Songaia An Unfolding Dream, the story about a remarkable group of people who have grown from a simple idea into a thriving cohousing community. Nurtured by an inspiring vision of possibility, a rich spirit life and a creative culture of cooperation, they are living their dream and re-defining what it means to co-habitate sustainably.
Songaia An Unfolding Dream walks us through the early years of planning and construction, the momentous move-in and the subsequent years of evolving together as a close-knit, multi-generational neighborhood. Weaving together personal stories from a number of community members, it recounts the challenges, victories and learnings that continue to shape the community today. Examining twenty years of living together, the book discusses personal relationships, sustainability, sacred space, health, aging and death, group process, social context and relating to neighbors and the broader community network. Written by a community pioneer and elder who spent more than half his life living and facilitating community around the world, this is an invaluable book for anyone interested in community and cohousing.
Written by Fred Lanphear, a founding member of Songaia and a passionate communitarian who spent the last 40 years of his life engaged in building community. It was his Great Work and he left an indelible mark on the growing communities movement. He began writing Songaia: An Unfolding Dream soon after he was diagnosed with ALS, knowing this would be the closing chapter to his life.
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