incorporating intentional communities
Cohousing and ecovillages are a significant part of the solution to Australia's housing crisis, addressing the crucial issues of affordability, ecological impact and community building.
Cohousing and ecovillages are small, mainstream, residential projects facilitating and intentional way of living together and doing it better. They include the following features:
In 1977, like many others, I was enchanted with the archetypal New Age community, Findhorn. On a sandspit in the middle of the North Sea amazing things were grown, people conversed with the spirits of plants and the whole place was governed based on guidance channeled directly from God. Paul Hawken's book, 'The Magic of Findhorn' and David Spangler's, 'Revelation: The Birth of the New Age' were the starting points for immersing yourself in the magic and mystery of the New Age. Was this the dawning of the Age of Aquarius?
Cohousing units don't have their own kitchen
Units in a cohousing neighbourhood are much the same as any other, whether they be detached houses, townhouses or flats. Each one has it’s own kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms and living spaces. Cohousing units are often smaller than traditional houses because it is not necessary to use space on facilities which are in the common house, however this is not universally so. The kitchens and bathrooms in cohousing developments are much the same as traditional housing, although are usually designed better.