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LATEST ARTICLES

Open House Options

Raines Cohen lives in Berkeley Cohousing in Berkeley, CA. He gives an overview about why give community open houses. He says there are a couple reasons, when a community has homes for sale or rent, open houses provide a way to give prospective cohousers a chance to “kick the tires.” He suggests taking plenty of… Read More

Living in Senior Cohousing in the age of Covid-19

May thanks to PDX Commons and member Gretchen Brauer-Rieke for the article below and linked slide presentations.  Please note that this information may now be out of date in some ways, and should not be considered medical advice.  Cohousing has such rich resources. This well organized and clear information is definitely part of it.  Thanks… Read More

Cohousing and Coronavirus: Forming Communities

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 The New and Forming Communities Web Chat was attended by as many as 31 people from around the country.  A very stimulating and informative session! A summary of the high points: Karin’s introduction – the Coho WebChat series is an effort to use our shared experiences to help cohousers across the… Read More

Coho with Coronavirus

A review of WebChat #42: Coho with Coronavirus, Thur, Mar 12, 2020* (In a changing world, note this information may no longer be current.  Specifically, some states have further restricted gatherings since this webchat.) Intro Keeping Cohousers Healthy  As communities listen and respond to current events, it seems like a good moment to come together… Read More

Google Docs for Community

For nearly three decades now, communities have been using the tools of cohousing to live more collaborative lives.  Google Docs may be the tech world equivalent for collaborating around text. Like any new tool, there can be a bit of a learning curve which will be more challenging for some people than others. I believe… Read More

Hosting a Great Zoom Meeting

Video conferencing seems here to stay and it’s a great tool for cohousing communities, especially for forming communities that do not yet live together.  Even established communities are finding they can get increased participation when attending from home is an option. This is particularly true for parents of young children and adults with physical conditions… Read More

1000 Things

A number of years ago, before cohousing came into our lives, my husband and I realized that the time and worry of maintaining our big family house and yard no longer matched the lifestyle we wanted. We also acknowledged that we felt burdened by all the stuff filling every nook and cranny. Rather than the… Read More

Searching for the right neighborhood, I found a community

Before my wife and I separated (as amicably as possible; my ex- is a terrific person and I’m grateful that she put up with me for 25 years), I lived in a great neighborhood in Wakefield.  Which, in a roundabout way, is why I’m looking forward to living at Bay State Commons, our cohousing community… Read More

When Someone Wants to Say Something No One Wants to Hear

As cohousers we generally believe in the principle that everyone gets a voice. We think of ourselves as taking all views into account and welcoming differences of opinions.  But what about when we don’t? What do you do if someone has more to say after others in the community are past tired of hearing it?… Read More

How to Create an Agenda – Part 2

Careful agenda-setting is an essential element in preparing for a good meeting, and often an area where a little effort can make big improvements in meetings and community relationships. Agenda creation includes two distinct parts: 1.       Choosing the topics to be discussed. 2.       Determining how those topics will be… Read More

How to Create an Agenda – Part 1

Careful agenda-setting is an essential element in preparing for a good meeting, and often an area where a little effort can make big improvements in meetings and community relationships. Agenda creation includes two distinct parts: 1.       Choosing the topics to be discussed. 2.       Determining how those topics will be… Read More

Interview: Heartwood Cohousing

Robert “Han” Bishop is a resident of Heartwood Cohousing in Bayfield Colorado. Heartwood is a rural community with a large property and many self-sustaining practices. In this interview, Han describes his experience living there, how he and his wife came to move there and something of the cycles of life they are experiencing. https://vimeo.com/378639869?fbclid=IwAR3CCXooc_D_skL4j-TkbUjdfFbRGbyIn4luc9XDuU03Ud4yQftJnO4PuY8