Schedule: 2017 National Cohousing Conference

Subject to change

Thursday, May 18, 2017: Pre-Conference Intensives / Activities

7:30 AM Registration Opens
8:30am - 4:30 pm Intensives - Full Day (registration required)
Building a Better Meeting: Facilitation Skills for Everybody: Laird Schaub & Joe Cole (International)

Aging Better Together By Design or Destiny: Janice Blanchard and Ann Zabaldo (Forum)

How to Make Housing that People Really Want and that EveryTown USA Needs: Wendy Wiesner (Embassy)

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Sponsor and Presenter Reception (Overton Executive Suite 2nd floor)
6:00 pm Cohousing: Building Resilient Neighborhoods with Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett (Sponsored by the Nashville Civic Design Center, open to the public)
7:30pm - 9:00pm Creating Traditions, Celebration and Ceremony: Catya Belfer (free drop in) - International

Friday, May 19, 2017 - Pre-Conference Intensives; Conference Starts at 4:00 pm

Friday, May 19, 2017 - Pre-Conference Intensives; Conference Starts at 4:00 pm

7:00am Registration Open
8:00am - 11:30am Intensives - 1/2 Day (registration required)

Conflict Tools for Successful Groups: Joe Cole (Embassy East)

Hands-On Participatory Site Design: Mary Kraus (Embassy West)

Creating your Community - Marketing and Membership Development: Raines Cohen & Betsy Morris (International)

12:30 - 4:00 pm Intensives - 1/2 Day (registration required)

Community Renewal: Re-engage, Recommit and Revitalize: Ronnie Rosenbaum & John Rymers (International)

Let's Talk About Money: Eris Weaver (Embassy East)

Common House Design: Laura Fitch (Embassy West)

8:30 am - 4:00 pm Intensives - Full Day (registration required)

How Cohousing can Bridge Socio-Cultural Divides: Alan O'Hashi (Titans 9th Floor)

Cohousing Development: Lessons from 30 Years in the Trenches: Katie McCamant & Jim Leach (Grand Ballroom West)

Introduction to Sociocracy: Jerry Koch-Gonzalez, Diana Leafe Christian (Grand Ballroom Center)

Senior Cohousing: A Roadmap to Starting a New Community: SAGE and Charles Durrett (Grand Ballroom East)

Cohousing as Resilient and Sustainable Community: CRN: Cohousing Research Network (Forum)

1:30 and 3:00 pm Tours of Cohousing Community (registration required)
Tour of Germantown Commons with Bryan Bowen and Diana Sullivan
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm Network Gatherings Open to All - Drop In
Ag & Rural: Working Farms & Enterprises: Bill Hartzell, Hundredfold Farm (Forum West)
Aging in Cohousing: Raines Cohen and other AIC Committee members (Forum East)
Let’s Meet! Seeking Community: Rita Bullinger & Diana Sullivan (International)
Climate Leading Communities: Jenny Godwin (Embassy East)
Parenting in Cohousing: Catya Belfer (Embassy West)
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm Speed Networking: Grace Kim (International)
6:00 PM Dinner and Keynote with Sarah van Gelder (Grand Ballroom)
8:15 PM Networking for Newbies (International); Films (Titans - 9th Floor); Remembering Rob Sandelin, Joani Blank and others (Forum)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

7:30 AM Registration and Exhibitors Open
7:30-8:15 am Movement/Connections Class (Jackson Suite, 2nd Fl)
8:30-10:00 am Sessions and Facilitated Discussions
10:30am -Noon Sessions and Facilitated Discussions
Noon-1:30 pm Lunch with City Views & Networking (Crown 10th Floor)
Noon - 4:30 pm Video Showings (Titans - 9th Floor)
1:30-3:00 pm Sessions and Facilitated Discussions
3:30-5:00 pm Sessions and Facilitated Discussions
3:30-5:00 pm Forming a Cohousing Consortium - A New Way of Working: Linda Herman (Johnson Executive Suite 2nd Floor)
5:30 PM

Celebrating Cohousing Reception at Germantown Commons
7:00 PM

Facilitated Dinners & Nashville Fun

Sunday, May 21, 2017

7:45 - 8:30 am Gentle Yoga Class (Jackson Executive Suite 2nd Floor)
8:45 - 10:15 am Sessions and Facilitated Discussions
8:45 - 10:15 am Intern Programs in Community: Laura Fitch (Johnson Executive Suite 2nd Floor)
10:30am -Noon Sessions and Facilitated Discussions
10:30 am - Noon 500 Communities Training Program: Katie McCamant (Johnson Executive Suite 2nd Floor
Noon-1:30 pm Lunch on your own
1:30-3:00 pm Sessions and Facilitated Discussions

2017 Conference ends at 3:00 pm


500 Communities Training Program: Katie McCamant

Presented by Katie McCamant

Gathering Description

Come join an introduction and discussion of the 500 Communities Training Program

Launched in September 2015 and now engaged in its 2nd year training, this year-long Program is for passionate entrepreneurs who want to contribute to the goal of building the next 500 communities while working collaboratively and supporting each other. Over the last three decades, CoHousing Solutions' President Katie McCamant has consulted on, designed or developed dozens of cohousing communities. Through this Program, Katie is formalizing what she's been doing for years informally: train other collaborators to grow the ability of CoHousing Solutions to meet the expanding need for professional support in creating new communities.

The Program’s first-year graduate class is already hard at work on projects around the country, and the second-year class is deep into training up through August 2017. After a planned brief hiatus, the Program will be recruiting new applicants for the Fall 2018 Class. Explore if this Program might be for you with this introduction, meet graduates and current Program trainees, and ask any burning questions you have. It’s never too early to launch your plans for a new and exciting career in cohousing! Learn more at

Click here for an Invitation to the 500 Communities Gathering with bios of past and current participants.

