Membership Process

Nyland does not have a formal membership process or really any legal control over who a homeowner chooses to sale or rent to. Instead we rely on both sides asking the question ‘is this the right fit for the individual and for the community’. Living in cohousing, and specifically at Nyland, is not for everyone. While we love it here, we realize it may be hard to know if you will too. So here are our recommendations to help both you and Nyland answer that question.

Sign up to be notified when a sale or rental is announced by filling out our Buy Rent Email List form

Read through our website. We have tried to included as much information as possible on our website to help you better understand what living here is like. 

Ask yourself if you would enjoy participating in the community work necessary to keep Nyland running. 

Ask yourself if you are comfortable following our community processes and agreements.

Join us for a community meal. While there, ask lots of questions to help you better understand if Nyland would be a good fit for you. We are a friendly bunch and are always happy to chat about our experience living here. 

Join us for a land work day. This is a great way to get a feel for what living at Nyland is really like. It is a great opportunity to chat with and get to know some residents while helping us pull some weeds.

Join us for a community meeting. This will give you a better sense how we discuss and make decisions. Since Nyland is focused on building community, we don’t just vote based on personal preference. Instead we try to listen to all voices, consider everyone’s needs, and find the best solution for all individuals and the community. This can often be very challenging and takes a community mindset to accomplish. You can read more about our processes here.

Spend a few days at Nyland by renting one of our guest rooms. This will give you the chance to wander the land,  meet more residents, and have casual conversations on the pedway. Planning your stay around a community meeting or workday will make it even easier to meet folks.

Find ways to get to know Nyland better and make friends here. The more you get to know Nyland, the more Nyland will get to know you. In the end, this will help you decide if Nyland is a good fit for you.

Read a book about Cohousing. Here are a few suggestions:


Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves. 
byKathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett


Reinventing Community: Stories from the Walkways of Cohousing. 
by David Wann