Sunward Cohousing

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

  • Last updated: January 17, 2019 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: January 26, 2005

Mission Statement

deepeing connections, stewardship of land, creating a beautiful legacy for future generations

Community Description

We are a community of people dedicated to creating a place where resources are shared, the Earth is respected, diversity is welcomed, children play together in safety, growth is nurtured, and living in community enriches our lives. Our core values and vision help to provide a common foundation for our decisions and our relationships with each other.

Around 95 people live at Sunward Cohousing, from wee ones to octogenarians. We have singles and couples, families and empty-nesters, and at least one household that functions as a cooperative. We have a diversity of backgrounds, occupations, spiritual and secular paths, and sexual orientations.

In our years together on the land since 1998, we have experienced births, deaths, weddings, partings, members joining and departing, and much more. Many of us were drawn to Sunward for the sense of community and for the opportunity to live more lightly on the land. We steward 20 beautiful acres of woods, prairie, ponds, one quarter of which contains our clustered private homes and common house.

About

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

Housing

  • Area: 20.1 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 40
  • Planned number of residences: 0
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments:

    10 acres of woods, 5 acres of ponds, prairie, gardens, 5 acres of clustered homes

    40 homes in 9 buildings arranged in a pedestrian village.

    2 floors

Membership

  • Adult Members: 91
  • Child Members: 28
  • Non-member Residents: 8
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We look forward to meeting prospective members! Please contact us well in advance and please be patient and persistent. We cannot accommodate drop-in visitors. Please read FIC’s guide to visiting communities ahead of your visit, and thank you for respecting the privacy of our home.

  • Open to new Members: Yes

Government

  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Consensus Oriented Decision Making with super majority decision rule. Several leadership committees for topic areas

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $300
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 2
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Members must be able to meet financial obligations to the community

    minimum contribution of 5hr/month plus preparing common meals & community meeting participation

    purchase of home or some level of homesharing arrangement.

    each household pay a monthly fee to community based partly on size.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    several organic garden sites serve individuals and Common House meals.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Buddhist, Jewish, Wiccan, Quaker, Native American, Unitarian Universalist, Atheist
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling

Additional Comments

just outside Ann Arbor city limits, not quite in the country, definitely not suburbia.

with stirrings since 1992

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US, Inter-cooperative council (ICC – Michigan)