One of our member's photo of her favorite Greek sea blues!
We are a group of Greek and international expat families, couples, and singles engaged in an exciting project to design and purchase a cohousing community in Greece. We seek a small, select group of neighbors committed to cohousing to complete the last few spots in our founding group.
Our original founder, Pare Gerou, is a Greek American who fell in love with Greece while spending her childhood summers with family on Lesvos. She received her law degree from University of Virginia Law School and enjoyed a career in refugee law, as a Director of a Refuge Resettlement Agency, a Clinical Law Professor, solo practitioner, and refugee adjudicator for USCIS. She returned recently to Greece to develop a successful Greek legal aid organization for refugees on Lesvos and in Athens. Her Greek NGO, developed fully from idea to completed project, continues to thrive with an annual budget of over a million dollars. She also has experience living in cohousing for many years and found the experience of living in cohousing meaningful and transformative.
Her experiences in Greece as well as in cohousing inspired her to marry her two loves and form the first group devoted to creating cohousing in Greece-- Greek Village Cohousing. This project, amidst plentiful property sales and tax and visa incentives, is ideally timed. The need for cohousing in general has also struck a chord with many during this pandemic's time of reflection about the important things in life.
Joining the original founder are a select group of warm, talented and experienced individuals from several different countries as well as Greece. They are all drawn to cohousing's ability to balance our private lives with a more meaningful community life. Several seed group members have extensive experience living in cohousing currently. One member has experience as a founding member of a successful cohousing community and is now drawn to Greece. The cumulative cohousing experience of this group is over 15 years! This experience not only contributes to the potential for success in completing development but also leads to an authentic and healthy cohousing community.
All members of this group share a desire to live in greater connection with their neighbors and a desire to live a healthy lifestyle amidst the beauty and nature in Greece. Some members have experience with real estate in Greece, and some have lived lives in Greece that will provide the knowledge and experience to anchor our village's integration and connection with our larger Greek community. This is a multigenerational group who love the idea of cooking and eating together several times a week. We also have many other interests in common and plan to integrate them into our community life. We love to swim in the sea and pool, garden, hike, play mandolin and music, kayak and canoe, enjoy nature, have BBQs outside together, dance folk dances, watch our children play from our kitchen windows, create crafts out of recycled materials with children, perform community projects like beach cleaning to enrich to our local community, watch out for one another in times of need, and notice and celebrate each other's success and life events - both large and small.