Curious about Cohousing? Want to Raise Your Kids in a Warm, Supportive Community?

A cohousing community designed by Durrett Architects. | Photo by The Cohousing Company

Join us for the NYC premiere of a new, 30-minute documentary, The Best of Both Worlds: The Promise of Cohousing, to be shared via Zoom to Park Slope Food Coop members on Saturday morning, May 30, at 11 a.m. Representatives from two cohousing communities forming in Massachusetts and Connecticut will be on hand to answer your questions.

RSVP:  ‘PSFC event’ to  info@rockycorner.org for the Zoom link

What is cohousing? Picture a group of people coming together to design their own community of private dwellings, each with its own kitchen and privacy for residents. Also on the property: a large common house serving everyone. Optional group meals are offered several nights a week, and residents take advantage of recreation or exercise rooms, a community garden, children’s playrooms and other amenities. All this occurs within a framework of shared values and a deep concern for kindness, connectedness, and sensitivity toward the environment. The U.S., to date, has 165 cohousing communities.

About the film: The Best of Both Worlds: The Promise of Cohousing, which had its premiere in January, profiles four cohousing communities in California. Filmmaker John De Graaf, who partnered on the film with architect Charles Durrett, has co-written or edited four books, including the international best-seller Affluenza. De Graaf has been a documentary filmmaker since 1977. Fifteen of his films have been broadcast nationally on PBS.

About the presenters and their communities:

Dick Margulis is an independent book editor and book designer whose second full-time job is helping to get Connecticut’s first cohousing community, 30-unit Rocky Corner (www.rockycorner.org), built in Bethany, Conn., near New Haven, on a 33-acre former dairy farm.

Joan Oleck, a writer and editor and a Coop member since 1992, recently moved to (soon-to-be) 28-unit Village Hill Cohousing (www.villagehillcohousing.com) on 6.6 woodsy acres adjacent to downtown Northampton, Massachusetts.

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