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Cohousing was born in Denmark in the 70s and spread to the rest of the world a few years later. It is the creation of a residential village where good neighborly relations, knowledge and friendship are re-established, strong ties of a community that derive from the tradition of mutual mutuality of peasant villages but which have been lost today.
Cohousing means feeling the pleasure of small neighborhood favors such as giving food to the neighbor who has finished it, caring for a child for those who must be absent, wetting flowers, caring for animals.
Cohousing simply means living in one's own home, with the guarantee of non-violation of the intimacy threshold, but with the pleasure of having some spaces in common with others such as: Kitchen and canteen, Laundry, Home Schooling, Kindergarten, Meditation Room , a central place where to see a football match together, celebrate birthday parties, spring parties, full moons, solstices etc. and other indoor or outdoor spaces to be shared by all ecovillage members. 



A neighbor as a friend


The Centro San Cresci is divided into:

  • San Cresci Bassa (Bottom) (430 mt. a.s.l.) where you can choose to live in private single-family homes;

  • San Cresci Alta (Above) (550 mt. a.s.l) where you can choose to live in one of the 3 farmhouses acquired by LUMEN - (naturopathy school choosing between Cohousing or Cohabitation.

The structures to be shared are decided by the inhabitants and go from the gardens to the gardens, to the micro-nests, from the art and craft workshops, to the gyms etc.
Those who choose to live in Cohousing will choose to be part of the ecovillage community in a slightly less engaging way; will be able to maintain his work and his sources of income, participating in the activities of the community on a voluntary basis. In this case he will be asked for a contribution to use the common services. This contribution can be paid in cash or in working hours, by agreeing the modality with the community. In short, a small village of about 40/50 families that will have a human and life experience of living very different from the one we live in today.


Beauty, tranquility, relaxation are a "luxury" of that category of "luxuries" that will not flaunt but that you will live and enjoy

This community will continue to grow on word of mouth. People tell what we're doing. The people who come to see this place are people who in some way at Cohousing have already thought, they are already excited about this idea and this is the secret of the success of these projects. People meet because they look alike and choose.

A part of these families will immediately come to live at the Centro San Cresci while a part is planning to come and live waiting to retire. 
This is a place from "good retirement", a place like few others to live a serene and trouble-free old age. Besides 30 minutes from here there is Florence and everything else is now a rare place to experience Tuscany in these conditions , being able to take advantage of a forest of around 500 hectares and where a structure destined to natural therapeutic activities will be built and integrated with the Conventional and Non-Conventional Medicine, and aquatic-thermal due to the existence of a soflurea source..
The Centro San Cresci will be mainly renovated with a vocation for a permanent residence and not a tourist residence or a holiday home. At the Centro San Cresci you come to live or to stay there for a long time and this is the idea with which we are approaching and selecting people. 
Joining the Centro San Cresci project does not cost anything, just go to the membership card link, fill it out and enter the group of people interested in the project. Then you will be invited to visit the estate, the former Monastery, the farmhouses and informed of the costs. This is the ecovillage of the Centro San Cresci and its heart is Villa La Quiete. It is a "convivium in progress". As families arrive, they will be associated to the project with the constraint of acceptance of the principles and foundations written by the pioneers of this initiative. As in all initiatives in Cohousing, the people who come to the Centro San Cresci first know each other and then take their home and not the other way around. People who join the project today book a house but do not commit to buying it: they meet with each other, they decide the basic principles of community guidance, decide which spaces to share, decide what attention they will give to children, to biosustainability and only those who have liked each other will continue to work to acquire a home and renovate it.
The people who will live at the Centro San Cresci will have to share and accept what is regulated in the document  "The thresholds of human behavior at the Centro San Cresci" and accept  "The seven practices of reconciliation".


San Cresci is located 35 km north of Florence, in the Mugello area. A paradise surrounded by greenery, a good retreat for all those looking for a serene oasis without getting too far from the city of Florence - (Italy)


The Mugello area is easily accessible by the A1 motorway exiting at the Barberino del Mugello tollbooth, entering the 551 state road following the signs for Borgo San Lorenzo in the San Cresci area.


For those who prefer to travel by train to Borgo San Lorenzo, there is a train station and a bus that reaches San Cresci in 10 minutes.


For people coming from far away in Florence there is the airport with shuttle service that connects to the Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station.

To reach San Cresci with the satellite navigator it is necessary to set as destination San Cresci at via San Cresci 31 - Loc. San Cresci of Borgo San Lorenzo - Florence (Italy).



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