Cohousing: Growing Smart Communities - 1 Day Regional Conference!
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 09:45:25 -0800 (PST)
Hello all --

The Mid Atlantic Cohousing (MAC) conference team is pleased to
announce that registration is now open for "Cohousing:  Growing Smart
Communities" 1-day Mid Atlantic Cohousing Regional Spring Conference,
Saturday, March 20, 8:30-6:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland in
College Park, MD.  The event is cosponsored by UMD's School of
Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

This conference will be a day jam packed with workshops, presentations
and networking.  Just a few of the people you can expect to see and
hear and work with at this conference are:

Zev Paiss -- keynote speaker!
John Buck
CT Butler
Dene Peterson
Laird Schaub
Don Tucker
Sharon Villines

There will be "tracks" for new and forming groups, building
communities, completed communities and a special track for
professionals currently working in or new to cohousing.

Similar to Open Space Planning, there will also be a FREE FORM
parallel track all day for those who wish to learn or present on a
topic not covered in the programming.  This is YOUR conference.  You
can make whatever you need to have happen ... happen!

Topics range from financing to aging in place in community to
permaculture to consensus to governance to workshare to meetings,
etc. And for those of you who still have spaces to fill or resales there's a
very very very special hands on intensive workshop led by Neshama
Abraham on marketing and sales in a down economy.

Laird Schaub will bring and staff the FIC bookstore.  This is an
opportunity to buy those hard to find titles as well as the
traditional favorites.

And more, more, more!

Please see the MAC website for details.

To download an absolutely lovely eFLYER with details about the
conference or a POSTER with tear off tabs to tack
on a bulletin board or to host a CONFERENCE BUTTON on your website go

Scroll down to the section on PR for the Conference and download all

The walk-in price of the conference for residents of MAC member
communities is $50.00.  Non Mac members pay $60.00.
(See the MAC Conference page:
for a list of MAC community members in good standing.)

HOWEVER ... to encourage early bird registration the first 30 people who register will pay only $25.00 if you're a MAC member or $40.00 if you're a non MAC member.
Thereafter, the fee will rise on a regular basis until it hits the
walk-in registration fee. So ... as soon as registration is open which is NOW ...
register and get the lowest price!  (Registration fee includes morning
coffee, tea, bagels, afternoon snack, wine and cheese mixer after the
conference -- CASH BAR.)

Please tell every one you know!  Spread the word!

For the value conscious cohouser ... for a 10 hour conference this is
only $2.50 per hour for MAC members, $4.00 per hour for non MAC
members.  Can you get a better deal anywhere??  Comaraderie, workshop
solutions, presentations, events, experts, networking, food ... and
the parking is free, too!

Come get a taste of what it's going to be like in Boulder for the
national conference in June!

NOTE:  the conference pages on the MAC website are a work in process.
More information is being added ... DAILY!  Check back often!


The MAC Conference Team

Marlis Janes - Potomac Valley
Mark Knight  - Hundredfold Farm
Tom Lofft  - Liberty Village
Martie Weatherly, Liberty Village
Ann Zabaldo - Takoma Village
Karen Stupski - Facilitator
Vince Cavallo - MAC webmaster
Raines Cohen -- Cohousing Coach

University of Maryland Conference Team
School of Architecture, Planning &

Sidney Brower, Professor
Jamesia Green, Communications Director
Don Law, Director Information Technology
John Maudlin-Jeronimo, FAIA, Associate Dean

See you there!

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church VA
703 663 3911

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