Our goal is to create the optimum conditions for you to thrive and be happy.
Our goal is to create the optimum conditions for you to thrive and be happy. How? We’ve synthesized the research on human flourishing into four main buckets—One: A sense of meaning or purpose; that you are a part of something bigger than yourself, Two: Healthy, positive connections with others, yourself (mind, body, spirit), and nature, Three: Experiences of beauty, and Four: Experience of flow states in your work or play. We are doing our best to basically reverse engineer a place to intentionally generate those experiences for its residents.
What is in you that is not yet in the world? What would you make if you could make anything? Can you imagine a town built specifically for creatives?
What is in you that is not yet out in the world? What would you make if you could make anything? Can you imagine a town built specifically for creatives? How much better would your career and personal growth be if you could regularly bump into other artists, writers, and makers? We’re pretty sure healthy creatives are the most creative, and we’re convinced that most professional creatives are wired in similarly unique ways, with an operating system nuanced a little differently than the rest of the population. We’d love to help you learn how you may be wired; how best to cope with and cultivate that uniqueness, and together, figure out how we can all flourish.
The 50+ acres of our community forest in the back of our town might be the most beautiful example we know of diversity, density, and interdependence.
The 50+ acres of forest in the back of our town might be the most beautiful example we know of diversity, density, and interdependence. We’re modeling our built environment after the lessons we learn from the forest, designating 51% of all our development as green space, and planting 1000+ trees. What’s more, science is beginning to confirm what many of us have known intuitively all along: nature is incredibly therapeutic for humans. Korea and Japan are leading movements of what they call “forest bathing,” where you simply relax by slowly wandering in the forest. Forest bathing has been shown to significantly reduce blood pressure and stress hormones, increase a certain type of white blood cells known as natural killer cells that kill tumor- and virus-infected cells in our body, and improve overall mood. We want to promote your health by providing opportunities for a walk into the forest (ideally as if you’re seeing the world for the first time), so you can rest and breathe. It’s like free medicine with no negative side effects.
You feel most alive when you’re growing, right? We’ve got a best in class school for our younger humans, The Forest School, but who says that has to stop?
You feel most alive when you’re growing, right? The good news is that we all have so much we can learn from each other. We will regularly host and facilitate learning opportunities in Pinewood Forest, just because we love it. So, if you’re into learning, growing, and sharing your knowledge with others we’ve got a place for you. Be sure to check out The Forest School if you’re looking for innovative education and walking your kids to school. Multiple great public, private, and charter schools are also a short drive away.
Designing to be better in 100 years and patterning our built environment off of the diversity, density, and interdependence of the forest demand that we ratchet up our attention to how we impact the environment.
Designing to be better in 100 years and patterning our built environment off of the diversity, density, and interdependence of the forest demand that we ratchet up our attention to how we impact the environment. We chose to dig root-like into the earth to geothermally heat and cool our homes. We use natural, recycled, and recyclable materials whenever possible. Making our town walkable hugely lessens our dependence on cars (and minimizes traffic). Designing for the well-being of the people of our town increases our resilience, and last but not least, prioritizing beauty and quality in our built environment are also vital components in our strategy to make a place that people will still care about 100 years from now.
Some of you know you’ve been looking for a place that fosters community forever.
Researchers now claim loneliness is more detrimental to your health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and that we are in an epidemic of social isolation. People rarely know their neighbors anymore. Pinewood Forest is designed to connect you with the people around you. Homes are pushed up next to each other with generous front porches, terraces, and stoops. We’re offering the best of both worlds—room to retreat, yes, but perhaps most significantly, room to connect.