2017 National Conference: May 19-21, Nashville, TN

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2017 National Cohousing Conference: Building Resilient Sustainable Communities

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Registration fee = $395.00
Includes all offerings Fri 4:00pm - Sun 3:00pm, plus Thurs evening events;
Pre-conference intensives and tours for additional fee Thurs and Fri. Sign up during registration, or add later!

Chaired by:
Diana Sullivan, Germantown Commons
Bryan Bowen, Caddis Architecture and Wild Sage Cohousing

THE 2017 NATIONAL COHOUSING CONFERENCE promises an amazing lineup of offerings, from innovative approaches to developing new and affordable communities, to potent ways to enhance our vibrant communities.

WE WILL COVER cohousing basics as well as hot topics in sustainability and resiliency in both living green through energy efficiency, shared resources, and greener building, to how community sustains us for measurably healthier lifestyles.

The program will offer a tantalizing soup to nuts menu of session choices—something for everyone: those who are living it, those who are developing it, and those who are just dreaming about it. And with all of that there will still be plenty of time for conversations in the hallways, tours, and fun!

For more information, click on the links in the green box, or visit 2017 Conference Questions & Answers.

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Goals: 2017 National Cohousing Conference

Goals for the 2017 National Cohousing Conference

Building Resilient and Sustainable Communities

  • Engaging participants in our agenda to grow and nurture cohousing
  • Advocating that cohousing play a key role in addressing today’s environmental, economic and social challenges

Inspiration & Learning

  • Training for those who are forming or building
  • Sharing enhanced models for established communities
  • Introducing the cohousing model and how to incorporate

Effective Networking

  • Building camaraderie and nurturing passion
  • Sharing stories/best practices - learning from each other

Spawning More Cohousing Development

  • Accelerating cohousing in Nashville; boosting local efforts
  • Generating interest/excitement among developers and public officials

Educating the Public

  • Expanding recognition and appreciation of cohousing benefits
  • Increasing the national presence and credibility of Coho/US

Involving our Collaborative Partners

  • PFAC/Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing
  • CRN/Cohousing Research Network
  • Aging in Cohousing
  • FIC/Fellowship for Intentional Community
  • 500 Communities
  • Memel.Global

Ensuring Financial Sustainability

  • Securing scholarships to support low income, student and diverse participation
  • Cultivating sponsorships from cohousing communities, professionals and aligned organizations

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Resource Team: 2017 National Cohousing Conference

Conference Organizers

Alice Alexander, Executive Director
Catya Belfer, Technical Director
Jenny Godwin, Outreach Associate
Cohousing Association of the U.S.
conference [at] cohousing [dot] org

Conference Co-Chairs

Diana Sullivan, Germantown Commons (Nashville TN)
Bryan Bowen, Wild Sage & Caddis Architecture (Boulder CO)

Resource Team

  • Steven Ablondi, Memel.Global (South Africa)
  • Alice Alexander, Durham Central Park Cohousing (Durham NC)
  • Bryan Bowen, Wild Sage (Boulder)
  • Laura Fitch, Pioneer Valley (Amherst MA)
  • Grace Kim, Capitol Hill Urban (Seattle)
  • Rod Kochtitzky, Germantown Commons (Nashville)
  • Peter Lazar, Shadowlake Village (Blacksburg)
  • Katie McCamant, Nevada City Cohousing (California)
  • Alan O’Hashi, Silver Sage Village (Boulder)
  • Diana Sullivan, Germantown Commons (Nashville)
  • Bob Teague, Germantown Commons (Nashville)
  • Cindy Turnquist, SageHill Partners (Salt Lake City)
  • Jeff Zucker, Manzanita Village (Prescott)

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Schedule: 2017 National Cohousing Conference

Subject to change

Thursday, May 18, 2017: Pre-Conference Intensives / Activities

7:30 AM Registration Opens
8:30am - 4:30 pm Intensives - Full Day (registration required)
Building a Better Meeting: Facilitation Skills for Everybody: Laird Schaub & Joe Cole (International)

Aging Better Together By Design or Destiny: Janice Blanchard and Ann Zabaldo (Forum)

How to Make Housing that People Really Want and that EveryTown USA Needs: Wendy Wiesner (Embassy)

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Sponsor and Presenter Reception (Overton Executive Suite 2nd floor)
6:00 pm Cohousing: Building Resilient Neighborhoods with Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett (Sponsored by the Nashville Civic Design Center, open to the public)
7:30pm - 9:00pm Creating Traditions, Celebration and Ceremony: Catya Belfer (free drop in) - International

Friday, May 19, 2017 - Pre-Conference Intensives; Conference Starts at 4:00 pm

Friday, May 19, 2017 - Pre-Conference Intensives; Conference Starts at 4:00 pm

7:00am Registration Open
8:00am - 11:30am Intensives - 1/2 Day (registration required)

Conflict Tools for Successful Groups: Joe Cole (Embassy East)

Hands-On Participatory Site Design: Mary Kraus (Embassy West)

Creating your Community - Marketing and Membership Development: Raines Cohen & Betsy Morris (International)

12:30 - 4:00 pm Intensives - 1/2 Day (registration required)

Community Renewal: Re-engage, Recommit and Revitalize: Ronnie Rosenbaum & John Rymers (International)

Let's Talk About Money: Eris Weaver (Embassy East)

Common House Design: Laura Fitch (Embassy West)

8:30 am - 4:00 pm Intensives - Full Day (registration required)

How Cohousing can Bridge Socio-Cultural Divides: Alan O'Hashi (Titans 9th Floor)

Cohousing Development: Lessons from 30 Years in the Trenches: Katie McCamant & Jim Leach (Grand Ballroom West)

Introduction to Sociocracy: Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, Diana Leafe Christian (Grand Ballroom Center)

Senior Cohousing: A Roadmap to Starting a New Community: SAGE and Charles Durrett (Grand Ballroom East)

Cohousing as Resilient and Sustainable Community: CRN: Cohousing Research Network (Forum)

1:30 and 3:00 pm Tours of Cohousing Community (registration required)
Tour of Germantown Commons with Bryan Bowen and Diana Sullivan
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm Network Gatherings Open to All - Drop In
Ag & Rural: Working Farms & Enterprises: Bill Hartzell, Hundredfold Farm (Forum West)
Aging in Cohousing: Raines Cohen and other AIC Committee members (Forum East)
Let’s Meet! Seeking Community: Rita Bullinger & Diana Sullivan (International)
Climate Leading Communities: Jenny Godwin (Embassy East)
Parenting in Cohousing: Catya Belfer (Embassy West)
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm Speed Networking: Grace Kim (International)
6:00 PM Dinner and Keynote with Sarah van Gelder (Grand Ballroom)
8:15 PM Networking for Newbies (International); Films (Titans - 9th Floor); Remembering Rob Sandelin, Joani Blank and others (Forum)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

7:30 AM Registration and Exhibitors Open
7:30-8:15 am Movement/Connections Class (Jackson Suite, 2nd Fl)
8:30-10:00 am Sessions and Facilitated Discussions
10:30am -Noon Sessions and Facilitated Discussions
Noon-1:30 pm Lunch with City Views & Networking (Crown 10th Floor)
Noon - 4:30 pm Video Showings (Titans - 9th Floor)
1:30-3:00 pm Sessions and Facilitated Discussions
3:30-5:00 pm Sessions and Facilitated Discussions
3:30-5:00 pm Forming a Cohousing Consortium - A New Way of Working: Linda Herman (Johnson Executive Suite 2nd Floor)
5:30 PM

Celebrating Cohousing Reception at Germantown Commons
7:00 PM

Facilitated Dinners & Nashville Fun
http://www.cohousing.org/2017/restaurants

Sunday, May 21, 2017

7:45 - 8:30 am Gentle Yoga Class (Jackson Executive Suite 2nd Floor)
8:45 - 10:15 am Sessions and Facilitated Discussions
8:45 - 10:15 am Intern Programs in Community: Laura Fitch (Johnson Executive Suite 2nd Floor)
10:30am -Noon Sessions and Facilitated Discussions
10:30 am - Noon 500 Communities Training Program: Katie McCamant (Johnson Executive Suite 2nd Floor
Noon-1:30 pm Lunch on your own
1:30-3:00 pm Sessions and Facilitated Discussions

2017 Conference ends at 3:00 pm

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500 Communities Training Program: Katie McCamant

Presented by Katie McCamant

Gathering Description

Come join an introduction and discussion of the 500 Communities Training Program

Launched in September 2015 and now engaged in its 2nd year training, this year-long Program is for passionate entrepreneurs who want to contribute to the goal of building the next 500 communities while working collaboratively and supporting each other. Over the last three decades, CoHousing Solutions' President Katie McCamant has consulted on, designed or developed dozens of cohousing communities. Through this Program, Katie is formalizing what she's been doing for years informally: train other collaborators to grow the ability of CoHousing Solutions to meet the expanding need for professional support in creating new communities.

The Program’s first-year graduate class is already hard at work on projects around the country, and the second-year class is deep into training up through August 2017. After a planned brief hiatus, the Program will be recruiting new applicants for the Fall 2018 Class. Explore if this Program might be for you with this introduction, meet graduates and current Program trainees, and ask any burning questions you have. It’s never too early to launch your plans for a new and exciting career in cohousing! Learn more at www.cohousing-solutions.com/intro-to-500-communities/

Click here for an Invitation to the 500 Communities Gathering with bios of past and current participants.

About the Presenter

Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions is a licensed architect and coauthor of the authoritative book on cohousing, Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, which introduced this housing model to North America. Katie co-founded McCamant & Durrett Architects and The CoHousing Company with her husband, Charles Durrett, in 1987. Since then, Katie has designed and developed dozens of cohousing communities in the United States and Canada. Her new company, CoHousing Solutions, provides development and marketing consulting services to cohousing groups all over the country. Her expertise includes setting up project budgets, structuring financing, facilitating planning approvals, finding construction financing, contractor selection, construction management, marketing and membership processes, and community policy creation. She also works with groups to find appropriate development partners, and then assists in structuring those partnerships. Katie was a founding board member of The Cohousing Association, been recognized as a Dwell Leader by Dwell magazine, and in 2008 was named Developer of the Year by The Cohousing Association. Her projects have won numerous awards. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at UC Berkeley and completed her graduate work at the Royal Academy of Art and Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. After living in Doyle Street Cohousing in Emeryville, California, for 12 years, she now lives at Nevada City Cohousing.

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Cohousing: Building Resilient Neighborhoods with Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett

Kathryn McCamant

Hosted by the Nashville Civic Design Center, this event is free and open to National Cohousing Conference Participants and the general public.
Thursday, May 18, 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm) at the Neuhoff Complex, 1315 Adams Street, Nashville, TN, 37208 (1.5 miles from the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel).

Join us for a presentation by two acclaimed cohousing experts, Kathryn McCamant of CoHousing Solutions and Charles Durrett of The Cohousing Company. As the architects who brought the concept over from Europe in the 1980’s, Kathryn and Charles will provide a brief history of the cohousing movement, then expand upon the modern-day resilience of these resident-initiated neighborhoods. Cohousing thrives in both urban and rural contexts, offering the privacy of your own fully-furnished home paired with extensive common amenities. These communities offer a variety of home sizes, fitting for the budgets of singles, couples and families. Cohousing allows seniors to successfully and safely age-in-community while parents receive unparalleled neighborly support in raising children. Learn how 160+ built communities are paving the way for a growing interest in cohousing’s potential: to enhance sustainable living by bringing to life the sharing economy on a neighborhood scale. There will be time for audience questions after the presentation. Those interested in learning more about cohousing should take advantage of a wealth of related sessions being offered at the National Cohousing Conference in town this same weekend, May 19-21. To learn more and register, visit www.cohousing.org/2017.

Hosted by the Nashville Civic Design Center's Urban Design Forum
Reservations preferred but not required, click here.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
6:00 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Location: Neuhoff Complex, 1315 Adams Street, Nashville, TN, 37208
(1.5 miles north of the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel)

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Forming a Cohousing Consortium - A New Way of Working (Linda Herman)

Facilitated by Linda Herman

Gathering Description

The Cohousing Consortium is currently a small group of dedicated professionals committed to creating cohousing communities. We seek to bring together the best of the best professional resources, to establish a national network and work collaboratively to create vibrant, sustainable communities.

The consortium grew out of 2 questions:

** Just as cohousing is a different way of living, is there a different way of working that is inclusive and collaborative? Can we create a work model that helps an industry grow and shares the wealth? We think yes!

** How can we engage the developer community (the right developer community) to help increase the creation of cohousing communities? Can we make it “easier” for those unfamiliar to not be afraid of a new idea?

The intention of this discussion is to openly share our ideas for the consortium, discuss the potential business model and begin to outline how it would work. We confess to not knowing all the answers but are looking to collaborate with other cohousing professionals to create a new and exciting working model that will help grow the creation of cohousing communities and grow our business.

About the Facilitator

Linda is the principal and owner of Linda Herman Consulting, a development consulting firm that provides the expertise to plan and manage the development process for mission-driven organizations, non-profits, and cohousing communities. Unique in the industry, Linda blends a designer’s sensibility with a project manager’s pragmatism. Her responsibilities on projects include client relationships, goal setting and visioning, team selection, development of the master budget and schedule and management of the entire project process. LHC recently completed the 41 unit senior co-housing Phoenix Commons in Oakland and is working on an innovative model for senior cohousing coupled with residential care. Linda is a Certified Senior Cohousing Facilitator, LEED Accredited Professional, and Allied member of the American Institute of Architects.

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Movement & Gentle Yoga - Open Practice & Professionally-Led

Description

Jackson Executive Suite, 2nd Floor

We are offering a space for gentle movement, stretching, and meditation during the conference for open practice
with two 45 minute professionally-led sessions (offered complimentary):

Saturday, May 20
7:30 - 8:15 am Movement/Connections

Sunday, May 21
7:45 - 8:30 am Gentle Yoga

No props needed! Loose, comfortable clothes; easy shoes, socks or barefoot.
Ajeet is also available for private sessions should anyone want a one-on-one Yoga Session; email ajeetlotus [at] gmail [dot] com

About the Facilitator

Ajeet Khalsa is a Yoga Alliance Certified teacher in Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, practicing and teaching yoga, and movement based healing since 1995. She loves a more playful, engaged and authentic experience of humanity! She'll be leading a kinetic movement explorations class on Saturday and a gentle Kundalini Yoga & Meditation workshop on Sunday. She is also available for private one-on-one healing sessions by appointment. She is based in Knoxville, Tennessee where she works in mental health, children's yoga and has run a yoga bnb since 2006. She is entering into a new phase this coming year and will be selling her home, traveling and interviewing Co-Housing communities to share her incredible talents of healing.

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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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2017 Conference Videos

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Documents from the 2017 National Cohousing Conference

Presentations and more from the 2017 National Cohousing Conference.

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Downloads: Conference Programs and more

Download Conference Documents OR Download the app, then look for "Cohousing"!

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Flyer for the 2017 National Cohousing Conference

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Intensives: 2017 National Conference

Intensives and tours may require an additional fee.


Friday, May 19, 2017 - Pre-Conference Intensives; Conference Starts at 4:00 pm

8:00am - 11:30am Intensives - 1/2 Day

Conflict Tools for Successful Groups: Joe Cole

Hands-On Participatory Site Design: Mary Kraus

Creating your Community - Marketing and Membership Development: Raines Cohen & Betsy Morris

12:30 - 4:00 pm Intensives - 1/2 Day

Community Renewal: Re-engage, Recommit and Revitalize: Ronnie Rosenbaum & John Rymers

Let's Talk About Money: Eris Weaver

Common House Design: Laura Fitch

8:30 am - 4:00 pm Intensives - Full Day

How Cohousing can Bridge Socio-Cultural Divides through Personal Change and Better Understanding the Untapped Affordable Housing Marketplace: Alan O'Hashi

Cohousing Development: Lessons from 30 Years in the Trenches: Katie McCamant & Jim Leach

Introduction to Sociocracy: Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, Diana Leafe Christian

Senior Cohousing: A Roadmap to Starting a New Community: SAGE and Charles Durrett

Cohousing as Resilient and Sustainable Community: CRN: Cohousing Research Network

1:30pm and 3:00pm Tours of Cohousing Community
Tour of Germantown Commons with Bryan Bowen and Diana Sullivan

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Aging Better Together By Design or Destiny: Janice Blanchard and Ann Zabaldo

This full day pre-conference intensive (Thursday, May 18, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm) requires an additional fee of $125. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Janice Blanchard, President, Aging Better Together
Ann Zabaldo, Mid Atlantic Cohousing

Intensive Description

For most Americans, particularly women, care giving and growing older has become a solo journey. Humans, however, were never meant to travel these roads all alone; caring for one another and companionship throughout the lifespan is a journey meant to be shared. Like most other mammals, our power lies within our collective social intelligence – we are stronger and better when we live, work and play together, from cradle to grave. When thoughtfully planned and coordinated with like-minded others, caring for an elder or someone seriously ill, can be a profoundly spiritual experience that expands our human capacity for love, empathy, compassion, patience and perspective about what’s important. Moreover, it offers individuals and the community alike the opportunity for deeper meaning, purpose and connection.

