We are a rural cohousing community made up of people of all ages and from all walks of life. In our 24 homes, we represent a diversity of ages and family units. Some of our members have been here since the beginning of Heartwood and some have arrived in the 20 years since then.
When we first moved into our new community in 2000, many of us had families with kids. Since then most of the kids have grown up and moved away. Even though we don't have as many kids as we once did, we continue to welcome families with kids because we value living in a multigenerational neighborhood. Heartwood has always been an amazing place for kids to grow up and still is – lots of freedom and safety so kids can roam, play, and explore with their friends. See more about what life is like for kids here on our FAQ page.
We each own our own home and yard and pursue our own interests and livelihood while sharing this beautiful piece of land, a common house, greenhouse, workshop, gardens, and numerous other resources. And most importantly, we share a vision to live in close community with one another.
We are in close relationship with each other and maintain a high standard of interpersonal connection, supported by our Interpersonal Agreements. By joining Heartwood, we commit ourselves to learning and practicing the skills necessary to live up to these agreements.