
  • within 7 miles of Prince George’s Muslim Association,
  • near Cheverly Metro Station (orange line),
  • convenient to I-295/BW Parkway and US Route 50,
  • 7 miles to downtown DC (Union Station),
  • close to shopping (Aldi, Wegmans, Costco, Best Buy),
  • 5 miles to Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex

The owner is expecting offers within the next two weeks, so this opportunity requires a quick turnaround. If you are interested in joining Good Tree Village to create the first Muslim cohousing community in Prince George’s county or for more details, contact Ishaq at 301.337.7171.

Within Reach: a Couple’s Journey to Find Sustainable Community in the U.S.

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Experience and discuss the future of sustainable community with the movie Within Reach, followed by conversation with Associate Producer Raines Cohen, at a near-Metro cohousing community. Warm up after the #ForwardOnClimate 350.org rally at the White House (and maybe park there beforehand and Metro in to avoid downtown traffic/parking challenges) and meet cohousers and cohousing professionals visiting from all over. Sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Cohousing, the regional group providing education about community in the greater DC area.

Raines Cohen is a Cohousing Coach and Cohousing California / East Bay Cohousing regional organizer in Berkeley, California. Raines’ friends Amanda and Ryan set out to make a documentary of a trip seeking sustainable community, visiting 100 Ecovillages, cohousing neighborhoods, co-ops, group houses, and more, all across the country…6500 miles by bicycle! Watch the trailer:

The movie is now available for community screenings, after several years in development. It focuses on ten key communities, including cohousing and spiritual communities, and includes animations about sustainable community.

… one man in the Berkeley Fundraiser Preview Premiere audience stood up and said:
“I fell in love with this country again.”

… Betsy Morris of East Bay Cohousing writes:
“A fabulous and inspiring movie. A new take on the great American road trip.”

… Josh Harper of New Hope Community in Oakland, California said:
“I was so inspired by your film tonight. The world is longing to know the truth you reveal in your journey. May it be seen by many.”

Learn more about the film (and get your own screening kit for your community) at www.WithinReachMovie.com.

Doors open at 6:30PM, film rolls at 7PM, with conversation to follow.

Suggested Donation $15, or $10 for members of Mid-Atlantic Cohousing member groups.

RSVP via the DC cohousing MeetUp to get sent the address and directions:
http://www.meetup.com/Washington-DC-Area-Cohousing/events/104796162/

Join Us for a Good Tree Village Community Presentation on Sunday, 7 October 2012

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.

If this resonates with you, reach out to us by joining us on 7 October 2012 for a presentation about cohousing and creating Good Tree Village, the first faith-based cohousing community in the DC Metro area. Learn more about cohousing and how we can work together to help make this community vision a reality. Out of respect for everyone’s time, we’ll start and end on time. Call in at 712.432.3066, enter conference code 210557 on Sunday, 7 October 2012, 1130AM-1230PM.

Note: The conference call number is NOT a toll-free number. Long distance rates may apply. Most of us have call anywhere phone/mobile plans, however if this is a barrier for you, please contact us via email or phone (below).

While we’d much rather see you all face to face, we decided to try a conference call this time to allow those who are interested but can’t make the trip an opportunity to tune in, learn more about Good Tree Village, and ask questions in a group setting.

On Facebook? Let us know you’re coming on our Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/350233085067637/.

You can also give us a ring at 301.541.3223 or send off an email to GoodTreeVillage [at] gmail [dot] com.

Talk to you soon!

On the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Cohousing Bus Tour: Blueberry Hill

I know, I know: Blueberry Hill conjures up hip-gyrating images of Elvis. Or is it just me? This cohousing community is not a commune of worshipers of “The King” — at least they didn’t mention it — nor is it where Fats Domino retired from the proceeds of his biggest hit song. What may explain the name is Blueberry Hill’s location: it was built on 7 unfarmable acres of 23-acre Potomac Vegetable Farm, a certified organic farm in Vienna, VA. (A few of the owners even live in Blueberry Hill.)

It took six years of meeting two times every week to self-develop these 19 colorful homes clustered within a grove of mature trees. The houses are built around a walkable greenway made of grass block pavers that can support vehicles — like ambulances and moving trucks — that occasionally need closer access than the two peripheral parking lots afford. The houses range between 700 – 1100 square feet, but when walking through them, the open plan kitchen-dining-living room, the abundant light from numerous windows, and nine-foot ceilings give the homes a more expansive feeling. In addition, the wrap-around porches extend the living spaces outdoors. The geothermal HV/AC gives these modest units bills of no more than $75 a month.

A walkable greenway

One of Blueberry Hill’s many colorful homes.

Wrap-around porches invite neighbors to sit-n-chat.

Roomy open plan living spaces

A peek in the common house kitchen

While Chuck & Katie’s cohousing bible says build the common house first, Blueberry Hill’s common house was completed a couple of years after the last homes were finished in 2000. Even so, the common house seems to get the most use out of all the communities we visited that day, as the residents eat together 2 – 4 times a week. Not only do they eat together often, but the culinary magic happens in a relatively normal-sized kitchen. According to our guide, eating together often helps these neighbors develop good relationships so that there are less problems which can’t be quickly snuffed by a quick conversation.

The common house.

Common house dining room

A wall in the common house children’s area

Clustered mailboxes and a basketball hoop near a peripheral parking lot.

The residents include about 50 people: a little more than 30 adults from ages 20 – 70-something (including and handful of single heads of households), and a little less than 20 children. With all these people, Blueberry Hill has a pretty simple structure for getting things done around the community. There are three self-explanatory committees: indoor, outdoor, people and fun. It’s probably the fun committee that gives the necessary lubrication in the other committees.

The collection of homes — not the car — take center stage in this walkable community.

We visited many of the DC metro area’s cohousing communities on the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Cohousing Bus Tour. Up next is part four in this four-part series: Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington, DC.

Part 1: Eastern Village Cohousing, Silver Spring, MD
Part 2: Liberty Village Cohousing, Libertytown, MD
Part 3: Blueberry Hill Cohousing, Vienna VA
Part 4: Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington, DC

They say it’s work to get together after work, but not in cohousing. What do you do in your community to make it easy for neighbors to make stronger connections?