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Bernice P.


Asheville, NC

Member since:

July 18, 2012

What does your ideal community look like in it's physical form?

A neighborhood that exists in harmony with its surroundings, contributing to the overall health of this earth, and sustainable on an economic, environmental and social level. A place that blends beautifully with its natural surroundings and provides opportunities to share experiences and challenges with my neighbors.

What are the values you would like to have in common with others?

Respect for diversity of personality and opinion; recognition that we are only one of many organisms that share this planet and that we must mindfully accept our responsibility for its care.

What motivates you to want this experience?

Having lived in intentional community for over 11 years, I recognize that membership in community is one of the cornerstones of sustainability and survival in transitional times. We are in transitional times, both personally as a family and, I believe, as a people. We left our intentional community so we could live more sustainably on an economic and environmental level here. We now need to rebuild the community cornerstone of sustainability in our lives.

What do you have to contribute to the community?

Over 17 years experience in developing and living in intentional community, the ability to cook for crowds, an interest in and some knowledge of Permaculture, canning, sewing and general do-it-yourself skills.

Profile of you. Tell us about you. What would you like us to know about you?

My husband and I have 3 grown daughters, 2 of whom are in Asheville. My handy husband retired in April and we moved down here in May. I am still working that soul-sucking pesky day job, but I work from home so I could go anywhere. The hope is that Asheville will prove itself to be an economical enough place to live that I can retire too, and I can find more soul-satisfying work in this next phase of my life. We are renting for our first year here until we get a better feel for what community there might be for us -- either one of proximity like we had in cohousing, or one based in shared interests. I completed my Permaculture design certification in 2009 but have had little time to build on those skills. I am looking forward to putting them to use here once we figure out where we will land. Please note, we are committed to being in the Asheville area; just not committed to home ownership until we are more clear about where in this area it will be.


My husband and I moved to Asheville in 2013. Before moving here we lived in Blueberry Hill Cohousing in Vienna, VA. I'm loving Asheville, but miss being part of a supportive community and am exploring options here.

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