Could cohousing be for you?
Buying or renting a home in a cohousing community like Forgebank is not like buying or renting in a conventional neighbourhood. It is also joining an intentional community. This is a big commitment and not for everybody. Here is some recommended reading and some questions to help you decide whether cohousing could be for you.
Highly recommended reading
Cohousing by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett is a great first book to get a 'feel for' cohousing.
Finding Community - how to join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community by Diana Leafe Christian, New Society Publishers, 2007
Creating a Life Together - practical tools to grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities by Diana Leafe Christian, New Society Publishers, 2003
Click here for links to other cohousing groups in the UK and further afield.
Some questions to ask yourself
If your answer is yes to most of these questions then it’s worth reading on!
- Would you like to live somewhere where you know, share values with and socialise with your neighbours?
- Do you wish to live in a private home with self-contained kitchen and living space,
while sharing large living, cooking, dining and outdoor spaces with your neighbours?
- Would you like to benefit from the ecological and financial advantages of sharing some
facilities (eg laundry, guest rooms) with other households?
- Would you like to know that children can play outdoors in a car-free environment?
- Would you like to cook and eat regular shared vegetarian or vegan meals?
- Would you be happy for your car use to be limited to occasional use of a car pool scheme?
- Would you be pleased to contribute 10 hours’ work a month to keep the community running smoothly?
And some more searching questions:
- What leads you to believe cohousing is for you?
- What are your expectations of how life will be there? Are they realistic?
- What challenges do you feel you would face around collaboration and sharing?
- What benefits do you feel you would experience?
- What would you bring?
After considering these questions, if you think that cohousing may be for you, check out the links in the side menu, to see if there are any homes available, and if Lancaster Cohousing may be the place for you.