2009 Seattle Conference; Growing Community
June 24-28, 2009
University of Washington - Seattle, Washington
The conference was a great success!!
Coho/US thanks our 2009 Conference Sponsors and Supporters.
Thanks to everyone who attended.
There are no longer any scholarships available.
Dorm housing options are no longer available.
Bus Tours: Wed, June 24 (SOLD OUT), Thu, June 25 afternoon (SOLD OUT), and Fri, June 26 (SOLD OUT). Tickets still available for the Thu, June 25 morning City of Seattle Cohousing tour.
Growing Community! This is the theme for the 1st Annual Conference of the Cohousing Association of the United States. While we've hosted conferences in the past, we have graduated to an annual conference to accommodate the increased interest in the growing cohousing movement.
This conference is THE venue for those who already live in cohousing, who are currently seeking a community, and professionals serving cohousing communities to learn new ways to "grow community." National Cohousing Conferences are also the ideal place for newcomers to learn about cohousing - whether you are exploring the idea of living in community or a public official trying to understand how to encourage community oriented development. Besides, the people who attend Coho/US Conferences love them!
Come to the 2009 National Conference and see the power of community for yourself. With more than 50 program offerings - featured speakers, workshops, seminars, and tours-there's something for everyone!
In 2009, our Conference starts with the International Cohousing Summit, an invitation-only event of Cohousing Thought Leaders from around the world, followed by an expanded offering of Pre-conference Workshops and Tours, and then the Main Event, the 2009 National Cohousing Conference. All three are based at the beautiful University of Washington campus, where attendees can choose and register for a greater variety of options than ever before.
Sunday, June 21, 2009 - Tuesday, June 23, 2009
This by-invitation Summit brings together Cohousing pioneers and leaders from around the world to exchange histories, ideas, and best practices. Confirmed participants include notable figures such as Jan Gudmand Hoyer (architect and founder of the Danish Cohousing movement) and Chuck Durrett (author and founder of the US Cohousing movement). Over a dozen countries will be represented including Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Australia, Germany, Korea, and Italy.
Results from the summit will be “instant-published” for the 2009 National Cohousing Conference which follows it. This event is currently being planned by Coho/US in collaboration with the UK Cohousing Network and the Canadian Cohousing Network.
In 2009, the workshops and tours will step up to a new level. In addition to the 3-hour workshops of the past, we will be offering both day-long and two-day workshops. Workshops will range from Free, Introductory Presentations for those new to Cohousing to in-depth offerings for Forming Groups, Established Communities, and Cohousing Professionals. Our 2009 Pre-conference Tours will also be expanded to offer a greater variety of community experiences than we've been able to produce in the past. With 13 built Cohousing Communities, Washington state has the second largest number of Cohousing Communities in the United States - we've selected nine in Puget Sound for the Pre-Conference Tours, a chance for you to see Cohousing up-close and personal.
2009 National Cohousing Conference
The 2009 Conference is our first-ever annual conference and we are pulling out all the stops to create an incredible experience for you. We have a wide range of programs to satisfy the Cohousing neophytes as well as old-timers; professionals and planning officials as well as residents. In addition to the high quality educational programming, there will be many social networking opportunities – both formal and informal as well as the first ever National Cohousing Olympics. Click on the links below to learn more about what we have in store for you, or take a look at the conference schedule grid.
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