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Cohousing 101

Presenters: 
Grace H. Kim and Eris Weaver
Audiences: 
Emerging Communities
Time: 
Friday 10:30-12:00

First-time conference attendees should consider attending this session prior to any others. Participants will learn the basic concepts of cohousing and the jargon typically used in the various conference sessions. This informative session will feature lots of slides to help illustrate ideas. A lively Q&A session will prepare participants for a positive conference experience.


2010 Conference; Home Page Design Take 2



June 18th - 20th, 2010 * Boulder, Colorado

Read Conference Chair Jim Leach's Invitation
Registration is open!
Early-bird registration ends March 31, 2010
register now

The national cohousing conference is THE place to be for aspiring cohousers, cohousing residents, cohousing professionals, and community experts.

This year’s theme, Sustainability through Community, connects these two parallel movements. Coho U – two-day intensives June 16th -17th before the conference – will highlight the links between the two movements and will include a course on sustainability. During the main conference, all four featured speakers will explore sustainability and its relationship to community.

We’ll be walking the talk by making this conference more sustainable than ever before. We’ll provide non-disposable cups and use zero-waste plates and tableware. Our keynote speaker, Bill McKibben, will join us via video with live Q&A. And all of this will take place at the beautiful University of Colorado campus in Boulder, Colorado, a city renowned for its commitment to sustainability.


Conference highlights include:

  • Coho U – In-depth, two-day intensive workshops will provide tools and information you can use as you build and grow your cohousing community. For the first time, researchers and writers will participate in a special workshop.
  • Featured SpeakersBill McKibben, Dave Wann, Charles Durrett, and Kathryn McCamant will energize us and help us think about the connections between sustainability and community.
  • Community Tours – These rolling workshops will take you to 11 Colorado communities so that you can experience and learn about cohousing firsthand.
  • Conference Sessions – More than 40 presentations - learn about sustaining community through cohousing.
  • Fundraising Banquet – Featuring a live auction, the Saturday night event is the conference highlight, as everyone joins together to eat, network, play – and raise money for the cohousing movement.

register nowJoin us and invite others to this conference in the foothills of the spectacular Rocky Mountains as we grow, connect, engage. Together, we are building a more sustainable world – one neighborhood at a time.

What communities are represented at the 2010 conference?

This page shows the number of people who have registered from each of these communities or forming groups. This snapshot from the registration system is not real-time. If you're interested in seeing the names of those who have registered, click here.

As of Monday Jun 07 the counts are

7 - Nyland Cohousing - Lafayette - CO
7 - Silver Sage Cohousing - Boulder - CO
7 - Wild Sage Cohousing Community - Boulder - CO
5 - Songaia Cohousing Community - Bothell - WA
4 - Boulder Creek Community - Boulder - CO
4 - Valverde Commons - Taos - NM

2010 Coho U - Research and Writers Workshop

Wednesday, June 16, and Thursday, June 17

Led by Diane Margolis, Lisa Poley, and Dave Wann

Early research has begun to document the lessons learned from cohousing communities in addressing social, economic, and environmental sustainability at the neighborhood level. The intent of this two-day academic workshop is to bring together a diverse group of researchers, writers, and others who have an interest in studying and writing about the role that neighborhood-level community may play in the sustainability of human culture and our planet.

Working together, participants will:

  • share information and ideas;
  • present research;
  • brainstorm research possibilities;
  • collaborate with others in the field;
  • meet people who are leaders in cohousing development, community building, and neighborhood design and who are also cohousing residents themselves.

2010 Coho U - Sustainability: Environmental + Economic + Cultural

Wednesday, June 16, and Thursday, June 17

Led by Bryan Bowen and Marco Lam

Featuring special guests:

  • Dr. Brian Bansenauer, Founding Faculty, Cascadia Community College
  • Craig Ragland, Executive Director, Cohousing Association of the United States
  • David Neiger, Populus llc
  • Jim Leach, Wonderland Hill Development Company

This Coho U track will draw a wide circle around the concept of sustainability, bringing together experts from an array of disciplines for a two-day facilitated workshop, mixing presentations and interactive discussions. We will invite attendees to be active contributors in conversations with the experts and students of these topics. Each participant will have the opportunity to share information about his/her current efforts or experiences, with the ultimate goal of advancing all participants’ ideas and understanding.

A sustainable community ideally:

Exhibiting at the 2010 Conference

Please take a look at our Sponsorship packages, many of which include exhibit space!

Exhibit tables will be located in a central area near registration, the bookstore, and the coffee break area. Electrical outlets exist at the perimeter of the exhibit area; please bring extension cords if you require electricity. Table cover will not be provided. 

To become an exhibitor, fill out this form by Friday, May 28, 2010. If space is still available, it may be possible to exhibit, but those missing this deadline will not appear in the program. Exhibit tables will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis – so register early!

Exhibit Set-up Hours

  • Thursday, June 17: 5:00pm to 7:00pm (unloading into the building and storage room only, no table set up until Friday morning)

2010 Exhibitors

The conference exhibit hall is the ideal place to meet cohousing professionals and activists and to learn more about the services and ideas they offer. Be sure to visit all our exhibitors – and join us for the Saturday morning exhibit frenzy, complete with continental breakfast.

See also: Conference Sponsors

WHDCWonderland Hill Development Company

Cohousing CaliforniaCohousing California

McCamant & DurrettMcCamant & Durrett

Become a 2010 Sponsor

Our generous sponsors help us make the national cohousing conference THE place to be for cohousing professionals, activists, and enthusiasts. Three types of sponsorship – professional sponsorships, community and other non-profit sponsorships, and individual supporters – mean that more people than ever before have the opportunity to help grow our vital movement.

Become a sponsor soon – and take advantage of website exposure in the months leading up to the conference. From the moment you place your order until the conference itself, you'll enjoy prominent display on the site. At the conference, you and your organization will continue to be highly visible. For an overview of the many benefits you’ll receive from sponsoring the conference, see below.

  Diamond Platinum Gold Silver

2010 Sponsors

The 2010 national cohousing conference is bigger and better than ever, thanks in large part to our very generous sponsors. To add your name to this list, learn how you can become a sponsor.

Diamond Sponsors

WHDCWonderland Hill Development Company
Creating sustainable communities using cohousing concepts and sustainable building practices


350.org 350.org
Uniting the world around solutions to the climate crisis


Platinum Sponsors

2010 Community Tours

Tuesday, June 15 Update - Seats are still available for all tours. Visit several communities and learn a lot in one day! Read details below. 

Tours: All-Day (Wednesday and Thursday) Only $119.00. Half-Day (Friday AM or PM) $69. Great Value. Come join us. Register Now.

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