Who We Are
How We Got Here
We're a group of people -- American, French, Israeli, and Armenian -- who want to live in community. The cohousing community we plan to create will consist of independent houses, a mix of older homes and some new ones. We are not building anything, although members are free to obtain land and build on it, if they wish. The cohousing group can be any size, limited only by the number of houses available for purchse in Armenoi. At the moment we consist of four households. Our group spent a month in the region in August and September of 2021. We have retained the services of an attorney (with the power of attorney to act in our absence), an accountant (now involved in obtaining taxpayer IDs for us), a notary, and a real estate agent. All are located in Chania. Our first contingent of intrepid settlers plans on setting up residence in the second half of 2022. Please join us for our weekly Zoom chat on Fridays and Sundays at 12:30 PM (Mountain Standard Time, USA), 9:30 PM Greece time. Check the Events page for the zoom link address. Welcome!
Current Development Team
Janis B. Nuckolls, Ph.D.
Department of Linguistics
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602 USA
Janis is a linguistic anthropologist, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1990. She was first professor of anthropology at Indiana University, then at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, then the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, and finally at Brigham Young University. She specializes in the major indigenous language of Ecuador, Quechua, and spends a lot of time in the jungles of the Amazon.
Janis was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has one older brother and two younger sisters (both deceased). She and Charles have three children, a son (28), and twin daughters (18). They have two cats, both "answering" (if you can call it that) to the name "Kitty."
Charles W. Nuckolls, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602 USA
Charles received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1987. He was first professor of anthropology at Emory University, where he received tenure in 1997. In 1999, he shifted to the University of Alabama, and served as professor of anthropology there from 1999 to 2007, when he was offered a position at Brigham Young University. He served as Chair of the department from 2010 to 2016. His research focuses on the languages and cultures of south India. And he also works in Japan and New Zealand.
Charles was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and attended college at the University of Chicago. He developed an interest in cohousing around the beginning of the current century, and to date has visited around 20 cohousing commmunities, in the United States, United Kingdom, India, and New Zealand.
Charles likes teaching his new course on "Intentional Communities," as well as courses on "Psychological Anthropology."
Haya & Jake Sakadjian
Haya & Jake Sakadjian met in the music department at a community college in Southern California. They've been married for 28 years and live in Laguna Niguel, CA with their 17 year old son Noah and their Israeli cat Ginger.
Jake (Hagop) is Armenian; and 3rd generation born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He and his family emigrated to the United States in 1978 after a political revolution in Ethiopia. He has a Bachelor's of Science in electrical engineering and is a talented violin player. He loves playing tennis and biking with his son, gardening, walking on the beach, and bible study. Jake's love of eating goes well with Haya's love of cooking.
Haya was born in Israel and raised in California. She has a Master's in Music Therapy from Temple University and currently works as a reading tutor and advocate for students with Dyslexia. She is interested in holistic health, ecology, Jungian psychology, Jewish history, and is passionate about supporting peace groups in the Middle East, as well as animal rescue organizations.
Haya has visited and volunteered on kibbutzim in Israel, where she observed and experienced the value and benefits of communal living, and believes that the co-housing movement offers the best combination of autonomy with social connection and belonging.
Haya enjoys talking about literature, movies, and politics with her son, and accompanying Jake's violin on guitar and piano. She has, from her earliest memories, loved cats.