Our Mission is: "To be a participatory community of mutual support in which all spiritual paths are respected and encouraged."
ElderSpirit Community at Trailview in Abingdon, Virginia is an intentional, mixed-income, co-housing community of elders (55+) committed to growing older with spirit, recognizing that this time in our lives is the time to explore and cultivate the spiritual aspects of our nature. We have many opportunities built in to our life together here for personal growth. Many of us also remain active through employment, and in civic, artistic, church, and other volunteer activities outside of ElderSpirit.
We are 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 co-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. Take a look at our pages Aging Affirmation and Aging in Community for more along these lines.
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!!!
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:
At present we are fully occupied, both rentals and owned homes, but we are taking applications for the waiting list. See the page"If this sounds like you"to explore becoming a member.
Please note that ElderSpirit Community is not an assisted living facility. It is a community of independent people aged 55+ who are able to care for themselves, or arrange for care on their own behalf. Whether you are hoping to rent or purchase, if you have questions about living in community, please review the page entitled"If this sounds like you". You may want to look at all the documents that link from this page, for instance "Goodness od Fit", before proceeding further.