In early August 2020, Cirencester Cohousing (CirenCoHo) welcomed five new members, ranging in age from 21 to 84. Each prospective member took a few minutes to share with others in the group their reasons for wanting to join a cohousing community and CirenCoHo in particular. As each person did this they told a little of their life story. One person described what she had gained from a previous experience of living in community and a desire to share her gifts and skills with others. Several people spoke of personal loss and a desire for connection with others. Another explained how the impact and isolation of lockdown had crystalised her decision to live as part of a community where neighbours have meaningful relationships and actively support each other rather than occasionally just nodding at each other in the street. Listening to these accounts was very moving. We were listening to individuals taking a risk in disclosing key experiences from their past and their hopes and longings for their future. As the stories were told, I think we became more aware of ourselves: listening and speaking, as a group of varied people, trying to create a community in which we all feel we belong. We became more aware of ourselves as an intentional community in which, despite our very real differences, rough edges and sensitivities we are feeling our way towards living in a way in which we respect and value each other and our planet.