Community Renewal: Opportunities to re-engage, recommit and revitalize your established community (Ronnie Rosenbaum and John Rymers)

This half day pre-conference intensive requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. If you have already registered for the conference, you can register again for any intensive.

Presented by Ronnie Rosenbaum and John Rymers

Intensive Description

Just as it is common for a person to experience an identity crisis at different stages in their life, it is normal for more mature co-housing communities to question who they are, their values, and their direction. The presenters will use an interactive approach to identify symptoms of when a community is not functioning as fully as it could, and guide attendees on the steps to take and tools available to revitalize their established communities. The first step is to assess what is needed, and build support for the change process in your community. Renewal will be presented as an opportunity to explore what is working well in your community and how to build on those successes, and how to face challenges, to set a course for on-going change. Participants will learn strategies to help their communities revisit and recommit to their mission and values. How will trust and safety concerns and unresolved issues, be addressed? How do we engage and re-engage those who live in our community, regardless of their age, ability, or length of time as a resident? How will we sustain our community’s culture, leadership, and connectedness over time?

About the Presenters

Ronnie Rosenbaum, MS
Ronnie has lived in a multi-generational cohousing community since 1997 and is a resource for other intentional communities. She consults and facilitates about a variety of topics, such as developing inclusive yet efficient processes, decision-making, managing conflict, and improving communication. In addition, as a mediator, collaborative divorce facilitator, parenting coordinator and conflict coach, Ronnie assists families in the resolution of issues including those related to divorce, parenting, and aging.

John Rymers, MA, LPC
John has been living at Highline Crossing Cohousing Community since its inception in 1995. John has witnessed the good the bad and the ugly of forming and maintaining a cohousing community and has been involved for 20 years in nurturing and supporting the community culture at Highline Crossing, one of the oldest cohousing communities in Colorado. Professionally, John is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a trained mediator providing dispute resolution services in the domestic relations and elder care arenas.

Additional Information

This pre-conference intensive offered on Friday, May 19, from 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm requires an additional fee of $75. You may register for this intensive separately without registering for the full conference. For those who have already registered for the conference, you can add this by registering again and only signing up for this intensive.