The 2009 National Cohousing Conference was a great success! It ran from June 24 to June 28th 2009. Please join us for our next conference!

2009 Featured Speakers

register nowThe 2009 National Cohousing Conference has three Featured Speakers presenting at the Keynote, Opening and Closing sesions:

  • Jan Gudmand-Hoyer, Cohousing Architect and founder of the Cohousing Movement in Denmark
  • Mark Lakeman, Cohousing Architect and founder of Portland City Repair
  • Robert Gilman, noted sustainability speaker best known for his work helping to form the ecovillage movement

All have made important contributions to the Cohousing and Ecovillage movements. All are excellent speakers who are sure to inspire and bolster your spirits as you do your part to create a better world, one neighborhood at a time. Several other noteworthy and well-known Cohousing presenters are leading Pre-Conference Workshops and the many Conference Break-out sessions. The 2009 Conference offers you the chance to directing learn from some remarkable people, including:

Jan Gudmand-HoyerJan Gudmand Hoyer, Friday evening keynote

Cohousing in Denmark - a look back and forward

In the winter of 1964 Danish architect Jan Gudmand-Hoyer gathered a group of friends to discuss current housing options. Over several months, this circle of friends discussed possibilities for a more supportive living environment - this was the first attempt to build a Danish cohousing community. Gudmand-Hoyer went on to write an article entitled "The Missing Link between Utopia and the Dated One-Family House," in which he described his group's ideas and their project. When published in a national newspaper in 1968, the article elicited responses from over a hundred families interested in living in a similar community and the rest is... history.
Learn more about Jan Gudmand-Hoyer and his Friday Keynote

Mark LakemanMark Lakeman, Saturday morning plenary

Love, Home, Village, Earth

Mark is the co-founder of the City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon. City Repair is a multi-disciplinary, non-profit organization which works with place-based communities to creatively transform the infrastructure of the public commons where people live. Whether converting street intersections into public squares, or organizing other forms of permanent or ephemeral place interventions, City Repair is effectively engaging citizens in the reinvention of the public landscape. Mark is also the principal of Communitecture, a creative and aggressive architecture and planning firm with award winning ecological building and planning projects at many scales, including Portland, Oregon's ReBuilding Center, and numerous cohousing and ecovillage projects.
Learn more about Mark Lakeman and his Saturday Plenary

Robert GilmanDr. Robert Gilman, Ph.D. Sunday morning closing

Cohousing's Contribution to the Great Transformation

Robert Gilman is a noted sustainability speaker and thinker best known for his work helping to form the ecovillage movement. After Robert's first career as an Astrophysicist, he came to realize that...

the stars could wait, but the planet couldn't

He then shifted his focus to global sustainability, futures research, and strategies for positive cultural change. After co-founding In-Context Magazine and helping to create the Global Ecovillage Network, he settled in Langley, WA, where he joined its City Council.
Learn more about Robert Gilman and his Closing Address.