How Do Groups Form? Most cohousing groups are started as the result of one or more "burning souls". These are people who want desperately to create their visions of what community should be. Often these people have no construction or design experience whatsoever. They trust that they will attract or hire the expertise they need to do the job. By sharing his or her vision with others, this burning soul attracts a few other families who become the core group of the project. These 3 to 7 families, led by the burning soul, will do most of the work of finding a site, getting a developer, finding future members and so forth. Cohousing groups often form around a vision. Some people want to live in a safe community close to downtown, others in an eco-village out in the country and still others don't care where they live as long as they live in an environment where they know their neighbours. It is usually the burning soul and core group which set the tone that attracts like-minded future members. See the "Starting a Cohousing Community" item on the main cohousing menu for details on starting a group.