Whether by design, as in the case of senior cohousing, or by destiny, as residents in intergenerational cohousing communities begin to face the challenges of aging, learning how we can best support one another as we grow older is an increasing topic of concern. This is particularly true when we begin to need assistance beyond the occasional ride to the grocery store or someone to change a light bulb. In today’s political environment in which bedrock programs such as Medicare, Medicaid (the number one funding source for nursing homes and long-term care services and supports) and Social Security are being threatened to be dismantled, how, by whom and where care will be provided becomes even more important.

In this full-day interactive workshop, participants will explore how aging in community principles and strategies can provide the framework for everyone to ask for, receive and give care. Attendees will learn how to get the conversation started in their community as well as gain knowledge about tools, programs and other resources that can expand their capacity to care for themselves and each other. Moreover, they will learn how to expand their circle of care by tapping into supports and services beyond the cohousing community.

About the Presenters

Janice Blanchard, MSPH, is a gerontologist who is passionate about promoting a new paradigm of aging that values elders for their wisdom, experience and as vital members of their community. Distinguished for her seminal work in developing the concept and practice of Aging in Community, Blanchard is a contributing author and editor of the book, Aging in Community (2013) and a nationally sought after speaker, author and consultant on this and other aging issues. Her career in aging has spanned across the country and globe, for such diverse organizations as the University of Western Sydney, the Older Women’s Network, the National Governor’s Association Policy Academy and the National Center for Creative Aging.

Ann Zabaldo is both a pioneer volunteer and a paid professional in the cohousing movement. She specializes in outreach education, marketing, and fueling the fires of burning souls. Past president Coho/US; Board of Directors, Mid Atlantic Cohousing; founding member and resident Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington, DC.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Thursday, May 18, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm requires an additional fee of $125. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive. Lunch is not included but a buffet is available at the hotel restaurant, currently priced at $13.00.

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Building Skills & Community in South Africa: Memel.Global (David Wann & Steven Ablondi)

This two hour pre-conference intensive (Friday, May 19, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm) requires an additional fee of $40 (of this fee, $20 will be contributed to Memel.Global). You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by the David Wann and Steven Ablondi

Intensive Description

Memel.Global Cohousing is unique in the cohousing world, not just because of its very rural South African location (three hours south of Johannesburg and Pretoria) but also because it offers an opportunity for active seniors to be of service in the wider community. All the necessary resources are in place:

· Land is already purchased, along with renovated period homes and new buildings of rammed-earth, constructed by locals acquiring new skills.
· A dedicated core group with a strategic plan.
· Unparalleled natural resources including 300 species of birds and wild game such as oribi, hippos and rare nocturnal critters.
· A wonderfully picturesque little town and township in need of economic recovery.
· A sister organization with a strong track record - SheWinS empowers school-girls with acclaimed sports programs.
· Regional government is a strong ally of Memel.Global, creating much-needed jobs, housing, and tillable land for blacks, as well as protection of resilient ecosystems.

Why shouldn't seniors actively help create a better world? Come participate in this exciting discussion about the creation of a cohousing community with a sense of purpose.

About the Presenters

Steven Ablondi - As a founder of Memel.Global, Steven is creating senior cohousing as a promoter and developer in Memel, a town in the Drakensburg mountains of South Africa. He feels much can be done to reduce the amount of time necessary to create cohousing communities and has purchased land, received municipal permits and planted organic gardens and orchards for clusters of homes to be built with natural materials and using alternative energy. Steven has had field assignments with the United Nations in Cambodia, Bosnia and Angola. He is a graduate of the Northfield Mt. Hermon School, Wesleyan University and Vermont Law School. He makes his home with his wife on Lake Champlain in America and in the Memel Drakensburg in South Africa.

David Wann David Wann is an author, filmmaker, and speaker on the topic of sustainable lifestyles and designs. Simple Prosperity is a sequel to the best-selling book he coauthored, Affluenza, which is now in 9 languages. A third book in the “trilogy” about creating a more sensible way of life, The New Normal, presents 33 high-leverage actions that can shift our culture in a more sustainable direction. David produces video and television, including the award-winning documentary Designing a Great Neighborhood, about the Holiday neighborhood in Boulder. David worked more than a decade as a policy analyst for the U.S. EPA and co-designed the cohousing neighborhood where he lives, in Golden, Colorado. David is close to completing a novel, Waiting for Q, which chronicles the lives of eight culture-creating characters from the illustrious Boomer generation, whose convictions and life experience are now urgently needed as a buffer against insanity.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm requires an additional fee of $40 ($20 of this fee will be contributed to Memel.Global). You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

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Building a Better Meeting: Facilitation Skills for Everybody (Laird Schaub and Joe Cole)

This full day pre-conference intensive (Thursday, May 18, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm) requires an additional fee of $120. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Laird Schaub and Joe Cole

Intensive Description

Have you ever been to a meeting that was efficient, productive, and fun? How can groups create and maintain an environment of deep connection and effective decision-making? What skills, tools, and attitudes can all members (not just facilitators) learn to build better meetings? In this workshop, we will explore several elements of effective group meetings, including: Cooperative Attitudes, Ground Rules, Meeting and Content Management Skills, Tools for Working with Emotional Energy, a variety of Meeting Formats, a Model for Developing Proposals, Delegation Agreements, and Decision-Making Protocols. We’ll spend time practicing techniques for effective meetings, discuss common challenges that cooperative groups face, and explore long-term strategies for improving group decision-making.

About the Presenters

Laird Schaub lived for four decades at Sandhill Farm, an income-sharing community he helped found in 1974. In addition, he served as the main administrator of the Fellowship for Intentional Community, a network organization he helped create, for the period 1987-2015. In addition to being an author and public speaker about various aspects of community, he's become an expert on cooperative group dynamics and has parlayed his passion for effective process into a consulting business. Over the last 30 years he's worked with more than 100 different groups—including 61 cohousing groups—many of them multiple times. His specialty is up-tempo meetings that engage the full range of human input, teaching groups to work creatively with conflict, and at the same time being ruthless about about capturing as much product as possible. In 2003, he pioneered a two-year training in Integrative Facilitation that he's delivered 11 times across the continent.

Joe Cole is a Facilitator and Consultant for communities and non-profit organizations. Joe has trained in Integrative Facilitation with Laird Schaub and Ma'ikwe Ludwig, and in World Work with Arnold and Amy Mindell. Joe has a Ph.D. in Philosophy, and is a Visiting Instructor at UNC-Greensboro and N.C. State University. He was one of the original residents of Pacifica Cohousing Community, and is a member of Hart’s Mill Ecovillage, a community forming in Orange County, North Carolina.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Thursday, May 18, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm requires an additional fee of $120. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive. Lunch is not included, but a buffet is available at the hotel restaurant, currently priced at $13.00.

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Cohousing as Resilient and Sustainable Community: Insights from the Cohousing Research Network (CRN)

This full day pre-conference intensive on Friday, May 19, 2017 (8:30 am - 4:00 pm) is free. Registration is not required, but an RSVP is appreciated by clicking here for CRN's contact page. This will take place during the 2017 National Cohousing Conference at the Millennium Maxwell House hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. You do not need to register for the conference to participate in this CRN intensive. Click here for more info on the 2017 National Cohousing Conference.

Presented by the Cohousing Research Network

Intensive Description

The Cohousing Research Network (CRN) invites researchers from all fields to participate in a full day of research planning and collaboration. The goal of this session is to work together on specific research projects. CRN will suggest topics, providing research questions and datasets. Those in attendance will be asked to form groups and choose a topic, then dig in by analyzing data and determining a possible publication outlet for their work. We hope to develop valuable work and lasting collaborations for rigorous and meaningful cohousing research.

About the Presenters

Multiple presenters from the following possibilities: Angela Sanguinetti, Robert Boyer, Heidi Berggren, Maruja Torres-Antonini, Chuck MacLane.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm is free. Registration is not required, but an RSVP is appreciated by clicking here for CRN's contact page. You can register for this CRN network day without registering for the 2017 National Cohousing Conference.

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Common House Design (Laura Fitch)

This half day pre-conference intensive (Friday, May 19, from 12:30-4:00pm) requires an additional fee of $65. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Laura Fitch

Intensive Description

The Common House is the heart of every cohousing community. How can you design your common house to enhance your community? What spaces should you include? What spaces can be combined to achieve economy? What will your kitchen and dining room feel like? How will kids and adults enjoy the building simultaneously?

This workshop will answer these and many other questions. We'll take you on a virtual tour of many successful common houses, and point out what works about them. Most importantly, we will help you with a hands-on exercise that will allow you to start thinking about special relationships and design!

About the Presenters

Laura Fitch, founder of Fitch Architecture and Community Design, is a 24-year resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing. Through good decision-making process, Laura has helped over 2-dozen cohousing communities across the US and Canada build green and sustainable communities.

Fitch received the Boston Architectural College’s “2006 Distinguished Alumni Award”, which states: “because of you, Laura, many people have found more neighborly and sustainable ways to live. Through your work, our world is a better place.”

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 12:30pm - 4:00pm requires an additional fee of $65. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.

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Community Renewal: Opportunities to re-engage, recommit and revitalize your established community (Ronnie Rosenbaum and John Rymers)

This half day pre-conference intensive requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Ronnie Rosenbaum and John Rymers

Intensive Description

Just as it is common for a person to experience an identity crisis at different stages in their life, it is normal for more mature co-housing communities to question who they are, their values, and their direction. The presenters will use an interactive approach to identify symptoms of when a community is not functioning as fully as it could, and guide attendees on the steps to take and tools available to revitalize their established communities. The first step is to assess what is needed, and build support for the change process in your community. Renewal will be presented as an opportunity to explore what is working well in your community and how to build on those successes, and how to face challenges, to set a course for on-going change. Participants will learn strategies to help their communities revisit and recommit to their mission and values. How will trust and safety concerns and unresolved issues, be addressed? How do we engage and re-engage those who live in our community, regardless of their age, ability, or length of time as a resident? How will we sustain our community’s culture, leadership, and connectedness over time?

About the Presenters

Ronnie Rosenbaum, MS
Ronnie has lived in a multi-generational cohousing community since 1997 and is a resource for other intentional communities. She consults and facilitates about a variety of topics, such as developing inclusive yet efficient processes, decision-making, managing conflict, and improving communication. In addition, as a mediator, collaborative divorce facilitator, parenting coordinator and conflict coach, Ronnie assists families in the resolution of issues including those related to divorce, parenting, and aging.

John Rymers, MA, LPC
John has been living at Highline Crossing Cohousing Community since its inception in 1995. John has witnessed the good the bad and the ugly of forming and maintaining a cohousing community and has been involved for 20 years in nurturing and supporting the community culture at Highline Crossing, one of the oldest cohousing communities in Colorado. Professionally, John is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a trained mediator providing dispute resolution services in the domestic relations and elder care arenas.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.

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Conflict Tools for Successful Groups (Joe Cole)

This half day pre-conference intensive requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Joe Cole

Intensive Description

How can groups navigate conflict and emotional energy more effectively? While conflict is a natural part of group dynamics, it can be difficult and agonizing for many of us. What tools and attitudes can help us get better at addressing conflict? In this workshop, we will discuss some fundamental values and assumptions to help approach conflict more productively. We will learn a multi-step tool for Conflict Resolution, and practice the tool together in pairs and small groups. In addition, we will explore how this tool and other meeting formats can be used in small and large-group settings to aid groups in navigating different types of conflict.

About the Presenter

Joe Cole is a Facilitator and Consultant for communities and non-profit organizations. Joe has trained in Integrative Facilitation with Laird Schaub and Ma'ikwe Ludwig, and in World Work with Arnold and Amy Mindell. Joe has a Ph.D. in Philosophy, and is a Visiting Instructor at UNC-Greensboro and N.C. State University. He was one of the original residents of Pacifica Cohousing Community, and is a member of Hart’s Mill Ecovillage, a community forming in Orange County, North Carolina.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 8:00 am - 11:30 am requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.

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Creating your Community - Marketing and Membership Development (Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris)

This half day pre-conference intensive requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris

Intensive Description

This intensive builds on our work over the past dozen years as members, consultants, and interviewers of successful, aspiring, and unsuccessful cohousing groups and seekers of same. We will combine interactive demonstrations, group exercises, and open discussion to help participants create their own community action plans to fill their community with the right people. Partnership-based development practices can cut years off the time from conception to move-in.

We will look at different real estate market and development scenarios, the known characteristics of current cohousers, and ways to build relationships face-to-face, through regional networks, and through social media platforms.

We will provide a framework of best practices and examples and tools for:
**Creating a successful core group: Self assessment of skills and gaps - Winkling out unsaid assumptions in your vision and values
**Key partnerships as part of your core team
**The need and value of a business plan (with examples)
**Building a sense of community while maintaining viability / feasibilty
**Growing a more diverse cohousing movement, both racially and economically
**Transparency and accountability tools: Listening to and engaging stakeholdres
**Staying in front of multiple audiences of potential members at low cost with social media and CRM
**Video, VR, and storytelling: getting beyond the press release
**Cooperation through regional and national networks & making the most of Coho/US
**Messaging and marketing materials: exercises with different audiences and media
**Building trust and shared leadership and collective capacity
**When (and how) to play, inform, commit, let go

Members of Marketing and membership teams in established and forming cohousing groups will be invited to share their experiences.

About the Presenters

Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris are multi-tasking community organizers, a husband-and-wife team who have supported many cohousing neighborhoods at all stages of development. They have lived in two, advised several, and visited over 100 communities. They run the world's largest cohousing MeetUp, East Bay Cohousing, with over 4000 members, and have over 5000 community seekers in their Cohousing California regional network. They have served on Coho/US and FIC national boards and helped with the website and social media.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 8:00 am - 11:30 am requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.

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Hands-On Participatory Site Design (Mary Kraus)

This half day pre-conference intensive requires an additional fee of $65. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Mary Kraus

Intensive Description

This intensive will give you a hands-on experience of the participatory site design process typically used to create cohousing. Participants will work together to create a cohousing site design, using to-scale wooden blocks on a base site plan. We will provide both urban and rural site examples, and participants can bring base drawings of their own sites (scale should be 1"= 20' if possible). The workshop will begin with a slide presentation on cohousing site design features, including examples from many communities. A question and answer session will follow, exploring both design criteria and how the experience of living in cohousing can be supported by a thoughtful site layout. We will then break into teams to collaborate on site design solutions. Each group will present its site plans. We will evaluate the designs together, and discuss what makes for a successful cohousing site design.

About the Presenter

Mary Kraus is a cohousing architect who has been working with communities across North America since 1990. In collaboration with Laura Fitch, she pioneered a distinctive participatory process for cohousing design. She has served on the boards of the Cohousing Network and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Mary lives at Pioneer Valley Cohousing, the first cohousing community completed in the eastern US (in 1994) – lending daily personal insight to her work with cohousing groups.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 8:00 am - 11:30 am requires an additional fee of $65. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.

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How Cohousing can Bridge Socio-Cultural Divides through Personal Change and Better Understanding the Untapped Affordable Housing Marketplace

This full day pre-conference intensive on Friday, May 19 (8:30am -4:00 pm) requires an additional fee of $25. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Alan O'Hashi

Intensive Description

American society is in upheaval; we're a country divided in many ways. I'll explain why American Social/Cultural Norms restrain the Cohousing Movement and then provide potential solutions for this problem.
In this full day, hands-on seminar which includes a balance of simulation games, interactive exercises, video clips, discussion and lecture we'll cover the following:
1) Is bigger better and why are we driven to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps? I'll explain why cultural norms create roadblocks for the advancement of cohousing communities beyond what is familiar.
2) Are cohousing communities a way to bring diverse people together? I'll teach some ways that individuals can look at their personal histories and make changes so as to become more inclusive.
3) Are there institutional barriers such as city councils and planning boards? I'll demonstrate techniques that can help you create and maintain high-quality conversations and relationships personally, in community, and with city and county planners.
4) Defining ways in which the cohousing movement can become a catalyst for positive change including development of low income and diverse cohousing communities and bridging the gap between the left and right in the U.S. today.

