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Saturday, June 1
 

9:00am

Q & A: Living in Cohousing now that the honeymoon is over
This Q&A session to share insights from those living in established communities as to what community life is like 'after the honeymoon is over'. Some questions that might arise as far as "now that the we're all moved in, and settled down, how do we continue to get to know each other on a deeper level, and what will the future hold?"


Speakers
avatar for John Rymers

John Rymers

Highline Crossing Cohousing Community
John Rymers, M.A., LPC has been living at Highline Crossing Cohousing Community (www.highlinecrossing.org) since its inception in 1995. He is active in the community and is currently a member of the Buildings Team. John has witnessed the good, bad and the ugly of forming and maintaining... Read More →
avatar for Therese Kunzi-Clark

Therese Kunzi-Clark

Conference Programs, Winslow Cohousing
Therese started her community life being raised in a small village in Switzerland. She left the confines of her country in 1978 . A decade later she return to her roots becoming a founding member of Winslow Cohousing on Bainbridge Island. She's a meditator, an artist with a passion... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Parlors C

11:00am

Cohousing Friendly Regulations
As we deal with the City, County, State and Federal governments in getting our projects started, there could be comprehensive Plans, Zoning codes, building code, subsidies, loan guarantees, etc.—all government instruments—that could benefit Cohousing just as similar provisions now benefit agriculture, defense and a myriad of other activities in our nation. We should be asking and lobbying government entities to better support cohousing in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Gebhart

Matthew Gebhart

Portland State University
Matthew Gebhardt is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies & Planning and Real Estate Development at Portland State University, having previously worked as a senior associate at an interdisciplinary consulting firm managing a variety of planning, development, and design projects... Read More →
avatar for Dean Smith

Dean Smith

Evergeen State Sustainable Communities
Dean is one of the founders of Sunnyside Village Cohousing in Marysville, WA.  In the course this effort he enumerates the difficulties of getting cohousing started and suggests solutions in local, state and national policies.  Facebook... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Senate

11:00am

Q & A: Recruiting Families
This Q&A session to explore what some communities (both forming and established have done to actively recruit families. You might hear questions such as "Are open house a way to get the word out? Should we hang flyers at local schools? What else can we do?!"

With Experts:
Joelle Cowan
Megan Shea
John Caye

Moderators
avatar for Karen Gimnig

Karen Gimnig

CohoUS Staff, Cohousing Facilitator
Karen Gimnig supports communities in building richer relationships as the foundation for effective process and collaborative living.  Connected communities need safe spaces, strong relationship skills and authentic communication. Karen guides communities to: Engage conflict productively... Read More →

Saturday June 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Parlors C

1:30pm

Q & A: Share your community Meals experience
Love your community meals? Struggling to make your meal program work? Come and share your experience and learn from others what works, what challenges persist, and what benefits your community gets from gathering for eating together on a regular basis.

Read about Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing's unique meals program.

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Hoffman

Sheila Hoffman

Conference CoChair, Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing
Sheila has been an active participant in building the Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing community since 2010. In addition to doing community outreach and marketing she lead the initial food team assuring that everyone would get nutritious and delicious meals.  She loves the walkabil... Read More →
avatar for Helen Spector

Helen Spector

member, Trillium Hollow
Helen Spector has just completed managing a large defect remediation project at her home community of Trillium Hollow. As an organization development consultant she has worked with clients in a wide variety of industries for 40+ years, in engagements including:•    Strategic... Read More →
avatar for Alan O'Hashi

Alan O'Hashi

Whole Brain Thinker and General Do-Gooder, Boulder Community Media (BCM)
Alan O'Hashi spreads his storytelling methods to help communities target people they want through the power of story. After getting laid off a job after 9/11, the risk-taker decided to work for himself and make movies. He melded what he learned as a nonprofit development director... Read More →
avatar for Oz Ragland

Oz Ragland

Cohouseholding Project
Oz has lived at Songaia Cohousing and a new, adjoining community since 1992. He leads the Cohouseholding Project (cohouseholding.org), a collaborative effort to define, support, and promote a more sustainable model for sharing homes. This will be the first presentation of project findings and will including cohouseholds within cohousing communities - Songaia has 4... Read More →



Saturday June 1, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Parlors C

3:30pm

Cohouseholding in Cohousing: Shared Households within Larger Communities
Cohousing is a successful model for the development/operation of a type of intentional community. Cohouseholding is a new model for shared households which articulates key success factors for sustainable shared households, including co-ownership and co-design. This workshop presents the model and explores the creation of cohouseholds within cohousing communities.
 
