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Welcome to Tierra Nueva Cohousing

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Welcome! There is so much to learn about cohousing, a lifestyle very different than most neighborhoods. If you’re already familiar with the cohousing philosophy (including consensus-based decision-making, contributions of time to the community, and shared resources), and you’re interested in learning more about this particular community, you’re in the right place!

You’ll learn a lot about Tierra Nueva cohousing on the pages of this website, but please feel free to contact us if you’d like to visit or if you have questions.



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If you’ve wondered about what this intentional community structure is all about, we’re happy to fill you in!

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Holidays in Cohousing

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Aside from maybe a hot summer day basking in the sun with neighbors on the Village Green, nothing beats the holiday season in cohousing. Here are our annual rituals, starting with Halloween and ending with New Year’s Day…

If you’ve attended a Progressive Dinner, then you know how enjoyable it is to walk from home to home, enjoying different foods and surprises. Our Halloween night here at Tierra Nueva cohousing starts with an appetizer at home #1, a salad next, main course at the third home, and finally dessert. Halloween progressive dinners are not only a chance to socialize and spread good scary cheer, but we also get to show off our Halloween costumes!

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Of course, the children go trick-or-treating around the community as night falls!

About Thanksgiving dinner, Alicia says, “this year our Thanksgiving Potluck Tierra Nueva 2014Thanksgiving Potluck was so special! I just loved the energy. Some of our members went off to visit friends and family members out of town, while many or our residents gathered in our common house and brought their family members and dear friends to join in. It was such a warm feeling for us all to get to know each other more. I was one who had dinner else where, while my dear partner, Phillip, ate dinner at Tierra Nueva. We both had fun in our different ways. The gathering of folks from here and beyond in gratitude gave a particularly sweet dimension to meals at TN!”


Hanukkah Party
Our annual Hanukkah celebration is a special event attended by everyone!
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Holiday Party
Our holiday party rocks! We get together for white elephant gift giving, and sometimes Santa Claus shows up!

Polar Bear Dip January 1
“The polar dip is epic! It sets the tone for an adventurous and fun-filled year!” -Maren
Polar Dip 2014

Yoga Instructor Richard Manuputy

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Each Monday from 4:30 to 5:30 we have a visiting yoga instructor teaching in our studio (known as the “Gudren Hus”)

Richard Manuputy is a native of Amsterdam and moved to Los Angeles in 1964. He has practiced yoga since 1975. This is when he became a disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the yoga classic “Autobiography of a Yogi” and founder of the Self Realization Fellowship. Richard also spent three years in the Anada Yoga Community in Nevada City, California, where he studied Asana yoga. In 2005, Richard spent a month in India undergoing Pancha Karma, a yogic detoxification program.

Richard is co-owner of Peaceful Planet Images in Los Osos, California.

Join us on Mondays at 4:30 for yoga with Richard! ($10-$12 donation)

6 Reasons You Will Love Tierra Nueva Cohousing

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Cohousing life involves challenges and growth opportunities, all of which are discovered over time. But talk with residents here and you’ll soon learn that we love living in Tierra Nueva in spite of the hard work of “coho” life. Let’s talk about six reasons you’ll love living in Tierra Nueva:

1. You’ll have a built-in social life. Chances are you’ll make friends easily in cohousing. Between regular meals, landscape work, teams and business meetings, there is ample time to make connections.

2. You’ll contribute your skills/interests to a large group of people. Love gardening, cooking or even cleaning? Teaching children knitting? Bring them to Tierra Nueva! You’ll have a group setting that probably will welcome your skills and apply them.

3. People will cook for you! Cohousing communities pride themselves in having common meals where people get together maybe once, twice or three times a week in the community’s common house. Here at Tierra Nueva, we cook or clean once a month and eat a bunch of times! What a deal! Common meals are one of the things that keep cohousing communities vibrant and connected.

4. You’ll have a say in decision making. Understand the concepts of consensus? Different cohousing communities have different interpretations of consensus, but the bottom line is everyone needs to agree on a proposal for it to pass. Remember, you need to come from the standpoint of what’s best for your community, not what’s best for yourself.

5. You’ll be exposed to different perspectives and different generations. This might not be a benefit in your opinion! But in the long run, learning to work with differences, whether it’s backgrounds or ages, is a good thing. Being a help to an elder, getting to know a 3-year-old, learning about why someone is vegan, disagreeing about where the laundry line should go – these are all learning experiences that we all should have. Living close to these differences is what makes our relationships so special. Difficult sometimes but incredibly special.

6. Location, location, location!Tierra Nueva is located close to the beach, close to a walking trail, next door to a beautiful eucalyptus grove, just 20 minutes from San Luis Obispo’s hiking trails, and half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s beautiful here!

