Tag: Conference


Another Failure . . . UNLESS

A conference reflection: Another failure, unless, of course…   You really ENJOYED having to make choices – choices I tell you! – among 5 bus tours, 24 +/- Pre-Conf. intensives and workshops, 60+ waaay too awesome conference workshops, three plenary speakers plus one closing panel made up of 6 well versed, knowledgeable speakers/resource people.  What... Read More

The People You Meet . . .

Two years ago, as Coho Nashville was wrapping up, I posted this to my Facebook feed.  I wonder who I will meet this year in Portland? I love cohousing people. Unique, passionate, life-changing, world changing people. Also peculiar in any number of ways. This week I have met people who:Spend years building hopes and dreams.Do not... Read More

Planning for Conflict

So imagine this, you’ve had a meeting of your community, forming or formed, and you could hear some tension in the discussion. Roberto was really not happy with the discussion. At process check-in the facilitator asked if he was upset and he said he was fine, he just needed time to mull over the facts.... Read Mo

Intensive Offering: Attract the people you want to join your cohousing community

FADE IN: INT. COHOUSING CONFERENCE ROOM, DAY Are you starting a cohousing community and want to know where to start? Do you live in an existing community, and want to revisit your mission? Sign up for the “Telling Your Community Story” half-day intensive workshop by Alan O’Hashi For startups, some will say tie up the... Read More

Cohousing Conference at My Home – Then and Now

The Northeast Cohousing Summit is coming to Amherst, Massachusetts, and that sure brings back memories for me! Want to know why? Almost two decades ago, in October 1999, the National Cohousing Conference was hosted by two Amherst communities: my home community of Pioneer Valley Cohousing, and nearby Pine Street Cohousing. For three glorious days, people... Read More

Pioneer Valley Cohousing Excited to Welcome Summit Attendees Next Month!

My community is hosting the Northeast Cohousing Summit! Come learn about how to develop a cohousing group or help your existing community thrive through changing times. Or just enjoy networking with some kindred spirits – that is the part I like best about the many cohousing conferences I’ve attended. I always come away from cohousing... Read More

Impact of Senior Cohousing

There is a senior housing crisis in this country. In the United States, traditional senior housing options aren’t meeting the needs of older adults. Many attempts to put seniors in community have proven to work short term, but funding and employee retention continue to strain these organizations. Senior support, like Meals on Wheels, drains local... Read More

Are You Kidding?

We are better together in cohousing… It seems every day I experience a moment when I’m reminded of how cohousing offers us a way to live better lives, especially during these times when our world can seem so divisive. A few months ago, my cohousing moment involved a white board. I call it the “Are... Read More

Got Conflict? Join the discussion this September in Amherst.

Why can’t we all just get along? Some percentage of people who join a cohousing community do so because they want everyone to “just get along”. Idyllic images of not just knowing your neighbors, but also of really liking to hang out with your neighbors flutter through our heads. And then we move in. Or... Read More

Why I Contribute to Cohousing.Org Every Year

I just made my annual contribution of $100 to Cohousing.org. I do this every year because of the many benefits the organization has provided me: support, friendship, resources, and inspiration. Each year I choose ten organizations that are important to my life and my community, and I make a donation. To me, it’s a privilege... Read More