Imagine living in a small, mixed-income intentional "neighborhood" which is designed for personal privacy, yet offers some shared space, and ways for you to share parts of your life with neighbors who really care about you.

If you wish to consider membership in ElderSpirit Community, please explore the following documents on this site by clicking on their names, one by one:

Mission and Values

Goodness of Fit

Late Life Spirituality – a Conceptual Model

Consensus Decision Making

Financial Information

All applicants must complete the application process for ElderSpirit Community. If you have further questions email Dene, or write her at 102 ElderSpirit Court, Abingdon VA 24210.

If you know that you are only interested in purchasing a home and not renting, email Dene Peterson

After reviewing these documents and the information on this web site, the next step is to make arrangements for a visit to ElderSpirit Community. To do this, or to ask any questions that you have, please send an email to Dene Peterson at If you are unable to make a contact by email you may write to Dene at 102 ElderSpirit Court, Abingdon, VA 24210.

Whether you are hoping to rent or purchase, if you have questions about living in community, please review this entire page. It is important to look at all the documents that link from this page, for instance "Goodness of Fit", before proceeding further.

ElderSpirit Community, Inc. regularly holds a one-day retreat in Abingdon, through which you can explore living in community. Contact Monica Appleby,

If you are interested in forming an ElderSpirit-inspired community, contact Monica Appleby as above.

If you want to know how this community got built, contact Dene Peterson,

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.


At present our rental apartment homes are fully occupied, although we are taking applications for the waiting list, but one member-owned one-bedroom home is on the market.

HOME AVAILABLE (see photos below): One-bedroom house for sale, located in the center of ElderSpirit Community. Middle of a three-unit cluster house, 750 square feet with a back deck overlooking the Creeper Trail and a front porch on the pedway. Cathedral ceiling in living room, large walk-in closet off bedroom, bathroom handicapped accessible. Lots of light, lovely view. For more information, contact owner Cinny Poppen, 276-492-0303, or

living room
  living room 2

Link to a Map of Abingdon, Virginia showing the location of ElderSpirit.

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.