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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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Saturday, June 1
 

9:00am

Cohousing Interventions on Loneliness Across All Ages
This session will open with a presentation focussing on the prominence that cohousing is enjoying in the UK due specifically to concern for loneliness, notably the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.  The presentation includes a review of the evidence of social isolation and loneliness as a complex problem and on opportunities and challenges for housing-based interventions, focussing on evidence of intergenerational and senior cohousing from international interdisciplinary research. The session allows for a 40 minute presentation followed by interactive discussion structured by two provocations - both for cohousing groups and for researchers improving the evidence base for the impact of shared space and social processes on loneliness in cohousing and through cohousing outreach. 

This talk will present a meta-analysis of social science literature (largely reviewing UK and USA research, policy and empirical studies) to explore the social impact of cohousing on loneliness across all ages. The aim is to identify from a comparison of senior and multi-generational cohousing research, alongside 'neighbourly designed' conventional housing options, interventions that promote mutual support and wellbeing to reduce the multiple and complex risk of loneliness.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Helen Jarvis

Dr. Helen Jarvis

Newcastle University
Helen Jarvis is Reader in Social Geography at Newcastle University. She has published three books on cities, housing, gender and work/life balance, and numerous articles and book chapters on pragmatic utopias, alternative visions of home and family life, and age-friendly community... Read More →



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

9:00am

Surviving and Thriving in Your First Year
Reviewing the lessons learned in the First Year. Four members of Quimper Village, completed in late 2017, will share highlights and challenges of their first year in residence and how the community approached them.  Panelists are Carolyn Salmon - Governance, Legal & Finance, Mena Quilici - Community Life, Cheron Dudley - Communications & Membership Development, Mack Boelling - Buildings & Grounds, Moderator - Alexandria Levitt, Sage Senior Cohousing Advocates.  There will be time for Q&A.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandria Levitt

Alexandria Levitt

President, Levitt Coho
Alexandria Levitt is the President of Levitt Coho, working to develop Senior Cohousing in Southern California. Levitt is also President of SAGE Senior Cohousing Advocates, a non-profit which works to support the development of more senior cohousing neighborhoods in the United States... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Salmon

Carolyn Salmon

Executive Officer, Quimper Village Senior Cohousing
Carolyn Salmon is a founding member and resident of Quimper Village Senior Cohousing in Port Townsend, WA.Team Leader of Finance & Legal Team and served on Construction Interfaced Team.Carolyn is convinced that cohousing offers seniors the kind of community life that supports and... Read More →



Saturday June 1, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Galleria I

11:00am

Take the Pain Out of Your Annual Budget Process
Come learn how budget setting can be a predictable, transparent process that supports participation and creates a container for addressing and resolving differing views. We'll share a cohousing friendly customizable spreadsheet as well as our "secret ingredient" for reducing stress during budget meetings and empower you to create a timeline and process designed for success. This workshop will help you transform your community’s budgeting into an annual community-building event instead of a major pain in the butt.

Speakers
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We Can Work it Out

Facilitators, Sarah Ross & Mary King
Mary & Sarah first met when they moved into Great Oak Cohousing, Ann Arbor, MI in 2003. Since then they have been learning from, and building on, each others' strengths as both community members and as professional collaborators.Mary & Sarah developed a passion for sharing the skills... Read More →



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

11:00am

Who Cleans the Common House Toilets? And other questions
Over the last five years Harmony Village has developed a system to collectively manage our collective workload. It relies on trust, respect and a nifty spreadsheet we'd be happy to share. This presentation gets 'in the weeds' of why we manage community labor and the nitty-gritty details of how.

As discussed in the presentation: if you would like to download your own version of the WILOP tool, log into a google account and then navigate to: http://bit.ly/WILOPTool  .   Copy the 'WILOP Manager' and 'WILOP Template' file into your own google account, and then you can edit.  Instructions are in the files.  Let me know if you have questions!  CoHousingTools@gmail.com

Speakers
avatar for Micah Allen

Micah Allen

As an engineer passionate about cohousing, Micah is curious about how technology can streamline the tedious tasks so we can focus our time and energy on relationships. The most important aspects of our communities cannot be organized on a spreadsheet, but some critical details can... Read More →



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

1:30pm

Are We Having Fun Yet?
We place a lot of emphasis in cohousing on meetings and process. But what about fun? Participants will be encouraged to share about what they do in their community to have fun and develop traditions. All levels of cohousing will get some creative ideas to take home, and have FUN in this session.