Remember to bring a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer for a couple of the exercises.

About the Presenters

Alan O'Hashi, MPA, resides in Silver Sage Village cohousing in Boulder, CO. He's a seasoned cultural competency/conflict resolution trainer most recently at the "Dealing with Diverse Personalities" retreat in Arizona. He's developing the Lincoln Court Mixed Use Intentional Community in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive on Friday, May 19 (8:30am -4:00 pm) requires an additional fee of $25. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive. Participants should bring with them an internet-accessible smartphone, tablet or laptop for a couple of the exercises. Lunch is not included, but a buffet is available at the hotel restaurant, currently priced at $13.00.

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How to Make Housing that People Really Want and that EveryTown USA Desperately Needs, and Get the Resources and Buy-In to Do It (Wendy Willbanks Wiesner)

This full day pre-conference intensive (Thursday, May 18, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm) requires an additional fee of $105. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Wendy Willbanks Wiesner, Executive Director, Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing (PFAC)
Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing

Intensive Description

So What Kind of Housing is this? It's affordable, and it's cohousing.

In this intensive we will discuss step-by-step what is required to make this kind of housing a reality in your community.

Housing that is THE most effective use of scarce resources--land, labor, time, and money because it

* Addresses the tough fiscal challenges municipalities are facing
* Provides a solution for a housing affordability crisis
* Deals directly with the health care crisis
* Is sustainable and resilient to the MAX
* Gives non-profits, foundations and impact investors an opportunity to participate in housing that packs a social, economic, and civic punch
* Makes accessible, shared transportation a reality, today
* Creates a neighborhood asset
* Makes leaders who support it look good
* Helps people to get along and help each other, REALLY.
* Shows people that getting old doesn't have to be awful and gives children and teenagers a place to contribute
* Solves all kinds of problems for populations with special needs and challenges.

Housing that is a desirable investment for banks and other investors because the community and residents who are actually going to live in it make the decisions about it--in a inclusive and effective way. Opposition is expensive, and housing where demand is assured and supply is short is profitable.

The agenda is divided into four parts, and will include speakers who have actually spearheaded the design, development and delivery of this kind of housing:

Part 1) The small, practical, scrappy guerilla way to get it done;
Part 2) The larger, more complex institutional way of getting it done;
Part 3) How and where 1 & 2 come together;
Part 4) How you *session attendee* can influence that intersection of 1 & 2 so that you get *what you need/want*

*session attendee*--cohouser, developer, non-profit (housing, development, specific population and/or cause), agency, planner, architect, community organization, policy maker, community bank, money center bank, CDFI, social impact fund, foundation.

*what you need/want*--cohousing, pre-development funding, more (affordable) housing, better (affordable) housing, mixed income housing that works, multi-generational living/cooperation, more (cost effective) housing choices, economically resilient/sustainable communities, health (see CDC criteria) + housing, lower(ed) project risk, lower(ed) cost of capital, new market opportunities, social impact investment opportunity, better/safer blocks and neighborhoods, increased civic "cool" factor.

About the Presenter

Wendy Willbanks Wiesner is Executive Director of Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing (PFAC). After experiencing the development and completion of a large infill development with affordable housing within her neighborhood, she was compelled to find a better social, economic, and environmental solution. Thankfully, she found cohousing. Making cohousing communities more affordable, and making affordable housing more like cohousing--this is her work. Wendy lives in Denver, Colorado. More broadly referred to by locals as the Front Range of Colorado, cohousing development in this area (especially in Denver, Boulder, Longmont, Lakewood, Arvada, and Littleton) is booming.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Thursday, May 18, from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm requires an additional fee of $105.00. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive. Lunch is not included but a buffet will be available in the hotel restaurant, currently priced at $13.00.

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Introduction to Sociocracy (Jerry Koch-Gonzalez & Diana Leafe Christian)

This full day pre-conference intensive (Friday, May 19, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm) requires an additional fee of $105. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Jerry Koch-Gonzalez & Diana Leafe Christian

Intensive Description

Introducing Sociocracy, also called Dynamic Governance — a governance and decision-making method based on effectiveness, transparency and equivalence, which can help cohousing communities function more effectively and harmoniously. Through presentations and demonstrations, small-group discussions, and practice exercises, we will offer an overview of the circles and double links governance structure; measuring and evaluating implemented proposals; vision, mission, and aims of circles; meeting processes; and similarities and differences with consensus. Specific instruction in Sociocracy Elections, an enjoyable process participants can take back and share with their own communities. “A visitor said she’d never seen a community meeting be so effective, efficient, and fun!” —Hart’s Mill Ecovillage, NC. Three-minute video: “Dynamic Governance in Intentional Community.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DAl1f1HFfM

About the Presenters

A certified trainer of Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance and Nonviolent Communication, Jerry specializes in governance, decision-making, communication skills, and conflict resolution (“everyone matters, all needs matter”). He co-founded the nonprofit Sociocracy For All (SoFA), The Sociocracy Consulting Group, and New England NVC. Jerry is a founding member of 22-year old Pioneer Valley Cohousing, which uses Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance.

Diana has taught Sociocracy to intentional communities, including cohousing, since 2012. Author of Creating a Life Together, Diana speaks at conferences and leads workshops internationally on starting successful new communities and on helping existing communities thrive, especially re governance and decision-making. She is currently a Sociocracy consultant for the Board of Global Ecovillage Network.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm requires an additional fee of $105. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive. Lunch is not included, but a buffet is available at the hotel restaurant, currently priced at $13.00.

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Let's Talk About Money (Eris Weaver)

This half day pre-conference intensive (Friday, May 19, from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm) requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Eris Weaver

Intensive Description

Many communities find themselves in conflict over financial and budget issues…and the current economic situation doesn’t help! Conflicts about money are really conflicts about values. In this experiential workshop we will discuss how to have useful conversations about our financial values - conversations that lead to greater understanding & connection as well as more effective financial decision-making.

About the Presenters

Little did Eris Weaver know that cohousing would lead to a new career! A founding member of FrogSong (Cotati, CA), Eris is a facilitator, mediator and trainer known for clarity, forthrightness, and humor. Eris has worked for Cohousing Partners and consulted with two dozen cohousing communities in different stages of development. She is past president of the Coho/US board and a popular professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Sonoma State University. She is the author of “The Art of Apology: A Workbook for Resolving Conflict and Improving Relationships” and “Let's Talk About Money: A Conversation Guide for Intentional Communities.” Possessing zero tolerance for boring meetings, unnecessary conflict or wasted time, her motto is “Don’t work at it, play with it!”

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.

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Senior Cohousing: A Roadmap to Starting a New Community (Charles Durrett & SAGE Cohousing International)

This full day pre-conference intensive (Friday, May 19, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm) requires an additional fee of $150, which includes lunch. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Charles Durrett & SAGE Cohousing International

Intensive Description

You and perhaps a close-knit group of friends want to start a Senior Cohousing community in your city or town. The first step is understanding that you have the power to create the life your heart desires. The second step is attending this information packed ROADMAP INTENSIVE at the 2017 National Cohousing Conference. You will receive expert guidance and proven techniques to help you navigate your way. We will show you how to build momentum and transform your visions and dreams into actions and reality. We will walk you through this step by step guide to forming a committed group, creating a vision and purpose, overcoming fears, mastering group process, finding suitable property, navigating local government & zoning, avoiding cost overruns…and getting it built.

Your navigational guides include the renowned architect, author and father of Senior Cohousing in the United States, Charles Durrett, and members of the SAGE Cohousing International (SCI) board and advisors.

About SAGE Cohousing International

SCI is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to promoting cohousing that is designed to inspire vibrant living through connected communities of adults age 50+. SCI works with leaders and communities to bring ingenuity, curiosity and on-demand creativity into senior housing, making it possible for elders to age in place successfully.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm requires an additional fee of $150. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive. Lunch will be included, cohousing style. We will contact participants in May regarding dietary concerns.

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The Cohousing Development Process: Lessons from 30 Years in the Trenches (Katie McCamant & Jim Leach)

This full day pre-conference intensive (Friday, May 18, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm) requires an additional fee of $150. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Katie McCamant and Jim Leach

Intensive Description

This workshop will introduce participants to roles and responsibilities of various players during the development process: Who does what and when do we need them. How long will it take (walking thru a typical development timeline). Do we need a developer? How to get the highest value out of your consultants. What is the group's most valuable work during this phase. How do we raise the money?

About the Presenters

Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions is a licensed architect and coauthor of the authoritative book on cohousing, Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, which introduced this housing model to North America. Katie co-founded McCamant & Durrett Architects and The CoHousing Company with her husband, Charles Durrett, in 1987. Since then, Katie has designed and developed dozens of cohousing communities in the United States and Canada. Her new company, CoHousing Solutions, provides development and marketing consulting services to cohousing groups all over the country. Her expertise includes setting up project budgets, structuring financing, facilitating planning approvals, finding construction financing, contractor selection, construction management, marketing and membership processes, and community policy creation. She also works with groups to find appropriate development partners, and then assists in structuring those partnerships. Katie was a founding board member of The Cohousing Association, been recognized as a Dwell Leader by Dwell magazine, and in 2008 was named Developer of the Year by The Cohousing Association. Her projects have won numerous awards. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at UC Berkeley and completed her graduate work at the Royal Academy of Art and Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. After living in Doyle Street Cohousing in Emeryville, California, for 12 years, she now lives at Nevada City Cohousing.

Jim Leach is a professional engineer with more than 40 years of experience in the design, construction, and development of sustainable housing, cohousing, planned neighborhoods, and urban infill development. The overlapping of these talents is what sets Jim apart from many developers. Throughout his career, Jim has led the industry in creating green building strategies and community-based housing that combine high-quality design with maximum value. Jim has been a spokesperson for the solar energy movement since the early 1980s and was active in the writing and review of the Boulder Energy Code. In 1997, Jim was inducted into the "Built Green Hall of Fame" by the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Denver. His award-winning neighborhoods have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Association of Home Builders, National Council of the Housing Industry, Urban Land Institute, and The Congress of New Urbanism. Jim holds a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering and a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Colorado and a master's degree in construction engineering from Stanford University.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 18, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm requires an additional fee of $150. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive. Lunch is not included, but a buffet is available at the hotel restaurant, currently priced at $13.00.

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Tour of Germantown Commons (Bryan Bowen and Diana Sullivan)

This 90 minute tour (two offered, at 1:30 and at 3:00) requires an additional fee of $20. You may register for one of the two tours without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any tour or intensive.

Tour Led by Architect Bryan Bowen or Founder Diana Sullivan

Gemantown Commons

Germantown Common is a cohousing condo development that celebrates community and sustainability. We choose to live lighter on the earth and know our neighbors. Small, energy efficient homes, rain gardens and edible landscaping top the list of sustainable features, and homes are solar-ready. Members enjoy gathering in the shared common house and community courtyard for weekly dinner parties and lots of fun events for the young and not-so-young. A multi-generational development with 25 privately owned homes, Germantown Commons is designed to create a nurturing environment for children as well as balance privacy and community. We’d love to tell you more.

About the Presenters

Bryan Bowen is a Colorado-based architect and principal at Caddis Architecture who designed Germantown Commons in Nashville, and is a leader with Memel.Global, the first cohousing community in Africa. Since 1995, Bryan has been dedicated to the design of neighborhoods and eco-buildings, all with the vision of making baby steps towards a sustainable permaculture planet. Bryan maintains community involvement through layers of volunteerism and sits on the Wild Sage Cohousing HOA board, where he lives with his family. In addition to his niche in cohousing, his work includes single family homes, eco-retrofits, multifamily housing, mixed-use projects, community planning, and commercial work.

Diana Sullivan, a founder of Germantown Commons, is a commercial real estate broker and formerly an award winning marketing and advertising professional in the regional shopping center industry. In 2008 when the real estate market crashed Diana began to search for a more sustainable experience in life and in real estate. In 2010 she attended the U.S Cohousing Association's conference in Boulder to learn about how cohousing gets built. Returning to Nashville she began working with a fledgling group interested in living in a community. As a result of the community's effort, Germantown Commons, a 25 condo development near downtown Nashville, was completed in summer of 2015. Diana is single with three adult sons and has grown to understand the value of a higher functioning community. She is owner of New American Villages, a development company started to assist others interested in building community.

Additional Information

Two 90 minute tours are offered on Friday, May 19, at 1:30 and at 3:00, and require an additional fee of $20. You may register for one of these tours separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this tour.

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Presenter Expectations - 2017 National Cohousing Conference

Coho/US is not requiring a formal agreement for our presenters. Your generosity in sharing your wisdom and experience is very appreciated, and we are proud you are part of our program. We are providing these expectations and information to ensure a good experience for all.

We are here to help:
Conference Manager - Alice Alexander alicecohous [at] gmail [dot] com
Sustainability Guru - Jenny Godwin jenny [dot] godwin [at] cohousing-solutions [dot] com
Logistics Coordinator - Georgia Handforth ghandforth [at] gmail [dot] com
On-Site Presenter Assistant - Catya Belfer catya [at] pobox [dot] com
A/V Coordinator: Rod Kochtitzky rod [at] rodk [dot] net
FIC Bookstore: Kim Kanney bookstore [at] ic [dot] org
Exhibit Coordinator: Ty Albright tmalbright [at] verizon [dot] net
Registrar Manager: Peter Lazar peterlazar [at] gmail [dot] com
Catch-all email for questions, routing to Alice: conference [at] cohousing [dot] org

Expectations

• Presenters receive complimentary registration, excluding pre-conference intensives. Travel and lodging is the responsibility of presenters. Pre-conference intensive presenters will evenly split (50/50) net proceeds with Coho/US (intensive registration revenues less 5.5% + .99 service fee per registrant and less approved materials expenses).

Promotion - Presenters are encouraged to help us promote the conference. In particular, please share our
conference video channel;
conference flyer and
conference facebook page
among your networks and social media. Promote your own session or intensive by linking your web page along with an inspirational message; share with conference [at] cohousing [dot] org so we can post on other networks.

No videotaping or recording of intensives, sessions or discussions unless you the presenter arrange for this yourself, and all of your participants agree.

A/V equipment will be provided by Coho/US. Unless you make special arrangements, each intensive and session room will include a screen, laptop and projector and potentially a microphone. Each facilitated discussion room will include a flip chart and pens. For special needs, email conference [at] cohousing [dot] org.

Room setup will assume, unless you arrange differently (by emailing conference [at] cohousing [dot] org):
Intensives - Rounds
Sessions - Theater
Discussions - Circle

Materials: As part of our “greening the conference,” toward reducing our environmental impact, we encourage you to provide presentation materials online (email conference [at] cohousing [dot] org). If your material is proprietary and/or you want to provide hard copies to your participants, that is okay! You can bring materials with you, or have them copied at the business office at the hotel. If you need assistance, email Logistics Coordinator Georgia Handforth ghandforth [at] gmail [dot] com

Book Sales: We are pleased to be partnering with the FIC to sell your books and tapes at the conference. If this is of interest, please contact Kim Kanney bookstore [at] ic [dot] org

Shipping and Storage: Due to limited storage space, the Millennium Maxwell Hotel requests that shipments not arrive any earlier than 48 hours prior to May 18. Storage charges of $25 per day per box will apply for shipments that arrive earlier. Ship to:
Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN, 37228 Attention: Cohousing Conference

Participant List - At the conference, we will provide online access to a participant list. Intensive presenters will receive, prior to your intensive, a list of participants registered. After the conference, this list will be amended if needed.

Lodging: we encourage presenters to stay with us at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel which offers a conference discount. If anyone would like to share a room, please email conference [at] cohousing [dot] org.

Airport Shuttle - The hotel provides airport shuttle service (615) 259-4343

Meals included with complimentary registration include Friday Keynote Dinner; Saturday lunch, and Saturday late afternoon/early evening Reception at Germantown Commons. Thursday, Friday and Sunday lunch is on your own; a buffet will be available at the restaurant, currently priced at $13.00. If you missed providing us with your food restrictions, e.g., vegan, vegetarian, dairy free and/or gluten-free, email conference [at] cohousing [dot] org

• Visit our FAQ conference webpage.

