Re: Cohousing Games?!
From: kwan lu (
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 10:36:59 -0600 (MDT)
Uh...sounds rather like co-housing life is one long quarterly staff meeting 
(mandatory). *SHUDDER* Say it ain't so!

>From: LScottr2go [at]
>Reply-To: LScottr2go [at]
>To: Multiple recipients of list <cohousing-l [at]>
>Subject: Re: Cohousing Games?!
>Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 09:11:17 -0500
>In a message dated 7/14/2000 5:31:22 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 
>h-mead [at]
><< What are games cohousing people have created and have had fun with? >>
>There are so many, I couldn't begin to describe them all.  I get some of 
>from books; some I dream up.
>      For instance, for one closing we passed out bubble gum, numbered off 
>two's, and each pair attempted to unwrap their gum, soften it up enough to
>start blowing, and blow a simultaneous bubble.  It required great teamwork
>and non-verbal cues.  I was laughing so hard I spit my gum into my 
>     "Find the pruey" was fun.  One person is the pre-designated pruey.  
>group members wander around with eyes shut.  If you bump into someone, you
>say "pruey".  It they're not "the pruey", they say "pruey" back.  You'll 
>you've bumped into the pruey, because they will be silent and not say 
>back.  When you find the pruey, you then become part of the pruey and stand
>there with them.  Eventually the whole group becomes one big pruey.
>     There are internet sites for games, one book I ordered about 100 ways 
>have great meetings (or something like that) had a lot of nice ideas.  An
>old, old book from the library with "parlor games" had some fun stuff;
>"energizers" is one keyword you will often find.
>     A couple of weeks ago, it didn't seem like we really felt like playing 
>always ask - sometimes the atmosphere is too tense or volatile).  But we
>started a game where people put an object on the table in the middle, and
>then we passed it around the circle, and everyone got a chance to do some
>kind of improv with the object - miming use of it in some way.  Some folks
>were delightfully creative this way; some weren't and would pass, but
>everybody seemed to really enjoy it.  We loosened up and got better at it
>after a few rounds.
>     When we started including play in our meetings, a couple of people 
>me they didn't like to play - they felt more comfortable with ritual or
>structured activities like that.  But the feedback has been very positive,
>even from the ones who were worried about  not being "good" at playing.
>     If anybody wants some book titles, write back and I'll haul my stuff 
>from the car where it lives and try to pin a few sources down.
>     Good luck!  Linda Scott (Cascadia Commons Cohousing, Portland, OR)

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