Speakers
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 →
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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 →



Saturday June 1, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Directors

1:30pm

Cohousing as a Social Enterprise
Considering cohousing as social enterprise provides a framework for greater long-term sustainability. This session will review strategies cohousing communities use to increase economic diversity, build equity, and reduce living expenses for members while serving the wider community.

Mark Musick will introduce the concept of cohousing as a social enterprise and provide examples from decades of experience at Vashon Cohousing.

Raines Cohen has visited 113 cohousing communities over the past 20 years. Formerly with Swan’s Market Cohousing, he is currently a member of Berkeley Cohousing. Based on his interest is in the crossover between cohousing and ecovillages, he will highlight examples around the country.

Tom Smyth is a member of Touchstone Cohousing in Ann Arbor. He will introduce “Gather,” an online platform designed to facilitate the sharing of meals, work, and other resources to make communities more fun and effective.

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 Raines Cohen

Raines Cohen

Cohousing Coach, Cohousing Californina
Raines Cohen is a Northern California Regional Organizer with Cohousing California, a regional umbrella group fostering the creation of green intentional neighborhoods (ecovillages) throughout the state.He has spent a quarter century launching grassroots nonprofit organizations and... Read More →
avatar for Tom Smyth

Tom Smyth

Gather, Touchstone Cohousing
Tom Smyth is the creator of Gather, "The App for Community". He is also a founder and worker-owner at Sassafras Tech Collective, a worker cooperative tech consulting firm specializing in work for non-profit and social justice clients. He holds a Ph.D in computer science from Georgia... Read More →



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

1:30pm

PANEL - Learning from International Cohousing (1 of 2)
Panelists from Germany and Israel share their cohousing experiences.

Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Eugenie Stockmann

Eugenie Stockmann

Green Fabric / Co-operation Housing
Eugenie is a sustainability expert and passionately pursues better quality, more affordable and sustainable development. In 2016 she founded Green Fabric, a hub that facilitates and promotes sustainable community building & living. This venture builds on the successful completion... Read More →
avatar for Michael LaFond

Michael LaFond

Director, Institute for Creative Sustainability, Berlin|CoHousing
Common Good Community Developer, Project Manager, Urban Activist, CoHousing Expert based in Berlin, Germany. Studying, supporting and publicizing relationships among self-organized housing, urban development processes and sustainability. Projects include the books CoHousing Cultures... Read More →
avatar for David Mencher

David Mencher

Cohousing Israel
Born in US, 50+ years in Israel.  Have lived on Kibbutz, enjoyed diverse professional experience: farmer, research biochemist (PhD), teacher, Chiropractor (DC); currently Patent Attorney in Biotechnology. Extensive participation in community-oriented projects, among the founders... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Galleria II

1:30pm

Power and Leadership
Has your group discussed what qualities you want in people filling leadership roles? Do you talk about how power is distributed among members and define its healthy uses? Can you talk openly about the perception that power has been misused? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you have problems.

Speakers
avatar for Laird Schaub

Laird Schaub

Canbridge
Laird has lived 41 years in intentional community, mostly at Sandhill Farm, an income-sharing community he helped found in 1974. He launched a career as a group process consultant in 1987, and has worked with more than 150 intentional communities (including 70 cohousing groups), both... Read More →


Power pdf

Saturday June 1, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Forum

3:30pm

PANEL - Learning from International Cohousing (2 of 2)
Three members of Rancho LaSalud Village Cohousing in Mexico and Kathy MacGrenera, founding member of Quayside Village the first urban cohousing community in North Vancouver, BC will talk about their cohousing experiences.

Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Kathy McGrenera

Kathy McGrenera

Quayside Village Cohousing
Kathy was a forming member of Quayside Village Cohousing in North Vancouver, the first urban cohousing project in Canada, where she has lived for the past 21 years. She works full-time as a facilitator and project management team member with Cohousing Development Consulting supporting... Read More →
avatar for Jaime Navarro

Jaime Navarro

Co-Founder & CEO, Rancho La Salud Village Cohousing
Co-Founder and CEO of Rancho La Salud Farm and Village, a USDA Certified Organic Farm and Sustainable Cohousing Development at Ajijic Lake Chapala in western Mexico. Born and raised in Guadalajara he has university degrees from Mexico and the United States in engineering, management... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Stephenson

Catherine Stephenson

Rancho La Salud Village Cohousing
Catherine was born and raised in Portland and spent most of her life living there.  She owned a Couture Dressmaking business for 35 years in inner S.E. Portland, and for 17 years she was an Adjunct Professor in Apparel Design at the Art Institute of Portland.  When she and her husband... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Villalobos

Sarah Villalobos

Rancho La Salud Village Cohousing
Co-founder of Rancho La Salud Farm & Cohousing Village with her husband Jaime Navarro since 2001. Born and raised in Guadalajara Mexico she is currently serving as Administrative Director of the family business undertakings, that is, The Farm and The Cohousing projects. Previously... Read More →



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

3:30pm

Replacement Reserves - Taking the Worry Out of Your Future
Don’t wait until the roofs are leaking for a cash call – be prepared! Hear from expert Lyons Witten on how to keep your community’s buildings and finances in good shape for generations. He will explain the importance of setting up replacement reserves (RR) from the date of move in, what is typically in an RR spreadsheet, where RR money is invested, and how the spreadsheet is updated annually. Your community will benefit greatly from a healthy RR account!

Speakers
avatar for Lyons Witten

Lyons Witten

Pioneer Valley Cohousing
Lyons Witten, 24-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... Read More →



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

9:00am

Aging in Community: New Roles & Opportunities for Elders
New roles and opportunities for elders in cohousing.

Speakers
avatar for Raines Cohen

Raines Cohen

Cohousing Coach, Cohousing Californina
Raines Cohen is a Northern California Regional Organizer with Cohousing California, a regional umbrella group fostering the creation of green intentional neighborhoods (ecovillages) throughout the state.He has spent a quarter century launching grassroots nonprofit organizations and... Read More →
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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 →


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

9:00am

Getting the Work Done (1 of 2)
Mary Kraus, Architect for and a 25-year resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing and Lyons Witten, 25-year resident chairman of the buildings and grounds committee of Pioneer Valley Cohousing, will present useful information on how to actually keep your community running smoothly. From various work systems, to mundane meal sign-up sheets and complicated replacement reserve studies, they have lived the experiment and dream of cohousing! With plenty of time for questions, and a wealth of insights and examples from various communities, this session will give you valuable tools to set up an effective work system for your community.

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 →
avatar for Lyons Witten

Lyons Witten

Pioneer Valley Cohousing
Lyons Witten, 24-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... Read More →


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

11:00am

Creating Traditions through Celebrations and Ceremony
How do people in cohousing create traditions? How do we mark the major life events of our members, such as births, coming-of-age, marriages and deaths? How do we celebrate community events, such as groundbreaking or community anniversaries? How about birthdays, new jobs or people moving in or moving out?

Speakers
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 11:00am - 12:30pm
Studio

11:00am

Getting the Work Done (2 of 2)
Mary Kraus, Architect for and a 25-year resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing and Lyons Witten, 25-year resident chairman of the buildings and grounds committee of Pioneer Valley Cohousing, will present useful information on how to actually keep your community running smoothly. From various work systems, to mundane meal sign-up sheets and complicated replacement reserve studies, they have lived the experiment and dream of cohousing! With plenty of time for questions, and a wealth of insights and examples from various communities, this session will give you valuable tools to set up an effective work system for your community.

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 →
avatar for Lyons Witten

Lyons Witten

Pioneer Valley Cohousing
Lyons Witten, 24-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... Read More →



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