Bellingham Cohousing is a living situation that requires considerable neighbor participation. If you are new to cohousing we strongly recommend that you do your homework before deciding to move here. Bellingham Cohousing residents may dedicate as much as 20 hours per month attending committee meetings, planning meals and community activities, and working on community projects.
Although Bellingham Cohousing is a supportive community, it is not designed or intended to be an environment for individuals needing therapeutic levels of attention or care.
Whether you are new to Bellingham, or new to Bellingham Cohousing, here are some suggested resources to help you investigate whether Cohousing is for you.
The Cohousing Company – McCamant & Durrett Architects
McCamant and Durrett were architects and frequently-involved advisors in the development of Bellingham Cohousing, helping us through the most trying and delicate times getting the buildings and community established.
Visit their website to learn more about The Cohousing Company, and we also recommend checking out their books:
Creating Cohousing. Building Sustainable Communities
Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett (2011).
Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living. The Handbook
Charles Durrett (2009)
Reading these cohousing books can help new groups and new residents or renters understand the implications and responsibilities of living in cohousing.
Cohousing and Community Living Links
local and national cohousing sites and resources:
- Psychology Today Blog – “The Secret to Balancing Time Alone and Time Together?”
- Northwest Intentional Communities Organization
- The Cohousing Network
- The Cohousing Network Mailing List
- The Global Ecovillage Network
- Intentional Communities Network
- The Cohousing Company
- Whatcom Watch Online article by Cohousing resident David Longdon