|Reminder: Cohousing Movement co-founder in Berkeley tomorrow evening||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Raines Cohen (rc3-coho-Lraines.com)|
|Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 08:11:06 -0700 (PDT)|
I'm just sharing this little reminder of tomorrow evening's Berkeley talk with Chuck because some folks reading my first announcement thought it would be only about "senior" or "elder" cohousing. As the 90-year-old said (so they say), "I don't want to go to the retirement home, it's full of old people!" This event will not be that: we're welcoming participation from cohousers of all ages (we can set up a kid-play space in the next room or out on our clubhouse's sunny deck if people are interested) and if you work 'til 5, no problem, just join us when you can. We are definitely inviting folks from the area's many intergenerational cohousing neighborhoods, and of course Chuck has had a hand in importing the movement from Denmark and has designed all kinds of cohousing neighborhoods for all ages, and affordable housing inspired by similar design principles. "Aging In Community" is a movement encompassing all ages... it is a process that begins at birth. It is about building in understanding of the aging process into our social structures and our physical environment, making sure that the support we need will be there when we need it, and that we build bridges between ages and understanding and fully tap the experience and wisdom and skills accumulated on the path of life. (plus, I gotta say, this "Senior Cohousing" book is misnamed, it is more than 80% applicable to intergenerational cohousing, with more color pictures of intergenerational cohousing in the U.S. than any other book in existence, and plenty of words of wisdom and clear diagrams that all communities, built and forming, would be well-advised to read) In any case, I'm looking forward to seeing some of you there. RSVP's are greatly appreciated to help us set out enough chairs for everybody. Here's a reprise of the original announcement, in case you missed it: Please join us this Wednesday, May 20, in welcoming to the East Bay: cohousing movement co-founder, author, Nevada City cohousing resident, father, husband, and award-winning architect CHUCK DURRETT to celebrate the launch of the second edition of his book, Senior Cohousing (now published by New Society Press), in a rare area appearance. RSVP requested (not required) via the East Bay Cohousing MeetUp group, please forward and tell your friends who may be interested: http://www.ebcoho.org/calendar/10393576/ (you can also RSVP via the upcoming.org web service if you don't want to join our free group, the largest Intentional Communities MeetUp group in the world) http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/2674915/ Join us for interactive discussion of Aging In Community issues and the state of the movement in the U.S., and what Chuck learned in his extensive research in Denmark. Meet Certified Senior Cohousing facilitators who trained with Chuck and sign up for new study groups forming to create senior and intergenerational cohousing in the area. Get the book, get it signed, and meet other people (of all ages) living in and seeking community. Make your community vision a reality, and learn about other upcoming opportunities and openings in Berkeley/Oakland cohousing neighborhoods and co-ops. The event will run about 4:30-6:30 PM (don't worry if you can't make it at the very beginning, we'll get you caught up as soon as you arrive and save you some drinks) at the East Bay Cohousing clubhouse in downtown Berkeley: 2105 MLK at Center Street. Light refreshments will be served. Optional vegan/raw food potluck dinner to follow at 7 PM, please RSVP separately for that using the link from the above event page. Downtown Berkeley BART is just 2 blocks away - exit via the main escalator and walk down Center Street, and take a right on MLK, we're on your right. Several AC Transit buses stop nearby. If you drive, be sure to feed parking meters (they take credit cards, change not needed) or use free 2-hour permit-parking-zone areas further west on Addison below MLK; the lot out front is entirely reserved; paid lots are available 1 block away on Addison above MLK. This event is free for current paid EBCOHO and Bay Area Community Land Trust (BACLT) members and anyone buying Chuck's new book; for everybody else, we ask a $10 contribution per person at the door for refreshments and space rental. You can join EBCOHO at the door for a year, save $20 off the monthly rate, and get a free Cohousing Coaching session, discounts on events, and a free cohousing book (not including Chuck's new edition). Raines Cohen, community organizer, East Bay Cohousing http://www.ebcoho.org/ Cohousing Coach, Planning for Sustainable Communities Excited by progress in two cohousing group meetings the last two nights: Philadelphia Cohousing Initiative and Altair Cohousing (Kimberton, PA); tonight: a peek at Brooklyn Cohousing's new site
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