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Transition Whatcom's Great Unleashing "Community Living Working Group" welcomes all to share ideas, inspiration and resources for Co-housing, Cooperative Living and Ecovillage development here.

Location: Bellingham
Members: 68
Latest Activity: Jul 8, 2016

" If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

- Al Gore

Discussion Forum

Wanted: Land For Rent, to park tiny house and garden

Started by Tiffany Marie Geaudreau Jul 8, 2016. 0 Replies

I'm helping my mother, Celeste, find a new place to live.  She sold her house in Spokane and is Moving to the Bellingham area and set up her tiny house in a Long-Term Rental situation.The Tiny House…Continue

Tags: rent, land, house, tiny

Rental Opportunity at Inspiration Farm

Started by Brian Kerkvliet. Last reply by Brian Kerkvliet May 2, 2015. 2 Replies

Newly remodeled beautiful 2 bedroom, 1 bath 1200 square foot home on 1 acre. On Laurel Rd. between Guide Meridian and Hannegan Rd. Bright and sunny, with good southern exposure. Nice pastoral views.…Continue

Cohousing Study Group 1 2014 - Aging Successfully

Started by Basha Osinski Aug 11, 2014. 0 Replies

Re: “Aging Successfully 2014,” October 6 – 10 We're on fire to get senior cohousing communities built at a faster pace.  Join us for Aging Successfully 2014 this October 6–10 in Nevada City,…Continue

Dedicated Family seeking community/place to build a structure

Started by Nicole Styles Oct 29, 2013. 0 Replies

The Styles Family is ready to live in a sustainable structure that we build ourselves, to be the change we wish to see in the world. But we have no land of our own and are seeking the right space to…Continue

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Comment by Renata Beata Kowalczyk on August 10, 2010 at 11:57am
Thank you Rhys for taking the lead! I am mneeting during that time with the head of Small Business Development Center to conjur possibilities of partnership between coworking space and her organization. Tlaunching the CoSpace (working name for the coworking space) is pretty much now my priority.
Comment by Rhys Faler on August 8, 2010 at 11:23pm
The doodle poll is in, and at the moment, 6 out of 9 people can attend a meeting on Thursday, August 19th at 5:30pm! I'm going to touch base with Bellingham Cohousing to see if they are open to us having our meeting at their community, so I'll make sure to let everyone know if that works out.
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on August 8, 2010 at 1:15am
Thanks Rhys, Great set up.
Comment by Rhys Faler on August 8, 2010 at 12:35am
I just returned to Bellingham from some travels, so I'm a little out of the loop, but we didn't set a definitive date at our last meeting so I'm running on the assumption that nothing is currently scheduled. Therefore I suggest that everyone follow this link ( and submit their availability so that we can schedule our next meeting. The poll will close on Monday, August 8th at 10pm, so make sure to answer quickly. The meeting time will be posted on this workgroup on Monday night before 11pm.
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on August 7, 2010 at 5:26pm
Does anyone know when we meet next? and where?
Comment by Laura J Sellens on August 7, 2010 at 3:16pm
Hi all, I wanted to say--it's been my desire to attend the last couple of meetings, but I was working weekday nights. That's over now, so it's my intention to come to the next one if at all possible.
Comment by Daimon Sweeney on June 21, 2010 at 6:39pm
Mention has been made of skills of living together as being crucial for ego-village success. I'm offering an introduction to EFT, which is a simple and powerfully effective way of releasing triggered reactions that result in fear, anger, lack of creativity, self-imposed limits of creativity and performance, and much more. On the positive side people can open up to themselves and others more fully and create and perform at higher levels.

In my experience, in communities people sometimes get stuck in positions and attitudes, as well as in feelings of frustration, anger, irritation, impatience, and so on, on the negative side. These feelings and positions can continue for a long time, doing damage to the community.

EFT is a great tool for opening those up. I have studied and facilitated NVC. EFT is a great complement there (for self-empathy), and I would say EFT has at least as much to contribute to community well-being as NVC, in parallel and quite different ways as well.

Anyway, the 2 hour intro is June 29, 11 to 1, at Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest. Details in the events. To be followed by a class on the 4 Tuesdays of July, same time, different place.
Comment by Brian Kerkvliet on June 19, 2010 at 4:20pm
700 Sq. Ft. Rural Cottage rental Available at Inspiration Farm
Small two Bedroom unfurnished Cottage With bath & laundry on 11 acres. It's a mid county location, on E. Laurel rd. between the Guide and Hannegan.
$850/month, $900 deposit
Available July 1st. No smokers or dogs please.

INCLUDES the following utilities: Electric, Gas, Garbage, Sewer and Water, High speed Internet. Appliances are Natural gas. Small high efficiency front loading washer in the bathroom.

There is a large beautiful yard and garden and orchard that is shared. Some yard care is required

We are looking for community minded folks who like farm animals, children and gardening. Children are welcome. We endeavor to create a fun, artistic, free thinking, learning, evolving, productive atmosphere. We are Implementing Permaculture Systems, and welcome people interested in permaculture, and sustainable homestead farming.

Call Alexandra or Brian 398-8227.
Comment by Heather K on June 19, 2010 at 12:51am
The regional O.U.R. Ecovillage on Vancouver Island has a successful story of how they helped their planning department change the guidelines that no longer worked for the residents, to new guidelines that did work. Here is a link to their website:

Jeff, thanks for your research through the Planning Depart.
It might make sense for one of us to start a Discussion in this group called something like "Legal Issues & Zoning". Then we can post the info we learn and have it in one place. This is something we often do in the "Organic Gardeners...Permi' group when sharing resources.

Jeffrey & Jenny, I just noticed the comments that preceded your last comments are missing.
Those proceeding comments were from a new member to Transition Whatcom who joined within the last few week, quickly posted resources and links both on this group, in his blog, and within other discussion & comment sections, and then just as quickly left the whole Transition Whatcom site.
When any of us discontinues our membership or connection to a site, it also removes Everything we have ever written or posted. The loss of this information can potentially be avoided if we use the Discussion format in our groups, rather than just the comment section. Hope this helps. If there were any useful links in the missing comment sections, these can be reposted.
Comment by Jenny Macke on June 14, 2010 at 4:19am
Can this non-"Arbitrary Descending Authority Land Use" concept/law be applied to a particular community or piece of land or does it have to be implemented and changed into law for the county, city, state????

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