Do you ever dream of actually living in a spiritually supportive community – something beyond just meditation classes or retreats or sitting alone on a cushion?
Is it possible to find a community that supports both spiritual practice and affordable and environmentally sustainable living?
Are you seeking to own your first home but want to be in a real community that supports your spiritual needs?
Or are you seeking to downsize and simplify your life among friends who share your meditation practice and desire to awaken?
When one of the Buddha’s disciples once asked him, “Isn’t sangha half of the path to awakening?” the Buddha responded, “No, it is the entire path.” But do you have to join a monastery to fully awaken? Is it possible to have a regular home, a job, a family, to live near beloved friends, and have these support your meditation practice and live the Noble Eightfold Path? Is there an alternative to buying a home and just hoping that you might actually know your neighbors and be able to truly rely on them and they on you?
Come join meditation practitioner/teacher Rob Creekmore in exploring the possibility of forming a meditation-centered cohousing community in the DC area. Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to living as a community. The physical design encourages both social contact and individual space. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also share extensive common eco-friendly buildings and features that they themselves have designed to facilitate and encourage a healthy community life that balances togetherness with privacy. Over the past twenty plus years over a hundred thriving cohousing communities have developed in the U.S. alone – including five in the DC area – and many new communities are continuing to form. For more information go to www.cohousing.org and (more locally) www.midatlanticcohousing.org.
Imagine this kind of intentional community life combined with mutually supportive spiritual study and practice!
An initial exploratory meeting of the Meditation-Centered Cohousing Community Initiative will occur in the Fellowship Hall of River Road Unitarian Church at 6:30 p.m. on January 23 just before Tara Brach's Wednesday night class:
River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation
6301 River Road (Corner of Whittier Blvd. & River Road)
Bethesda, Maryland 20817
For those who wish to continue beyond this initial exploratory meeting we will be talking later with national cohousing expert Ann Zabaldo, who led the formation in Takoma DC and Silver Spring of Takoma Village Cohousing and Eastern Village Cohousing. Ann currently lives in Takoma Village, but has expressed her own dream of forming a meditation based cohousing community. We also will have the opportunity to talk with others who have participated in local cohousing development.
If you have any questions fell free to contact Rob Creekmore at[masked]