Friday, June 26 Seattle Bus Tour: 4 seats remain
From: Craig Ragland (
Date: Sat, 23 May 2009 11:13:40 -0700 (PDT)
While all of the pre-conference Puget Sound bus tours visit some
special communities, its very easy to understand why the Friday, June
26 tour is almost sold out (even after Neil, our Tours Director,
rented a larger bus). At this writing, there are just 4 tickets left.
My Songaia neighbor, Tom Barr, will be your tour guide. Tom is an
architect and was deeply immersed in Songaia from the earliest days.

Like the Wednesday and Thursday tours, which visit other wonderful
communities (including Songaia), the Friday tour starts and ends at
the University of Washington. The Friday tour bus heads right through
downtown Seattle to catch the ferry that truly begin the adventure.

The tour includes two very well established communities from the early
90s and one that's a few years old. All are truly unique...

- Winslow Cohousing on Bainbridge Island:

Winslow was one of the very first purpose-built Cohousing Communities
in the United States. Their many stories, both from the early
Coho-days in the United States, and as a mature Cohousing community
are fascinating.

- Bartimaeus Cohousing at Meadow Wood

There are very few cohousing communities with a vision explicitly
acknowledging God. They do not intend to be a replacement for church,
but rather to "extend and empower that dynamic into an everyday living

- WiseAcres Cooperative in Indianola

How many cohousing communities are "coho-conversions" - that started
out as another type of community? We have two in Puget Sound,
Sharingwood (Wednesday Tour) and WiseAcres. WiseAcres formed in 1990,
but only recently acknowledged that cohousing was the right label to
describe them.

At the end of the day, the Friday bus heads back to the ferry and then
the University of Washington in time for those registered for the full
conference to attend the Keynote Address and Reception.

It will be unfortunate how many people will discover this tour after
the last tickets are all sold out, but maybe they'll choose to take
the Wednesday tour, which visits the community that is absolutely
closest to my heart... any guesses?

Find more information on the Conference Cohousing Tours here:

Craig Ragland, Songaia member since 1992
Executive Director
Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US)
craig [at]

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