Thinking about Joining...
We recognize that joining a community is a big decision. For many of us, it’s not just about changing where we live, but about making changes in how we live. We want to be sure that everyone who joins us takes time to understand what it means to live in cohousing. Here are some things to ponder.
Living in cohousing means living in close proximity to others, and sharing decisions that in other contexts would be made individually. So while we enjoy front porch chats and sharing glasses of wine, it is important to note that we also need to use interpersonal skills and processes beyond those required in other social settings. We will have bylaws, processes, and agreements that describe how we operate and interact with each other.
We make decisions using a sociocratic decision making process so as to give everyone a voice. We are respectful of all perspectives and seek to understand. Decisions made by sociocracy are strong and make for healthy community life, but the process often requires time, patience, flexibility, creativity, and the ability to balance the best interests of the community with one’s personal needs.
WRCP expects each household to be represented at as many of our community meetings as possible. This is where the decisions that affect the day-to-day business and the evolution of the community are made, and where we get to learn more about each other.
Working together to keep the community going strengthens our connections with one another, but it does take time. Members are expected to participate in general meetings, circle meetings and social events. As in other established communities, we estimate adult members devote from 10-20 hours a month working on various community projects and activities, including meetings and social engagements. We have learned that shared projects and labour are both rewarding and required for a functional community where members feel a sense of belonging. It is important that people considering joining WRCP evaluate their available time as well as the level of priority that they will place on participating in community life.
WRCP communicates through email, and on-line calendars and storage of documents though online tools. Being able to use these digital media and tools is important to be able to participate fully in community life.
To find out more about our membership levels, please read about it here. We also ask prospective members to contact us to be added our the Friends of WRCP Cohousing list for more information.
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We envision courageous, innovative communities in which people actively care for each other and the environment.
We are building a sustainable, intergenerational neighbourhood that is socially and economically inclusive, we positively engage with each other and the wider community.