Tag: Resources


Registration is Open for Colorado Regional Conference

The 2018 Boulder CO Regional Cohousing Conference holds the keys to creating a highly functioning cohousing community. There is something for everyone – those exploring the idea, newly forming groups or existing communities. For Newly Forming Communities: You will learn how to get started, meet the people who can help make it happen, and discover... Read More

Insist on Plain English Documents

Several years ago there was a post on Cohousing-L related to the community’s legal documents that were written in “legalese.” I had recently researched Plain English for Lawyers for a neighbor. She was a single parent trying to set up legal guardianship and financial oversight for her daughter in the event of her death or... Read More

Bright Future Now

After 10 years involved in self-developing Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage, marked for me with some serious and in retrospect unnecessary growing pains that cost us dearly, I’d like to recommend an invaluable resource I wish we’d had earlier. It’s an online course excellent for forming communities who want to avoid some of the painful process... Read More

Storing Community Documents Online

…to all of you cohousers who keep your various official documents, minutes, site map, consensus log, new-member orientation materials, etc. on-line – what software or product are you using, and how well does it work for you? Muriel at Shadowlake Village, Blacksburg, VA At Nubanusit Neighborhood and Farm we store everything on Google Drive. We’ve... Read More

Reserve Studies and Why Every Project Needs One!

Editor’s Note: Learn more from a webinar on reserve studies we are planning with National Condo Advisors for January 2017; and at the 2017 National Cohousing Conference, where Darlene, and cohousers Sharon Villines and Lyons Witten will be presenting about reserve studies. Also at the conference, National Condo Advisors will be exhibiting as part of... Read More

National Cohousing Open House Day: Thanksgiving for Cohousers!

It feels like Thanksgiving for Cohousers! You know what its like for those hosting Thanksgiving, right? Preparing extra special treats, cleaning a little bit more than usual, coordinating who is doing what, and mostly… preparing and getting excited for the guests to arrive! That’s what we have been doing at Cohousing communities all across the... Read More

The Advantages of Discussions on Email

This post is on a neighborhood discussion list and will be seemingly off-topic but bear with me. Our neighborhood list, TakomaDC where Takoma Village Cohousing is located, started in the 1990s by 12 neighbors as a way to notify each other of crimes in the neighborhood. In 2003 when ownership was transferred to me, it... Read More

Water Conservation in Cohousing

It’s safe to say that water is on the minds of most Californians. With our state facing a historic four-year drought, the effects ripple far beyond our own cities, dinner plates and favorite swimming holes. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the consequences. Earlier this week, Governor Jerry Brown issued California’s first-ever mandatory water restrictions,... Read More

Ask a Cohousing Resident Interview Series

I’m excited to introduce a new project recently launched at CoHousing Partners: http://www.cohousingpartners.com in Nevada City, CA. I’ve started a Q&A style video series to offer a first-hand glimpse of life in cohousing. These candid interviews with the experts on the topics of living, growing and aging in cohousing could provide an excellent educational feature... Read More

Mistakes New Cohousing Groups Make

A list of the 6 mistakes that groups have made that contributed to their downfall or cost them significant financial loses and/or membership problems. Not a scientific study but reflects 20 years of reading Cohousing-L. 1. NOT READING COHOUSING-L. Cohousing-L will give you access to hundreds of successful cohousers who are more than willing to... Read More