Living in a group has to be learned. Even though each one of us has made their experiences in community living before, we need to find our places in this group and a good dynamic together. In the learning process we are tackled by many questions: How can we find a balance between the needs of the group and the individual? How do we deal with frustrations and tensions? How do we take important decisions when we have different opinions?
We try to answer these questions with non-violent communication and self-governance, weekly practical meetings as well as group talks about our well being. We learned from experience that it is important to take time for organisation and communication. Even if some discussions are difficult or feel heavy, they are the key to an honest and authentic communication- an important ingredient for a project like this.
The practical challenges might be more obvious, nevertheless our internal well being lays ground for every step we take together and thus has to be considered on the same level.