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Schedule & Session Descriptions

Session descriptions will be posted here as they are available.


Join us for opening remarks from the Cohousing Association staff and board, including instructions for using technology for this online conference.


Shilpa Jain, Executive Director, YES!

As West African elder, Malidoma Somé says, “Conflict is the spirit of the relationship asking itself to deepen.” Join YES! Executive Director Shilpa Jain for a heart-opening and thought-provoking conversation on building bridges and working with conflicts. She’ll offer a look at what stands in our way as well as share a few practices to bring more awareness and better equip ourselves to transform breakdowns into breakthroughs — to bring forth connection, wholeness, and healing, for ourselves, each other and our world.


Session 1

Session 2

Session 3


9:0010:0011:0012:00Welcome and Introductions
10:2511:2512:251:25Session 1
11:3512:351:352:35Session 2
12:401:402:403:40Exhibit Hall
1:152:153:154:15Session 3
2:153:154:155:15Closing and Takeaways
2:303:304:305:30Open Discussion
4:005:006:007:00End of Event



Laird Schaub

Cooperative group process and facilitation trainer.

I offer assistance and training with any aspect of cooperative group dynamics. Over my 34-year career, I’ve worked 82 cohousing groups. Centered in the messy world of group living, I’ve learned both how groups get into trouble and the best remedies.

Currently Serving: Oak Creek Commons, Village Hearth, Raven’s Roost, Monterey Coho, Elderberry

Cohousing Coaches

Raines Cohen

Group Development, Cooperation Skills/Tools

We’ve visited over 120 US cohousing neighborhoods, lived in two, and coached many. We help groups regionally partner, using the Group Works card deck and EcoVillage design cards to find their own path for building community, living well together.

Currently Serving: East Bay Cohousing (and active subgroups), Greek Village Cohousing, Phoenix Commons, Fair Oaks EcoHousing, Culver Way Cohousing (Arizmendi EcoVIllage), Mid-Atlantic Cohousing, Cohousing New England, and forming groups.

Crystal Byrd Farmer

Author: The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization

Diversity consultation and training, workshops, facilitation

I help communities understand the historical and social factors that make cohousing a predominately white and middle class movement. I work with groups on multiple areas of diversity including race, sexuality, and disability.

Currently Serving: Lost Valley Center, Rooted Northwest, Other Community Organizations

Joe Cole

Facilitation, Conflict Transformation

Supports communities and non-profit organizations in developing cooperative skills, nonviolent communication, collaborative governance, and conflict transformation as a trainer, speaker, and consultant.

Karen Gimnig

Co-author: The Cooperative Culture Handbook: A Social Change Manual to Dismantle Toxic Culture & Build Connection

Connection, Facilitation and Governance Consultant

Workshops and ongoing support grounded in Imago Relationship Theory includes facilitation and meeting planning, conflict support, process and governance guidance and connection skills for forming and established communities.

Currently Serving: Bay State Commons, Cohousing Houston, Heartwood Commons, Sunnyside Village, Wasatch Commons, Fair Oaks EcoHousing, Wolf Creek Lodge, Washington Commons, Middle Fork Cohousing, River Song Cohousing

Sociocracy For All

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez

Sociocracy (egalitarian self-governance) & NonViolent Communication trainer

Sociocracy for All provides a wide range of training and support for communities and individuals seeking to learn about and/or implement egalitarian self-governance that is, in our view, more effective than consensus or majority rule.

Currently Serving: Treehouse Village, Cohousing Hamilton, Kawartha Commons, Tree Cohousing, Port Townsend Ecovillage, Columbia Ecovillage, Rachel Carson Ecovillage, Adams Creek Cohousing, Berkshire Intentional Community and many more

Tools for Change

William Aal

Conflict Transformation, Process Consulting

I do workshops and process consulting in comunication, conflict resolution and building resilient and diverse communities looking at issues of power, trauma and and complexity.

Currently serving: PDX Commons, Haystack Heights, CHUC

We Can Work It Out, LLC

Sarah Ross and Mary King

Workshops and support for effective community-building and visioning, and support for developing effective community structures & processes.

We offer remote and in-person facilitations and training, customized for your needs. We believe that clear, transparent governance structures/processes, including agreements about handling conflict, are the foundation of functional communities.

Currently serving: our home community – Great Oak, our neighboring co-housing communities, Sunward and Touchstone, and other non-profit organizations.

Weatherly Coaching

Martie Weatherly

Process Consultant and Consensus Coach

I provide facilitation and coaching for collaborative communities to understand consensus, to choose how to use it, to clarify their Pathway to Consensus and to learn the pitfalls to expect so their decision making process can be Hassle Free.

Currently serving: Mid Atlantic Cohousing and my community Liberty Village

Yana Ludwig Training and Consulting

Co-author: The Cooperative Culture Handbook: A Social Change Manual to Dismantle Toxic Culture & Build Connection

Group Process and Cooperative Culture

I teach, write, facilitate and consult, supporting groups having more just and cooperative culture and systems, grounded in years of community living, nonprofit management, and anti-oppression work.


The Cohousing Association thanks our sponsors for the 2021 online conference series.

Caddis Collaborative

CoHousing Solutions

Fitch Architecture and Community Design

Jones Design Studio

Schemata Workshop 

The Cohousing Company


Wonderland Hill Development Co