Mosaic Commons is a cohousing community sharing land with Camelot Cohousing in Berlin, Massachusetts. (Both communities together are "Sawyer Hill Ecovillage.") Construction was completed in summer of 2009. As of the beginning of 2013, we have several income-restricted homes for sale. http://www.mosaic-commons.org/40b
Mosaic Commons includes 34 townhouses and flats, ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms in size.
Our guiding principles include a commitment to creating a supportive, diverse community; affordability; and environmental consciousness. Our homes are superinsulated, meet many LEED standards, and are built with as many low-toxicity sustainable materials as possible.
We're committed to open, green space. Almost 30 acres of our land is preserved as conservation land. Clustered duplex and triplex buildings leave most of our remaining 35 acres as open space.
Our community includes ages ranging from 1 to 73; people of many spiritual and ethnic backgrounds; gay, straight and bisexual members; singles, couples and families.
Our Vision & Values
A Vibrant, Dynamic and Sharing Community
We aim to be an active and generous group, sharing our lives as we share both the little things -- a cup of sugar, a book, a hug -- and the big things -- our time, space, chores, and celebrations.
A Green, Lasting Community
In creating and recreating our community, we intend to make decisions that are practical and ecological now, and for the long-term. We hope to create a lasting community, with well designed and well cared-for buildings and grounds, and with good policy and interconnected members.
A Diverse and Inclusive Community
We strive to welcome, respect, and support diversity: for example, age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ability/disability, political persuasion, educational philosophy, family structure and financial status.
A Community of Many Voices
Our goal is to make decisions collaboratively, valuing each individualís viewpoint. We have agreed to make a good-faith effort to resolve conflicts as they arise. We endeavor to practice emotional intelligence and to be receptive to new ideas.
A Supportive and Healthy Community
As individuals, we each conceptualize well-being differently. We want this to be a place where our various levels of health - however we conceive of it - are supported. We support each other in pursuing physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial wellness, and practice appreciation and generosity whenever we can.
Berlin is a small mostly rural town of about 2600 residents, conveniently located between Worcester and Boston.