Co-Housing for Baba Yagas

By Pat Nichol

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Co-housing is a style of living that has been slowly working its way into our society. Several friends (women of a certain age) and I have been seriously considering the concept recently. We have decided the idea of living alone as we age is not the most healthy or viable lifestyle. It becomes too easy to cocoon and close down friendships, only to find ourselves isolated and lonely.

So, building on the concept of Baba Yaga in France (a self-managed social housing project devised and run by a community of female seniors who want to keep their independence, but live communally) and the co-housing community that already exists in Victoria, we are exploring all the ways this might be possible. Linda is delving into the legal aspect, and Pam is using her international contacts to discover how things are done in other countries. She will be speaking with some of the baba yagas (taken from Slavic folklore meaning “witch”) while she visits France later this year.

The concept involves community living with each person having their own private space to which they can retreat. A communal living and dining space is shared by all the residents. Finer details are yet to be polished as the discussion has just begun.

If this is something that interests you, send me an email with your questions. I will submit them to the committee and we will add them to the questions we already have dancing around. There are legal, communal, and social implications to consider.
We are going to depend on those who have gone before us with the co-housing concept. They have learned so much and have great knowledge to share.

The idea is simply one more way to live as we age. We are living longer and healthier as the years go by. Why shouldn’t we enjoy our time and be comfortable while we do?

Please feel free to get in touch with me about this – or any subject.

Thank you to those I meet who tell me they read my column every month. I truly appreciate your loving comments.
I look forward to seeing you next month at INSPIRED Senior Living’s 55+ Lifestyle Show in Victoria.


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Hi Marion, We met at the GVAT training held at Camosun a few months ago. I just came across this post through doing a search on senior's cohousing. I am looking to connect with other women who might be interested in the idea of a shared house. I have been fascinated by the Baba Yagas, as well as the Danish experience with seniors cohousing, and have been dreaming of the idea of alternate possibilities for healthy aging in community for years. Would love to connect with you to explore this further. Jane

Posted by Jane Dawson | November 20, 2017 Report Violation

Hi, Pat Nichol: I have been working on a cohousing project in Victoria for several years-first with Fernwood Urban Village and then Victoria Cohousing. However, it has been difficult to get commitment and energy. So, a small group of women are now looking at a shared house. Perhaps we could connect to see if our projects match. A baba yaga house has always been a dream of mine. I currently own a condo in Dockside Green in Vic West. My number is 778-265-4567. I am away until Saturday.

Posted by Marion Pape | February 20, 2017 Report Violation

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