Cohabitants include tenants and the current owner (me). We are generally engaged or working on something at home or outside related to sustainability or the caring profession. It is a share house transitioning to Cohousing. Key goals are maximizing sustainability, self-sufficiency and minimizing support for the detrimental industrial food and monetary systems.
Newcomers go through a familiarization process that is common to many cohousing and intentional communities; you’ll be introduced to a group of people who want to create, with you, a happy, harmonious, fair and friendly place to live.
Visitors can do a one-week internship for free, to find out what it’s like to live sustainably in the suburbs.
For prospective tenants, the first fortnight is a trial period, after which we reassess and discuss if things are working out according to our expectations. If so, a 3 month agreement follows. If not, we see if it’s possible to resolve the differences before ending the agreement. You can deselect and leave at any time. A 6 month review precedes an indefinite stay, which includes regular household meetings.
The rent is comparable to market rates and adjusted by negotiation. The costs of covering accommodation are known and book-keeping done every month.
Growing food, harvesting and processing food from the garden is part of the lifestyle and everyone is expected to join in whatever way they can, regardless of ability. There’s a weekly gardening bee.
When there’s a perceived need for detailed accounting of produce there is a home-grown, in-house system which I have dubbed “TemptyTrust” and utilises the Community Exchange Network online. The purpose of this system is to manage quantities when the need arises. It can provides a means to account for consumption and contribution.
Woofers and HelpXers have been visiting and joining in on the life of the household since January, 2013. Here they have found acceptance, good quality accommodation, company, food and interesting activities. To become a part of the fun, read the descriptive guidelines to see if you are a suitable candidate, then make an enquiry via the Contact form here.
You can find the same information by looking up Host 20066 on HelpX
Foreign visitors should show their passport and visa, and provide contact details of a friend or relative for emergencies. Equanimity Foundation is covered by Queensland Householder Workers’ Insurance.