Teri, Ben and Savor
We’ve always wanted to settle in a community and 2022 was our year to start actualizing our dream. Being from Ontario, we never imagined moving to Nova Scotia, but when we came across Treehouse we knew we wouldn’t have to look any further. It was clear this community had big dreams and knew how to achieve them. We can’t wait to raise our son among our multicultural, multigenerational, eco-minded community at TVE.
Heather, Etienne, Mila and Margot
After years of living in different parts of the world, we were searching for a place to lay down some roots. We stumbled across Treehouse Village, and it immediately felt right. As a bilingual family, we’re excited to be joining a multilingual, multigenerational community where we can learn from and share life with our neighbours. We’re grateful to know that our children will grow up alongside other kids, who will feel like family. We’re looking forward to our next adventure in Eastern Canada!
Wayne, Nelleke and Nina
We were looking for a place where our little daughter Nina could grow up in a loving, caring community with other children and adults around, like an extended family. We found our beautiful opportunity in Treehouse Village! Wayne works as a researcher and teacher in green energy and has been exploring co-housing communities for a few years. Nelleke is a linguist and a counselling therapist originally from the Netherlands, and Nina is doing a great job at growing.
Diana, Valentin and Emilia
Our hearts beat with gratitude and joy knowing that Treehouse Village is the materialisation of the future we have been longing for. An intentional community galvanised by mutual understanding, growing trust, shared values, and vision on living lightly. We can’t wait to co-create a healthy environment and weave meaningful connections with our future neighbours.
Cate, Leon and Dylan
We are the “burning souls” of Treehouse Village Ecohousing. It has been our long-time dream to live in cohousing, and we are so excited to realize this in the town we have come to love. Leon is a municipal sustainability planner, Cate is an environmental educator and community developer, and Dylan is a robot designer.
Emma, Mike, Rosie, Tilly and Samuel
Treehouse Village is the opportunity to turn our ideal community into reality: environmentally conscious, backyard green space, walkability, multi-generational, with the hope of learning and sharing with our neighbours. We are both teachers, Mike at high school and Emma with a local non-profit as an entrepreneurship educator. We look forward to raising our family among friends in Treehouse Village.
David, Caitlin and Alfie
We stumbled across Treehouse Village by happy accident in February 2019, just before our son Alfie was born, and we are ecstatic to have found such a warm, generous and supportive community in which to raise him. David is currently forging a career between environmental advocacy and green building, Caitlin recently complete an MA in Cultural Anthropology at Dalhousie, and Alfie is, frankly, adorable.
My retirement from being a university professor coincided with the sustained increase in Treehouse development work. Now that the Village is built and I am living in it, I am curious to see how my retirement will take shape. Living in our intentional community, built together, in a walkable town and close to the ocean, and very close to my daughter and son-in-law’s farm offers me many options! You will likely find me in the gym, on the water, in the garden, on the farm, writing or painting.
Meg and Matt
We are excited to be joining this community and cannot wait to have friends living next door. Matt works in sports analytics and Meg works as a leadership coach and trainer for change-makers. With remote work allowing us to live anywhere, we could not think of a better home than Treehouse Village. We look forward to slack-lining in the woods, adventures around the South Shore, and meals and board games with neighbours.
Tania and Andy
For us, Treehouse Village is a chance to be part of a neighbourly caring community. We came across the Treehouse Village due to our daughter Caitlin and her family. After exploring the idea ourselves it seemed like an ideal solution, allowing us to downsize while living in an environmentally conscientious village surrounded by wonderful like-minded people. Not forgetting also we will be closer to our adorable grandson Alfie. A win win.
Andrew and Susan
From the first meeting, we knew we had found kindred spirits. Our passions include community, health, ecology and beauty and we see all those things coming together at Treehouse. Andrew likes to shape wood, glass and flour (not necessarily together). Susan is inspired by natural beauty and tries to recreate it on canvas, etc. Currently, we are living in Ellershouse.
Although I live in the Annapolis Valley, the South Shore has been calling. I very much look forward to living in an environmentally and socially conscious community where we will share many values, and have abundant opportunities for conversation over meals that I won’t often have to cook! All while living with a smaller footprint: on land with abundant space to roam and be creative on, and in a new home with features that on my own I could not afford, nor imagine.
I’m excited to be part of a community with shared meals and I love watching children play. I also love that I can downsize and still have access to common areas. I was born in Nova Scotia and have studied/worked most of my life in Halifax and Dartmouth. I started a business in photography when everything was shot on film and processed in a magical darkroom. I still work part time and love to shoot when I travel.
Scott and Becky
We recently moved back to Canada after living in California for seven years. Our Treehouse ‘family’ of neighbours has helped us get settled and feel at home here in Bridgewater. We enjoy exploring the nature that is at our door. In looking for a place to live community was one of the most important things – that and awareness of climate change and how that might affect housing options. We love the idea of living in a multi-age community where we have fun together.
