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My favorite thing about attending conferences is the people that I meet. Don't get me wrong, the information gleaned while attending intensives and sessions is invaluable, but what I really love is the informal conversations with other conference attendees when waiting for the elevator or while sitting in the hotel lobby lounge. This is when you might hear about creative use of an old space, or of someone's challenges with community neighbors that might be similar to an experience you had just a few months ago in your own community, or perhaps you learn of a fun, unique tradition that you can take home to share and implement with your community.

Passionate About Community? Eager to Become a Cohousing Consultant?

Register for the 500 Communities Program Basics Webinar on Feb. 21 at 10am PT.

The 500 Communities Program is a year-long training for motivated professionals to acquire the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary for consulting to cohousing groups while expanding career options and collaborating with like-minded entrepreneurs. The program is led by Katie McCamant, cohousing expert who has consulted on, designed, or developed dozens of cohousing communities over the last three decades.

Top Ten Reasons to Attend a Cohousing Conference

Add your own reasons to this list at this April's Regional Cohousing Conference!

10. Get ideas for your community.
Whether you are a brand new community or you’ve been living together for decades, there is more to learn about how to thrive in community. At Conferences you will meet people who have solved the problems your community is currently facing and hear new ideas for green living, social engagement and community life.

Connection and Community

Why is connection so elusive? How can something so universally desired be so difficult to attain in a richly resourced culture like the United States? Especially, how can it be difficult among members of an intentional cohousing community?

I believe there are two elements essential for connection lacking in our broader culture, and co-housing provides 1½ of them.

Registration is Open for Colorado Regional Conference

The 2018 Boulder CO Regional Cohousing Conference holds the keys to creating a highly functioning cohousing community. There is something for everyone - those exploring the idea, newly forming groups or existing communities.

For Newly Forming Communities:
You will learn how to get started, meet the people who can help make it happen, and discover best practices from others who have already made the journey.

For Existing & Newly Forming Communities:
You'll learn from the experts how to attract new members, enable affordability, and improve your community.

For Everyone:
You will network with your broader tribe of cohousers and cohousing friends and have fun!

Compassion: A Secret Ingredient

Imagine you have been a member of a forming cohousing group for several months now, and you have just joined the circle for a big decision-making meeting about the vision and future of this community where you hope to live. You’re nervous. You have some health concerns, and you absolutely need to have a clean environment and access to organic food. Will the other group members care about these issues? Will they think it’s too expensive to accommodate your needs?

Unique Meal Program Approach called "Brilliant"!

Holiday Brunch

There are many right answers to how to design a cohousing meal program and some will depend on the size of the community as well as the demographics. We are a 9 household community with 17 adults and 11 children. We have 2 vegans, about 5 vegetarians and the rest are omnivores with some strong preferences for meat too. We also have medical food allergies to accommodate.

Last summer a woman named Heidi from cohousing in Australia stayed in our guest room for a week and ate with us several times. She declared that our meal program is "BRILLIANT!".

Why? How?

Four Months In — What Have I Learned?

First, I have to say I love it here! I was not at all sure I would. Two-and-a-half years of lots of meetings and large potlucks, with little time for one-on-one relating, had made me wonder if I was making a big mistake. Plus, I was giving up a to-die-for view of the river for a view of a roof-top, stone wall, and cell phone tower.

Embrace Your Cohousing Resolutions and Mark Your Calendar!

Living in Cohousing is a thriving national trend, and intentional communal living is flourishing as a social movement; from young folks raising families to older folks aging successfully in community.

Want to learn how to create cohousing? Ready to jump-start your cohousing dreams? Want to refine what you have?

Where will you live in the third half of your life? Isolation issues solved for seniors with Co-housing

Isolation is one of the key issues that we face as we age. Women more than men will be in this predicament as women tend to outlive their male partners. Are you rattling around in that big house on your own? Are you interested in ageing with people of similar interests? Lew Bowers from PDX Commons, a senior co-housing project in Portland, Oregon, explains how this new concept works.

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