Sponsor and Presenter Reception- Presenters are invited to attend a reception for sponsors and presenters on Thursday, May 18, 4:30 - 5:30 pm. No need to RSVP.

• You are encouraged to participate in pre-conference intensives. You can do so by Registering, and only signing up for those intensives. Questions? email conference [at] cohousing [dot] org

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Proposal Form for Presenting - 2017 National Conference

To propose a presentation at the 2017 National Cohousing Conference, please complete the form below and click "submit.
Email conference [at] cohousing [dot] org with questions.
We look forward to your ideas!

Session presenters will receive complimentary conference registration.
Pre-conference intensive presenters will receive complimentary conference registration as well as a 50% sharing of net revenue from intensive fees.

Deadline for submission: October 20, 2016

Please provide the following information:

About Your Session
About You
Logistics
Room set-up will assume: classroom style for intensives; theater style for sessions; chair circles for facilitated discussion. Intensives and sessions will be provided with a laptop, projector, and flip chart; facilitated discussions will be provided with a flip chat. Please indicate particular AV or room needs.

Restaurants Recommendations for Nashville Conference

After the Germantown Commons Reception on Saturday evening, May 20, we encourage you to enjoy one of Nashville's great restaurants. Many are walkable from Germantown Commons (which is 1.3 miles from the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel). There will be a sign up sheet at the conference registration for several of these restaurants. If you don't sign up, or make plans, you have lots of options. Many restaurants have a "walk-in" option although there may be a wait.

We have a motorcoach providing shuttle service between the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel and Germantown Commons that evening, from 5:00 pm until 9:45 pm (distance = 1.3 miles). If you choose, you could walk to one of these restaurants from Germantown Commons, and then walk back to Germantown Commons and get the shuttle to the hotel.

The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel also offers shuttle service to downtown, for more restaurants and fun.
Sun - Thur, 7am - 10:30pm, pick up/drop off at 5th and Commerce (near convention ctr)
Fri & Sat, 7am - midnight, same location

Below is a list of restaurants near Germantown Commons, but first here are

Restaurant closer to the hotel, within walking distance:
Krystal (American fastfood)
Arbys, Subway, Jersey Mike's Subs, Taco Bell
Starbucks
Big Al's Deli, Kebab Pita Bar
Sicily Ceasar Pizza & Pasta
Marco Polo Pizza & Burgers
Slim and Husky's Pizza Beeria
Laredo Taco Company

Restaurants near Germantown Commons in Nashville
Consider one of these after our Saturday evening reception at Germantown Commons. There will be a sign up for several at registration.

Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint
4.3/5 Stars · Hamburger
1123 3rd Ave N
Tourists · Quick bite · Great beer selection

Little Donkey Mexican Restaurant
4.3/5 Stars · Mexican
1120 4th Ave N #103
Quick bite · Great cocktails · Great beer selection

Cochon Butcher
4.1/5 Stars · $$ · Butcher Shop
Offshoot of New Orleans joint featuring mostly pork dishes in relaxed digs with ample outdoor space.
1120 4th Ave N #101

Germantown Cafe
4.2/5 Stars · $$ · Cafe
Southern cafe featuring an eclectic Uptown menu & a Downtown skyline view amid sleek decor.
1200 5th Ave N
Tourists · Coffee · Great wine list

CITY HOUSE
4.4/5 Stars · $$ · Italian
Buzzing Italian spot serves pizza, pasta & housemade sausage made with Southern ingredients & flair.
1222 4th Ave N
Tourists · Coffee · usually a wait
Opens at 5:00 PM

312 Pizza Company
4.0/5 Stars · $ · Pizza
Pan pizzas & other Chicago-style fare join draft beers in a big, airy pub with a rustic wood bar.
371 Monroe St
Tourists · Happy hour drinks · Great cocktails

Silo
4.5/5 Stars · $$$ · Southern Restaurant (US)
Upscale, Southern-accented bistro in a dramatic space with woven wood-panel walls.
1121 5th Ave N
Tourists · Coffee · Great cocktails
Opens at 4:00 PM

Monell's Dining and Catering
4.8/5 Stars · $ · Southern Restaurant (US)
All-you-can-eat Southern comfort food served family-style at communal tables in a Victorian house.
1235 6th Ave N
Tourists · Coffee · All you can eat

Butchertown Hall
4.3/5 Stars · $$ · American
Rustic-chic New American spot with a beer garden for wood-fired & smoked eats, brews & cocktails.
0.6 mi · 1416 4th Ave N
Tourists · Coffee · Great cocktails

5th & Taylor
4.6/5 Stars · $$$ · New American Restaurant
Refined American fare served in lofty, rustic-industrial surrounds with a tree-lined patio.
1411 5th Ave N
Tourists · Coffee · Usually a wait
Opens at 5:00 PM

Rolf and Daughters
4.5/5 Stars · $$$ · New American Restaurant
Industrial-chic restaurant with clever New American dishes, communal tables & inventive cocktails.
700 Taylor St
Tourists · Coffee · Usually a wait
Opens at 5:30 PM

Germantown Pub
4.3/5 Stars · Restaurant
708 Monroe St
Coffee · Quick bite · Happy hour drinks

Henrietta Red
4.6/5 Stars · Restaurant
Airy, chic spot for oysters & elevated seafood small plates, plus a separate bar for cocktails.
1200 4th Ave N
Casual · Locals · Alcohol
Opens at 5:00 PM

Veggie Village
4.8/5 Stars · Restaurant
0.6 mi · 1314 6th Ave N
Small plates · Quiet · Cozy

Steadfast Coffee
4.6/5 Stars · $ · Coffee Shop
Specialty espresso drinks & light, seasonal eats dispensed in a minimalist, industrial setting.
603 Taylor St
Prepared foods · Coffee · Quick bite

The Garden Brunch Cafe
4.5/5 Stars · $$ · Breakfast Restaurant
Art-filled spot offering weekend brunches only, plus poetry & wine nights.
924 Jefferson St
Tourists · Coffee · Usually a wait

Juice Bar - Germantown
4.8/5 Stars · Restaurant
1120 4th Ave N
Quick bite · College students · Small plates

Big Al's Deli
4.9 /5 Stars · Restaurant
1828 4th Ave N
Coffee · Quick bite · Casual

Christie Cookie Co
4.5/5 Stars · Cookie Shop
Old-school bakery providing home-style cookies for in-store purchase & gift sets by web/mail-order.
1205 3rd Ave N

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Sessions: 2017 National Cohousing Conference

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10 Years Later: Lessons Learned from a Senior Cohousing Community (Jim Leach, Annie Russell and Alan O'Hashi)

Presented by Jim Leach, Annie Russell and Alan O'Hashi

Session Description

What if 25 seniors from around the country met as total strangers and decided they wanted to live and age together in an intentional neighborhood? That's what happened 10 years ago when Silver Sage Village (Boulder, CO) became one of first senior cohousing communities in the country. Of the original residents, three have passed away, one has moved into a long-term Alzheimer's care facility and 50% of the homes have resold. Silver Sage Village resident and developer Jim Leach and former resident Annie Russell will be on hand to recount the "good, the bad, and the ugly" of Silver Sage Village experiences over the past 10 years. Panel moderated by Alan O'Hashi.

About the Presenters

Annie Russell has been helping cohousing communities in community development, marketing and sales for over a decade. Working for Wonderland Hill Development Community she developed a comprehensive community building process and a Find Your New Neighbors workshop to help communities learn about sales and marketing. She has also collaborated with Katie McCamant and Bryan Bowen. Annie was a founder and resident of both Wild Sage and Silver Sage in Boulder, CO.

Jim Leach is the president of Wonderland Hill Development Company and has lead the company in developing over 20 cohousing communities in Colorado, California, Arizona, and Washington. He is a builder with over 50 years experience in the design, construction and development of sustainable, planned neighborhoods. Jim and his wife Brownie live in Silver Sage Cohousing in Boulder, CO where they have been creatively participating in and learning about the senior cohousing living experience for the past ten years.

Alan O'Hashi, MPA, resides in Silver Sage Village cohousing in Boulder, CO. He's a seasoned cultural competency/conflict resolution trainer most recently at the "Dealing with Diverse Personalities" retreat in Arizona. He's developing the Lincoln Court Mixed Use Intentional Community in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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A Natural Fit: Millennials in Community (Jas Darland and Jenny Godwin)

Presented by Jas Darland and Jenny Godwin

Session Description

Millennials, born in the late 1970’s to the early 2000’s, represent a growing demographic – and are motivated by values that resonate well with cohousing principles. Millennials like to create, grow and Do-It-Themselves, valuing experiences over stuff. Taking pride in being green and practicing conscious consumerism, they’re flexible in their workstyles and familiar with sharing rides, appliances and homes.

Millennials have grown up in a tech-enhanced world, finding news on Twitter, connecting with friends on Instagram and sharing political passions on Facebook. But that doesn’t mean this generation value face-to-face community building any less; in fact, it could be argued they crave it even more.

Are you seeking younger folks, or those with families, to join your community? How does cohousing resonate with millennials, strapped with student loan debt but ever-optimistic about the future? We’d love for you to join us as we explore the values that drive this generation, and challenges that may arise, all through a cohousing lens.

About the Presenters

Jas Darland is a current student of the 500 Communities Program, working to advance cohousing options in the Atlanta area. She is also the founder and director of The Garden School of Marietta, a progressive community of parents and educators who believe in preserving childhood, and providing space for students' highest selves to unfold. Jas is also a member of the Coalition to End Corporal Punishment in GA Public Schools, and the Atlanta-area EcoVillage Initiative. She enjoys gardening, fermentation, painting, and making music, and she holds an MA from Johns Hopkins that gathers dust inside while she goes out to play with her husband and two daughters.

Jenny Godwin is media leader for CoHousing Solutions in Nevada City. She also provides her outreach and writing skills to communities in formation, aiding with their recruitment, publicity and branding. She serves as part-time Outreach Associate for Coho/US, assisting with marketing, social media, blogging, Conference planning, and more. Her passions lie in sustainable communities, renewable energy, and working to meet challenges posed by climate change. She considers herself a cohouser-in-training.

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Aging In Cohousing: Does your Community Have a Plan? (Janice Blanchard and Raines Cohen)

Presented by Janice Blanchard and Raines Cohen

Facilitated Discussion Description

Community is something we do together, it is not just a container for Aging. This facilitated discussion will help communities establish an “Aging-In-Place” committee and handbook full of wisdom, advice and tools to inspire vibrant living and successful aging—together. We will talk about healthy aging opportunities and what happens when elders require more assistance. Every community plan must be grounded in the wishes and consent of the person(s) who will be receiving care, as well as those who are giving it.

The important thing is to start—and continue—the conversation in a way that works for your community. You will receive straightforward information and checklists to help guide these conversations; including how to get started, questions to ask, and where to find basic resources.

Presenters

Janice Blanchard, MSPH, is a gerontologist who is passionate about promoting a new paradigm of aging that values elders for their wisdom, experience and as vital members of their community. Distinguished for her seminal work in developing the concept and practice of Aging in Community, Blanchard is a contributing author and editor of the book, Aging in Community (2013) and a nationally sought after speaker, author and consultant on this and other aging issues. Her career in aging has spanned across the country and globe, for such diverse organizations as the University of Western Sydney, the Older Women’s Network, the National Governor’s Association Policy Academy and the National Center for Creative Aging.

Raines Cohen is a multi-tasking community organizers who has supported many cohousing neighborhoods at all stages of development. He has lived in two, advised several, and visited over 100 communities. He runs the world's largest cohousing MeetUp, East Bay Cohousing, with over 4000 members, and has over 5000 community seekers in his Cohousing California regional network. Raines has served on the Coho/US board, continues to serve as a Coho/US volunteer in responding to public inquiries, and helps with Coho/US social media.

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Attracting Diverse People to Cohousing (Crystal Farmer)

Facilitated by Crystal Farmer

Facilitated Discussion Description

In order for the cohousing movement to continue growing, established and forming communities must reach out to people of diverse backgrounds. In fact, diversity can enrich and sustain your community's life long after residents have moved in. In this discussion, we will explore markers of diversity and how to reach out to communities that have traditionally faced housing discrimination.

About the Presenter

Crystal Farmer is an organizer of Charlotte Cohousing Community, which is dedicated to creating multiple cohousing communities in the Charlotte, NC area. She is excited about creating communities that are welcoming and inclusive. She also owns Big Sister Team Building, which does mobile escape rooms and team building exercises for kids and adults.

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Challenges and Opportunities of Turnover (Pat Darlington and Kay Stewart)

Presented by Pat Darlington and Kay Stewart

Facilitated Discussion Description

Turnover in a cohousing community is inevitable--for many reasons, death, illness, not-so-great-fit, and just plain "movin'on." There are many implications of this reality and we will discuss some of the issues, dilemmas and solutions we have faced at Oakcreek Community. These include

*Seller Agreements
*Rental Agreements
*How are heirs informed of agreements for selling or renting homes
*Marketing the Community ("Why do we have to spend budget money marketing if all our homes are sold?")
*How do we orient new members
*How do we process the loss of members
*and more

About the Presenters

Pat Darlington and Kay Stewart - Pat and Kay were involved in the development of Oakcreek Community in Stillwater, Oklahoma from (before) the beginning of the project. Working closely with about 10 others (plus professionals), we bought property, designed, marketed, built and sold the first and only cohousing community in Oklahoma. Having lived in cohousing for 4+ years, we've made it through the honeymoon period and have begun, as a community, to work through the things we didn't think about when every fiber was bent on "getting this done."

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Choosing your Development Strategy (Katie McCamant)

Presented by Katie McCamant

Session Description

How do we actually get our project built? How have other groups done this? Should we self-development? Do we need a developer? What do developers do? How do we find one? What other professionals do we need? Katie McCamant, who has worked as an architect, project manager, development consultant, and developer with cohousing groups for the last 30 years will present how cohousing groups have gotten their projects built, outlining the pluses and minuses of different development scenarios, using real case studies of past and current projects to help participants evaluate the best way for their community to move forward.

About the Presenter

Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions is a licensed architect and coauthor of the authoritative book on cohousing, Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, which introduced this housing model to North America. Katie co-founded McCamant & Durrett Architects and The CoHousing Company with her husband, Charles Durrett, in 1987. Since then, Katie has designed and developed dozens of cohousing communities in the United States and Canada. Her new company, CoHousing Solutions, provides development and marketing consulting services to cohousing groups all over the country. Her expertise includes setting up project budgets, structuring financing, facilitating planning approvals, finding construction financing, contractor selection, construction management, marketing and membership processes, and community policy creation. She also works with groups to find appropriate development partners, and then assists in structuring those partnerships. Katie was a founding board member of The Cohousing Association, been recognized as a Dwell Leader by Dwell magazine, and in 2008 was named Developer of the Year by The Cohousing Association. Her projects have won numerous awards. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at UC Berkeley and completed her graduate work at the Royal Academy of Art and Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. After living in Doyle Street Cohousing in Emeryville, California, for 12 years, she now lives at Nevada City Cohousing.

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Cohousers in Politics (Eris Weaver)

Facilitated by Eris Weaver

Facilitated Discussion Description

How does local politics affect cohousing? How do cohousers affect politics? Presenter/instigator Eris Weaver has been pondering these questions since her appointment to the Cotati (CA) Design Review Board and subsequent run for City Council. During the development process she often viewed these entities as opponents or roadblocks…sitting on the other side of the dais has produced quite a different point of view! She now uses her insider knowledge to advise others on how best to work with the city. She’ll be joined by a panel of cohousers who hold/have held public office or run political campaigns. After each briefly shares their experiences and what they’ve learned from them, we’ll open it up for general conversation. Bring your questions and concerns!

