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Join Good Tree Village Cohousing

An introduction to the cohousing concept, its features, benefits and applications; a faith-based approach to the cohousing model; an invitation to check out DC Metro-based Good Tree Village Cohousing.
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kori majeed

on 11 June 2012

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Transcript of Join Good Tree Village Cohousing

Cohousing Features Intentional Neighborhood Design Private Residences & Shared Spaces Resident Ownership & Management The physical design encourages a strong sense of community, amplifying the social, economic and environmental benefits of living near neighbors you know and trust. Each family – singles, couples, single parents, or couples with children –
has its own self-sufficient home with modern amenities.

Common areas – outside green areas, a playground, and the common house* – are designed for daily use to supplement private living areas. The cohousing community is planned, owned and managed by its residents, making decisions of common concern at community meetings. Cohousing? Diverse Applications *Common House Features
community kitchen & dining area
children’s playroom
mail pick-up
guest rooms
laundry
or whatever residents decide... Cohousing communities typically range from 10-35 households emphasizing a multi-generational mix singles, couples, families with children, and elders. Personal Privacy + Benefits of Community We can build a better place to live,
a place where we know our neighbors,
a place where we can enjoy a rich sense of community
and contribute to a more sustainable world. Residents participate in the planning and design of the housing development
so that it directly responds to their needs. Non-Hierarchical Structure & Decison-Making Most cohousing groups make all of their decisions by consensus.
No one person (or persons) has authority over others.
As people join the group, each person takes on one or more roles consistent with his or her skills, abilities or interests. Participatory Process History Conceptualized & Built in Denmark Charles coined the word “cohousing”
as the English version of
the Danish word “bofællesskaber,”
which translates to “living communities." Brought to the U.S. by American architects
Charles Durrett & Kathryn McCamant More than 100 cohousing communities in the U.S. There are hundreds of cohousing communities across
Europe, Australia, Canada and other parts of the world. Six communities in DC Metro Area:
Takoma Village (Washington, DC)
Eastern Village (Silver Spring, MD)
Liberty Village (Union Bridge, MD)
Blueberry Hill (Vienna, VA)
Catoctin Creek Village (Taylorstown, VA)
EcoVillage (Taylorstown, VA) 6 1960-70's 1980's Hundreds more are
forming,
planning,
or under construction Benefits Raising children with community support & mentoring

Lots of playmates in pedestrian-centered neighborhood Children Social
Interaction Lots of opportunties for meaningful & spontaneous interaction
instead of traveling long distances for planned events. Contribution Safety In a neighborhood where everyone knows you,
safety and security are greatly enhanced. Shared
Resources Shared resources save money and time:
neighborhood chores & shared child care
community meals & activities
bulk buying & trading goods and services
carpooling Intergenerational
Diversity A wide range of age groups provide rich experiences
for young and old alike. Greater access to common facilities nearby:
community kitchen & dining facilities
outside green spaces & play areas
workshops & craft rooms
children's play room & youth lounge
guest rooms Resident
Participation Consensus decision-making empowers all residents.

Everyone's point of view must be heard and considered in planning and managing the community. Opportunity for all to share skills and talents with other members of the community
Working together we can do more for ourselves and others Rural Suburban Urban New forming, faith-based group
Searching for 20-25 families
DC Metro Area location
Long-term project Impact HUGE Join Us! Complete Membership Application
Attend Meetings & Gatherings
Pay Monthly Dues
Tell a Friend What is... http://www.GoodTreeVillage.com ...2011.........................................2012.........................................2013.........................................2014.........................................2015..... Buy Land General Timeline 15 Families* Front 5% of Development Cost Permits Front Additional
10% of Development Costs Build Community Building Final Decisions Move In! http://www.facebook.com/GoodTreeVillage 5 Pillar Approach Faith Prayer Charity Fasting Hajj Islam is our Foundation.
The Prophet's (pbuh)
example is our guide. Cohousing How many more prayers can we say together if we all heard the same call to... The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: Offering the prayer in congregation carries 27 times greater reward than offering it alone. How much more can we gain spiritually if we are breaking our fast together after a day of... "O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those who preceded you; that perhaps you will be mindful of God." Quran 2:183 How much more could we do for others if we combined our efforts in giving... When a Muslim gives charity for the sole purpose of pleasing Allah, he is purifying his soul just by the act of giving. If we were neighbors,
how much easier would it be to travel for... Pilgrimage to Mecca is an obligation on those who can perform it. a life-style that helps us fulfill our religious obligations How will being around people who remind us of God keep us strong in... "And keep yourself patiently in prayer with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening; seeking His countenance; and let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life..." Quran 18:28 In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Compassionate click to navigate Limited only by
Imagination, Desire & Resources Cohousing neighborhoods tend to offer
environmentally sensitive design
with a pedestrian orientation.
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