This fall I got to spend some time with long-term cohousers. I asked them “Why cohousing?” As expected, they told me about neighborly support, caring for the environment, common meals, and all sorts of details of why it’s enjoyable to live in cohousing. What felt more important, though, were all the reasons the world needs more cohousing.
The Cohousing Association of the US was delighted to host Jerry Koch-Gonzalez of Sociocracy for All for the first in our series of WebChats. Over 70 people attended the program, including groups that gathering in their common house to watch together. We always love to see cohousing in action.
Jerry started the evening with a short presentation of facilitation skills and techniques. He then answered questions from participants about everything from power and privilege to community connection. We all learned a lot and now you can too.
Last weekend’s NE Summit kicked off with a day of pre-conference intensive workshops hosted by Pioneer Valley Cohousing in their common house. We filled every room with 2 full day and 7 half day workshops. We were greeted by cohousing in action with community members on hand to welcome us while others were working to maintain their community or going about their daily lives.
This fall The Cohousing Association is rolling out another great opportunity to learn about cohousing. We will be hosting sessions with process and facilitation professionals to share their expertise and answer your questions. We hope you will take advantage of this no-cost opportunity to receive support from your greater cohousing community.
The Northeast Cohousing Summit is coming to Amherst, Massachusetts, and that sure brings back memories for me! Want to know why? Almost two decades ago, in October 1999, the National Cohousing Conference was hosted by two Amherst communities: my home community of Pioneer Valley Cohousing, and nearby Pine Street Cohousing. For three glorious days, people interested in cohousing – aspiring cohousers, professionals, and members of existing groups – descended on our communities and filled the air with their energy, enthusiasm, and curiosity about cohousing.
Great article on cohousing's benefits from a long-time resident, published in Business Insider last week.
"At our condo complex, we live a completely different lifestyle. It's common for neighbors to bring dinner to a table on the patio and eat together. We often pop into each other's homes to borrow something, to ask a question, or just to say hi.
DON’t GIVE UP THE DREAM - IT JUST MIGHT PAY OFF
The seed of cohousing along the Willamette River in Eugene was planted in 2011. Oakleigh
Meadow, LLC incorporated in 2012 . With design & architectural plans in our pocket and
membership interest growing solidly into the double digits, we were jazzed! OMC’s Planned
Unit Development application to the city of Eugene was approved in late 2013 and we
anticipated breaking ground by September 2014 . Then the clock got turned back.
Laura Fitch, Architect and Pioneer Valley Cohousing member
My community is hosting the Northeast Cohousing Summit! Come learn about how to develop a cohousing group or help your existing community thrive through changing times. Or just enjoy networking with some kindred spirits - that is the part I like best about the many cohousing conferences I've attended. I always come away from cohousing conferences with renewed enthusiasm for my community and my architectural design work.
"Old is new again in housing, from tight-knit neighborhoods where residents look after one another to fresh twists on boardinghouses. The hot word is communal..." begins a recent Parade Magazine piece, featuring communities like Capital Hill Urban Cohousing and Village Hearth. "How America Lives" brings cohousing to the mainstream public, and as in much of the recent prominent coverage of this topic - demystifies and celebrates this unique, collaborative housing type many of us live in/are in pursuit of.