John: Professionally I'm a dentist with a specialty practice limited to treatment of TMJ disorders, a writer and researcher on the related subjects of facial growth and orthodontics, and an inventor with a number of patents that occupy much of my time in the associated research and development. Ideologically I’m a dedicated communitarian and progressive. My life style is Mr. Natural. I love inventing solutions to problems, creating projects with friends, bicycling, public transportation, and doing almost anything outside, especially if it involves moving rocks or building innovative playground structures and watching my 7 year old daughter and her friends have fun with them. I came to Trillium to tribalize for the social and psychological health of my family and to join what I see as a long overdue progression to higher levels of communication and cooperation among people from diverse backgrounds on both a community and a global scale.
Len: Born and bred in Michigan I was a businessman and industrialist until age 33 when I further opened my mind and ventured to the west coast. Living in several places from the Bay Area to Bellingham, where my daughter Leah was born in 1991. She lives with me here about half time.
I appreciate different cultures and religions having had the pleasure of exploring some 20-30 different foreign countries. When I'm not fixing things for people I am likely to be found out playing or volunteering for a favorite charity.
Craig, Cheron, and Cara:
Carol: We live on a distressed planet. It seems important to me to develop ways of living that are not as destructive as those familiar to us. It is possible to make choices to live lightly, and co-housing offers one option.
Long ago and far away, my parents were model "stewards of the land." More than eighty years ago in the Midwest, I listened to their discussions of terracing, crop rotation, conservation of water, the generation to come, and so on. My interest in environmental concerns follows an almost predictable path from that time.
My viewpoint is that commitment, engagement and participation, hard work and patience are required for a co-housing community to thrive. Also required is thinking in terms of we, not just me and mine. Community doesn't necessarily provide solutions to many of the problems of life would would like to leave behind. Yet, I can say there are many rewards for me personally.
Margaret E. Murie says in her book Two in The Far North, "...it is possible that an attitude of consideration and reverence is an integral part of an attitude toward life, toward the unspoiled... If man does not destroy himself through his idolatry of the machine, he may learn one day to step gently on his earth."
I have lived at Trillium Hollow for 15 years and have experienced many rewards from making this my home and community. What I have come to value most about this way of living is the chance to participate as a member of a human community within the larger community of the natural world.
Alan, Ellie, Terra, Brady & Rascal
Alan and Ellie and Terra moved to Trillium in 2007, and Brady was born in 2008.
Ellie grew up in a commune in Santa Barbara, California in the 70s and
early 80s, and though she travelled far, never lost her sense of place
and self that is deeply rooted in the reality of her youth. She loves
people, and that spark of brilliance that is in each of us, that unites
us beyond our differences. She teaches Art in the public schools, and is passionate about challenging the paradigm of our current testing based education system. She believes that the future belongs to, as author Daniel Pink writes, "a very different kind of mind - creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers." She loves to travel the world, to see different ways of being, and to escape into nature. Ellie and Alan met as Peace Corps volunteers in
Ukraine in 1996. Ellie's mom Jude, also lives at Trillium.
Alan grew up in Bellevue, Washington. From an early age, he was an avid and accomplished athlete. Upon graduation from University Washington, Alan began to venture out, to find out what possibilities there were for him. He first moved to San Francisco, and then joined Peace Corps. After Peace Corps, he earned his MBA from London Business School. He also loves to travel, and to learn from and work with people from other cultures; he speaks Spanish, Ukrainian, and Russian. He works at Nike which is a great place to be as a serious marathon runner.
Terra and Brady are growing up in community at Trillium Hollow. They are free spirits, who quite independently visit their many friends young and old who are all just next door. Terra is a spirited, passionate, graceful sprite of a girl. Brady is a sweet, reckless, loving little guy, who is lucky to go to Teacher Nana's school down the street. They are free, joyful, and loved in their life at Trillium, and also love to travel to new and interesting places.
The Rozendaal family also includes Rascal, a sensitive, loving cattle
dog. He grew up in Colorado before moving to Portland, and is still not sure about the rain, but certainly loves the attention he gets at Trillium, and the many knocks on the door which always warrant a boisterous bout of barking.
I am a teacher, in my thirties, and have lived for 5 years at Trillium. I strive to be compassionate and to live simply. I firmly believe that all of our choices create who we are and that every choice we make impacts all of humanity and the earth. Our interconnectedness runs deeper than we can even comprehend. In that way, I strive to limit what I consume, to be cognizant of where things come from and to be thoughtful in regards to creating meaningful relationships. Co-housing was an obvious choice to living a more meaningful and conscientious lifestyle. If I want a world filled with love and peace, than I must first work for it in my own life. If I can not nurture that within myself and my relationships, how can I hope to work for that in a more global manner?
Joanne and Lily
I work with people, groups and organizations, building their capabilities to be more effective at accomplishing their goals via appropriate technologies, organizational and individual processes. I read non-fiction, engage in interesting conversations, and have been able to visit and learn about a great deal of our world.