Each day I walk through Tierra Nueva Cohousing and drink in the benefits: a beautiful landscape, perfect weather, neighbors I like (and some I love), and a layout that feels safe. Every cohousing community has its benefits – and I encourage you to learn more.

Homeschooling in Cohousing

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Are you seeking a home that gives you and your child the open space and resources homeschooling families cherish?

Our Common House features a library, children’s play room, large kitchen, dining room, television room, study room and even two guest rooms for your visiting friends and family.The highlights of our adjacent neighborhood include a massive Eucalyptus grove, a bike path that leads to the beach and a pesticide-free farm. We’re a 5-minute drive to the beach and the gorgeous Oceano dunes, we’re just 20 minutes from California Polytechnic University and San Luis Obispo, and we’re half-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco.Speaking of cities… thinking of getting away from one? The Central Coast offers a break from soaring real estate prices, impossible traffic and questionable air quality. Come to our oasis and see for yourself. Your children will love the sense of freedom and connection with nature here!While life in cohousing carries many responsibilities and, like homeschooling, is a lifestyle choice, the benefits of living here are tremendous. Generations of homeschoolers have enjoyed the space here with their families, and we invite you to come tour our home to see if it’s the right fit for you!Feel free to contact us anytime ( for more information about how Tierra Nueva cohousing and homeschooling are a great match.

Play time at Tierra Nueva cohousing
Play time at Tierra Nueva cohousing

Homeschooling in Tierra Nueva Cohousing
Homeschooling in Tierra Nueva Cohousing
Tierra Nueva cohousing is a special community where people of different ages own or rent their own private homes – but they share common resources, including a workshop, garden, yoga studio, and an entire Common House.We understand the interests of homeschoolers since we’ve had many children schooled – and unschooled – at home here over the years. Our children have the outdoor safety families seek (cars park on the exterior and our informal Neighborhood Watch is always in effect) and they have the privacy and quiet we all need.

There are 27 homes on the community’s 5 acres of land, including common outdoor areas with a trampoline, play structure and grassy fields. The community is built on an avocado orchard. Guacamole anyone?

Here’s more about how Tierra Nueva is such a great fit for homeschoolers:

Resident Spotlight: Mark

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Mark_ProfileMark has lived at Tierra Nueva cohousing for the past four years. His contributions here include taking care of the plants in the Common House, dealing with trash bins, work days, and occasionally assisting with meals.

When asked which animal he identifies with, he said, “I closely associate myself with the lounge lizard which is found in dark places where blues music and/or jazz is played.”

Fun Fact: Mark puts banana and peanut butter in his iced lattes.


Annual Rituals

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Tierra Nueva Halloween

We have many traditions and events at Tierra Nueva involving young and elders alike. Here’s an outline:

January: On January 1 each year at 9:00am, residents go to Pismo Beach and run into the water (in bathing suits) to celebrate New Years Day. Then they quickly run out of the water, stand around taking photos and brrrrrr-ing and eventually make their way back to their cars. Then at 11:00am they have a potluck brunch in the Common House.

Easter: An Easter egg hunt is usually arranged in the Serenity Garden.

July: On July 4, we have a potluck BBQ and then gather on the Village Green for fireworks when the sun starts going down. Someone brings the large Tierra Nueva wooden sign behind the carports in the dog run, lays down the sign and we lay out the fireworks for a great display!

October: We have an annual Day of the Dead event. Halloween – The little kids often Trick or Treat around the neighborhood!

November: Thanksgiving- Usually there is a potluck Thanksgiving dinner in the Common House organized by folks who are in town.

December: We have a Hanukkah gathering, and we buy a Christmas Tree to display in the Common House at around the beginning of the month. Decorations are stored in the television room. A holiday celebration party is arranged that has included a potluck and a White Elephant gift exchange.

Resident Spotlight: Stefan

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Stefan-GiannaStefan Podell is our resident Tech Guy. Internet down? Computer crashed? We call Stefan. He’s also a music composer, having worked with Yes’ Jon Anderson, Cleveland’s Contemporary Youth Orchestra among other projects.

Stefan is on the Tierra Nueva Board of Directors as the Finance guy. His favorite times at Tierra Nueva are spent playing with his two children (and their friends) on the community’s playground and working alongside neighbors on work days.


Welcome to Tierra Nueva Cohousing

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This is our blog that shares stories, events and ideas from this beautiful community.

Our annual ritual of diving into the frigid Pacific Ocean on January 1.
Our annual ritual of diving into the frigid Pacific Ocean on January 1.