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How I got interested in cohousing:

That goes back to the early 2,000's, when someone -- I can't quite remember who -- told me that there was a new concept in intentional living, called "cohousing." I remember looking up "Ecovillage at Ithaca" and being terribly impressed. Before that, the only thing I knew about intentional communities was that during my early adulthood a lot of people my age were experimenting with life in communes. The only commune I knew was "Twin Oaks" in Virginia, and while it (and other like it) possessed a certain appeal, I was put off by their unwelcoming attitude toward families with children. Cohousing seemed just about right, in its blend of community and autonomy. And so my wife, children, and I began walking down a long road that for a time seemed to end in the state of Utah with a cohousing structure we would create there. We are both professors at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. Alas, the recession of 2007-2009 put a stop to those plans. So we bided our time and continued to look at already existing cohousing communities. We must have visited at least twenty, not just in the United States, but in the UK, India, New Zealand, and elsewhere. Finally, we came to a conclusion, and in retrospect, it seems like the only correct one: We really like Greece, and the best cohousing community for us would have to be located there. Time will tell if we were right. But so far, so good. We are well on the way to establishing a smaller-scale cohousing community, possibly (though not necessarily) on the island of Crete. Join us!


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