About the Presenter

Eris Weaver is a founding member of FrogSong (Cotati, CA). As a facilitator, mediator and trainer, she’s worked for Cohousing Partners and consulted with two dozen cohousing communities in different stages of development. She’s served on the Board of the Cotati Chamber of Commerce and is Vice Chair of Cotati’s Design Review Committee. While her 2016 run for City Council was unsuccessful, she is proud to have been endorsed by both the North Bay Labor Council and North Coast Builders Exchange – two organizations who typically hold opposing views!
Email eris [at] erisweaver [dot] info

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Cohousing 101 (Grace Kim and Laura Fitch)

Presented by Grace Kim and Laura Fitch

Session Description

An ideal primer for newcomers to cohousing and first time conference attendees. You will learn about the common characteristics of cohousing and what makes it different from other types of intentional community, condominium, village, or suburb that came before it. You will get a glimpse of the diverse array of existing cohousing communities across the U.S. and learn what this neighborhood type offers to residents. You will get a crash course in the cohousing jargon and receive tips on how to make the most of your conference. Come hear from founders of cohousing communities, Grace Kim and Laura Fitch, who are also internationally recognized cohousing experts.

About the Presenters

Grace Kim is an architect and founding principal of Schemata Workshop – an 18-person practice in Seattle, WA with a passion for cohousing, affordable housing, transit oriented development, urban agriculture, place-making, and sustainable design. Grace is an internationally recognized expert in cohousing with a focus on urban communities and Common House Design. In April, Grace was in Vancouver, delivering a TED talk on cohousing as an antidote to isolation. She has written a Design Guide for the Cohousing Common House and has visited over 80 cohousing communities. Grace serves as the Chair of the Seattle Planning Commission and is also a co-founder of Capital Hill Urban Cohousing in Seattle, where she lives with her family.

Laura Fitch is a cohousing architect who has been working with communities across North America since 1990. In collaboration with Mary Kraus, she pioneered a distinctive participatory process for cohousing design. Laura has worked on programming, schematic design, and/or full services for over 2-dozen cohousing communities across the US and Canada. Energy efficiency, sustainable living, and good decision making process infuse all of her work with cohousing groups. In 2006, Fitch was given the Boston Architectural College’s “Distinguished Alumni Award”, stating “because of you, Laura, many people have found more neighborly and sustainable ways to live. Through your work, our world is a better place." Laura is a founder and 23-year resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Community Meals Best Practices (Catya Belfer)

Presented by Catya Belver

Facilitated Discussion Description

Your common meals aren’t frequent enough, or not nearly enough folks attend those meals. Or the meals are too much work, or the record keeping is frustrating. It's hard to get new cooks! All those food sensitivities! How on earth do you know how much time it will take to bake a giant lasagne? How do I decide what equipment to invest in? Or there’s something else about your common meals that just doesn’t work as well you'd hoped it would. Bring those challenges to the clinic and we will aim to come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan. Although this discussion will focus on common meals systems in completed communities, those in developing groups will benefit too as they can learn how to avoid common pitfalls in designing a common meals system.

Bring a few copies of your community's favorite recipes to share, or email them to Cat beforehand! (catya [at] cohousing [dot] org)

About the Presenter

Catya Belfer is part of Mosaic Commons, about an hour west of Boston in Berlin, Massachusetts. Mosaic Commons has ~three meals a week usually with 20-40 people eating from our 34 households. Scheduling and assignments are planned out in two month blocks.

Cat works as a project manager and also builds websites for cohousing groups and others, including www.cohousing.org, the Cohousing Association of the US website. She is passionate about building connections between people and has been involved in intentional communities since 1994. On the non-technical side, she is fascinated by how we build community through ritual, tradition, song, and food! For more information, see http://www.catya.org.

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Community as an Economic Engine (Laird Schaub & Terry O'Keefe)

Presented by Laird Schaub & Terry O'Keefe

Session Description

In most communities the group confines its economic attention to making sure that members pay their HOA dues and there’s enough money in the budget. It could play a more dynamic role. In this workshop we’ll explore how communities could actively partner with residents to help them make money and improve the quality of their lives at the same time. While this is not an obligation, it is an opportunity. Community assets are often idle (think how frequently the lights are out at the common house), communities have certain market advantages that are not being developed (such as a pool of people with high communication skills eager for part-time work with flexible hours), and the community could encourage entrepreneurs among the membership to create jobs for the non-entrepreneurs. Economics is the poor stepchild of sustainability. Let’s change that!

About the Presenters

Laird Schaub lived for four decades at Sandhill Farm, an income-sharing community he helped found in 1974. In addition, he served as the main administrator of the Fellowship for Intentional Community, a network organization he helped create, for the period 1987-2015. In addition to being an author and public speaker about various aspects of community, he's become an expert on cooperative group dynamics and has parlayed his passion for effective process into a consulting business. Over the last 30 years he's worked with more than 100 different groups—including 61 cohousing groups—many of them multiple times. His specialty is up-tempo meetings that engage the full range of human input, teaching groups to work creatively with conflict, and at the same time being ruthless about about capturing as much product as possible. In 2003, he pioneered a two-year training in Integrative Facilitation that he's delivered 11 times across the continent.

Terry O'Keefe is a North Carolina-based business writer and consultant. He is also the cofounder (with Laird Schaub) of C–Biz, a project that seeks to build stronger economies for intentional communities and cohousing groups. Terry brings almost 50 years of business experience to this project, including almost three decades of experience in high-tech marketing; several successful entrepreneurial ventures; and leadership of one of the West Coast's first green business networking organizations. He is also a popular business writer and speaker, and was a business columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times. Terry is also a former communitarian and a past member of the board of the Fellowship for Intentional Community.

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Conflict Resolution: Practice. Practice Practice (Alan O'Hashi)

Presented by Alan O'Hashi

Session Description

Do you have conflicts that arise in your community? Are you, sometimes, at the center of conflict like a lightning rod? Do you try to avoid conflict at all costs? You're not alone. In this workshop, One thing that we all have is a personality. At any given moment we each can be pleasant, a bit grouchy or indifferent, depending on the situation.
We all have different family backgrounds, come from different socio-economic cultures and everyone has different life experiences. In this workshop, I'll help you unpack your past histories and experiences to better know yourself and what has influenced you through your life and in so doing, learning some skills and techniques to better understand and know your family, friends and neighbors.
I'll also provide a way for you and your community to hold conflict participants accountable using a positive reinforcement / protective factor approach rather than a finger pointing / risk factor approach to conflict resolution.
We'll look at a cohousing case study, break up into groups and practice and evaluate a community conflict scenario.
My teaching style appeals to all learning styles - auditory, visual and hands-on. There will be a mix of film clips, exercises.

About the Presenters

Alan O'Hashi MPA lives in Silver Sage Village, Boulder CO. He resurrected his company, ECOS (Environmental and Cultural Organization Systems). after dusting off his cultural competency and diversity training hat. He has provided similar curricula to various groups including, violence against women prevention advocates, law enforcement, affordable housing administrative staff, child care providers, school educators. Most recently he presented at the "Dealing with Diverse Personalities" retreat sponsored by CoHoUS in Arcosanti, AZ.

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Creating Traditions, Celebration and Ceremony (Catya Belfer)

Presented by Catya Belver

Session Description

This pre-conference session on Thursday evening at 7:30 - 9:00 pm is free and does not require registration. Please join us!

This is a participatory workshop in creating traditions, celebrations, and ceremonies for your community.

How do we create traditions? How do we mark the major life events of our members; births, coming-of-age, marriages, deaths? How do we celebrate groundbreaking or community anniversaries? How about birthdays, new jobs, or people moving in or moving out? Because we come together in community from different cultural and religious traditions, we must choose our own traditions. As a group, we decide what to celebrate and what to do. Some traditions can be small rituals – lighting a candle at the beginning of a business meeting, for example, or taking a moment in silence at the beginning of a community meal. Some can be much larger!

This session will give you the tools to create something meaningful within your own group when you return. You'll practice in small groups with words, objects, song, candles, and more. Bring your creativity with you!

We'll also talk about how we can respectfully and inclusively celebrate our own traditions with the community.

About the Presenter

Catya Belfer is part of Mosaic Commons, about an hour west of Boston in Berlin, Massachusetts. Catya works as a project manager and also builds websites for cohousing groups and others, including www.cohousing.org, the Cohousing Association of the US website. She is passionate about building connections between people and has been involved in intentional communities since 1994. On the non-technical side, she is fascinated by how we build community through ritual, tradition, and song. For more information, see http://www.catya.org.

Additional Information

This pre-conference session is offered on Thursday, May 19, from 7:30 - 9:00 pm and does not require registration. Please join us!

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Creating your Community - Marketing and Membership Development (Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris

Presented by Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris

Session Description

This session builds on our work over the past dozen years as members, consultants, and interviewers of successful, aspiring, and unsuccessful cohousing groups and seekers of same. We will combine interactive demonstrations, group exercises, and open discussion to help participants consider their own community action plans to fill their community with the right people. Partnership-based development practices can cut years off the time from conception to move-in.

The Session will look at different real estate market and development scenarios, the known characteristics of current cohousers, and ways to build relationships face-to-face, through regional networks, and through social media platforms.

We will provide a framework of best practices and examples and tools for:
**Creating a successful core group: Self assessment of skills and gaps - Winkling out unsaid assumptions in your vision and values
**Key partnerships as part of your core team
**The need and value of a business plan (with examples)
**Building a sense of community while maintaining viability / feasibilty
**Growing a more diverse cohousing movement, both racially and economically
**Transparency and accountability tools: Listening to and engaging stakeholdres
**Staying in front of multiple audiences of potential members at low cost with social media and CRM
**Video, VR, and storytelling: getting beyond the press release
**Cooperation through regional and national networks & making the most of Coho/US
**Messaging and marketing materials: exercises with different audiences and media
**Building trust and shared leadership and collective capacity
**When (and how) to play, inform, commit, let go

About the Presenters

Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris are multi-tasking community organizers, a husband-and-wife team who have supported many cohousing neighborhoods at all stages of development. They have lived in two, advised several, and visited over 100 communities. They run the world's largest cohousing MeetUp, East Bay Cohousing, with over 4000 members, and have over 5000 community seekers in their Cohousing California regional network. They have served on Coho/US and FIC national boards and helped with the website and social media.

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Cutting Edge Resiliency in Cohousing (Bryan Bowen, Jenny Godwin & Ma'ikwe Ludwig)

Presented by Bryan Bowen, Jenny Godwin & Ma'ikwe Ludwig

Session Description

So you’ve built this green community, now what? Many cohousing groups place sustainability considerations front-and-center, incorporating green features in their construction and development process. But what happens after the groundbreaking, the grand opening? Based on a recent survey of cohousing communities, we’ll report on what communities are doing right now to combat climate change, and highlight climate leaders in the cohousing world. You’ll gain an understanding of potential practices your own community can incorporate, and perhaps you’ll have a suggestion to add to the mix too!

About the Presenters

Bryan Bowen is a Colorado-based architect and principal at Caddis Architecture who designed Germantown Cohousing in Nashville, and is a leader with Memel.Global, the first cohousing community in Africa. Since 1995, Bryan has been dedicated to the design of neighborhoods and eco-buildings, all with the vision of making baby steps towards a sustainable permaculture planet. Bryan maintains community involvement through layers of volunteerism and sits on the Wild Sage Cohousing HOA board, where he lives with his family. In addition to his niche in cohousing, his work includes single family homes, eco-retrofits, multifamily housing, mixed-use projects, community planning, and commercial work.

Jenny Godwin is media leader for CoHousing Solutions in Nevada City. She also provides her outreach and writing skills to communities in formation, aiding with their recruitment, publicity and branding. She serves as part-time Outreach Associate for Coho/US, assisting with marketing, social media, blogging, Conference planning, and more. Her passions lie in sustainable communities, renewable energy, and working to meet challenges posed by climate change. She considers herself a cohouser-in-training.

Ma’ikwe Ludwigis the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture at Dancing Rabbit, and the Sustainable Communities Director for Commonomics USA’s Materialized Empathy project. She has done sustainability education work for over 25 years, and combines that experience with over 2 decades of intentional community living to create wholistic, practical education experiences. Maikwe also teaches group dynamics (including facilitation, cooperative leadership and consensus), and is a climate change activist. In 2007, she published her first book, Passion as Big as a Planet, which looks at the intersection between spiritual development and effective ecological activism. She is currently working on starting a new community in Laramie, Wyoming.

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Designing and Planning for Urban Cohousing (Joren Bass & Grace Kim)

Presented by Joren Bass & Grace Kim

Session Description

As many cities across the US experience an influx economic growth and opportunity, they are also experiencing the effects of densification. Often both positive and negative, population growth and the resulting densification has a very real influence on housing options and affordability.

Living in urban neighborhoods can also offer amenities and services not easily accessible for more rural communities. Urban site constraints and the tradeoff between neighborhood amenities community amenities are all part of the programing and architectural puzzle urban cohousing communities must navigate.

This session will examine how two communities navigated the design and programing decisions to create each of their recently completed projects. Both in cities that are experiencing amazing urban growth, Seattle and Portland. Learn about the changes and opportunities designing urban cohousing from Capital Hill Urban Cohousing founder Grace Kim and PDX Commons project manager Joren Bass.

About the Presenters

Grace Kim is an architect and founding principal of Schemata Workshop. Grace is an internationally recognized expertise in cohousing with a focus on Common House Design. She is a frequent presenter at senior housing and affordable housing conferences. She has written a design guide for cohousing common spaces and has visited over 80 cohousing communities. Grace is founder of Capital Hill Urban Cohousing in Seattle, where she lives with her family.

Joren Bass is a licensed architect and project manager for Urban Development Partners, the development partner for PDX Commons.

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Emotional Resilience (Jerry Koch-Gonzalez)

Presented by Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

Session Description

Have you had the fight about outdoor cats? Resiliency and sustainability are not just about green buildings and taking care of the land. It is also about taking care of ourselves and each other. Living together in community means we make so many decisions that we inevitably disagree and get mad at each other. How we treat each other in disagreements is the difference between a community we love living in and one that has us wondering about moving out. What happens when you are triggered? Do you tend to fight, flee or freeze? In this experiential workshop we will use the approach of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to practice the power of deeply listening to our needs and the needs of others so that we can find our loving voice and stay present and engaged in the chaos of daily life with each other. We will also briefly review a variety of practices that can strengthen the emotional capacity of a community such as heart circles and restorative circles. How we are collectively with the little things and big things of life creates the culture of our communities. Let’s build communities we want to live in!

About the Presenter

A certified trainer of Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance and Nonviolent Communication, Jerry specializes in governance, decision-making, communication skills, and conflict resolution (“everyone matters, all needs matter”). He co-founded the nonprofit Sociocracy For All (SoFA), The Sociocracy Consulting Group, and New England NVC. Jerry is a founding member of 22-year old Pioneer Valley Cohousing, which uses Sociocracy/Dynamic Governance.

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Endless Meetings or Efficiency in Design Decision-Making – The Workshop Approach (Mary Kraus)

Presented by Mary Kraus

Session Description

How can a group get the most out of their architect’s time and expertise?
How can design meetings be run efficiently, minimizing stress while creating a supportive environment where each member's voice is heard?
Mary Kraus will describe the participatory design approach that she and Laura Fitch evolved over decades of working with cohousing groups - a process centered around a series of weekend programming and design workshops on the topics of cohousing site, common house and units. She will explain why she thinks this is a win-win approach for architect and group with details and hands-on facilitation exercises.

About the Presenter

Mary Kraus is a cohousing architect who has been working with communities across North America since 1990. In collaboration with Laura Fitch, she pioneered a distinctive participatory process for cohousing design. She has served on the boards of the Cohousing Network and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Mary lives at Pioneer Valley Cohousing, the first cohousing community completed in the eastern US (in 1994) – lending daily personal insight to her work with cohousing groups. mary [at] marykrausarchitect [dot] com

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Financing your Cohousing Development (Katie McCamant)

Presented by Katie McCamant

Session Description

Got a $10 million project on your hands? Where the heck does all that money come from? In this session, you’ll come to understand the basics of real estate financing and how communities fund their developments from start to finish. Learn the ins and outs of money matters from a guru of cohousing budgets, Katie McCamant.

About the Presenter

Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions is a licensed architect and coauthor of the authoritative book on cohousing, Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, which introduced this housing model to North America. Katie co-founded McCamant & Durrett Architects and The CoHousing Company with her husband, Charles Durrett, in 1987. Since then, Katie has designed and developed dozens of cohousing communities in the United States and Canada. Her new company, CoHousing Solutions, provides development and marketing consulting services to cohousing groups all over the country. Her expertise includes setting up project budgets, structuring financing, facilitating planning approvals, finding construction financing, contractor selection, construction management, marketing and membership processes, and community policy creation. She also works with groups to find appropriate development partners, and then assists in structuring those partnerships. Katie was a founding board member of The Cohousing Association, been recognized as a Dwell Leader by Dwell magazine, and in 2008 was named Developer of the Year by The Cohousing Association. Her projects have won numerous awards. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at UC Berkeley and completed her graduate work at the Royal Academy of Art and Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. After living in Doyle Street Cohousing in Emeryville, California, for 12 years, she now lives at Nevada City Cohousing.

