Aging Affirmation


Welcome to ElderSpirit!

Who We Are and What We Live By

Our Mission is: "To be a participatory community of mutual support in which all spiritual paths are respected and encouraged."

ElderSpirit community
in Abingdon, Virginia is a unique intentional community that has combined many components in such a way that a lifestyle for pro-active elders has purpose and meaning.  The components are: co-housing in a mixed income community, member-management, spirituality, and mutual support.

ElderSpirit community is an experience in affirmative aging.  The community was created as an antidote to "the three negatives of aging" as defined by Bill Thomas, a pioneer with the "greenhouse" movement: feelings of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.  Residents at ElderSpirit are engaged in “growing” a community that encourages allowing and integrating a variety of differences, and living the common values.  At the same time we are engaged in "growing" ourselves, encouraging personal development and growth.

It is exciting! What has emerged from the group is an entity that no single individual could have imagined or implemented, including activities that are community-generated.

Late-life spirituality is being defined on an ongoing daily basis through service, prayer and deepening relationships.  Mutual support is being lived by not just taking a meal to someone but learning to give and receive help in such a way that both parties feel valued.

ElderSpirit community is a work in progress. May it always be!!!

This is the official website of ElderSpirit Community at Trailview. We welcome all, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, elderliness, or national origin.

lcminiPresently we have one rental home available at ElderSpirit. Go to the "News" page to learn more:
We also have one owner home:
Whenever we have owner or rental homes we post the information in this way.
If you're interested in this home or one of the rentals, please review the page "If this sounds like you" and follow the procedure there to make an application to the community .

ElderSpirit Community regularly holds retreats in Abingdon, through which you can explore living in community. You can call 276-698-3289 or click the arrowffor information.

Cathryn Wellner, on her blog "This gives me hope", cites ElderSpirit as #325 in her 1001 reasons to be optimistic. She says "ElderSpirit brings depth and dignity to aging." Take a look:

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At the invitation of the 2013 Virginia Highlands Festival, ElderSpirit Community at Trailview hosted a stroll though through our gardens on Tuesday, August 6 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Light refreshments were served as we greeted our strolling guests, and the weather cooperated! It was a beautiful day.

We celebrated the first day of 2013 with a brunch arrow

In 2011 we celebrated the Fifth Anniversary of our Community! Click this arrow 5thfor photos.

The Virginia Commonwealth Council on Aging presented second place in its Best Practices Award competition to ElderSpirit Development Corporation with the words "Aging in community is the answer". Follow the arrow to learn more arrow

At the 2011 National Conference of the Cohousing Association of the United States, ElderSpirit developer Dene Peterson was honored with a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award. Follow the arrow for photosarrow

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To explore the history of ElderSpirit Community and other Elder Intentional Communities, or if you'd like to take steps towards developing your own ElderSpirit Community, please follow the following link to the website of ElderSpirit Communities, Inc.:

ElderSpirit Community is entirely smoke-free, including the grounds.


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