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Groups in the development process in 2008/2009 have had to deal with radical changes in the financing and housing markets. What happens when you do everything right, but the market falls out from under you? How are communities dealing with unsold units after construction completion? What will it take to finance new cohousing communities in this new financing climate? What do new communities need to be aware of that older communities never had to deal with? If your community was caught in the recent downturn, come share your experience, tell us how your community is dealing with the economic slowdown, and learn from those who lived through it.
With a western medical background and a home birth midwifery practice, Karin Hoskin has by default become the village healer. Community members come to Karin asking questions about pregnancy and parenting issues, needing a bandage or their blood pressure checked, asking advice about their teenage daughter, or simply wanting some of her immune-support honey. In this session, Karin will share some of her experiences as well as discuss how to be a valuable resource to your community without draining your energy.
Karin Hoskin was a paramedic for 15 years and is now a Certified Professional Midwife with a private practice. She lives in Wild Sage Cohousing in Boulder, Colorado. She has “caught” seven community babies and given away hundreds of band-aids.
In this workshop, attendees will learn about the Earth Café dialogue method before participating in a brief demonstration of the techniques. The example dialogue will focus on the question, "How can we create more sustainable cohousing?" Earth Café offers an intentional and comfortable space for meaningful dialogue. Through a series of small conversations, each participant is given an equal voice, thus making cross-pollination inevitable. By the end of this workshop, participants will have the skills to organize an Earth Café dialogue in their community.
This session will focus on the unique example of Colorado's Boulder Creek Community. The traditional cohousing model for community start-ups and sustainability is usually time-consuming, expensive, and risky. Thus, many interested cohousers are left out of the process. Once started, some communities have difficulty sustaining community participation. Upon resale, most communities have little influence over who moves into the community. In this session, participants will discover creative, more affordable, inclusive, and sustainable alternatives to traditional cohousing models for community startup, participation, and resale. Participants will also learn about affordable Rent-to-Buy features, creative participation incentives, and cost and environment saving “implant” benefits.
Intergenerational family and community relationships and mentoring have become almost extinct, yet we have a broad understanding of the effect in our communities and the world for this lack. One of the great challenges in healing this process is the lack of effective process to support these relationships in our all-too-fast-paced lifestyles. All too often our efforts result in frustration, and we do not succeed in our hopes. Yet the challenge of dealing with an uncertain future for our children depends on them doing their best in relationships with each other and with the whole of the Biosphere. Healing the mentoring process – that is our work.
In the world of intentional communities, cohousing is the new kid on the block. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn from community network veterans who live on the block. We'll explore the ways in which cohousing is unique and the ways in which it isn't. While the main focus will be on what's happening in the U.S., we'll also provide an overview of developments in Denmark, where cohousing originated. It's a big world out there, and the good news is that we all have more allies in our efforts to build a better world than we know.
This panel will address a full spectrum of philosophies behind sustainable communities and sustainable urbanism. Panelists will: provide an overview of the topic of sustainable urbanism; explain the localism movement, the density and smart growth movements, and the metrics of LEED-ND; and address how urban neighborhoods can connect people personally with nature and resources.
Seniors are all but cast adrift in our culture, and one of the best alternatives to that scenario is senior cohousing. Senior cohousing is also the best place in the world for seniors to have one of the best times in their life. And it makes sense. They are at a similar stage in life – they usually don’t have big responsibilities (kids are gone) and want to have some fun. This session will present the many different ways to develop senior cohousing. Come learn them from the best!
We’ve been spoiled in the first decades of cohousing development with communities selling out with relatively little effort. As we’ve built more communities and as we’ve faced the downturn in housing markets, we’ve had to get a lot more sophisticated on how to communicate the true value of cohousing and how it compares to other available housing options. Come to this session to find out what is working for new cohousing groups and how values of resales are holding over time. Of particular interest is appraiser Lee Bartholemew’s recent survey of resales in northern California cohousing communities and how they have held during this very difficult housing market. This session will look at the most successful marketing approaches for both intergenerational and senior cohousing communities. Annie Russell and Georgette Vigil will share their experiences in sales and marketing.
This workshop will explore the process of searching for sites and evaluating them for actual cohousing development. Does the sewer and water work? Do you have adequate access to meet local design standards? Does your vision of community fit on this land, and can you see yourself living there? What are important design features that will support community life? Following presentations, we will lead you through a hands-on exercise that will show you how to test a site. If you already have a site, bring a 1:20 scale plan to the workshop and we'll help you lay out a community plan.
Laura Fitch is a principal with Kraus-Fitch Architects, Inc., in Amherst, Massachusetts, and a 15-year resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing, also in Amherst. Kraus-Fitch Architects has worked on programming, schematic design, and/or full services on over two dozen cohousing communities across the US.