New Earth Song Cohousing LLC

Bothell, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: March 27, 2015 (2 years ago)
  • Listing created on: August 23, 2007

Mission Statement

Songaia’s new Neighboring Coho

Community Description

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.

Milestones achieved:
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.

Next steps:
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: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2006
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.songaia.com/
  • Contact Name: Info at Songaia
  • Phone: 206-322-2620
  • Address:
    123 234th PL SE
    Bothell, Washington, 98021
    United States
  • Location

About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)

Housing

  • Area: 0.5 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Additional Comments:

    Will be located on acreage adjacent to Songaia Cohousing Community.

    has purchased 0.51 acres.

    Existing 3 BD/3 BA house on property – to be remodeled to a six-unit Passive House.

    We hope for 2011

    We are planning for six units.

    We control property.

    We hope to balance the creation of new common spaces with contributing to expanding Songaia’s existing common spaces.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 9
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact [email protected] (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.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    While spritual concerns are central to most members, our group has not chosen a common spiritual pathway. We are open to individual choice

    There will undoubtedly be more as more join in the fun.

    To be determined

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    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.

    We have a defined process, are researching alternative governance structures which would incorporate consensus decision-making.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    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.

Sustainability Practices

Lifestyle

  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    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.

    Songaia has been gradually expanding its organic gardens, orchards, and now has chickens. We expect to contribute and share in this growing bounty.

    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 Practice(s): Buddhist, Sufi, Unitarian Universalist, Other

Additional Comments

started with vision from Songaia members, began serious organizing in 2007

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US, Northwest Intentional Communities Association

Community Affiliations

Songaia Cohousing Community