After 3 years CBC makes a return visit to Harbourside Cohousing
 Opening of Harbourside Cohousing Community

Opening of Harbourside Cohousing Community

When documentary producer Karin Wells first visited Harbourside, it was a dream about to become a reality for the people who worked so hard to make it happen. After three years of living together, there have been some surprises - sad and happy. But the place is flourishing. Listen to the CBC Sunday Edition "A B.C. experiment in cohousing has become an adventure in co-caring". 

Click here to listen to Karin's documentary.

Harbourside Cohousing is a thriving example of cohousing. Other cohousing communities in development on Vancouver Island include West Wind Harbour Cohousing (Sooke) and Ravens Crossing Cohousing (Sidney). Find out more about cohousing in general and these communities specifically at their upcoming information sessions. See the Events page on www.ravenscrossingcohousing.ca. 

 

 

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Loneliness can be as dangerous to your health as smoking
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In a recent article in the Seattle Times (Battling the rising cost of living? Seeking a community? A look at the cohousing lifestyle) it was interesting to read about the huge surge of interest in cohousing. As the article points out, up to recently only a small part of the population knew about cohousing, let alone lived in cohousing developments. Now there are 13 completed cohousing developments in Canada, with nine developing and two under construction.

So why the increased interest in cohousing? One aspect, according to Nicole Brodeur’s story in the Seattle Times is that it attracts those that are looking to escape the increasing cost of living and combine resources with a like-minded community. Another factor is to do with your health.

Research has shown that people live longer when they’re socially engaged. In a blog by Dr. Tzvi Doron, he writes that loneliness is as dangerous to your health as smoking and an even bigger risk factor than obesity and sedentary lifestyle.  

How does cohousing help? It’s about having strong social relationships. Cohousing strives to create the sense of a village where neighbours know and support each other, encouraging a sense of community while maintaining options for privacy. It is an alternative development model in which the future residents participate in the planning, design and development of their community so it directly meets their needs.

Ravens Crossing Cohousing is one of the developing cohousing communities on Vancouver Island. We have secured a wonderful site in Sidney within a ten-minute walk of the Sidney town center, the waterfront, amenities and services. We envision a community of introverts and extroverts in all ages and stages of life who value privacy and connection within a simpler, healthier, and more energy-efficient environment, in a place primarily of compact, creatively-designed bright apartments with extensive common facilities to augment our private dwellings and support us to have more connection with our neighbours.

Research has shown that your overall “survival rate” increases to 50% if you have strong social relationships. Cohousing is one such way to achieve this.

Ravens Crossing Cohousing offers information sessions and workshops so that you can find out more about cohousing and the Ravens Crossing Cohousing Development in Sidney. Visit our website (www.ravenscrossingcohousing.ca) to find out more.

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Cohousing Workshop and Information Session fills the house
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Have you ever wanted to know more about cohousing? Over 20 folks had the same interest and took this interest further and joined a workshop “Is Cohousing for You?”. Organized by Ravens Crossing Cohousing and West Wind Harbour Cohousing, the workshop was held on 5-6 May 2018 in Sidney. It was led by the renowned Dr Margaret Critchlow, co-founder of Harbourside Cohousing in Sooke with support from members of Ravens Crossing Cohousing. The workshop also included information sessions on newly-formed cohousing communities on Vancouver Island – West Wind Harbour (Sooke) and Ravens Crossing Cohousing (Sidney).

Participants came from near and far. Some folks hailed from close to our future homes on the Island: Sidney, North Saanich, Victoria, Esquimalt, Nanoose, Salt Spring Island. In addition, we had participants coming from Greater Vancouver, Salmon Arm, Portland Oregon, Calgary, Toronto, and even Moncton, New Brunswick.

We learned about the nuts and bolts of creating or joining a cohousing community. What might it cost? (market value in the same area); what expectations are there for me from the group? (some, depends on what YOU want to be involved in); will I still have the privacy I need? (other cohousers say yes!); Is it for me? (you decide, it isn’t for everyone); is there green space? (fortunately, yes); garden beds of some kind? (likely)... and so on. We learned that the cohousing community makes the decisions on design, pets, parking, guest rooms in the common house and so much more.

Take-away messages were that cohousing is a commitment, it is about assuming good intentions, attention to communication, some shared values and a great deal of laughter and curiosity.

What were the results of the workshop? Well, not only did the participants learn more about cohousing and living in intentional community, they ended up learning as much about their fellow participants and themselves!

Over the course of the weekend participants were encouraged to ask themselves “Is Cohousing for Me?”.  Of those gathered at the workshop and the information sessions many signed up to learn more and be further engaged. They have joined the existing Cohousing Communities as Associate Members. Over the next 3 months our new Associate Members will have the opportunity to participate in business and design gatherings and learn more about our cohousing community specifically and cohousing in general.

Interested in knowing more about cohousing? Visit the Ravens Crossing Cohousing and West Wind Harbour Cohousing websites. The next “Is Cohousing for You?” workshop will be held on 7-8 July 2018 in Sooke. You can check out Eventbrite to register.

Come join us! We have a 2020 vision...hoping to move in around that time.

Barb Whittington on behalf of the Ravens community.

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Ravens Crossing Cohousing hosts "Jane's Walk" in Sidney
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Sidney waterfront

Saturday May 5th • 3:45 p.m.

Start at the Sidney/North Saanich Branch Library, 10091 Resthaven Drive at Mills Road

Walk Leader: Laura Melly

Join others to discover and discuss multigenerational cohousing within walking distance of Sidney's elementary school, amenities and downtown. Hear stories from cohousing development professional, Margaret Critchlow. Explore turning this vision into reality with members of Ravens Crossing Cohousing.

Walk Route: 30 minutes followed by an info sharing/discussion in library's Nell Horth Room

Start Sidney Branch Library at Resthaven Drive and Mills Road; Wellness Park and Rose Garden; SHOAL Centre Independent Living; elementary school; future cohousing neighbourhood; downtown; Modo car sharing; and return to library.

Curbs, steps and sidewalks. Seniors and children welcome. People with wheelchairs or walking aids welcome.

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Ravens Crossing Cohousing in Seaside Magazine
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The March 2018 issue of Seaside Magazine features an article written by Linda Hunter - "Loving Large, Living Small" - all about cohousing.

In her article, Laura speaks with Ravens Crossing co-founding members Barb Whittington and Tracy Mills about the benefits of cohousing and the Ravens Crossing Cohousing Community.

Read the full article in the March 2018 Seaside Magazine

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