Compass Cohousing is pleased to be offering an online Information Session for the cohousing curious.
We will be presenting a film: “The Best of Both Worlds, Cohousing’s Promise”. This documentary explores how residents of four different communities experience the benefits of living in cohousing.This beautifully made film shows us what can happen when people choose the power of community as their answer to our increasingly individualistic world.
After the film, we will share information about Compass Cohousing, a community we are working hard to build in central Langley. There will be opportunities to ask questions of our current members.
Where: Join us from the comfort of your home as we will be connecting using the Zoom platform.
Michelle at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-721-1557
Doug at: email@example.com or 604-533-2744
and we will be sure to send you a link to the meeting.
What is Cohousing?
Cohousing describes neighbourhoods that combine the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of shared resources and community living.
Residents own their individual homes (the legal structure is strata ownership), which are clustered around a common house with shared amenities. (large kitchen (of course individual units also have their own kitchen), dining room, children's playroom, workshops, craft areas, music room, photography studio, lounge areas, roof-top patio and garden, etc.)
The Best of Both Worlds
Some people call cohousing neighbourhoods a return to the best of small-town communities. Others say they are like a traditional village or the close-knit neighbourhood where they grew up, while futurists call them an altogether new response to social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century. Each holds a piece of the truth.
Cohousing residents participate in the planning, design, ongoing management and maintenance of their community, meeting frequently to address each of these processes. Cohousing neighbourhoods strive to combine environmentally sensitive design with a pedestrian orientation.
Cohousing is a concept that emerged in Denmark in type 1960s. It denotes neighbourhoods that combine the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of shared resources and community living.
The first cohousing community in Canada was Windsong Cohousing Community, built in Langley over twenty years ago. It remains a thriving community. Since that time, over a dozen successful cohousing communities have be established in British Columbia and several others are in the planning and building stages.
This is a great video from the folks at Belterra Cohousing, explaining the benefits of a cohousing community.