RoseWind Cohousing

Port Townsend, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: January 2, 2019 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 7, 2004

Mission Statement


Community Description

RoseWind is a cohousing community within a liberal small town of 9000 on the NE corner of the Olympic Peninsula. Seattle is about 3 hours away. Our views are pastoral, yet we are minutes from everything in town, including a good food co-op, farmers’ market, seasonal festivals, many music and arts activities, boating, and generally the sort of culture you’d find in a college town. The climate is moderate.
Our 24 households include all ages and many lifestyles. There’s abundant music, food, social interaction, and of course the shared work of caring for our common areas. Our attractive community hall is used often, for meetings, shared meals 1-2 times a week, parties, workshops, rehearsals, slide shows, concerts, and meetings. We know our neighbors and help each other out in many ways.
Neither “mainstream” nor far-out, we do our best to learn to live more sustainably by sharing, raising organic fruits and vegetables, and individually making informed environmental choices. Organizationally, we have learned a lot in 28+ years of consensus-based decision making. The extra time it takes to decide things is outweighed by the satisfaction of finding win-win solutions.
Fully built, the way to join at this point is via resales, which are posted on our website It is advisable to get to know us ahead of time, though, to be able to make an informed choice if a resale comes up. Check us out!
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1989
  • Start Living Together: 1993
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Maraiah Lynn Nadeau
  • FIC Membership

    Since 2015
    This Community is an FIC Member


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Small Town or Village


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 9 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 23
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    Half is in home sites, half in commons.

    Indivs own homesites, group owns commons

    All different sizes, styles. 750-2800sqft



  • Adult Members: 43
  • Child Members: 8
  • Non-member Residents: 6
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please email well ahead of time. Getting to know if we’d be a good fit for you takes time, and the infrequent resales can go quickly, so you want to already know enough to make an informed choice. You can email questions. When you do visit, you can have a walk around, see the “common house” (community hall), and ask more questions in person. We have no guest room, but there are many options in town. See for details.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We encourage those buying a resale, or interested in future resales here, to contact us and get orientation information and get questions answered, so as to be able to make an informed decision as to how well this community fits their expectations and desires.

  • Additional Comments:

    Incl Quaker, pagan, UU, Jewish, other choices, incl none.

    Some home school, some attend public or private schools.

    No transgender at this time, but easy integration of our GLB members.


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

    An elected board/steering committee coordinates meeting agendas and current issues; normal decision making remains with the membership.

    CT Butler’s “On Conflict and Consensus” is a reference guide we use.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $110
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Additional Comments:

    Community participation is expected, with variations among individuals.

    Purchase of a resale home, when available.

    Annual assessments are about $1300 a year. We do a lot of our upkeep work ourselves.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Weekly meal by 1-4 cooks + holiday meals, sundry other food sharings, monthly brunch.

    Abundant local and organic produce is avail at Food Co-op and Farmer’s Mkt

    Community meals accomodate a variety of styles.

    All meals have vegetarian option. Pref for local or organic meats if used.

    wine or beer in moderation, by some.

    Almost nobody smokes; common spaces are smoke free

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, indivs many religions, group none
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    Visit for photos and more info

Additional Comments

Small town of 9000, with a fairly urban sort of population. Feels somewhat like a college town.

Membership increased over time from 4-24 households.

All our homes have been occupied for many years now.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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


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