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The 2019 National Cohousing Conference in Portland, Oregon was a huge success. For information about future conferences visit the CohoUS website and subscribe to the newsletter. You can view and download a souvenir PDF with photos and more info about the conference.

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Thursday, May 30
 

9:00am

Creating Your Cohousing Site Design
This intensive gives you a hands-on experience of the participatory design process typically used to create cohousing. After a presentation on cohousing site design, participants work together to create site plans, using to-scale blocks on urban and rural sites. You can bring a base plan of your site to use.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Kraus

Mary Kraus

Mary Kraus Architect
Mary Kraus, AIA, LEED BD+C is a cohousing architect and facilitator who has worked with over two dozen communities in the US and Canada over the past thirty years. She was a founding board member of the Cohousing Network (now Coho US). She lives at Pioneer Valley Cohousing, the first... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2019 9:00am - 12:30pm
Studio

9:00am

Marvelous Meetings by Design
Join us for this interactive workshop on key design skills, such as: choosing topics, lively ways to explore issues, effective delegation, and more. If your meetings have 20+ people sitting in full group discussion for 2 hours, you are missing out. Learn new options in this fun, participatory session.

Speakers
avatar for Tree Bressen

Tree Bressen

Tree Bressen has been blessed with a calling to help groups function well.  For the past two decades she has served a wide variety of organizations, including many cohousing communities at all stages of development.  She is also the founder of the nonprofit collective that produced... Read More →



Thursday May 30, 2019 9:00am - 12:30pm
Council

9:00am

ALL DAY - Senior Cohousing Part 1
Learn about what senior cohousing is, why it is important, and how you can start one in your community.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Durrett

Charles Durrett

Architect, Author, McCamant & Durrett Architects
Architect and author Charles Durrett brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. He pioneered the cohousing movement in North America, and teaches architects and community leaders how to start successful cohousing communities around the globe. Durrett authored The Senior... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Galleria III

1:30pm

Designing the Common House
The Common House is the heart of every cohousing community - and it should be designed to foster and support communitas (or the spirit of community). Architect Grace Kim is internationally known for her research and design of cohousing common houses and will share the key strategies for designing yours.

Speakers
avatar for Grace Kim

Grace Kim

Principal Architect - Conference CoChair, Schemata Workshop
Grace Kim is co-chair of this year's Cohousing Conference and a founding principal of Schemata Workshop and began her architectural career in Chicago before returning home to Seattle. Grace is a consensus builder, helping her clients and project stakeholders envision how a completed... Read More →


Thursday May 30, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Galleria II
 
Friday, May 31
 

9:00am

Class Issues Arise: Let's Deal with Them
In this workshop we will surface the class issues that arise in the course of forming a co-housing community and explore some ways of consciously working with them in a way that builds rather than divides community.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ladd

Jennifer Ladd

Jennifer Ladd Consulting/Class Action
Jennifer Ladd lives at Rocky Hill Cohousing and is co-founder of and senior trainer for Class Action, an organization that inspires action to end classism and extreme inequality by providing change-makers with tools, training and inspiration to raise awareness and shift cultural beliefs... Read More →



Friday May 31, 2019 9:00am - 12:30pm
Executive

9:00am

Let's Launch
Whether you are just beginning to form your group, need to re-energize your efforts, or you just need those last few members, this intensive will give you tried and true marketing and sales tools to ensure your community's launch. Topics covered will include a broad range of best practices including how to create a strategic marketing plan and how to turn interested people into committed members.

Speakers
avatar for Shelly Parks

Shelly Parks

CoVision Consulting
Shelly Parks spent a career leading professional sales and marketing teams in retirement living start-ups. In 2017, she founded CoVision Consulting to share her skills and knowledge with forming and developing cohousing groups.  As Shelly partners with groups, her goal is to always... Read More →


Friday May 31, 2019 9:00am - 12:30pm
Studio

9:00am

ALL DAY - Senior Cohousing 101 Part 2
Learn about what senior cohousing is, why it is important, and how you can start one in your community.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Durrett

Charles Durrett

Architect, Author, McCamant & Durrett Architects
Architect and author Charles Durrett brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. He pioneered the cohousing movement in North America, and teaches architects and community leaders how to start successful cohousing communities around the globe. Durrett authored The Senior... Read More →


Friday May 31, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Galleria III

9:00am

ALL DAY - The Cohousing Development Process - Lessons from 30 years in the trenches
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 groups most valuable work during each phase. How do we raise the money?

Speakers
avatar for Jim Leach

Jim Leach

CohoUS Board VP, Wonderland Hill Development Company
Jim Leach is president of Wonderland Hill Development Company and has lead the company in developing over 20 cohousing communities in the Colorado, California, Arizona, and Washington. He is a builder with over 50 years of experience in the design, construction and development of... Read More →
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 →



Friday May 31, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm
Galleria I

1:30pm

Guerilla Consensus
The core of consensus is the belief that everyone has a piece of the truth. Nice theory, right? But putting that into practice and creating a culture that supports consensus going well is not a simple thing. This workshop focuses on the attitudes and cultural frameworks that make consensus—or any participatory decision-making—a positive experience instead of a gauntlet.

Speakers
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 →



Friday May 31, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Council

1:30pm

Managing Big Construction Remediation Projects
OMG!   The Sky is FALLING!?!?!?!?  (OR the roof, or the siding, or the door sills,...)

Construction defects and materials malfunctions can cause tremendous and widespread damage to our buildings. What can you do when they show up during the first year of occupancy?  What about the first 10 years?  What can you do after the builder liability reaches the Statute of Limitations?  What can you do when you are building to help avoid them later?  
How do you manage the remediation project? What professional resources do you need?  How can you help your community hang together during the monumental stress of such a project?  These questions are crucial to structuring and managing for a large, disruptive (re)construction project. 
How can you avoid or minimize the risk associated with these projects? The roles of repair, maintenance and reserves.

Why attend this intensive:    Come to this program to hear lessons learned from The Big Projects in several communities and share your own experiences as well.
  • The technical side:  resources to know about for new, forming groups, for settling in and sustaining communities;  tips for avoiding problems in new communities and down the road.
  • The community side:  How to help your community manage the disruption and stress; tips about structuring the project to support decision-making and transparency; Tools and approaches for strengthening community cohesion in the face of huge challenges.
  • What happens once the project is over--taking maintenance and reserves seriously. 
Those designing new structures and those living in communities with aging structures will hear stories about communities who planned, managed and paid for major remediation construction project, and survived.

Speakers
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 →



Friday May 31, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Executive