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For Earth and Neighbourhood – Using natural building materials in community-scale construction (Robin Allison)

Presented by Robin Allison

Session Description

Is it possible to use sustainable building materials in cohousing and still stay affordable? Does the group consensus process inevitably lead to compromises in green building decisions, or can it enable more courageous choices than a single household would consider? How much risk should a cohousing group take in trying less standard construction methods in order to build green?

These and other conundrums were faced by Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood, a 32-home cohousing community in Auckland, New Zealand. A fundamental part of our vision was to build to the “highest practical standards of sustainable human settlement”. The rammed earth walls, solid timbers, natural oils and paints and other sustainable materials have created a beautiful and healthy neighbourhood.

However natural building materials are more typically used by owner-builders who are willing to experiment and live with the consequences. Applying these same materials and systems to higher density multi-unit developments built by contractors in a profit-driven environment raises different issues and challenges.

We need to make buildings that foster the health and well-being of both the people who occupy them and the global ecosystems of which they are part. We offer our mistakes, successes and learnings in the hope of encouraging the wider use of natural building materials and systems in cohousing projects.

About the Presenter

Robin Allison ran her own sustainable architecture practise before founding Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood, New Zealand's first cohousing neighbourhood. Earthsong demonstrates leading-edge sustainable design with intensive community involvement, and was a finalist in 2009 in both the World Habitat Awards and UN Habitat Awards. As the Development Coordinator, she drove the development process from inception to completion of construction. She now consults, runs workshops and supports other community projects throughout New Zealand.

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Getting Competitive Mortgages: First Step Project Approvals (National Condo Advisors)

Presented by Orest Tomaselli and Darlene Shannon

Session Description

The session will answer the question many communities ask, “Should our community obtain FHA, Fannie Mae and VA project approval.”

The session will focus on:
** Importance of agency approvals
** Impact on the community
** What is required
** Obtaining financing
** HELP! What to look for when hiring a professional to assist with the process

About the Presenters

Orest Tomaselli is Chief Executive Officer/President at National Condo Advisors. Orest is a knowledgeable consultant providing solutions for the condo and co-op industry that includes premier builders, developers and government agencies. With more than 25 years’ experience he has successfully identified the need to assist and educate developers, lenders, property managers and homeowner associations regarding the complexity of project review and necessity for project compliance. As a direct result of his knowledge regarding the ever changing condominium and cooperative market trends and his dedication to clients, NCA has grown to become one of the nation’s leading project consultant firms. His areas of expertise include condo reserve compliance, non-warrantable financing, lender portfolio, VA, Freddie Mac, FHA & Fannie Mae project approval.

Darlene Shannon is Chief, Business Development Officer at National Condo Advisors. Darlene has more than 30 years’ experience with the federal government and the mortgage industry. She served as a federal employee with the Rural Housing Service (Rural Development Manager) and with the Department of Housing and Urban Development /FHA (Technical Branch Chief). At both federal agencies she managed a staff of underwriters, appraisers and construction analysts. During Darlene’s 11 year tenure with FHA, her responsibilities included managing a staff of underwriters and appraisers. Her main responsibility was managing the condominium processing team for projects within the Philadelphia Homeownership Center’s geographic jurisdiction and the national contract for condominium project approval.

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Getting the Work Done (Lyons Witten)

Presented by Lyons Witten

Session Description

How do you get all your community work done? Each cohousing group needs to decide what tasks to include in community work, what system to use to connect each member with their tasks, how to organize meals work in particular, and whether and how to enforce work agreements. In this session, I will explore a wide range of work systems used by existing communities, as well as presenting a framework for understanding the many facets of community work. I will illustrate the breadth of work taken on by most cohousing communities using a “work budget” matrix that can be adjusted to fit your specific community, and will present useful information on how to actually keep your community running smoothly.

About the Presenter

Lyons Witten, 20-year resident, chairman of the Buildings Grounds Circle and a member of the Finance Circle of Pioneer Valley Cohousing (Amherst, MA), will present useful information on how to keeping your community running smoothly. From fascinating meal sign-up sheets to complicated replacement reserve spreadsheets, he has helped run a tight ship through the quagmire of cohousing!

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How Our Resale & Rental Team Rebooted Workshare, Reinvigorated Our Community & Raised $40,000 for Capital Improvements (Ann Zabaldo)

Presented by Ann Zabaldo

Session Description

Resales going so fast you can't keep track of who's on first?
Resales of homes without community input into who is buying into the community?
Sellers making record profits but not a penny comes to the community?
Resentment building?
Or, uh-oh ... unsold homes?
Fewer and fewer people showing up for work days?
More people doing less or nothing at all?
I am presenting an in-depth case study of how the Resale & Rental team at Takoma Village in Washington, DC turned around this entire scenario while earning $40,000+ for our Capital Improvements budget. Come hear how we did it! Handouts. Plenty of time for Q&A.

About the Presenter

Ann Zabaldo is a pioneer professional in the cohousing movement. She specializes in outreach education, marketing, and fueling the fires of burning souls. She was a consultant to Eco Housing Corporation for the development of award-winning Takoma Village Cohousing in DC and Eastern Village Cohousing in Silver Spring, MD. She is was also a finance partner for Liberty Village Cohousing near Frederick, MD. Ann is past-president of the Cohousing Association of the US, and a founding board member of Mid Atlantic Cohousing Association, a regional non-profit. She is a certified facilitator for the McCamant & Durrett Senior Cohousing Workshops.

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If It Doesn’t Work Socially, Why Bother? (Charles Durrett)

Presented by Charles Durrett

Session Description

Across the globe, we seek ways to make neighborhoods more conducive to living lighter on the planet and being happier. We yearn to let our kids play with the neighbors knowing they are safe. New and “innovative” solutions are trying to solve the senior housing challenge, only to fail due to lack of buy-in from the community. Charles Durrett says, “Forget trying to reinvent the wheel. The answers do exist – it’s a matter of addressing our social beliefs and asking if they will bring us happiness.” Durrett will explain the importance of being authentic and listening to the community when addressing senior and intergenerational housing. He will also explain why crafting a well-fitting glove in a facilitated process is one of the keys to success.

Please read through Happily Ever Aftering in Cohousing before this session. Copies will be available at the conference bookstore.

About the Presenter

Charles Durrett, with his wife Kathryn McCamant, introduced the concept of cohousing to the U.S. with their book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves . They coined the word “cohousing” for which they are credited in the Oxford English Dictionary. Charles recently authored, Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living-The Handbook. The latest edition is Creating Cohousing, Building Sustainable Communities. He has written several other books on cohousing, including Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living—The Handbook.

Durrett and his team at The Cohousing Company/McCamant & Durrett Architects have designed more than 50 cohousing communities in the United States and around the world, including Muir Commons in Davis, California, the first cohousing community in North America. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Architecture, and a many other publications. He lives with his wife, Katie, in Nevada City, California, where he primarily designs model communities and comfortable homes, including the 34-home cohousing community in which he lives.

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Integrating Farming and Gardening into Co-Housing (Nola Hitchcock Cross, Sam Hitchcock Tilton, Bill Hartzell)

Presented by Nola Hitchcock Cross, Sam Hitchcock Tilton, and Bill Hartzell

Session Description

This workshop addresses the spectrum of gardening and farming activities in relation to co-housing/eco-villages. The participatory discussion will include examples of involving farming and gardening with co-housing: from contracting with farmers or co-housing members to farm within co-housing to raised bed allotments, from raising food for common meals to commercial enterprises, from an orchard commons to a co-operative orchard to involve the outside community with co-housing. Nola and Sam will share conversations they have had with farmers and co-housing communities across the country about each party's needs and share successful and not-successful examples. Bill will share his experience managing a Christmas Tree farm at Hundredfold Farm Cohousing near Gettysburg.

This workshop will consist of a presentation including pictures, followed by questions and interactive discussion where participants can share lessons learned and gain from shared experiences.

About the Presenters

Nola Hitchcock Cross is an attorney who has formed several housing and other cooperatives. She is a founder of Riveredge Housing Cooperative, a forming member of the Waldo Intentional Sustainable Community, and part of the 500 Communities Program with Co-Housing Solutions. She also manages Cross Law Firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Bill Hartzell - Since 1997 Bill has been intimately involved with the creation of the first cohousing community in Pennsylvania - The Hundredfold Farm Community. With 20 plus years of cohousing experience, his passion for and belief in the importance of community has only deepened. Bill is past Board President of Coho/US. Seven Springs Tree Farm is a separate Pennsylvania Limited Liability Company owned and operated by the members of the Hundredfold Farm (HFF) Cohousing Community.

Sam Hitchcock Tilton has worked for and owned vegetable farms of various sizes. He has served as the Farm Manager and Educator for an educational farm and also writes a monthly column for
Vegetable Grower's News, for which he visits and speaks with many farmers. He is a Master's student of Horticulture at Michigan State University.

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Interpersonal Conflict: When to Intervene and When to Let Go (Ronnie Rosenbaum & John Rymers)

Facilitated by Ronnie Rosenbaum & John Rymers

Facilitated Discussion Description

All co-housing communities have some level of interpersonal conflict. Join in a conversation, sharing our collective knowledge and lessons learned. We will explore aspects of this issue that include: when should these conflicts and their resolution be limited to the individuals involved versus when are they the responsibility of the community; what are effective intervention strategies; how do power inbalances come into consideration; and what are the consequences of accepting and living with these conflicts.

About the Facilitators

Ronnie Rosenbaum, MS has lived in a multi-generational cohousing community since 1997 and is a resource for other intentional communities. She consults and facilitates about a variety of topics, such as developing inclusive yet efficient processes, decision-making, managing conflict, and improving communication. In addition, as a mediator, collaborative divorce facilitator, parenting coordinator and conflict coach, Ronnie assists families in the resolution of issues including those related to divorce, parenting, and aging.

John Rymers, MA, LPC
John has been living at Highline Crossing Cohousing Community since its inception in 1995. John has witnessed the good the bad and the ugly of forming and maintaining a cohousing community and has been involved for 20 years in nurturing and supporting the community culture at Highline Crossing, one of the oldest cohousing communities in Colorado. Professionally, John is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a trained mediator providing dispute resolution services in the domestic relations and elder care arenas.

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Is it Cohousing ? – Group Participation Game – Voice your Opinion

Facilitated by Ty Albright

Facilitated Discussion Description

Want to participate is a “game show” type experience? What makes a community cohousing vs. something else? During this session we will consider different types of developments with different scenarios and ask “is it cohousing?” We hope this will be a fun event; all participants will be asked to quickly vote their opinion (there is no “right” answer) and explain what set of characteristics are necessary for something to be cohousing. We hope to use the feedback from this event to collect data and report back to others what cohousing people think. Can you arrange a bunch of mobile homes around a community fire pit and call it cohousing? Come and find out.

About the Presenter

Ty Albright resides in Dallas Texas and is a long time real estate professional seeking to bring cohousing to Texas. He is on the Board of Directors with the Cohousing Association of the US, and is a Certified Cohousing Consultant having participated in Katie McCamant’s 500 Communities Program. Ty provides real estate development project management services and is a Licensed Texas Real Estate Broker. Ty is an Artist, Gardener and Theologian. Ty’s many pastimes include ranch land restoration into biodiverse and sustainable grasslands for organic beef production using rotational grazing strategy.

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More Than Cohousing (Laura Fitch, Steven Ablondi, Ty Albright and Bryan Bowen)

Presented by Laura Fitch, Steven Ablondi, Ty Albright and Bryan Bowen

Session Description

Together we will explore how cohousing is providing more than just housing and how it is influencing other housing sectors. Specifically we will look at supportive housing models for seniors, veterans, foster children, as well as adults with autism. We will show how cohousing is influencing the affordable housing sector and transforming a small village in South Africa. We will also look at how otherwise traditional cohousing is doing more in terms of saving farms, open space, supporting on site enterprises.

This session will give you a perspective on how cohousing is more than just a nice place to live. It could and should be a model on how we can address huge social and environmental issues one neighborhood at a time. You’ll come away wishing there were more cohousing communities in this world and hopefully inspired to advocate for them!

About the Presenters

Laura Fitch is a cohousing architect who has been working with communities across North America since 1990. In collaboration with Mary Kraus, she pioneered a distinctive participatory process for cohousing design. Laura has worked on programming, schematic design, and/or full services for over 2-dozen cohousing communities across the US and Canada. Energy efficiency, sustainable living, and good decision making process infuse all of her work with cohousing groups. In 2006, Fitch was given the Boston Architectural College’s “Distinguished Alumni Award”, stating “because of you, Laura, many people have found more neighborly and sustainable ways to live. Through your work, our world is a better place." Laura is a founder and 23-year resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Steven Ablondi - As a founder of Memel.Global, Steven is creating senior cohousing as a promoter and developer in Memel, a town in the Drakensburg mountains of South Africa. He feels much can be done to reduce the amount of time necessary to create cohousing communities and has purchased land, received municipal permits and planted organic gardens and orchards for clusters of homes to be built with natural materials and using alternative energy. Steven has had field assignments with the United Nations in Cambodia, Bosnia and Angola. He is a graduate of the Northfield Mt. Hermon School, Wesleyan University and Vermont Law School. He makes his home with his wife on Lake Champlain in America and in the Memel Drakensburg in South Africa.

Ty Albright resides in Dallas Texas and is a long time real estate professional seeking to bring cohousing to Texas. He is on the Board of Directors with the Cohousing Association of the US, and is a Certified Cohousing Consultant having participated in Katie McCamant’s 500 Communities Program. Ty provides real estate development project management services and is a Licensed Texas Real Estate Broker. Ty is an Artist, Gardener and Theologian. Ty’s many pastimes include ranch land restoration into biodiverse and sustainable grasslands for organic beef production using rotational grazing strategy.

Bryan Bowen is a Colorado-based architect and principal at Caddis Architecture who designed Germantown Cohousing in Nashville, and is a leader with Memel.Global, the first cohousing community in Africa. Since 1995, Bryan has been dedicated to the design of neighborhoods and eco-buildings, all with the vision of making baby steps towards a sustainable permaculture planet. Bryan maintains community involvement through layers of volunteerism and sits on the Wild Sage Cohousing HOA board, where he lives with his family. In addition to his niche in cohousing, his work includes single family homes, eco-retrofits, multifamily housing, mixed-use projects, community planning, and commercial work.

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Net Zero Energy & Energy Positive Cohousing (Mary Kraus)

Presented by Mary Kraus

Session Description

Cohousing Communities can be designed and built - and lived in - to produce more energy than they consume. This presentation will focus primarily on Village Hill Cohousing, a 32-unit community planned for Northampton, MA. The homes and common house at Village Hill Cohousing are designed to a high standard of energy-efficiency, with photovoltaic systems to offset on a yearly basis the energy used to heat, cool, ventilate, produce hot water, and run lighting and appliances. The overall energy picture includes photovoltaic-clad carports with the option of plug-in stations for electric vehicles. Additionally, the location on a bus route and within walking distance of a vibrant downtown provides the opportunity for a low transportation footprint. The presentation will also outline other sustainable strategies explored for this project, including the Living Building Challenge "Petal Certification". As a second example, we will look at a net zero energy retrofit at Pioneer Valley Cohousing in Amherst, MA, as a way of illustrating changes that can be employed to bring existing communities to net zero energy.

About the Presenter

Mary Kraus is a cohousing architect who has been working with communities across North America since 1990. In collaboration with Laura Fitch, she pioneered a distinctive participatory process for cohousing design. She has served on the boards of the Cohousing Network and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Mary lives at Pioneer Valley Cohousing, the first cohousing community completed in the eastern US (in 1994) – lending daily personal insight to her work with cohousing groups.
Email mary [at] marykrausarchitect [dot] com

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Nurturing Community Bonds Through Sharing Circles (Joe Cole)

Presented by Joe Cole

Session Description

Successful groups have strong interpersonal bonds and a high level of emotional resilience that allows them to navigate the challenges of building community. How did they get there? Just as communities give time and attention to building and maintaining their physical infrastructure, it’s essential for groups to nurture their cultural and emotional infrastructure as well. Sharing Circles are a highly effective meeting format for strengthening interpersonal bonds and building emotional resilience. In a Sharing Circle, members can check in about what’s going on in their lives; reflect together on significant dates and anniversaries; share appreciations for one another; and process conflict and difficult emotions with one another. In this session, we will experience a Sharing Circle together, and we will explore the many ways the Sharing Circle format can be used in small and large-group settings to expand our interpersonal connections, build group resilience, and deepen our sense of community.

