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Aging Successfully in Cohousing – Workshop Report

Last week in Nevada City, a team of over 20 attendees – having traveled from as far away as Brazil – participated in a week-long workshop on Aging Successfully in senior cohousing. The concept stems from a workshop in Denmark that is designed to set seniors up for success, called Study Group One. The approach… Read More

Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing breaks ground in Seattle

After 5+ years in development we’re very excited to announce we have broken ground! You can read the entire story with photos at http://bit.ly/CHUCblog. We are an inter-generational urban community committed to sustainable living on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. We currently have 8 of our 9 households committed, ranging in age from infant to mid-60s, families… Read More

It Takes A Village to Boil a Lobster …’er Silver Sage Village That Is

What a great community we have at Silver Sage Village! And if anyone asks about how many it takes to boil a lobster … the answer is simple: It takes a village to boil a lobster at least the village at Silver Sage. When we started to plan on Monday for the Lobster Boil …… Read More

Regional Cohousing Conference – Experiences in Boulder

Picture from Henry Kroll, from the Silver Sage session on “Aging in Place, how’s it working?” I arrived home at midnight after a long weekend in Boulder, attending the Regional Cohousing Conference. I should have been exhausted, but I was wired after the energizing gathering. A success by any measure, we had close to 90… Read More

This weekend in Colorado

This weekend was a great regional conference in Boulder, Colorado. Zach and I enjoyed both the conference and the beauty of the mountains and the creek immensely. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen, and I’m looking forward to the 2015 National Cohousing Conference – May 29-31, 2015 – Durham, North Carolina!

Creating Community as we Grow Older Event in Salt Lake City

Creating Community as We Grow Older featuring Beth Baker (Salt Lake City, UT)When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 2:00-4:30pm Where:  Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South, Salt Lake City, UT Contact Information: Cindy Turnquist cindy [at] sagehillcohousing [dot] org For Details: http://sagehillcohousing.com/events/ Beth Baker, author of “With a Little Help from our Friends,” will… Read More

Cohousers Part of the NYC People’s Climate March

Cohousers will be part of the NYC People’s Climate March on Sept 21st, showcasing this great banner! Laura Fitch is leading about 20 people from Pioneer Valley Cohousing, and will be joined by other cohousers from NYC Coho, NYC Cohousing Group, Katywil Farm Community, New View Cohousing, and Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm, along with others… Read More

Consensus or Sociocracy?

Question: We are 3 months into starting a co-housing community in western MA. We will soon be discussing how we will make group decisions. I don’t think we have to reinvent the wheel on this one. Consensus and sociocracy seem to be common strategies. Which do you recommend? Sociocracy and consensus are not opposite things…. Read More

Community Size

Question: I would like to know the number of units of the smallest Cohousing communities and people’s opinions about the smallest number of units necessary for a viable Cohousing community. Response: Years ago, somewhere in the literature I saw the results of a survey that the ideal size was 25-35 households. Under 25 could get… Read More

Harvard and AARP say Senior Housing is Next Big Crisis

Harvard and AARP say senior housing is the next big American crisis, according to a new report. From Senior Housing News, “A shortage of caregivers for baby boomers, high cost of senior living products and services and lack of disability-equipped housing reveal a seniors housing crisis as the 50-and-over population is projected to increase about… Read More

Stickers that show what you have to lend

“… Switzerland’s Pumpipumpe is trying to bring a little of that back — forward? — into the information age. Rather than developing a mobile app that assists sharing of goods between neighbors, they’ve gone old-school with stickers that people can apply to their mailboxes to let others know what they have to lend. It’s a… Read More

A Hard Nut to Crack: Intentional Community

I had the pleasure of meeting with Laird Schaub and other members of the FIC (Fellowship for Intentional Community) oversight committee, at Shannon Farm Community in Afton, Virginia. To start, this was affirmation of our beneficial collaborative partnership; as sister organizations, we both seek to build community. I offered that our cohousing model may be… Read More