Born in the US, emigrated to Nova Scotia, became a Canadian citizen, and then ended up returning to the US. As I started to get serious about planning my return to Nova Scotia (where both my adult daughters live), cohousing came up on my radar, and not long after that, Treehouse Village came into focus. Living in a tight-knit community, sharing communal meals on a regular basis, energy efficient housing, a great location; it all seemed like a perfect dream.
Kathy and Clara
Adding up the years, we bring over 15 decades of lives lived in villages, towns and cities scattered across Canada, the US and Nepal. We heard about Treehouse, started exploring within a week and six months later moved to Bridgewater to keep our eyes on the construction of our new home, get to know Nova Scotia and delight in the company of nearby Treehouse folks. We think community is the only way to live. To Treehouse we bring an eclectic mix of theology, science, sociology, appreciation of all life’s ages plus enjoyment of cooking, reading, trees and oceans.
Máel and Elvira
Having learned about Treehouse in 2020 and as we thought ahead to our retirement years, both Nova Scotia and a multi-generational and intentional community with a focus on sustainability were incredibly appealing. The opportunity to limit our impact on the earth through shared ownership/limited consumption of goods was a plus. A walkable town within a reasonable distance from a city and beaches within 20 minutes? Ideal! Treehouse also seemed to be composed of those who share our values and goals. It’s been an adventure. We now look forward to spending time with our neighbors and further building community together.
I imagine looking out the window to see a friend with whom to share a chat and a cup of tea, working together, learning from each other, and sharing tasks. I look forward to hosting visits from my grandchildren where they can join in the play in the woods, and finally, reducing my ecological footprint while sharing life’s ups and downs with some lovely people. I am a Waldorf teacher and I hope to learn how to transform education for a charitable organization that I began which built and operates a school in Madagascar.
Imagine! A home that contributes to living lightly on the Earth. A community who shares their talents, treasures, and time. A location with access to a thriving town and a forest, trails, and the ocean. I’m excited to move to Nova Scotia where I’ll continue to work remotely as a writer and where I’ll contribute to this wonderful, multigenerational Treehouse Village.
Bastian, Emily, Cora and Marlo
Burned out by the hectic and ever-changing social environment in a big city, we were looking to find community in smaller-scale environment with more trees than concrete. We looked into intentional communities and narrowed down the list of possible regions to the East Coast of Canada. Lo and behold Nova Scotia had to offer one of a very special kind: Treehouse Village. We love to be surrounded by bilingual and multi-generational people who share the same values but also challenge us to look beyond our own thinking bubbles. We are excited to explore the great outdoors of Canada and embark on many new adventures with our kids and new neighbours.
Why did I join Treehouse? It’s all about the size. My material needs are few. By joining Treehouse I can give back to the planet by living even more lightly. The bonus to intentional living is that I will be living in a neighbourhood with like-minded people, many of whom I will (or do) call friends. Living in harmony with shared goals and values. Priceless.
Arlene and Wendy
We are so excited to be part of this courageous, hopeful and sharing community of neighbours. We see this as the way to more closely live our values through living lightly and sharing what we have and what we have to give. Imagine living in a Passive House in the middle of a forest, sharing vehicles when you must drive, walking and cycling mostly, having wonderful adventures together with neighbours and sharing meals with the community. We bring our love of biking, kayaking, canoeing and hiking to find new paths in the beautiful Nova Scotia’s South Shore.
Terry and Sharon
Treehouse and its values align perfectly with our own. We want to live in a caring community with others who care about people and the Earth – Treehouse’s proximity to both urban conveniences and nature – the forest and the beaches – are an added bonus! We already know our neighbours and are looking forward to living together with them in our new homes.
Bob and Susan
We first learned about cohousing many years ago. We have been following the steady and inspiring progress of Treehouse Village, and are finally members of Treehouse as of Fall 2022. Currently, we live in St Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia, and enjoy our two sons, their partners and three grandchildren, music making, gardening, kayaking and the incredible beauty of Nova Scotia. We are delighted to be part of a strong and inspiring community as we move into the future.
Katy and Michael
We are doubling up with our new experiences, by leaping into both intergenerational and collaborative community living! Katy and Michael share appreciation and anticipation of the practicalities and enjoyments we imagine living at Treehouse will bring to us.
Max, Teona, Etta and Orson
Cohousing was a brand new concept to us when we found out about Treehouse. The idea was exciting enough for us to delve into this adventure and become equity members all within a month (+2 days). We have always dreamed about living in some idealistic place where neighbours all strived to support each other, shared common values, and treated this planet with a little more care. Turns out there is a place trying to do just that! And we’re so excited to be able to call it home.
Antje and Jamie
This is too surreal! We are Antje & Jamie, currently living in Ontario and soon to be moving to Treehouse Village. And we’ve never been to Nova Scotia, let alone Bridgewater, but none of that matters to us. All it took was experiencing the community’s commitment to creating an environment that respects and wants the best for themselves, their neighbours and the world around them. An environment we could all be proud to call our home. And we are super excited to do just that.