About the Presenter

Joe Cole is a Facilitator and Consultant for communities and non-profit organizations. Joe has trained in Integrative Facilitation with Laird Schaub and Ma'ikwe Ludwig, and in World Work with Arnold and Amy Mindell. Joe has a Ph.D. in Philosophy, and is a Visiting Instructor at UNC-Greensboro and N.C. State University. He was one of the original residents of Pacifica Cohousing Community, and is a member of Hart’s Mill Ecovillage, a community forming in Orange County, North Carolina.

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Power and Leadership (Laird Schaub)

Presented by Laird Schaub

Session Description

One of the primary challenges of cooperative groups is how authentically they work with power and leadership. In this workshop we’ll explore how power is distributed in groups (hint: it’s always uneven); what can be done to flatten how power is distributed; how power can be used well (as medicine) or poorly (as poison); why it’s crucial that groups are able to discuss openly the perception that power is being misused (though rarely do); why we desperately need leaders in cooperative groups (yet tend to stack the deck against them); and why it’s crucial that groups define healthy models of leadership (but usually don’t).

About the Presenters

Laird Schaub lived for four decades at Sandhill Farm, an income-sharing community he helped found in 1974. In addition, he served as the main administrator of the Fellowship for Intentional Community, a network organization he helped create, for the period 1987-2015. In addition to being an author and public speaker about various aspects of community, he's become an expert on cooperative group dynamics and has parlayed his passion for effective process into a consulting business. Over the last 30 years he's worked with more than 100 different groups—including 61 cohousing groups—many of them multiple times. His specialty is up-tempo meetings that engage the full range of human input, teaching groups to work creatively with conflict, and at the same time being ruthless about about capturing as much product as possible. In 2003, he pioneered a two-year training in Integrative Facilitation that he's delivered 11 times across the continent.

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Preparing for Climate Change in Community (Herb Simmens & Bryan Bowen)

Presented by Herb Simmens & Bryan Bowen

Session Description

Cohousing communities have the opportunity to play an important role in helping to mitigate climate change, in addition to creatively working to minimize the impacts of climate change on our communities and the larger region. One potentially powerful way is through the divestiture of our reserve funds from investments in fossil fuels. Hear how one community became a national pioneer in divesting its reserves.

About the Presenters

Herb Simmens, a resident of Eastern Village in Silver Spring Maryland for over 8 years, most recently owned a wellness center in Washington, DC. He previously led a non profit focused on climate change, was the head of the planning office for the state of New Jersey for 10 years, and taught urban planing and design at several colleges and universities. He published a book on climate change earlier this year (2017) entitled A Climate Vocabulary of the Future.

Bryan Bowen is a Colorado-based architect and principal at Caddis Architecture who designed Germantown Cohousing in Nashville, and is a leader with Memel.Global, the first cohousing community in Africa. Since 1995, Bryan has been dedicated to the design of neighborhoods and eco-buildings, all with the vision of making baby steps towards a sustainable permaculture planet. Bryan maintains community involvement through layers of volunteerism and sits on the Wild Sage Cohousing HOA board, where he lives with his family. In addition to his niche in cohousing, his work includes single family homes, eco-retrofits, multifamily housing, mixed-use projects, community planning, and commercial work.

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Replacement Reserves: Taking the Worry Out of your Community’s Financial Future (Lyons Witten)

Presented by Lyons Witten

Session Description

A real-life DIY cohousing Replacement Reserves (RR) Spreadsheet will be used to explain the benefits of Replacement Reserves, how to manage the multitude of potential items needing replacement (someday), how Replacement Reserves are funded, what big-ticket items cannot be included in Replacement Reserves and how to manage those expenses. Those who do not have such a spreadsheet can use this example to set up their own. This is a “living DIY model” that should be reviewed each year by the Finance team/committee. Having said that, and shown how to use the “living model”, it may be that some/most communities would want to hire a consultant to help them fill in the categories, costs, and life-expectancy of each item in the RR model. This session will provide insight for either way the DIY RR model is used.

About the Presenter

Lyons Witten, 20-year resident, chairman of the Buildings Grounds Circle and a member of the Finance Circle of Pioneer Valley Cohousing (Amherst, MA), will present useful information on how to keeping your community running smoothly. From fascinating meal sign-up sheets to complicated replacement reserve spreadsheets, he has helped run a tight ship through the quagmire of cohousing!

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Resilience, Co-benefits, and Cohousing (Jessie Kome)

Presented by Jessie Kome

Session Description

In plain English, resilience is the ability to withstand chronic stress and extreme events, bounce back, and even thrive. Experience and recent literature tell us that social cohesion has as powerful a role in community resilience as does design for earthquakes, floods, fires, or climate change, or economic stresses, or disability. So, designing homes or a neighborhood to provide not only shelter but the co-benefit of social cohesion supports individual and neighborhood resilience. This session will share practical resilience concepts and approaches for cohousing communities in any stage.

About the Presenter

Jessie Handforth Kome is a member of Eastern Village (Silver Spring, Maryland).

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Resilient and Sustainable Community: Insights from the Cohousing Research Network

Presented by Angela Sanguinetti and other researchers

Session Description

Cohousing researchers from different academic fields will present research on cohousing as resilient and sustainable community. The presentations will include: (1) an introduction to the concepts of resilience and sustainability from the relevant academic perspectives, (2) discussion of aspects of cohousing that align (or do not align) with these concepts, and (3) research conducted that explains how cohousing is (or can be) resilient and sustainable. Presentations to be followed by Q and A.

The Presenters

Presenters:
• Betsy Morris, Ph.D. “Governance in Cohousing and Other Community Living Arrangements.”
• Chuck MacLane, Ph.D., Social Science Research Consultant: "Social and Structural Attributes of Resilient Cohousing Communities"
• Fiona Patterson, DSW, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Vermont: "Multigenerational Living in Cohousing as Resilient and Sustainable Housing"
• Heidi Berggren, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth: “Cohousing and Resiliency in Political and Civic Engagement”
• Nancy Francis, M.S. Psychology, J.D., M.S. Gerontology, University of NC Wilmington. "Aging in place in cohousing: relying on community care during age-related long-term health needs."
• Robert Boyer, Ph.D. Department of Geography & Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. "Who is interested in Cohousing in the USA?: Results of a National Survey on Cohousing and the Sharing Economy."

Facilitator: Angela Sanguinetti, PhD, CRN Director, Coho/US Board Member, UC Davis Postdoctoral Researcher

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Retreats, Renewal, Results! (Eris Weaver)

Presented by Eris Weaver

Facilitated Discussion Description

Both before and after move-in, community retreats can help improve communication skills, heal conflict, and deepen relationships. We'll talk about different types of retreats, clarifying retreat objectives, logistics, and planning for success!

About the Presenter

Little did Eris Weaver know that cohousing would lead to a new career! A founding member of FrogSong (Cotati, CA), Eris is a facilitator, mediator and trainer known for clarity, forthrightness, and humor. Eris has worked for Cohousing Partners and consulted with two dozen cohousing communities in different stages of development. She is past president of the Coho/US board and a popular professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Sonoma State University. She is the author of “The Art of Apology: A Workbook for Resolving Conflict and Improving Relationships” and “Let's Talk About Money: A Conversation Guide for Intentional Communities.” Possessing zero tolerance for boring meetings, unnecessary conflict or wasted time, her motto is “Don’t work at it, play with it!”
Email eris [at] erisweaver [dot] info

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Retrofitting Existing Neighborhoods: The N Street Model (Cohen & Sanguinetti)

Presented by Kevin Wolf & Angela Sanguinetti

Session Description

In this session we will identify the important similarities and differences between an N Street-type retrofit cohousing community that grows over time and a developed cohousing community where residents move in all-at-once. Some of the topics we will explore are: principles and goals, consensus-based processes, financial impacts including who can participate and live there, how to get started and acquire property and homes, and what they look like and how they change over time.

From our session and your input, we hope to put together a document that helps new retrofit cohousing efforts get started. We would also like to identify retrofit cohousing communities that are in various stages of development, and create a master list of these communities that can be used to track their growth over time.

About the Presenters

Raines Cohen is a multi-tasking community organizer who has supported many cohousing neighborhoods at all stages of development. He has lived in two, advised several, and visited over 100 communities. He runs the world's largest cohousing MeetUp, East Bay Cohousing, with over 4000 members, and has over 5000 community seekers in their Cohousing California regional network. He has served on the Coho/US and FIC national boards and helped with the website and social media.

Angela Sanguinetti is an environmental psychologist, and a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Davis, where she leads the Consumer Energy Interfaces Lab. Dr. Sanguinetti led a group of cohousing researchers and professionals in conducting a national survey of cohousing residents in 2012. She is a pioneering member of the Cohousing Research Network (CRN) and has published academic research about cohousing and intentional communities. Dr. Sanguinetti is interested in creative ways to bring the spirit of cohousing to the mainstream. Her research has identified common activities that are critical to achieving the personal, social, and environmental benefits of cohousing; examined accessibility of retrofit cohousing; and experimented to determine influences of message-framing on perceptions of and attitudes toward the concept of cohousing. Personally, she aspires to create and live in a retrofit cohousing community.

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Senior Cohousing: Starting a new community in your city or town (SAGE Cohousing International)

Presented by SAGE Cohousing International

Session Description

Senior Cohousing fulfills the needs of our aging population better than any other option. But how can one person—even a small group—turn their dreams into reality? During this session, you will receive expert advice and learn proven techniques to help you get a senior cohousing community started in your city or town. You will meet others who have successfully created their own communities and realize that if they can do it you can do it too. We will examine the social and economic benefits of aging together, but mostly, we will study the challenges most new groups encounter; securing a site, building a committed core group, and zoning and planning. Participants will come away from this presentation with a clear idea of the key first steps to getting going.

**Those interested in getting personalized attention and practicing what is discussed should sign up for the Friday Full Day Intensive, Senior Cohousing: A Roadmap to Starting a New Community (Charles Durrett & SAGE Cohousing International)

About SAGE Cohousing International (SCI)

SCI is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to promoting cohousing that is designed to inspire vibrant living through connected communities of adults age 50+. SCI works with leaders and communities to bring ingenuity, curiosity and on-demand creativity into senior housing, making it possible for older adults to age in place successfully.

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Starting a Community? How to Tell your Cohousing Story (Alan O'Hashi & Jenny Godwin)

Presented by Alan O'Hashi & Jenny Godwin

Session Description

FADE IN:
NASHVILLE CONFERENCE ROOM, DAY
Are you starting a cohousing community and want to know where to start? Some will say tie up the land first, which is true. Some will say have a meeting to get people interested, which is true. Some will say, get an architect, which is true. We're here to tell you that overlaying the mechanics of cohousing, is a "story." It's about coming up with a good story that grabs the imagination. As a storytelling case study, we'll use the intentional creative community starting in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

We'll start out with a primer in storytelling. "Oh, that's nothing...anyone can write," you may be musing, but it's not as easy as you may think. We all like a good book or movie, but the reason your imaginations are captured and attention paid to the action on the big screen or on the written page is because of the story - there are good ones and not so good ones.

The same holds true when you're attracting people to be interested in joining your cohousing community - what's your catch. You'll learn how to structure your story - what is the premise; how does your story start in Act I? What happens in Act II? How does your story end in Act III? You'll put your pen to pad or your fingers to keyboard and begin outlining your community story - writing it from the inside out. We'll help you craft your "elevator speech" summarizing your story so it is quickly understandable and then provide you some low / no cost ways you can get your information out there to your targeted market through online media.

Having a compelling online media presence is increasingly important. It’s crucial to outline who you hope to attract to your community, so your message reflects that. We’ll outline tools and best practices for finding your future neighbors via your website, newsletter, facebook, twitter and Meetup pages, as well as Coho/US’s resources. This involves telling not just the how of cohousing but also the why. Why is this lifestyle for me? What benefits will cohousing bring to my life – whether I’m a pro-active senior, young family or single person seeking more community in my life?

Our teaching styles appeal to all learning styles - auditory, visual and hands-on, so there will be plenty of activity and film clips to go along with our talking heads.

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About the Presenters

Alan O'Hashi MPA lives in Silver Sage Village in Boulder, CO. In his multi-dimensional life he's provided extensive training and facilitation for a variety of nonprofits. He is a newspaper journalist turned documentary filmmaker and screenwriter and works with groups and organizations to help them tell their stories better. As if he doesn't have enough to do, Alan is organizing an intentional creative community in Cheyenne, Wyoming and using that as a case study for this workshop.

Jenny Godwin is media leader for CoHousing Solutions in Nevada City. She also provides her outreach and writing skills to communities in formation, aiding with their recruitment, publicity and branding. She serves as part-time Outreach Associate for Coho/US, assisting with marketing, social media, blogging, Conference planning, and more. Her passions lie in sustainable communities, renewable energy, and working to meet challenges posed by climate change. She considers herself a cohouser-in-training.

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Starting an urban senior housing project - the story of PDX Commons (Lew Bowers)

Presented by Lew Bowers

Session Description

This session will tell the story of how PDX Commons was created; the key steps taken over the last 4 years, the key lessons learned, how we created the development team, how we attracted new members, how we accomplished the financing, found a site. The larger goal is to help develop a model of cohousing development so that new groups have a road map that they can customize for their specific circumstances. PDX Commons was a totally member-driven project, but I would not recommend that model for future urban projects. It takes too long and requires that the initial members have too much development knowledge. PDXC should be ready for move-in in April of 2017 so it will a new and current story to tell. The presentation will be primarily by me, but I hope to have additional members participate and/or have UDP and Katie participate. So, not a panel presentation but their might be multiple coordinated presenters.

About the Presenter

Lew Bowers - My wife and I are the founding members and "burning souls" of PDX Commons. Prior to that I had a career working in municipal urban development projects, most recently I ran the downtown projects for the Portland Development Commission. I have in the past worked in a cooperative supermarket and worked for the National Coop Bank setting up the California regional office in 1980.

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Sustaining Relations in Cohousing: Community Life Committee (David Entin)

Presented by David Entin

Facilitated Discussion Description

How do cohousing communities sustain and enhance social relationships among residents over time? One way is having a Community Life Committee with this responsibility. The Community Life Committee of Rocky Hill Cohousing has offered events around major holidays, periodic "dinners by sixes," outside facilitators to address concerns such as participation and engagement, two retreats a year, and other efforts to resolve conflicts and promote relationships. This can be a lead-off for a facilitated discussion for communities to share what they are doing to promote and sustain social relationships, including what has been successful and what has not. The focus will be on an exchange of useful ideas.

About the Presenter

David Entin has had two careers: in community development and anti-poverty work and in higher education administration. He was one of the founders of Rocky Hill Cohousing and served for four years of the Board of the Cohousing Association. of the United States. He is retired and currently is president of the Rocky Hill Cohousing Board of Trustees and a member of the Community Life Committee.

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The Appropriate Developer - and How to Avoid Those that are Not (Charles Durrett and Dale Joel)

Presented by Charles Durrett and Dale Joel

Session Description

A cohousing group recently reached out to me with news that no one should have to go through. They hired a developer who, unfortunately, was unskilled in creating cohousing. This developer has now taken $500,000 dollars from the group and produced nothing tangible for them. A more deliberate process has proven successful – we’ve helped to create over 50 cohousing communities and have inspired many more – in part, because we took groups through the process. It’s not about recreating the wheel; it’s about creating a neighborhood where people know, care for, and listen to each other. During this presentation, Dale Joel (developer and future cohousing resident) and I will highlight examples of projects that have failed, dissecting the specifics elements (how the dollars were collected and spent) to understand what went wrong. We will then take you through successful models, describing why these communities work so well. Finally, this presentation will prepare you to be a savvy consumer, should your group choose to work with a developer.

