Port Townsend, Washington,
(Similar to a college town, w lots of art, music, liberal politics, plus boats, organic food, and mild weather)
RoseWind is a cohousing community within a liberal small town of 9000 on the NE corner of the Olympic Peninsula. Seattle is about 3 hours away. Our views are pastoral, yet we are minutes from everything in town, including a good food co-op, farmers' market, seasonal festivals, many music and arts activities, boating, and generally the sort of culture you'd find in a college town. The climate is moderate.
Our 24 households include all ages and many lifestyles. There's abundant music, food, social interaction, and of course the shared work of caring for our common areas. Our attractive community hall is used often, for meetings, shared meals 2-3 times a week, parties, workshops, rehearsals, slide shows, concerts, and meetings. We know our neighbors and help each other out in many ways.
Neither "mainstream" nor far-out, we do our best to learn to live more sustainably by sharing, raising organic fruits and vegetables, and individually making informed environmental choices. Organizationally, we have learned a lot in 20+ years of consensus-based decision making. The extra time it takes to decide things is outweighed by the satisfaction of finding win-win solutions.
Fully built, the way to join at this point is via resales, which are posted on our website www.rosewind.org. It is advisable to get to know us ahead of time, though, to be able to make an informed choice if a resale comes up. Check us out!
Visitor Process: Please email well ahead of time. Getting to know if we'd be a good fit for you takes time, and the infrequent resales can go quickly, so you want to already know enough to make an informed choice. You can email questions. When you do visit, you can have a walk around, see the "common house" (community hall), and ask more questions in person. We have no guest room, but there are many options in town. See www.ptguide.com for details.
(plus three young-adults 19-22)
(housemates and renters)
Open to new children:
45% M 55% F
Open to which gender(s):
All genders welcome
4% identify as 'non-white'
(CT Butler is our reference guide.)
Leadership Core Group:
(An elected steering committee coordinates meeting agendas and current issues, but decision making remains with the membership.)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(community participation is expected, with variations among individuals.)
(Purchase of a resale home, when available.)
(Annual assessments are about $1100 a year. We do a lot of our upkeep work ourselves.)
Land and Buildings
(Small town of 9000, with a fairly urban sort of population. Feels somewhat like a college town.)
9 acres (3.6 hectares)
(Half is in home sites, half in commons.)
Land Owned By:
(Indivs own homesites, group owns commons)
Number of Residences:
(All different sizes, styles. 750-2800sqft)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Abundant local and organic produce is avail at Food Co-op and Farmer's Mkt)
Share Community Meals:
(Weekly: potluck + meal by 1-4 cooks + holiday meals, sundry other food sharings.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(Community meals accomodate a variety of styles.)
(All meals have vegetarian option. Pref for local or organic meats if used.)
(wine or beer in moderation, by some.)
(Almost nobody smokes; common spaces are smoke free)
Open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender members:
Shared Spiritual Path:
Which Spiritual Path(s):
(Incl Quaker, pagan, UU, Jewish, other choices, incl none.)
(some home school, some attend public or private schools)
Square Feet in Common House:
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