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Last updated: September 24, 2012 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: November 17, 2005

Wholesome House

(Portland, Oregon, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2005  Established: 2006
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Website address: http://www.wholesome-house.net
  • Contact Name: Gavin White
  • Phone: 971-404-7294
  • Address:
    2137 SE Taylor St
    Portland, Oregon, 97214-2874
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    If you’re a friend already, drop by or call (knowing that we might not be available if you don’t schedule in advance). If you’re a Friend traveling in the ministry or with a letter of introduction, pick up a copy of the Traveling Friends Directory from the FGC Bookstore and follow the procedure outlined there. Otherwise, or in any case, contact us through couchsurfing.com. We’re working on setting up an airbnb listing, too – you may be able to find us on there.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: No
    Not right now.

Mission Statement:

Community Description:

Those whose values are aligned with ours are encouraged to make contact and request hospitality. References requested, e.g., a verified couchsurfing.com profile, a traveling minute and/or letters of introduction from the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), or other similar indication of your wonderfulness.

We’re not looking for new members right now.


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Additional Comments: Many paths, one mountain.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Native American, Buddhist, Paganism/Earth Religions, Eastern, Protestant/Lutheran, Emissaries, Quaker, Roman Catholic, Hutterian Brethren, Sufi, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, Muslim, Ecumenical (includes “all religions”), Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions), Other


  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: This is a leaderful community.

    Leadership is currently an emergent practice. This will likely become more formalized over time.

    Sociocratic Circle-organizing Method

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban, Urban
  • Area: 0.1 acres
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Current number of residences: 2
  • Additional Comments: One 5000 sq ft residential lot; one 2500 sq ft

    Subgroup is currently one. Considering other options, including community controlled land-trust or other form of non-profit.

    About four thousand square feet of floor-space in the big house, including the unfinished basement. About 1500 square feet in the townhouse, including the garage.

    Not technically

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: The house requires maintenance and cleaning. Who else will do it but those who live here? (No, really – who?)

    There’s an application fee and, for those who are accepted, a security deposit.

    Currently this is in the form of rent.


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: Currently a very small amount. Open to growing more, but busy schedules generally intervene. Soon planting many perennial fruits.

    We have a budget, we prioritize local and organically grown foods, and each of us has some allergies.

    Wide-ranging tastes in food, and a healthy respect for allergies.

    Absolutely no smoking – of anything – on the property.

Community Affiliations

Home Ecovillage Project

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.