Over the last year we have continued to explore how best to set up a Cohousing Sangha
Centre. It became apparent that trying to form a community of people for the cohousing
part in advance was not going to work, so we are now planning the project from the
The overall vision remains the same, but now the plan is to buy a place (possibly
a collection of farm buildings) which could operate as a Centre, and which also has
scope for people to move into surrounding buildings and develop the site over time.
This will get the place up and running, and then we will be in a position to handle
the ongoing development in an organic way over time.
So we are still interested in hearing from people who might want to live in the Cohousing
neighbourhood, and we are also interested in hearing from people who might want to
help run the Centre. The current planning group will probably continue in some form
as a Trustee-like body (which is also open for new joiners), and then we hope to
find a core group of people to manage the day-to-day running of the place.
We still have the seed fund offer of £200,000 to help the project get started, and
we are now inviting pledges of support to increase this fund in order to get the
Centre going. Please see here for details. We are inviting pledges (loans or donations)
from February to the end of April, after which time we will see where we stand. (Here
is the Pledge form.) We may also be looking at a bank loan, so that with three sources
of funding we hope to be able to acquire a suitable property.