Forming Formed: 2006
This page last updated:12/24/2011
New Earth Song Cohousing LLC
(adjoins Songaia Cohousing Community; WA)
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Vision: We’re forming a sustainable community with Songaia Cohousing, creating a new kind of welcoming neighborhood committed to lifelong care for the Earth and each other.
You are invited to learn about our progress in building community on land adjoining Songaia Cohousing. Our vision is to encircle Songaia with neighbors who value community life and our lovely land, and who want to create new possibilities.
About Songaia: Songaia Cohousing is a strong, established community of 38 people in 13 homes on 10.6 acres. Songaia completed its 10-year, self-developed project in 2000—we live in modest homes with abundant land and common facilities near Seattle. Songaia is multi-generational, ages 3 to 72, with only two resales since 2000, one to a New Earth Song member.
Project: Our vision, values, mission, and scope are coming into focus due to our work and that of our consultants. We are self-funding early phases. One adjoining property has been purchased, and we are planning to develop it into a six unit cohousing community.
1. Membership process defined—to help new families understand our vision/plan.
2. Development legal structure (LLC) registered with Washington State.
3. Startup funds raised; more is committed.
4. Half-acre with three-bedroom house bought by subgroup as site of development.
5. 10-week Aging in Place study group completed with six Songaia families.
Costs: LLC members have committed several thousand dollars during the formation.
1. Join Songaia Announcements mailing list on the Songaia website to be notified of public events, open houses, tours, etc.
2. Contact us, take a tour, come to a meeting and consider membership.
Status: Achieved several milestones, have committed land
| | Contact:
|Links: |Songaia Cohousing
: the community next door - sign up on Songaia's homepage for Songaia Announcements to hear about our project's open houses, tours, etc. Check out Songaia.com to understand more about the context from which New Earth Song is forming.
Diana Leafe Christian Radio Interview
: This "Finding Community" interview of Diana and New Earth Song's Craig Ragland also discusses Songaia and New Earth Song Cohousing, including Adult-Focus and what that means to us. Scroll down the page to find the interview next to the picture of the "Finding Community" book. Note: this fine book is available through the FIC Store.
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This page last updated:12/24/2011
(Visiting Songaia and our land is the first step toward joining our project.)
Visitor Process: Contact email@example.com (or call Dennis at the number listed above) to prearrange a visit (email is preferred). Advance notice is required. We schedule periodic public open houses/tours and sometimes arrange individual visits for long-distance travelers. Tours are also sometimes combined with shared meals in the Songaia common house. We may be able to arrange use of one or both of Songaia’s guest rooms if you are visiting from afar. Some of Songaia’s current members moved to the Northwest to join our community, and we expect this to also be true for New Earth Song Cohousing. See the Songaia website for information on Songaia's location.
Fellowship for Intentional Community
:: Northwest Intentional Communities Association
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
(We have a defined process, are researching alternative governance structures which would incorporate consensus decision-making.)
Leadership Core Group:
(Not yet - core group leadership is ad hoc - we expect to investigate alternatives for a sustainable leadership group - we have the experience/wisdom of Songaia to draw on.)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(Expected, although details will evolve over time. We have organized several work parties to care for the initial land purchase.)
(To join the New Earth Song LLC will require significant capital investment.)
(The eventual cohousing community will of course have fees to cover the cost of running the development.)
Land and Buildings
0.5 acres (0.2 hectares)
(Will be located on acreage adjacent to Songaia Cohousing Community.)
Land Owned By:
A subgroup of community members
(has purchased 0.51 acres.)
Number of Residences:
(Existing 3 BD/3 BA house on property - to be remodeled to a six-unit Passive House.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Songaia has been gradually expanding its organic gardens, orchards, and now has chickens. We expect to contribute and share in this growing bounty.)
Share Community Meals:
(To be determined, Songaia shares 5 meals per week - we may add shared meals on other days, expanding shared meals available to members of both communities.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(To be determined)
(To be determined - Songaia uses it rarely, but its an individual choice.)
(To be determined - few at Songaia have ever smoked and there are restrictions about tobacco use in common areas, but its an individual choice.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(While spritual concerns are central to most members, our group has not chosen a common spiritual pathway. We are open to individual choice)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
:: Paganism/Earth Religions
:: Unitarian Universalist
:: Ecumenical (includes "all religions")
:: Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
(There will undoubtedly be more as more join in the fun.)
(To be determined)
(We control property.)
Number of Units:
We are planning for six units.
One of our members is an architect with whom we are working.
Unknown - while commercial loans may not actually be required, this is the most common successful model for cohousing, so we will probably take out construction loans.
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