I love my life and all that is in it: my sons, my wife, my work, and the struggle that has brought me to where I am now. I love to learn, and gain a better understanding of myself, and my world, integrating what I have learned into my world-view. And, I love to laugh.
Trillium Hollow provides daily opportunities to learn together, taking the best of what has come before, and discovering what is possible for a collection of humans to live well and prosper together through simplicity, cooperation and service.
Helen: I love to cook tasty meals, to engage with people about things that matter, and to knit things that are soft, warm and full of color. I love my husband, his sons and my cat, the view from our windows, tree tops, sunsets, wildlife and the birds. I love the way people here support each other individually and in community when we face challenges. I used to love traveling to far-away places, but now love staying closer to home. With so much beauty and diversity here in OR and the West, long distance travel is a bit less attractive for me now. I love my life.
I work as an organizational development consultant, for values-
based clients. I also coach other consultants on design and facilitation challenges. I have volunteered in the interfaith arena for 20+ years, both in the international movement and at the local level. I love time-travel fiction, Laurie King and Anne McCaffrey novels, and the Isaac Asimov Foundation Series.
I love the way we gather around food and fun here in community. I am deeply involved with the process infrastructure of our community, as part of the Facilitators’ group and the Team Leads group. I love how we continue to grow in our ability to listen to each other and find ways to move forward that acknowledge our common values and our different perspectives. Thanks to the University of Oregon and one of our avid Trillium Hollow Ducks Fans, I have become a great fan of the U of O Ducks, and have re-ignited my old love of good football.
Sandy and Cameron: I have moved most of my life. Much of it in the East and Midwest. I came to Portland in 2000 and love it here. I moved to Trillium Hollow with my son's father, Ken, in 2003 with our son Cameron (2 1/2 yrs then). We were struggling to feel part of the neighborhood we lived in and in finding balance and support as parents and partners. We were seeking more connections and support with the people we lived around. Co-housing really met our needs to feel part of a community, to give and get support while raising a family and for our only son to grow up in a multi- generational setting with other children. I love that Cameron has so many different relationships with kids and adults here in the community. Ken and I found that we were much happier living in separate houses, so Ken moved into another unit and for 5 amazing years, we co-raised our son (from 5-10yrs old) with in the community. We really had recreated what family could look like even if the typical marriage paradigm did not work for us. We also successfully moved into other relationships while living in the same community. This working together really benefitted all of us and there is an extended family feel to all of it. Ken has moved out and I will say that I miss our family dynamic when he was still here. This is a model for people that I would love to spread. Who says divorce has to be riddled with animosity and hurtfulness? One of our tenants of living here is: you don't have to like everyone. You do need to try to get along and have a kind spirit.
I am now in a beautiful relationship with my partner John Rio who has moved from Hawaii to live with Cameron and me.
I have been a nurse for 29 yrs and am passionate about authentic relating, listening deeply to our hearts, caring for one another, effective communication, successful relationships and making some sort of difference to as many people as I can.
I love that we are leaving a much simpler footprint on the earth. That my son has so many examples and teachers of this and so many other life principles. I love that we are all forced to grow beyond what is comfortable and easy and into being more of our whole selves. Community fosters thinking outside the box when it comes to solving things that come up. It has really stretched me and continues to do so. I feel like I am part of something even when I am at my lowest. We are there for one another.
Marcia: I originate from Shaker Hts Ohio and have been living in Oregon for 32yrs, both in Eugene and Portland. I have been working in the mental health field for over 40yrs, specializing in crisis intervention. Currently, I am a Senior Clinical Specialist for a private company providing crisis and triage interventions nationally over the phone. I have a MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon. I enjoy all sports, my cabin in the mountains, golf, hiking, kayaking, reading, playing Quiddler and growing my flowers on our deck. I have been living at Trillium for 7yrs and have enjoyed an open and welcoming community. The values of living lighter in the planet and working together for the common good have been integral parts of my life in co-housing, with all the joys and challenges that brings. The reward is in the "doing" is true in both accomplishing tasks and bonding with my neighbors. Co-housing affords opportunities for personal growth and developing as a community beyond one's imagination.
Tom, Yasuyo, Haruka, Nobo, and Naomi
Enid: We have a unique place here at Trillium Hollow, and as a birder, I feel so fortunate to live here. When we first moved to Trillium, we all agreed that we wanted to qualify for the National Wildlife Backyard Habitat designation, and we did! Since then, we have been enjoying more and more birds and other wildlife that share this land. Bird species count is fifty-four to date!
The environment and habitat restoration is my passion and here is a quote that I like: "Environmentalism is not a religion - it is a passionate understanding of how the world works and how human beings are preventing nature from working the way that it should by our activities."
By living in co-housing, sharing and living as lightly as possible, I think is the best way to walk the talk.
As a single woman in my seventies, I feel fortunate to have access to all age groups here at Trillium Hollow. Living here requires awareness and great opportunities for growth, for fun, and work too.
Meet MSG, a loving, playful family that has had the pleasure of living in several cohousing communities.
