Questions & Answers: 2017 National Cohousing Conference

Registration is open. Everyone is invited! For more info, read below or click on green box links.
We're planning for over 500 attendees, including
• People who live in cohousing or are forming cohousing communities
• People learning about cohousing models of resiliency, sustainability and quality of life
• Architects, developers and city planners interested in building sustainable communities

Where will the Conference be held and what about lodging?
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville is close to downtown and Germantown Commons cohousing. We encourage conference participants to stay with us at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel. Visit Venue and Lodging for more information about the hotel and to make reservations.

If you would like to share a room, please email conference [at] cohousing [dot] org and we will try to connect you with others who have also requested. Gayl Reinsch with Kansas City Cohousing Coalition has offered to coordinate room sharing.

What is the conference schedule? Click here for schedule details.
The main conference runs 4:00 pm Friday afternoon, May 19, through 3:00 pm Sunday afternoon, May 21, 2017.
Pre-conference programming May 19 and 20 includes 1/2 day and full day intensives on Thursday and Friday; and free offerings Thursday evening.
You do not need to select sessions or discussions on Sat and Sun. If you would like to attend pre-conference intensives, you will need to register for these.

What does registration include?
Registration includes all offerings during the main conference, Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, and additional free offerings on Thursday (evening presentation and evening session).
Meals included with registration: Friday Dinner & Keynote, Saturday lunch and Saturday evening reception.
Additional free offerings will be available Thursday evening, including a public presentation and a session.
Additional fees may apply to 1/2 day and full day pre-conference intensives on Thursday and Friday, which can be added anytime through the registration process.

What are the registration fees?
Early Bird Before 3/1 $340
Discount 3/1 - 4/15 $375
Regular 4/16 - 5/19 $405
Student/Low Income $230
Community Incentives - Good through March 31, 2017
**Community Sponsorship with 6 community member registrations
**One complimentary registration for a fifth person for every four regular registrations from a community
**One 20% discount registration for a third person for every two regular registrations from a community
To receive these discount registrations, email conference [at] cohousing [dot] org.

What are the Pre-Conference Intensives on Thursday and Friday all about?
In addition to a full range of sessions on Saturday and Sunday, we are offering intensives on specialized topics taught by experts on Thursday and Friday that may require an additional fee. If you have already registered and want to add an intensive, please register again, but only choose that intensive. Please make the most of your time with us in Nashville by adding an intensive! Visit the Intensives schedule.

What about Tours of Cohousing Communities?
Germantown Commons is a new and vibrant cohousing community that celebrates sustainability. Visit Tour of Germantown Commons and add this to your registration! There are other forming groups in Nashville and Tennessee. One reason we are in Nashville is to accelerate cohousing in the region and boost local efforts.

What about Meals and Food Restrictions?
We will have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices for our meals. During registration you are able to let us know about your food restrictions. If you would like to alert us to additional information, email conference [at] cohousing [dot] org. For many of us, including those planning our meals, healthy food which is locally sourced when possible is important!

Is there Child Care Available?
For information about privately offered childcare and children's programming, please contact Jas [dot] Darland [at] gmail [dot] com

What should I wear?
Dress will be casual. Some may want to dress up for the Friday Dinner & Keynote. Conference rooms may feel cold to some; a sweater or jacket may be appreciated.

Can my Cohousing Community have an exhibit table?
Yes! Community sponsors will have the opportunity to exhibit. Visit our sponsorship portfolio or email conference [at] cohousing [dot] org.
You are also welcome to include literature for display at a general community exhibit table - just bring with you to the conference!

How do I become a Conference Sponsor?
We love this question! Visit our conference sponsorship opportunities webpage.

What is the difference between Sessions and Facilitated Discussions?
We are pleased to repeat a new format from the 2015 Conference of facilitated discussions, which provide a circle seating format and encourage more sharing of experiences and best practices. Our sessions will be interactive as well, but with a more formal presentation or panel sharing knowledge.

What are the "Network Gatherings" on Friday afternoon all about?
Networking is an essential and important experience at the conference. To facilitate networking, we are offering gatherings of special groups and topics on Friday afternoon. Visit the Schedule for a list of these network gatherings.

Who is eligible for the Low Income/Student rate?
If you are resource limited, or are a student, you are eligible to register at this rate.

Can I volunteer to help with the conference?
UPDATE: We have most of our volunteer roles filled, but please email if you would like to assist!
Email conference [at] cohousing [dot] org with your interest.

Cancellation and Exchange Policy
If you must cancel, consider donating your registration fee (and receive charitable giving recognition), or allow someone else to attend in your place. Refunds of 85% of your registration fee will be offered if you notify us of cancellation by May 1, 2017 at conference [at] cohousing [dot] org.

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