About the Presenter

Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions is a licensed architect and coauthor of the authoritative book on cohousing, Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, which introduced this housing model to North America. Katie co-founded McCamant & Durrett Architects and The CoHousing Company with her husband, Charles Durrett, in 1987. Since then, Katie has designed and developed dozens of cohousing communities in the United States and Canada. Her new company, CoHousing Solutions, provides development and marketing consulting services to cohousing groups all over the country. Her expertise includes setting up project budgets, structuring financing, facilitating planning approvals, finding construction financing, contractor selection, construction management, marketing and membership processes, and community policy creation. She also works with groups to find appropriate development partners, and then assists in structuring those partnerships. Katie was a founding board member of The Cohousing Association, been recognized as a Dwell Leader by Dwell magazine, and in 2008 was named Developer of the Year by The Cohousing Association. Her projects have won numerous awards. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at UC Berkeley and completed her graduate work at the Royal Academy of Art and Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. After living in Doyle Street Cohousing in Emeryville, California, for 12 years, she now lives at Nevada City Cohousing.


Cohousing: Building Resilient Neighborhoods with Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett

Kathryn McCamant

Hosted by the Nashville Civic Design Center, this event is free and open to National Cohousing Conference Participants and the general public.
Thursday, May 18, 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm) at the Neuhoff Complex, 1315 Adams Street, Nashville, TN, 37208 (1.5 miles from the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel).

Join us for a presentation by two acclaimed cohousing experts, Kathryn McCamant of CoHousing Solutions and Charles Durrett of The Cohousing Company. As the architects who brought the concept over from Europe in the 1980’s, Kathryn and Charles will provide a brief history of the cohousing movement, then expand upon the modern-day resilience of these resident-initiated neighborhoods. Cohousing thrives in both urban and rural contexts, offering the privacy of your own fully-furnished home paired with extensive common amenities. These communities offer a variety of home sizes, fitting for the budgets of singles, couples and families. Cohousing allows seniors to successfully and safely age-in-community while parents receive unparalleled neighborly support in raising children. Learn how 160+ built communities are paving the way for a growing interest in cohousing’s potential: to enhance sustainable living by bringing to life the sharing economy on a neighborhood scale. There will be time for audience questions after the presentation. Those interested in learning more about cohousing should take advantage of a wealth of related sessions being offered at the National Cohousing Conference in town this same weekend, May 19-21. To learn more and register, visit

Hosted by the Nashville Civic Design Center's Urban Design Forum
Reservations preferred but not required, click here.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
6:00 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Location: Neuhoff Complex, 1315 Adams Street, Nashville, TN, 37208
(1.5 miles north of the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel)


Forming a Cohousing Consortium - A New Way of Working (Linda Herman)

Facilitated by Linda Herman

Gathering Description

The Cohousing Consortium is currently a small group of dedicated professionals committed to creating cohousing communities. We seek to bring together the best of the best professional resources, to establish a national network and work collaboratively to create vibrant, sustainable communities.

The consortium grew out of 2 questions:

** Just as cohousing is a different way of living, is there a different way of working that is inclusive and collaborative? Can we create a work model that helps an industry grow and shares the wealth? We think yes!

** How can we engage the developer community (the right developer community) to help increase the creation of cohousing communities? Can we make it “easier” for those unfamiliar to not be afraid of a new idea?

The intention of this discussion is to openly share our ideas for the consortium, discuss the potential business model and begin to outline how it would work. We confess to not knowing all the answers but are looking to collaborate with other cohousing professionals to create a new and exciting working model that will help grow the creation of cohousing communities and grow our business.

About the Facilitator

Linda is the principal and owner of Linda Herman Consulting, a development consulting firm that provides the expertise to plan and manage the development process for mission-driven organizations, non-profits, and cohousing communities. Unique in the industry, Linda blends a designer’s sensibility with a project manager’s pragmatism. Her responsibilities on projects include client relationships, goal setting and visioning, team selection, development of the master budget and schedule and management of the entire project process. LHC recently completed the 41 unit senior co-housing Phoenix Commons in Oakland and is working on an innovative model for senior cohousing coupled with residential care. Linda is a Certified Senior Cohousing Facilitator, LEED Accredited Professional, and Allied member of the American Institute of Architects.


Movement & Gentle Yoga - Open Practice & Professionally-Led


Jackson Executive Suite, 2nd Floor

We are offering a space for gentle movement, stretching, and meditation during the conference for open practice
with two 45 minute professionally-led sessions (offered complimentary):

Saturday, May 20
7:30 - 8:15 am Movement/Connections

Sunday, May 21
7:45 - 8:30 am Gentle Yoga

No props needed! Loose, comfortable clothes; easy shoes, socks or barefoot.
Ajeet is also available for private sessions should anyone want a one-on-one Yoga Session; email ajeetlotus [at] gmail [dot] com

About the Facilitator

Ajeet Khalsa is a Yoga Alliance Certified teacher in Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, practicing and teaching yoga, and movement based healing since 1995. She loves a more playful, engaged and authentic experience of humanity! She'll be leading a kinetic movement explorations class on Saturday and a gentle Kundalini Yoga & Meditation workshop on Sunday. She is also available for private one-on-one healing sessions by appointment. She is based in Knoxville, Tennessee where she works in mental health, children's yoga and has run a yoga bnb since 2006. She is entering into a new phase this coming year and will be selling her home, traveling and interviewing Co-Housing communities to share her incredible talents of healing.