G & S met 20 years ago, while S was studying primatology and G was attending a conference about hunger. They enjoyed exchanging letters as pen-pals, dancing to Cajun music, and long phone calls while perched in trees and looking at the moon together. S's work took her to Kenya, G followed, and when they married a couple years later, they vowed to astound each other and give back to the earth and to those who need their love and sunshine. As a wedding gift, G gave S a book about small home design, and all of their homes since have been less than 1000 square feet.
S & G decided to join the Peace Corps, and spent close to three years serving in Guatemala. Upon returning to the U.S., they attended a green building conference and first learned about cohousing. Project SWISH (South West Interesting Stuff Hopefully) led them to Tucson, AZ where they first lived in a converted carriage house and later joined their first cohousing neighborhood. With their neighbors and friends, they installed cisterns, a grey water system and solar panels. They loved learning more about permaculture and applying what they learned to their daily lives. They regularly commuted by bus and bike, gardened, solar cooked their meals, used a composting toilet, and learned to identify, harvest and eat native foods including mesquite flour, saguaro fruit, nopales, cholla buds and palo verde pods - yum, yum!
Their family grew, and they enjoyed a lot of time together, discovering and exploring the world with their daughter. One year, they took a road trip to Oregon, which included a week-long cob building class and a visit to a forming cohousing neighborhood in northeast Portland. Soon after, they moved in. That first summer they loved tasting many types of berries they had never even heard of before. They discovered their strong affinity for blueberries, and have picked more than 150 pounds every summer since. In 2013, they moved across town to Trillium Hollow to be closer to M's bilingual school.
Some things they love include: tree climbing, hiking, reading, writing, dancing, singing, relaxing in hammocks, tinkering, growing and harvesting food, laughing, playing, and surprising people with random acts of kindness. They are enjoying spontaneous fun with neighbors, collaborative work, supportive relationships, and the beautiful natural setting at Trillium Hollow.
Susan and Van: I am a NJ native. I came to Oregon in 1997 by way of Vermont, where I lived for 8 years. I have been involved with Trillium Hollow since I moved to Oregon, and have lived here since June 1998. My son Van is the joy of my life. I am a member of the First Unitarian Church, and attend services regularly. Most of my time is spent working, spending time with my son, and doing things at Trillium. Additionally, I am a car-free person and avid bicyclist.
Lorraine: I am one of the founders of Trillium Hollow. In the mid-90s a group of us who were attending the West Hills Unitarian Fellowship (and knew each other well) began talking about how we wanted to live the rest of our lives. Most of us had larger houses than we needed now that our children had left home. Could we live more "lightly on the earth"? Could we manage to live together on one piece of property? Could we share things and manage to pare down some of our stuff? One of our group read a book about co-housing in Denmark. We ended up becoming the first co-housing community in the Portland area.
I am a mother of six and a grandmother of eight. I enjoy bread making, gardening, hiking, bird watching and singing in a choir. I am an activist working on justice and environmental issues. I am a member of the "Raging Grannies."
I love living here at Trillium Hollow where my grandchildren feel as much a part of the community as I do. The range of ages here from young to old is one of the things I treasure. I am also passionate about removing invasive species and restoring a natural habitat for the birds and other wildlife we have here. I am proud of the community I helped to form.
Joan: In 1994, I read about a meeting for people interested in cohousing. The word grabbed me. I was looking for connection. Glad I went to that meeting because I certainly got connection! I hadn’t realized that was what I was looking for, but it became more and more clear that was what I wanted. As an elder, I really appreciate the four generations at Trillium Hollow. My lifelong connection and work with the outdoors makes this site especially “home” for me amidst the tall Douglas Firs, the Poplars, Willows, and the wildlife that inhabits these three acres of ours.
During my fifteen years here, I’ve come to realize that in this social and physical environment I have pushed myself to grow in ways I could not have imagined when we first moved in. Here, when I take a risk, step our of my comfort zone, I know the community will hold me no matter what. I’ve learned much from the other elders here, some of them now gone and sorely missed. The kids are a blast and thrive in this environment. It’s never boring here, yet you don’t lose your solitude. I’m proud to be one of the founding members. I can’t imagine ever living any other way.
Gina, Rob & Lucas
My name is Gina. I have lived at Trillium Hollow for almost four years. I am an attorney for a federal agency, and prior to that, I was an elementary school and Spanish teacher for six years. I am a native of South Carolina, and I lived in Tucson, Arizona for ten years before moving to Oregon in 2006. I love to read, hike in the woods, and travel internationally. I lived in El Salvador for two years and Argentina for one year in the early 1990s. I am married to Rob and I have a seven-year-old son named Lucas. I moved into cohousing so that my extroverted son would not be an only child. I love that he is growing up with other children in the community and developing special relationships with them, that I hope will last a lifetime. Right now I am working on figuring out who I am in addition to being Lucas's mom. As a former pet owner, someday I hope to have a Great Dane or another Mastiff.
Michael, Dominique, Sasha, Sophia and Kai