Cohousing is an intentional community of private homes clustered around shared spaces. The residents have shared values and enrich each other's lives.
Each home has traditional amenities, including a private kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and living spaces
Shared building spaces include a Common House, which may include a large kitchen and dining area, laundry facilities, guest rooms, office spaces and recreational spaces.
Shared outdoor space includes parking on the periphery, walkways, open space, and gardens.
The community also shares resources such as tools, lawnmowers, movies and books.
The people participate in the community through shared activities such as gardening, meals, celebrations, and holidays.
The community is self-managed through a participatory decision making process (we use Sociocracy).
Households have independent incomes and private lives, but individuals lives are enriched by collaboratively planning and managing the community activities and shared spaces.
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Neighbours commit to being part of the community for everyone's mutual benefit. It cultivates a culture of sharing and caring. The design of the neighbourhood promotes frequent interaction and close relationships.
Cohousing neighbourhoods are designed for privacy as well as community. The residents balance privacy and community by choosing their own level of engagement.
Decision making is participatory and at WRCP this is done by Sociocracy, this is similar to consensus (which is how many other Cohousing projects make decisions).