Oz Ragland leads the Cohouseholding Project (cohouseholding.org), a collaborative effort to define, support, and promote a more sustainable model for sharing homes. This will be the first presentation of project findings and will including cohouseholds within cohousing communities - Songaia has 4!

Speakers
avatar for Oz Ragland

Oz Ragland

Cohouseholding Project
Oz has lived at Songaia Cohousing and a new, adjoining community since 1992. He leads the Cohouseholding Project (cohouseholding.org), a collaborative effort to define, support, and promote a more sustainable model for sharing homes. This will be the first presentation of project findings and will including cohouseholds within cohousing communities - Songaia has 4... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Senate

3:30pm

Creating a Conflict Resolution Team
Got Conflict?
With people comes conflict. We will wrestle with when you can help, what are personal vs. community issues, what to do to help, what is privacy vs. secrets, and when to call in outside professionals. Focus is on how to create a team to handle conflict, and what to do in team meetings.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth (Liz) Magill

Elizabeth (Liz) Magill

Mosaic Commons Cohousing
Liz joined Mosaic Commons Cohousing in 2002 and moved in 2009. She's been on the Community Support team since early on. Her day job is as a pastor, writer, and workshop leader, helping people address the hard things in life.  Facebook... Read More →



Saturday June 1, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Parlors C

3:30pm

PANEL: Growing Food
Urban and rural cohousing communities around the country are discovering creative ways to grow garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. Representatives from several different communities will describe ways their gardens nourish participants and their communities as a whole. Bring your questions and participate in the discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Musick

Mark Musick

Vashon Island Cohousing
Mark grew up in a small town on the shores of Puget Sound. He co-founded the regional Tilth Association in 1974 and for ten years he was a member of a pioneer Community Land Trust farm. Forced to quit farming by the late effects of childhood polio, in the mid-1980s he moved to Seattle... Read More →
avatar for Dean Smith

Dean Smith

Evergeen State Sustainable Communities
Dean is one of the founders of Sunnyside Village Cohousing in Marysville, WA.  In the course this effort he enumerates the difficulties of getting cohousing started and suggests solutions in local, state and national policies.  Facebook... Read More →
avatar for Susan Fries

Susan Fries

PDX Commons
Susan Fries is a co-founder and Membership Coordinator of PDX Commons, a 55+ cohousing community in Portland OR. She had previously thrived while living in an cooperative house in graduate school, so when it was time to downsize, cohousing was the perfect choice. Begun in 2013, with... Read More →
avatar for Nola Hitchcock Cross

Nola Hitchcock Cross

Milwaukee Area Cohousing
Owner & Managing attorney, Cross Law Firm, SC, Milwaukee, WI; handled legal work for housing, consumer & worker cooperatives, co-living groups & land trustsFounded Riveredge Housing Cooperative in 1976 in Milwaukee, a row of 10 townhouses & gardens, with first mortgage from National... Read More →
avatar for Ole Errson

Ole Errson

Kailash Ecovillage
Ole cofounded Kailash Ecovillage, a rental model cohousing community accessible to lower income Portland residents, in 2007. Its main focus is food production and includes on-site composting of all kitchen and garden wastes as well as a permitted humanure composting and urine diversion... Read More →



Saturday June 1, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Council
 
Sunday, June 2
 

9:00am

Emotional Resilience
Have you had the fight about outdoor cats? Living together means we inevitably disagree. In this experiential workshop we use Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to practice listening from the heart so we stay present and engaged. We’ll also review other practices that can strengthen the emotional capacity of communities we love!

Speakers
avatar for Jerry Koch- Gonzalez

Jerry Koch- Gonzalez

program manager, Sociocracy For All
Jerry is a consultant and certified trainer in Dynamic Governance/Sociocracy and Compassionate Communication (NVC), focusing on egalitarian governance, decision-making, communication skills, and conflict resolution/Restorative Circles. Jerry is a founding resident of Pioneer Valley... Read More →



Sunday June 2, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Forum

9:00am

Q & A: Growing Up in Community
Ever wonder what it's like to be a kid living in cohousing? Hear from a variety of CoHo youth about their experiences in cohousing. Get their perspective on the challenges and value of living in a multi-generational community. Learn directly from youth how to make a community that enriches the lives of its youngest members, and fosters involvement as children become teens.

Moderators
avatar for Catya Belfer

Catya Belfer

Catya Belfer is part of Mosaic Commons, about an hour west of Boston in Berlin, Massachusetts.   Cat works as a techie project manager and also builds websites for cohousing groups and others. She is passionate about building connections between people and has been involved in intentional... Read More →

Sunday June 2, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Broadway I

11:00am

Community Sponsored Presentations - Are You Looking for a Community?
Are you searching for a community? Interested to know what is out there? Join us at this networking event! Sponsoring (thank you for supporting CoHo USA) Forming Communities will each have a 5 minutes to pitch their community to you, most are forming and actively looking for new members, some communities need residents, or waiting lists! There will be time for questions, and if you've found 'the one' you now know who to contact!

