About this listing
Maitri House is a unique, warm environment. We are a mulit-generational, family-inclusive, semi-urban Intentional Community in Takoma Park, Maryland. Our house is within 1 mile of DC and its metro rail system.
Our kitchen is a joy to cook in, and guests are welcome to use it following the requests posted in the kitchen.
One of our core aims as a community is to live out compassion in our interpersonal relationships and in our participation in the wider world.
You might enjoy staying at Maitri House if you want to visit an intentional community, see how community works in depth, or simply prefer a congenial and dynamic atmosphere over a more hotel-like atmosphere. This is a well lived-in home with 16 residents. At our house you may meet a variety of people engaged in social justice work who together have considerable knowledge about DC. We're using AirBnB revenue to support some sustainability projects.
Please note that, in order to be a safe place for people with chemical sensitivities, we ask guests to leave any products with the ingredient "fragrance" behind. Note also: no alcohol, smoking, or weapons.
The particular room will vary because we're filling rooms while members of our community are on trips of varying lengths. Our stay includes access to our common spaces, including kitchen, living room, dining room, laundry, and balcony.
We serve a vegan-inclusive dinner most nights, and typically have a variety of food available at other times. Guests are welcome to use the kitchen. Non-vegan food is allowed here.
Our house is not for everyone. For example, we keep the house cool in the winter and don't have A/C in the summer. Also, with many adults and children living here, we are not a super-tidy or very quiet place.
Notes about accessibility:
We want our house to be safe for all of us, including people with chemical sensitivities, so please no perfume or other fragranced products. We find that often guests do not understand this request, so if it is unfamiliar to you, you might read about chemical sensitivities on the invisible disabilities site.
Our house is not currently wheelchair visitable as defined by the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (we have steps up to the front and the bathroom clearances are too small.) If any guest who uses a chair or other mobility device or has other accessibility needs would like to visit, we’re interested in discussing what we could do.
In addition to their room, guests have access to the shared common spaces, including kitchen, dining room, living room, balcony, and yard/garden. There is free on-street parking and a RelayRides car.
Interaction with Guests
Depending on my and my housemates schedules, we are usually available for interaction. We've made friends with several of our guests.
We're located on a quiet street, 2 blocks from the natural food co-op, 9 blocks (0.9 miles) from the takoma metro station, 3 blocks from sligo creek park, and are surrounded by several small parks and playgrounds.
We're a 0.9 mile walk or bus ride through quaint downtown Takoma Park to the DC metro system.
We're located within two blocks of 7 different bus routes.
Travel times to downtown Washington DC:
Once you get on a train, it takes about 15 minutes to get to union station, and about 20 minutes to get to DuPont Circle.
The Mall and the Smithsonian are a little longer, you can either walk from Union Station, or change lines at Metro Center and go two more stops on the Orange or Blue lines.
There are usually 15-19 human residents, including 3-5 children. We want our house to be welcoming for children, parents, activists, friends, and persons who are sensitized to chemicals.
To support our intentions, we ask that visitors:
Communicate needs/requests clearly
Pitch in by cleaning up after yourself
Don't bring synthetic chemicals on person or clothing (including perfumes, colognes, and anything containing the ingredient "fragrance", petrol products, fresh nail polish, hairspray, many brands of soap, creams, and lotions, etc.) when in doubt, ask before you pack – we have shampoo, soap, and detergent available
No alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, or products that produce smoke
We also want you to know that:
We have lots of kids, so joy or noise may occur at unpredictable times
And, note that we choose a mostly un-air conditioned house, and instead our shady trees, fans, and timely opening and closing of windows help us to keep the house cooler than outdoors on hot summer days, but not as cool as A/C.