Creating Cohousing by Jana Hayes and Caroline and John Richmond
and a Potluck When: Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Where: Friends Meeting House, 4500 Kensington Ave. (Kensington & Commonwealth Aves.)
Cost: VSR Members, no charge; non-members, $3.00
Time: 6:00 p.m. potluck; 7:00 p.m. program These VSR members belong to a start -up Richmond Cohousing group with as many vegetarians as omnivores. We’ll see selections from the DVD "Designing a Great Neighborhood" and share information from the book Creating Cohousing, by architects and cohousing residents Kate McCamant and Charles Durrett.
Cohousing began in the late 1960s in Denmark.. Today, Denmark has over 700 such planned communities. By 2010 at least 260 more Cohousing communities existed in other European countries . Over a hundred were in the US, including 7 in Virginia. Cohousing’s educational philosophies fit in well with vegetarians’ emphasis on physical and mental health and lower environmental impact.
So imagine that you and all your neighbors got together before your neighborhood existed to plan and build your houses and shared gardens together. Most own their individual houses and a few rent. The community residents manage and maintain the property together. . Between the planned and spontaneous activities in your neighborhood- and you know all of your neighbors with whom you share a large common house. Planned activities may include cooking, dining, child care, DIY home repair projects, and gardening. Community governance is usually through consensus. Common facilities may include a professional kitchen, internet access, guest rooms, workshops, and recreational features.
We look forward to talking with you about this concept on February 9.
For information call[masked], email [masked]
or see www.vegetarianrichmond.org
Please bring your own place setting, serving utensil, beverage and recipe. Vegan preferable.