Yup, I woke up early again this morning. This time it was 4.30 a.m., so that was a half hour improvement over yesterday. But the good thing about my jet lag is that, although I have a full day ahead of me, I still get a chance to blog.
Along with some residents of eight intentional communities in Coastal British Columbia, I am participating in a consensus decision making workshop.
On this occasion the host community is WindSong Cohousing Community in Langley. This is the first time that I have seen the community that provided the inspiration for the design of my own community, Pacific Gardens in Nanaimo.
Here is the glass-covered pedestrian street that inspired the founders of Pacific Gardens. We too have an atrium. I thought it was an awesome design for the rainy winters of the Pacific Northwest. Ironically, I am experiencing it as a terrific design even during the glorious summer weather that we're having right now. WindSong has lots of young children, and it provides them with a wonderfully safe environment.
Here is another part of the atrium.
Some apartments and townhouses at WindSong obviously are home to kids .......
....... while others have a more sedate, adult look about them.
Here are the vegetables gardens .......
.......and next to them are one of a couple of different playgrounds.
During meal breaks, we workshop participants are able to spread out amongst WindSong's gardens.
These are my charming hosts, Marcus and Julian. When I return home, I will take with me instructions to give their Ouma Mia big hugs on their behalf.