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What is Cohousing? Perspectives on an emerging community.
June 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Many people in Peterborough would love to live more lightly on the earth within a diverse, vibrant caring community, especially if this provides the opportunity to age in place. Cohousing does all this.
It is similar to condominium living with small, independent living “apartments”, but is based on the idea of an “intentional community” with substantial shared resources including a “common house” including a kitchen and dining room for regular shared meals. The nucleus of this community forms before the development is even designed, in order to determine the common objectives for living in an active community. Cohousing was originally developed in Denmark in the 1970’s. Although multi-generational in nature, Danish cohousing also contributes greatly to elders being able to “age-in-place” because the community is so self-supportive. Cohousing has been actively discussed for several years in Peterborough, with a current mailing list of 65 people and over 100 Facebook friends. Since December 2017 a core group of about 30 has met seven times and want to build within the next 5 years under the name “Kawartha Commons”. They are in the process of defining the group needs, and are working on developing a timeline and operational procedures. Goals of the group include being inclusive, and living lightly on the Earth. Alan Slavin says, “Cohousing has a particularly strong role to play locally, both because the Peterborough population is aging and because the region is required to evolve towards higher density accommodation.”
The event will begin with an introduction by Scott Donovan, a local architect with several years of experience with designing cohousing. This will be followed by brief talks on “Lessons learned from visiting cohousing projects”, “Living in cohousing for 13 years”, and “Why we want to live in cohousing in Peterborough”. There will be ample time for questions, and to mingle with the members of Kawartha Commons.
Web information is at http://www.kawarthacommons.ca/