About the Presenters

Charles Durrett, with his wife Kathryn McCamant, introduced the concept of cohousing to the U.S. with their book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves. They coined the word “cohousing” for which they are credited in the Oxford English Dictionary. Charles recently authored, Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living-The Handbook . The latest edition is Creating Cohousing, Building Sustainable Communities. He has written several other books on cohousing, including Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living—The Handbook. Durrett and his team at The Cohousing Company/McCamant & Durrett Architects have designed more than 50 cohousing communities in the U.S. and around the world, including Muir Commons in Davis, Calif, the first cohousing community in North America. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Architecture, and many other publications. He lives with his wife, Katie, in Nevada City, California, where he primarily designs model communities and comfortable homes, including the 34-home cohousing community in which he lives.

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The Triple Play: integrating Development, Marketing, and Community Building (Annie Russell & Jim Leach)

Presented by Annie Russell & Jim Leach

Session Description

Community is the secret sauce that adds real value to every aspect of your cohousing community. To realize that value, building your community, not just your buildings, needs to be baked into every aspect of your development process. Jim Leach, Annie Russell, and Katie McCamant pioneered this integrated approach to development more than a decade ago and have proved its value many times over. Learn how this process of integrating design, development, sales and marketing and community building can help your community be more fun for early members, and more valuable and attractive for potential buyers.

You will be energized by ideas, and supported by tools you can begin to use right away. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers from these experienced professionals that can be applied to your project immediately. Learn from these professionals who have successfully built 22 communities how to get the most value for your community while avoiding common pitfalls.

About the Presenters

Annie Russell has been helping cohousing communities in community development, marketing and sales for over a decade. Working for Wonderland Hill Development Community she developed a comprehensive community building process and a Find Your New Neighbors workshop to help communities learn about sales and marketing. She has also collaborated with Katie McCamant and Bryan Bowen. Annie was a founder and resident of both Wild Sage and Silver Sage in Boulder, CO.

Jim Leach is the president of Wonderland Hill Development Company and has lead the company in developing over 20 cohousing communities in Colorado, California, Arizona, and Washington. He is a builder with over 50 years experience in the design, construction and development of sustainable, planned neighborhoods. Jim and his wife Brownie live in Silver Sage Cohousing in Boulder, CO where they have been creatively participating in and learning about the senior cohousing living experience for the past ten years.

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Three Aspects of a Healthy, Thriving Community (Diana Leafe Christian)

Presented by Diana Leafe Christian

Session Description

Through lively verbal and visual presentations and small group interactions, workshop participants will better understand the three aspects of a healthy, thriving cohousing community — creating “community glue,” good process and communication skills, and effective project management, and the mutually reinforcing, mutually beneficial relationships between them. We’ll look at a fourth, foundational aspect of a thriving community that underlines and benefits the other three (having it tends to help people feel great; it’s lack tends to erode well-being.) By making sure these three (actually, four) aspects of healthy community stay in balance, we generate much more harmony, trust, and connection. We’ll look briefly at “structural conflict,” the “Visionary/Idealism – Practical Experience Scale Over Time,” the benefits of learning Nonviolent Communication and the Restorative Circles process, and what can sometimes go wrong in cohousing communities with consensus. We’ll end with a brief overview of two different methods I highly recommend: N St. Consensus and Sociocracy. And . . . we’ll have lots of fun. ;)

About the Presenter

Author of Creating a Life Together and former editor of Communities magazine, Diana speaks at conferences, offers consultations, and leads workshops internationally on the tools and processes to create successful new cohousing communities, helping communities thrive, and Sociocracy for effective governance and decision-making. She’s led workshops at many Coho/US conferences (and in 2013 was the keynote speaker for the annual conference of the UK Cohousing Network. She lives at Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina. http://www.DianaLeafeChristian.org

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What Does it Cost to Live in Cohousing? (Dowds, Lazar, Villines, and Sanguinetti)

Presented by Philip Dowds, Peter Lazar, Sharon Villines and Angela Sanguinetti

Session Description

Cohousing is sometimes represented as an inexpensive or economical way to live, but — is it true? The cost of developing cohousing is much analyzed, but the cost of living in cohousing is less well documented. Coho/US is conducting a research program intended to come up with some specific numbers, and a better understanding of how different communities collect and spend common funds. Panel presentations will rely in part on this recent research conducted jointly by Coho/US and the Cohousing Research Network (CRN); time will be managed to allow explorations of questions from the floor. The panel will be moderated by Angela Sanguinetti PhD, Director of CRN.

Pay Now (Philip Dowds • Cornerstone Village, Cambridge, MA). Like other condos and HOAs, cohousing will have a program of annual fees and expenditures. From one community to the next, the per-unit cost of this annual budget can vary by a factor of five or more. Phil will look at the factors that can drive the annual budget up or down, and provide some real-life numbers and budget options that can help all communities plan and manage their operating costs.

Pay Forward (Sharon Villines • Takoma Village, Washington, DC). Cohousing communities own an extensive commons requiring, at irregular intervals, major re-investments — everything from fire alarm upgrades and roof replacement, to re-surfacing the driveway. Expenses like these often add up to thousands of dollars for each unit. Figuring out when these capital replacements will occur, and what they’ll cost, is part of the challenge; deciding how (or if) to save ahead, accumulating money in a capital replacement reserve savings account, is the other part.

Pay Less (Peter Lazar • Shadowlake Village, Blacksburg, VA). Cohousing is not your grandfather’s condo. Intentional community provides opportunities for sharing and collaboration that can and do offer significant benefits for the finances of member households.

About the Presenters

Angela Sanguinetti is an environmental psychologist, and a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Davis, where she leads the Consumer Energy Interfaces Lab. Dr. Sanguinetti is a pioneering member of the Cohousing Research Network (CRN) and has published academic research about cohousing and intentional communities. She is interested in creative ways to bring the spirit of cohousing to the mainstream. Her research has identified common activities that are critical to achieving the personal, social, and environmental benefits of cohousing; examined accessibility of retrofit cohousing; and experimented to determine influences of message-framing on perceptions of and attitudes toward the concept of cohousing. Personally, she aspires to create and live in a retrofit cohousing community.

Sharon Villines lives at Takoma Village Cohousing in Washington DC where she served on the facilities team for ~10 years, using studies to manage the facilities and long term planning. She is involved in the reserve study process in her community and has done extensive reading and research. While teaching at SUNY Empire State College, Sharon served on the President's Council on Budget and Planning and in the process of designing several new facilities.

Peter Lazar is President of Coho/US and active in the cohousing movement, giving talks on the subject and leading tours. He and his wife, Molly, are founders of Emerson Commons Cohousing, which is working to build a 26 home cohousing neighborhood near Charlottesville, Virginia. For the past 11 years, Peter, his wife, and their two daughters, aged 12 and 14, have lived in Shadowlake Village Cohousing in Blacksburg, Virginia. On the work-front, Peter is an award-winning technology entrepreneur, and has been involved in the Web since its inception. He received an MS in Computer Science from the University of Virginia in 1993.

Philip Dowds is an off-the-clock architect, recently specialized in healthcare and eldercare design. In 2007, he and his wife Susan moved to Cornerstone Village Cohousing (Cambridge, MA; 32 units; opened in 2001), where they each remain active participants in many aspects of community life. He believes that community life runs better when approached in a more businesslike manner, and understands that his view is a minority one. Phil also serves as Treasurer of the Board of Coho/US.

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What's Your Community's Green Footprint? (Bryan Bowen & Ma'ikwe Ludwig)

Facilitated by Bryan Bowen & Ma'ikwe Ludwig

Facilitated Discussion Description

"What's Your Community's Green Footprint" will be a dynamic dialog in which you can share your communities ideas and best practices, learn about metrics that will help you test your own performance, and have questions thought through by the group.

About the Facilitators

Bryan Bowen is a Colorado-based architect and principal at Caddis Architecture who designed Germantown Cohousing in Nashville, and is a leader with Memel.Global, the first cohousing community in Africa. Since 1995, Bryan has been dedicated to the design of neighborhoods and eco-buildings, all with the vision of making baby steps towards a sustainable permaculture planet. Bryan maintains community involvement through layers of volunteerism and sits on the Wild Sage Cohousing HOA board, where he lives with his family. In addition to his niche in cohousing, his work includes single family homes, eco-retrofits, multifamily housing, mixed-use projects, community planning, and commercial work.

Ma’ikwe Ludwigis the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture at Dancing Rabbit, and the Sustainable Communities Director for Commonomics USA’s Materialized Empathy project. She has done sustainability education work for over 25 years, and combines that experience with over 2 decades of intentional community living to create wholistic, practical education experiences. Maikwe also teaches group dynamics (including facilitation, cooperative leadership and consensus), and is a climate change activist. In 2007, she published her first book, Passion as Big as a Planet, which looks at the intersection between spiritual development and effective ecological activism. She is currently working on starting a new community in Laramie, Wyoming.

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When the Developer Leads the Way (Linda Herman, Jim Leach & Eric Cress)

Presented by Linda Herman, Jim Leach, Eric Cress

Session Description

As groups form to create a cohousing community, a big question to answer is - do you need a developer? And a separate but related question is - can you build a successful cohousing community if the project is developed by a developer, not the community? In this session, we will examine 3 different cohousing project scenarios in which developers were involved: A) Phoenix Commons in Oakland, CA in which the developer initiated and developed the project, B) Silver Sage in Boulder CO, in which the developer obtained the land and developed it with the community (a hybrid approach), and C) PDX Commons in Portland OR, in which the community hired a fee developer to develop the project with them. We will look at each project individually, exploring each projects' process and role of the developer and the community. This promises to be a lively and informative presentation and discussion.

About the Presenters

Linda is the principal and owner of Linda Herman Consulting, a development consulting firm that provides the expertise to plan and manage the development process for mission-driven organizations, non-profits, and cohousing communities. Unique in the industry, Linda blends a designer’s sensibility with a project manager’s pragmatism. Her responsibilities on projects include client relationships, goal setting and visioning, team selection, development of the master budget and schedule and management of the entire project process. LHC recently completed the 41 unit senior co-housing Phoenix Commons in Oakland and is working on an innovative model for senior cohousing coupled with residential care. Linda is a Certified Senior Cohousing Facilitator, LEED Accredited Professional, and Allied member of the American Institute of Architects.

Jim Leach is the president of Wonderland Hill Development Company and has lead the company in developing over 20 cohousing communities in Colorado, California, Arizona, and Washington. He is a builder with over 50 years experience in the design, construction and development of sustainable, planned neighborhoods. Jim and his wife Brownie live in Silver Sage Cohousing in Boulder, Colorado where they have been creatively participating in and learning about the senior cohousing living experience for the past ten years.

Eric Cress, Urban Development+Partners
An engineer and designer by training, Eric is drawn to innovative new ideas that make our communities better places to live. At UD+P, Eric concentrates on acquisition, development, finance, and property management. He oversees budgets and the acquisition-to-construction phase of new projects, and he initiates loans for our private real estate funds. Before UD+P, Eric was a project manager at Pacific Bay Investments in Berkeley, California. Prior to that, Eric managed engineering projects for Cypress Semiconductor, Maple Optical Systems, Leapfrog Toys, and the National Science Foundation. Eric holds eight patents and has published several papers related to this work. He earned an MBA with a focus in real estate finance from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, as well as BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University.

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Speakers: 2017 National Cohousing Conference

Keynote Speaker

SarahSarah van Gelder – Keynote

"We evolved to live in community, and that seems to be the scale where we can best navigate the complexities of life-experiences of people not like us, the fragility and resilience of the web of life that surrounds us. When we live connected to a community, we are more likely to become champions for one another, not just for ourselves. It's a small step from there to becoming advocates for the larger community, even for the community of all life. From there, the idea of the common good is not so hard to grasp."

These wise words come from YES! magazine co-founder and editor Sarah van Gelder - and much to our excitement, our 2017 National Cohousing Conference keynote. Sarah is also a founder of Winslow Cohousing, her former home on Bainbridge Island, where she claims, "raising my kids in cohousing was one of the best things I ever did." This well-spoken and community-focused woman will frame our Conference's theme of Building Resilient, Sustainable Communities.

Sarah will arrive fresh from writing her new book, The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, chronicling her journey through eighteen states, seeking solutions to the enormous challenges our country faces today. She identified a commonality to thriving communities that will resonate with cohousers, the steadfast dedication of people loving and defending the places they call home. Sarah's book will be available in the Conference bookstore, and you can join the conversation with her during the interactive conference session she'll be leading too.

Get to know Sarah more here, and follow her updates on Twitter @sarahvangelder.

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Sponsors for our 2017 National Cohousing Conference

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We thank our generous sponsors for their commitment to nurturing and growing cohousing.

Sustaining Sponsors

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Supporting Sponsors

National Cooperative Bank New American Villages Boulder Community Media Fitch Architecture & Community DesignYES! MagazineLinda Herman Consulting Fellowship for Intentional CommunityLipscomb University

Community Sponsors

Elderberry CohousingFair Oaks EcoHousingGermantown Commons California CohousingSageHill PartnersVillage Hearth Cohousing
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Sponsorship Opportunities: 2017 National Conference

COME JOIN US – May 19-21, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee

Since the first American cohousing communities opened in the early 1990’s, more than 164 communities have been built, with a hundred and thirty in process. Small and large, urban and rural, newly built and retrofits, these communities have consistently been at the forefront of environmental and socially sustainable neighborhoods and resilient communities, providing a wealth of real life experience to cohousing residents of all ages.

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over 500 attendees; 10,000 subscribers to Coho/US; and 40,000 subscribers to the Fellowship for Intentional Community, 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

WHY MORE PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING COHOUSING:

Interest in cohousing has surged in recent years, a trend driven by baby boomers seeking a downsized, community-oriented and environmentally-friendly lifestyle. Cohousing is gaining traction among millennials as they search for a better way to raise their children.

  • Community: Social scientists confirm - we’re happier, healthier, longer living people with social interactions and connections.
  • Sustainability: Cohousing places a high value on environmental stewardship, ecofriendly construction, living light on the land, and shared resources.
  • Resiliency: Common values encompass healthy lifestyles, lifelong learning, personal growth and positive contributions to society.

2017 NATIONAL CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES

Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to market your company to a growing audience of cohousing enthusiasts. Benefits include website, email and social media exposure through promotions to our 10,000 subscribers and aligned partners who reach over 40,000. Sponsors receive high visibility at the conference, with recognition opportunities, program ads, exhibits, and a slide show. We look forward to partnering with you!

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CONFERENCE LOCATION:

The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel is located near the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nissan Stadium, Music City Center and Nashville Airport – and Germantown Commons Cohousing.

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Venue: 2017 National Cohousing Conference

Conference Venue = Millennium Maxwell House Hotel Nashville

2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, Tennessee, 37228

For discount rate rooms ($169) at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, please speak with the In-House Reservations Manager, Slavko Kozul at 615-313-1376.
In-House Reservations Manager Slavko Kozul: 615 313 1376
Group Discount Code = 1705COHOUS

We also have a block of rooms across the road, 0.3 miles away, at the
Fairfield Inn & Suites Nashville MetroCenter for $179.00 per night for a King Suite
Click here to make a reservations with our Cohousing Conference Group Block
If you prefer to call to make reservations: (615)432-4677 and ask for the Cohousing Conference group block.
This discount will end on May 5th, or earlier if rooms are booked.

Another lodging option:
SpringHill Suites Nashville MetroCenter, 250 Athens Way / Nashville, TN 37228 T 615.244.5474
Offering a rate of $199.00 per night
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Millennium Maxwell House Hotel is our Conference Venue
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel Nashville is located near the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nissan Stadium, Music City Center and Nashville Airport – and Germantown Commons Cohousing.

We encourage conference participants to stay at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, and help us create our own intentional community during the conference!

About the Hotel
Stay at Millennium Maxwell House Hotel Nashville, where music reigns supreme. We’re ideally located near the Country Music Hall of Fame, Bridgestone Arena, Germantown, Nissan Stadium, Music City Center and Nashville Airport. Our 287 spacious guest rooms feature unique, music-themed décor. Soak in views of the city or rolling Tennessee hills in the distance. Dine at Praline's Restaurant, where fresh meals and innovative drinks are served up all day, just like our Southern hospitality. Our 26,000 sq ft (2,415 sq m) of flexible meeting space includes the Crown Ballroom with spectacular panoramic views. Millennium Maxwell House hits all the right notes in Nashville.

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Millennium Maxwell House Amenities

  • Wifi
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool
  • On-Site Parking
  • Business Center

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