The Mission, Vision, Values
and People Behind Silver Leaf

Silver Leaf is being developed by Circle Development Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation established for this project. The residents of Silver Leaf in Paonia, Colorado, choose to live there because they love Paonia, many have long standing ties to the community, and they embrace the mission, vision, and values established by the founding members of Silver Leaf.

Our project has been particularly inspired by the book, From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older  by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.


Silver Leaf is a community of caring and creative individuals committed to living cooperatively and harmoniously with our neighbors, the land, the environment, and the community at large. We are committed to living simply on a smaller footprint allowing time and resources for giving back as elders. 


We have cooperatively created our homes in Paonia, Colorado, on Third Street between Clark and Minnesota Streets. The community consists of twelve small, universally designed/accessible homes, and common amenities which include an organic garden, native landscaping, and a common house. The common house includes a kitchen, dining area, multi-purpose room for social and educational gatherings, guest room/creative art/work space, and space for exercise or yoga.


Cooperation – Tolerance – Trust – Responsibility

The elder cohousing concept and need for it is well described in the attached article “Senior Cohousing in Canada: How Baby Boomers Can Build Social Portfolios for Aging Well,” written by Margaret Critchlow, a Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Canadian Senior Cohousing Society, and founding member and soon to be resident of the Harbourside Senior Cohousing Community in Sooke, BC.