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 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.

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: hope

One rental home has become available in ElderSpirit Community. It is a 2 bedroom home on the lower level, about halfway down the pedway. The maximum allowable annual income for this rental home is $21,780 for one person, $24,900 for two. The monthly rent is $500.

If you are interested in this apartment home, or if you have questions, contact Catherine Rumschlag, or call 276-619-5544.  All applicants must complete the application process for ElderSpirit Community.  See the page on this site titled "If this sounds like you", and from there follow a link to the document named "Application Process."


ElderSpirit Community, Inc., a separate organization, sponsors regular retreats, through which you can explore living in community. The next retreat will be held October 23 through 24, 2015 at Jubilee House in Abingdon, BA. Click here for information, or call 276-698-3289 or email Monica Appleby.

To explore the early days of ElderSpirit, please follow this link to the website of ElderSpirit Community Inc.: www.elderspirit.net



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.


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




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