Flagstaff Cohousing is working to create Flagstaff’s first intentional cohousing community. We are forming an urban, green cohousing community that addresses the needs of singles, working parents, children and seniors.
PLEASE NOTE that, as we are just forming, almost all details (except a commitment to live in peaceable and supportive community with each other, our neighbors, and the earth) are subject to change as residents design their own community.
Our goal is to bring 30 households together in a multi-generational community to grow together, care for one another, and engage actively in the Flagstaff community and the world. We intend to live lighter on the land by building a compact group of smaller homes or townhomes using ecologically sustainable principles and materials. We are financially sound, and we have hired national consultant, Katie McCamant of Cohousing Solutions, to help us to bring our vision to reality.
We already have a core group of several committed individuals who are deeply engaged in the Flagstaff community. Our members have a wide range of professional experience and currently volunteer in areas of social consciousness and peace, science, music and the arts, sustainable gardening and biological diversity, mental health, literacy, business and community development. We are committed to addressing inequality and intolerance and we work to include families and individuals from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds.
We intend that our cohousing community will contribute to Flagstaff in many positive and active ways and we have the resources, talents and commitment to do so. Our creative group plans to realize an inclusive and proactive style of shared community that is visionary for Flagstaff.
This is my 16th year as a resident of Flagstaff after living in Sacramento and Bishop. My husband, Charles Washburn, died in 2009. Chuck called my employment history “varied and interesting.” I call it well-rounded. Trained as a Human Physiologist, I taught at Claremont Colleges, Long Beach State University and Cosumnes River College. After a drastic change of direction, I was a white water guide in California, Director of the American River Parkway Foundation and Conservation Director for Friends of the River. My volunteer efforts have been for Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Northern Arizona and Sacramento Audubon Societies, Coconino Master Gardeners and a term as Board Member, Lahontan Water Quality Control District. Life in Flagstaff has offered many opportunities for enjoying birding and the challenges of high-altitude gardening including restoration of old pinto bean fields that I currently live on. Music is high on my list for entertainment as are the many varieties of arts that are available in abundance here.
Carol moved to Flagstaff with her husband, Marshall, back in 2002 in order to live close to the Grand Canyon. A retired legal secretary from the Washington, D.C. area, Carol immersed herself in Flagstaff’s vibrant volunteer community. Subsequently, she worked part-time for the Museum of Northern Arizona educating visitors about the wonders of the Colorado plateau. Now a widow, she would like to spend the rest of her life in Flagstaff, aging in a caring community of friends. In cohousing, she sees the opportunity to live in a community of people who care for one another and who value diversity, living sustainably and sharing resources and talents which she views as the ethos of Flagstaff itself.
Carol’s primary goal in building intentional community is to create bases of support for members to reach out to larger communities, local or global. By combining resources and skills, Flagstaff CoHo members can strengthen each other’s ability to follow our passions, from painting and music to social justice issues to environmental resilience, urban dark skies, and beyond.
Carol’s passion is growing an alternative food economy, local and national. She loves to dig in the soil, but remains a beginning farmer. Her experience is more grounded in analysis of US and international food policies. Working extensively in Southern Africa, she learns from smallholder farmers’ organizing to promote crop biodiversity; she returns home to work for change in American policies toward food production. Farming communities have taught her the high value of participatory decision-making and reciprocity.
I moved to Flagstaff from the Los Angeles area in 1988 with husband Maury and our daughter Katie. Here, I’ve found a community where relationships enrich every aspect of life, professional, personal and civic, and where one person can make a difference. My work life has had diverse facets: marriage and family counselor, Montessori preschool teacher, computer systems analyst, real estate investor and commercial property manager, and fundraiser for our local NPR station. My range of volunteer work is just as broad, and the issues I’m most committed to are early childhood literacy and domestic violence prevention.
I’m a lifelong English major, am fairly fluent in Spanish and speak some French. I’ve explored a variety of arts and am currently having a lot of fun dyeing silk. For the past seven years, I’ve been an active member of the Flagstaff Threshold Choir, and I find great joy in singing for and with people at the thresholds of life. I love to travel, read, do water aerobics, connect with family and friends, and cook.
69 -- Married 32 years with an adult daughter.
Work: Real estate investor/escaped attorney with a focus on adaptive reuse of commercial buildings and interest in historic preservation.
Hobbies: Reading sci fi and history. Started jogging when I turned 60.
Goals: Still working full time but working on a new balance of work/travel and fun!
Our Flagstaff dream began in a University of Wisconsin library, where we discovered Flagstaff in a graduate school bulletin. After reading about the town and surrounding area, we looked at each other and said “Let’s go!” We arrived in 1986, with the hope of careers, owning a home, and having a family. We have been blessed with all three. Our two sons are in their 20’s and both live in Tucson. Now it's time for a new dream.....
Nancy: I received a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University, worked as an archaeologist, and retired in 2016. My favorite assignment was rafting and backpacking in the Grand Canyon, monitoring prehistoric and historic cultural sites. I’m currently a docent at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Over the years I’ve volunteered in the public schools, with a local mental health organization, and at Northland Hospice. My hobbies are hiking, camping, travel, reading and knitting.
Tim: I have an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and graduate education in Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing. I’m not yet retired but hope to be in a few years. I currently work at the U.S. Geological Survey as a research scientist. I enjoy camping, travelling, hiking & backpacking, and home brewing beer.
Ted Garland was born in Flagstaff, attended Flagstaff schools, and lived his first 25 years at Garland’s Lodge in Oak Creek Canyon. Life at the Lodge was very much a community experience, where he benefited from consistent contact with staff and guests, sharing a beautiful environment that included organic orchards and gardens and great food.
Ted moved to Flagstaff after attending Community College and has been working with The Institute for Human Development since 2007. As a member of the disability community, he has worked extensively on advocating for human rights and universal access. He has served two terms on the Statewide Independent living Council and currently serves on the DDD Human Rights Committee. In addition, he has worked on a National Service inclusion project with AmeriCorps and is a member of Toastmasters International.
Ted’s parents, Mary and Gary Garland, and his brother Will, plan to participate in the Cohousing project with Ted, in support of Ted and his housemates and support staff.
Our Creative Team
Ansel works as a Marketing Communications Assistant with Iota Engineering in Tucson, AZ, and designed us this beautiful website. He also freelances as a graphic designer, website builder, and digital artist. He enjoys traveling (including a recent trip to England!), camping, playing guitar and spending time with friends and family.
Starting off this year as a freshman at NAU, I've leapt right into the beautiful, welcoming culture and surroundings that Flagstaff offers! I've been so lucky to stumble across Flagstaff Cohousing -- to manifest my dream of contributing to and living in a creative, intentional community. I manage our Facebook presence, help to curate what you see here on the website, and have the honor of working closely with our members to communicate what Flagstaff Cohousing is all about. Hugs!
I have been interested in art since a very young age, and I am pursuing a degree in painting at Northern Arizona University. Though I’m new to the idea of cohousing, it struck me not only as something interesting, but important, too. I see cohousing as a fun and efficient way to encourage people to work together, share resources, and build stronger connections among themselves. As we continue to shape our group, I will come up with a logo that expresses us, our mission, and our character. I hope to become further involved in Flagstaff Cohousing by contributing my artistic skills as I watch the community progress.