Speakers
avatar for Karin Hoskin

Karin Hoskin

Executive Director, National Cohousing Association
I am the Executive Director for the Cohousing Association of the US. I live in the Wild Sage Cohousing Community in Boulder Colorado (for 15 years so far!)


Sunday June 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Galleria III

11:00am

PANEL: Pay or Play
Participation and work issues are challenges for most communities. Two long-time cohousing residents with very different experiences in developing a “Pay or Play System” in their respective communities will share about the history, the processes utilized, and resulting outcome in trying to implement a more equitable way to get the work done and encourage participation.

Speakers
avatar for John Rymers

John Rymers

Highline Crossing Cohousing Community
John Rymers, M.A., LPC has been living at Highline Crossing Cohousing Community (www.highlinecrossing.org) since its inception in 1995. He is active in the community and is currently a member of the Buildings Team. John has witnessed the good, bad and the ugly of forming and maintaining... Read More →
avatar for Ronnie Rosenbaum

Ronnie Rosenbaum

Cohousing Professional, Harmony Village
Ronnie Rosenbaum has lived in a cohousing community in Golden, Colorado since 1997 and in an intentional community for five years in the 1970s.  A professional mediator with many years of experience assisting communities, organizations and families, she consults, facilitates and... Read More →



Sunday June 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Directors

11:00am

Q&A: Diversity in Cohousing
This panel will include a diverse group of folks who will share their experiences (both positive and not so positive ) of life in cohousing. A safe space to share true feelings and thoughts in relation to to helping Cohousing be a welcoming place to all.

Speakers
avatar for Alan O'Hashi

Alan O'Hashi

Whole Brain Thinker and General Do-Gooder, Boulder Community Media (BCM)
Alan O'Hashi spreads his storytelling methods to help communities target people they want through the power of story. After getting laid off a job after 9/11, the risk-taker decided to work for himself and make movies. He melded what he learned as a nonprofit development director... Read More →
avatar for Adesina Cameron

Adesina Cameron

Mortgage Loan Advisor, Fairway Independent Mortgage
Before coming to the Mortgage industry, Adesina spent most of her career working in natural food grocery, sustainability, social justice and healthy eating education. After buying her own home she was so impressed with the impact her mortgage broker made on her life that she decided... Read More →
avatar for Yana Ludwig

Yana Ludwig

Yana Ludwig Training and Consulting
Yana Ludwig is a cooperative culture pioneer, intentional communities advocate and anti-oppression activist. She serves on the board of the Fellowship for Intentional Community and works as a local chapter coach for Showing Up for Racial Justice. Her latest book, Together Resilient... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Byrd Farmer

Crystal Byrd Farmer

Big Sister Team Building
Crystal Farmer is an engineer turned educator from North Carolina. She became the organizer for Charlotte Cohousing in 2016 and has been involved in cohousing and the intentional communities movement ever since. She is passionate about encouraging people to change their perspectives... Read More →



Sunday June 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Broadway II

11:00am

The Intentional Community Social Movement and how Cohousing plays (or can play) a part
Cohousing is part of a family of models for community that include housing co-ops, ecovillages, land trusts, as well as Transition Towns, cooperative businesses, and more. This session will explore the important niche Cohousing fills in this movement and how it can have an even greater impact on world.

Speakers
avatar for Sky Blue

Sky Blue

Fellowship for Intentional Community
Sky Blue is the Executive Director of the Fellowship for Intentional Community. Over the last 20 years he has lived in, worked with, and consulted for numerous communal and cooperative groups and organizations, and has visited dozens of communities and cooperatives, in the US and... Read More →


Sunday June 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Council

12:30pm

Structured Networking w/ Lunch
Closing lunch will be an opportunity for a moderated conversation with other members from your geographic region or specific affinity groups such as LGBTQ and POC. Please find the table that works best for you.

Sunday June 2, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Grand Ballroom Hilton Portland Downtown

3:30pm

Unplugged Session w/ Katie
Katie McCamant, one of our respected experts, was there from the very beginning, helping Cohousing grow. Come to this session with your questions! Hear from Katie about lessons learned. An informal group chat.

Speakers
avatar for Katie McCamant

Katie McCamant

Architect, Author, CoHousing Solutions
Katie McCamant brings the depth and diversity of her 30+ years of experience as an architect, developer, and cohousing resident to her clients. She is coauthor of Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, the authoritative book which introduced cohousing to the English... Read More →


Sunday June 2, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Galleria II