Co-Housing and You

I am a pretty introverted person.  I don’t mind living alone, not sharing a bed with anyone, eating alone, etc.  But, as I noted in my last post, I tend to consume myself into my own idiosyncrasies if left to myself for too long, and I look around my space and grudgingly realize that I am indeed doing that.  I have been researching a lot on ASCs and the sociology and social psychology inherent in localizing ourselves and have stumbled onto Intentional Communities and Co-Housing.


Co-housing goes hand in hand with Agriculture Supported Communities.  But it goes farther.  Intentional Communities (and thereby Co-housing) are built around a central courtyard or community center.  Everyone owns their own condo or house, depending on the community, but dinners are eaten communally a few times a week.  Kids play outside, are babysat by neighbors regularly.  Co-housing presents a safe, friendly, helpful living model.  Now, being somewhat introverted, this model scares me a little, but it also intrigues me.  The apartment complex I live in, located in a moderately sized city, is not very friendly and although I know a couple of people in my building, by no means do I know even 1% of all of the people that live here, and I do not trust any of them to watch my children, simply because I don’t know any of them that well.

If you are extroverted (or introverted if you are willing to challenge yourself a little) and a family person, then the Co-Housing model is worth looking into.  The community helps each other out.  If your car won’t start, you can get a ride.  If you need someone to watch your children, your community will help you out.  If you can fix a computer and the family across the courtyard is having trouble, you go help out.  This is a beautiful living situation for people looking for a friendlier, safer, more helpful place to live.

Here is where I first learned about it.

About Nathan

Hi! I am Nathan! So why am I here? That is my main question. I am fascinated by the current wave of science meeting with the philosophical questions throughout history. I am a Taoist and a disorganized dreamer who makes up new words to describe states of being and thought processes. I love to bring to you these simple yet powerful little inspirations and truths. I believe that each one of us is infinitely important and we are all connected. As Carl Sagan put it, “We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself.” We might be all connected, but you are still you. It is your perceptions that shape your reality. So join me in changing perceptions!

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