Find out if cohousing is for you. Members of Woodard Lane Cohousing (WLC) in Olympia, Liv Monroe and Jody Olmstead, will give a presentation on their community on Wednesday, April 18 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. at the Olympia Timberland Library. Time will be available for questions from the audience. The program will be held after regular library hours; no other library services will be available.
According to the Cohousing Association of the U.S. website at www.cohousing.org, "Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to living as a community… Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also have access to extensive common facilities such as open space, courtyards, a playground and a common house."
At Woodard Land Cohousing, families and individuals own energy-efficient homes clustered around a common yard, and support one another in multiple ways such as gardening, some meals, childcare, emergencies, and celebrations. The community’s website is http://woodardlanecoho.org.
Monroe, a teacher of Nonviolent Communication, spearheaded the building of WLC’s first phase, completed in April 2010. Olmstead, a retired anthropologist and WLC’s newest member, is enthusiastic about living in a community with the kind of human connectedness she saw in Africa.
The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue SE. For more information, please contact the library at (360) 352-0595 or go to www.TRL.org.