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Conference Teaser: Lessons Learned From PDX Commons - Pipe Dream to Reality

PDX Commons' Construction Progress

Looking to build a supportive urban community for aging? With senior cohousing and urban living both on the rise, Conference goers will be treated to a case study in both from Lew Bowers. Discount registration thru 4/15: www.cohousing.org/2017

Creating Cohousing in Southern Nevada

It’s not easy building or growing anything in a desert, and southern Nevada is no exception. But what manages to survive here, thrives and outlasts its more ephemeral counterparts. That describes our small but determined group of future cohousers. Just over one-year in existence, we seek like-minded souls who want to build the very first cohousing community in Nevada. Being the first in such a project takes vision, competence, persistence and a burning desire to improve the quality of life for ourselves as well as our immediate and expanded circles of neighbors and fellow citizens.

Joani Blank on Common Meals: Part 1

Part 1: Common Meal Practice Run - 2016 Interview

“My illness is messing with my brain, making things fuzzy. But this kind of stuff, I can’t forget it.”

The cohousing world lost a pioneer and community mentor in the Summer of 2016, Joani Blank of Swan’s Market Cohousing in Oakland, CA. A fierce advocate for the power of community, all who knew her have stories to tell.

I had the privilege of interviewing Joani by phone a few months before her passing. She kept me on my toes, and soon I’d strayed far from the list of questions I’d written.

PDX Commons Gathers Together for Portland Women's March

Members of PDX Commons with Signs
Portland March

Gretchen's Reflection:

The benefits of intentional community can sometimes come as a surprise – especially when the community is still in formation, not yet even living together. When members of PDX Commons learned about the Women’s March on Washington and all of the sister marches around the globe, including one right here in Portland, there was a strong spontaneous desire of wanting to gather together, joining forces to march with our community identity: At PDX Commons, we stand for kindness, compassion, fairness, justice, equality, human rights for all.

Ten Tips for Success in Building a Cohousing Community

Ten Tips for Success in Building a Cohousing Community
By Marty Maskall, Founder & Future Resident, Fair Oaks EcoHousing, 12-3-16

1. Join if you can! It’s much easier to join an existing community than to start a new one.

2. Appreciate the efforts of others who start a community – they need our support.

3. Get good help. We hired Chuck Durrett of McCamant & Durrett Architects and Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions, and that has made a world of difference.

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