Tiny houses (or microhouses) are the hallmark of the social movement sparked by Jay Shafer. Groups and businesses supporting the paradigm shift to “smaller is better” include Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, Small House Society, Small House Life, Bungalow To Go, Tortoise Shell Homes, Sidekick Homes, and many others. From Wikipedia: “The advantages of a small home exceed basic economics; such houses change the way people live and are attractive for people who want to lead a less cluttered and complicated life and reduce their ecological impact. The typical size of a small home seldom exceeds 500 square feet.”
Intentional communities are planned residential communities designed to emphasize teamwork and camaraderie. The members of the community typically hold a common social vision and may follow alternative lifestyles. They typically also share responsibilities and resources. Intentional communities include collective households, cohousing communities, ecovillages, communes, and cooperatives. There are many intentional communities in the Pacific NW and California, including 40th Avenue Cohousing, Cascadia Commons, Orca Landing, Ravensong Collective, and Yarrow Ecovillage.
Writers retreats and artists colonies flourish on the West Coast, due to the diversity of artistic communities. Poets, singers, painters, novelists, and techno-artisans (such as web designers and graphic artists) are found in abundance. Writers can attend retreats at the Oregon Writer’s Colony, Fishtrap, Hedgebrook, Artsmith, and Mesa Refuge. Fine artists can converge at the Pilchuck Glass School, Oregon School of Art and Craft, and Headlands Center for the Arts. Retreat centers offer a supportive atmosphere and (usually) housing for residents.
A bit of info about me! I work as an editorial corpus collosum—spanning the hemispheres of right-brain technology and left-brain humanities. I am able to guide psychology writers, trainers, and life coaches as they develop their applied psychology books. I also offer technology firms both an eye for comma-level detail and the “big picture” perspective that takes content to the highest level of professionalism.
My background spans nearly 30 years and the full spectrum of content development, copywriting, editing, and publication management for print and Web. I have edited over 120 published trade titles on topics from Neurolinguistic Programming to distance learning; edited textbooks for higher-education publishers such as Prentice Hall and Thomson Delmar; crafted Web development proposals for companies including Microsoft, Cisco, and Intel; written Web content for Disney Internet Group; edited collateral for BuzzBee, and developed corporate publications ranging from flyers to marketing surveys for global audiences.
I have published two nonfiction titles (House Mates: A Guide to Cooperative Shared Housing and The Mindful Dog Owner: What Your Dog Is Teaching You About Living Enlightenment) and my novels include Deep Structure and Alpha, Omega. In 2005, I founded Verbatim Editorial, an agency that specializes in applied psychology content.
I hold a BA in English, magna cum laude, from the University of Oregon, and I am a Certified NLP Practitioner (pNLP) and a Certified Communications Professional (CCP). My great loves include racquetball and my fabulous Basenjis, Ziggy and Zhara.
Sovrana Sostrata is a character is my all-time favorite novel, Book, written by Robert Grudin. While completing an English degree at the University of Oregon, I took many classes with Dr. Grudin and was delighted when I read his tongue-in-cheek murder mystery. This review in the New York Times gives a fantastic “deconstruction” of the writing.
“Sovrana” is a placeholder name for the community–as interest grows and members sign on, I’m sure a stunningly creative name will be selected.
THE VISION: A Progressive Community for Artists
What would happen if you combined the simplicity and eco-friendly elements of tiny houses with the model of an intentional community and the creative vibe of a literary retreat or artists colony? You would have Sovrana: A Small House Village and Artists Retreat.