Rituals in Cohousing

Harvest Fest NC

Why I Love Cohousing — 10/24/15 Harvest Festival

One of the things I love about living in cohousing is how each community develops its own rituals and traditions. At Nevada City Cohousing, one of our traditions is our October Harvest Festival. We start with a workday in the morning, sprucing up the landscape and the common house (some deep cleaning). Then we take a siesta, followed by an afternoon of arts and crafts on the common house terrace. Over the years, I’ve become the specialist on grapevine wreath making, with wreaths made from the grapevine covering my front porch, decorated as you like with lavender, rosemary, seedpods and other plants from our landscape. Many people now bring last year’s wreath for a yearly update. Then we have a very competitive chili cook-off (vote for your favorite veggie chili, meat chili, cornbread and dessert). The day is topped off with square dancing in the common house and a fire pit on the patio. It’s a great multigenerational mix up with a little something for everyone. In recent years, the original organizers felt they were too busy to take it on, but the community rallied and new people showed up. After you’ve done something like this a few years, it really takes very little organizing if everyone pitches in on bits and pieces.  One of this year’s memorable moments was the trio of little girls delivering fresh baked cookies to the workers…who could resist them, or their cookies…

katie headshotKatie McCamant | Nevada City Cohousing resident
CoHousing Solutions President

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