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2010 #1c - Pioneer Valley Cohousing visit for two with Kraus-Fitch Architects

lauraEnjoy your two-nights stay at Pioneer Valley Cohousing AND benefit from a professional consultation with Kraus-Fitch Architects. Pioneer Valley is an interesting, well-established cohousing community with many innovations to share. Learn about their "home offices" - which support thriving resident-owned businesses (including Kraus-Fitch Architects), their huge, well-organized library, their fascinating meal program, and much more. Kraus-Fitch Architects are nationally recognized as one of the most experienced architectural firms working with cohousing. In addition to full architectural services, Kraus-Fitch offers a wide range of other cohousing consulting.

During your two night stay, you'll enjoy:

  • the beautiful Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community (Amherst, Massachusetts) - with two guest rooms available in the common house

2010 #1b - Nevada City Cohousing for two with Charles Durrett & Kathryn McCamant

KatieCharles DurrettEnjoy Nevada City Cohousing (Nevada City, CA) during your one-night stay as the guest of Chuck and Katie. Nevada City is the innovative community that Chuck Durrett and Katie McCamant call home. You'll enjoy the Nevada City Cohousing hot tub and pool, and a common meal if available at the time of stay. Far more than just a stay at a great community, the winner will receive individual 1-hour consultations with Chuck and Katie. You'll visit the Nevada City offices of McCamant & Durrett Architects and Cohousing Partners, located in Nevada City's award-winning historic district. Nevada City is considered to be among the best-preserved towns of the West. See the friendliest, liveliest and most colorful of all California Gold Rush towns.

Is your community represented at the National Cohousing Conference?

We recently started posting a list of all the communities with the number of people who have registered for the 2010 Natl Cohousing Conference (June 18-20, in Boulder, CO):

http://www.cohousing.org/2010/faq/who

Its shouldn't be surprising to see people from a number of Colorado communities have signed up - not only is it less expensive (since they have minimal travel costs), but Colorado is one of the six hot-beds of Cohousing develompent.

What may be more interesting is the number with people who are traveling from far away... at this writing, communities from all of the "Cohousing hot spots," will be attending. These include:

  1. San Francisco Bay Area of California
  2. Puget Sound of Washington
  3. Central and Western Massachusetts
  4. North Carolina

The newest hot-bed, with two communities opening in 2009... drum roll please:

Every Citizen an Owner: Capital Homesteading for Cohousing

Presenters: 
Robert L. Brantley
Audiences: 
Emerging Communities
Cohousing Professionals
Time: 
Sunday 10:45-11:45

Capital Homesteading is a proposal for getting ownership, income, and power to every citizen. It would utilize the Citizens Land Cooperative (CLC) as one of several innovative credit-financing vehicles, practical components of a free-enterprise vision for humanizing the future of the American economy. The CLC is a keystone of a new private sector strategy for building livable and inspiring “new communities” in which every worker and resident would be afforded the right and effective means to participate personally in capital ownership accumulations, in profits, and in local decision making.


headshotRobert L. Brantley is president of Universal Peacemakers Foundation, a founding member of the Center for Economic and Social Justice, a managing partner for Falls Church Cohousing, and a managing member of The Brantley Group, LLC.

Poetry, Music, and Beer

Presenters: 
Linda Tate and Jeff Gillio
Audiences: 
Emerging Communities
Thriving Communities
Time: 
Saturday 1:00-2:00

In this presentation, Linda Tate and Jeff Gillio will share a variety of methods for generating fun in the Wild Sage Cohousing Community in Boulder, Colorado. Two activities – the bluegrass brunch and the beer club – provide fun for the community itself, while two other activities – the Yellow Pine Literary Series and the Wild Stage House Concert Series – use fun as a way to reach out to the surrounding community. All activities take place in the community’s common house. Participants will be encouraged to share ways in which their own communities have fun together.


Built-In Messages

Presenters: 
Stefani Danes
Audiences: 
Emerging Communities
Thriving Communities
Cohousing Professionals
Time: 
Sunday 10:45-11:45

We rarely stop to think about what the places around us tell us, but we rely on what they say to know where we are, where we’re going, how to act, and what to expect from other people. The physical form of a community conveys messages about who lives there, what goes on there, how people relate to each other, and quite a lot more. This session will focus on what cohousing communities – the buildings and landscape – have to say about the people and life there. We will look at a variety of examples to see what messages they are sending and how we can design communities to send the messages we intend.


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