I looked up podcasts on cohousing and intentional communities and only found some one off episodes. They are fine and I listened to all the ones that I found. But, there isn’t a cohousing/IC podcast focus, until now.
Of course, there is mine. But I am happy that the Founation of Intentional Community just started their own. I was starting to think I don’t really want to keep going on my focus on cohousing. I started the podcast when I was living there and was interested. (Honestly, I didn’t do a good job of running it and still never posted the episode I recorded while living there). I am waning in my interest since I don’t live there anymore and feel it really is best to start moving on. I still love radio (I did it for years since college). However, I”d like to refocus and start making shows about other topics, if at all.
So, I’m so happy to hear this new podcast. FIC has access to everyone and everything so they’ll have great shows. And the host already talks about her journey and experience living in an intentional community. She is honest and real and this will be a wonderful resource for anyone considering this lifestyle.
Now is the time to write my report of the shows I did find.
There is another podcast on cohousing and they are wonderful. It is two women forming a cohousing in Houston and I never want to live in Texas (sorry, it’s just too big and hot), these women make me want to grab a cup of coffee with them on their porches and move to their cohousing (which I don’t ever want to do again) and in their state of Texas (Okay, I am up to Corpus Christi where Selena lived).
One episode I found was on Integrated Psychiatry. (I found all of these on spotify by putting cohousing in the search engine). The host interviewed Diane Margolis of the Cohousing Research Network. She also told the truth about what it is like living in chousing. She wasn’t just trying to sell it, but discuss it. She said sometimes conflicts never get resolved and there are resentments and people not talking to each other. To me, that is scary. How do people live like this for years? I thought cohousing meant that you keep trying to work things out and be a true community.
Another podcast was called Raise the Roof. It is focused on aging and a study about women.
The study dasked the women if they would prefer living in a cohousing like situation or be homeless. They choose homeless. My jaw hit the floor! The study seems more to be about living in a house together than true cohousing which many outsiders mix up constantly. The study participant women didn’t want the loss of privacy even though they liked the gain of more social situations.
The study does crack me up. It was hypothetical but these women preferred to not have a house at all. It also shows that homeless people (I think that was the study group) won’t just take anything we throw at them. A home is so important to all of us, the privacy, the creation of making it what you want, and the sanctuary it can provide.
Here is the link to the new podcast:
Above is a link to the Houston Cohousing podcast