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All Work and No Play? No Way!
Shelly Parks
Nurturing member relationships in a developing community takes extra effort during these times. Peg Boettcher, Joyce Harvey-Morgan and Shelly Parks of Skagit Commons, a community under construction in Anacortes, Washington, will share what they've learned about fostering fun and making deeper connections with one another as they prepare to live together. Tips will include how to humanize general meetings, develop fun and engaging "happy hour" topics, and create strategies for meaningful internal communication.
How sociocracy supports care, connection and relationships
Jerry Koch-Gonzalez
A brief introduction to Sociocracy followed by a description of how Sociocracy has contributed to loving community at Kawartha Commons Cohousing. This talk uses various components of Sociocracy, including rounds, check-ins, check-outs, and objections, as examples illustrating both the process of creating a loving community and loving to live in community.
I love them, but . . .
Karen Gimnig
In community we generally love our neighbors, but we don't always like them. This session will explore the challenges of living with people who are different than we are and some strategies for living together more happily.
It's Not About The Nail: Empathy in Dialog
Jerry Koch-Gonzalez
We will show a brief provocative video and then do role-plays to explore how to get past emotional traffic jams. The focus is on skill development and to understand the dance between empathy and self-expression. 1. listening to understand 2. expressing ourselves to be understood This session is based on the theory and practice of Nonviolent Communication (NVC).
Love in the Age of Covid
Charles Durrett
Charles Durrett will be sharing insights from his new book Community-Enhanced Design: Cohousing and Other High-Functioning Neighborhoods related to how Cohousing alleviates isolation, especially in light of the pandemic. The talk will discuss previous patterns of social connection and how cohousing communities are adapting to covid, such as greater numbers of people working and studying from home.
Relating to Neurodivergent People
Crystal Byrd Farmer
Have you ever been annoyed at someone who is disorganized or forget things easily? The person who wants rules followed to the letter or makes a face when they smell strong scents? Neurodivergent people (those with autism, ADHD, and other so-called disorders) live among us, and they are probably just as annoyed at you! In this workshop you'll learn about the characteristics of neurodivergence, important accommodations people may need, and how we all can coexist peacefully in community.
What can we learn from the Sound Relationship House (Gottman Couples Therapy ) for vibrant lively cohousing communities?
A high participation session generating ways to apply the prInciples of The Sound Relationship House from The Gottmann Institute to Cohousing Neighbourhoods.


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
3:004:005:006:00End of Event

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Loving Cohousing ^ Bios ^ Cost ^ Program ^ Registration ^ Schedule