Re: Mar 20 Coho-Events: one-day conference at the Univ. ofMaryland AND a day-long Cohousing Tour in the San Francisco Bay Area
From: Craig Ragland (
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 12:22:10 -0700 (PDT)

Coho/US has been gradually increasing the number of tours and the
number of areas where we give tours.

In 2010, there will be tours in and around:

San Francisco Bay Area
New England (mostly in MA)

and possibly North Carolina

We are currently planning on 10 different tours, with different
numbers in the different locations. When we see strong demand in a
particular area, we try to add additional tours.

The newest area where we added a tour last year is Portland, OR. This
is one of the hottest spots in the United States for new Cohousing
Development - it is one of a very few areas with more than one
professional who is involved in cohousing development. These
individuals are largely under the radar nationally as they are highly
focused on LOCAL work and are not seeking business outside of their

The best place (in the world) to keep an eye on specifics is the
Cohousing Website Tours & Events page:

This page also hosts the Cohousing Community Events calendar (which
also lists other Cohousing-related events all over the United States,
including events at Cohousing Communities themselves)

On Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 10:33 AM, Meg Easling <megalla [at]> wrote:
> How often do these tours happen?
> Meg
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Craig Ragland" <craigragland [at] 
> To: "Cohousing-L" <cohousing-l [at]>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 9:52 AM
> Subject: [C-L]_ Mar 20 Coho-Events: one-day conference at the Univ.
> ofMaryland AND a day-long Cohousing Tour in the San Francisco Bay Area
>> Hi all,
>> There are two wonderful, LOW COST opportunities for you to engage more
>> deeply with the Cohousing world this Saturday - a day-long conference
>> in the Mid-Atlantic and another fine Cohousing Bus Tour on the left
>> coast near San Francisco.
>> Perhaps you are ready to take the next step beyond reading the
>> Cohousing Listserve conversations? Consider taking a baby step forward
>> in your journey toward a more fulfilling life in cohousing by
>> attending either of these inexpensive, high-value events.
>> Tickets are still available for both. You can walk-up to the
>> University of Maryland event on Saturday. You cannot "walk-up" to a
>> bus tour, but there may be seats available if you act fast. Neil
>> Planchon, the Coho/US Tours Director just told me that he had to
>> change to a larger bus because the Bay Area Bus Tour has grown beyond
>> the old bus' 32 seat capacity.
>> (1) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference: Growing Smart Communities - a
>> one-day conference!
>> Co-sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Cohousing and the University of Maryland
>> School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, this one-day
>> conference at the University of Maryland will let you rub shoulders,
>> elbows and toes with the people who have created, are creating or
>> helping others to create their cohousing community. This is YOUR local
>> conference for those of you who are building cohousing, living in
>> cohousing, interested in the idea, or who are professionals in the
>> field.
>> Presenters include Zev Paiss (Keynote Speaker), Neshama Abraham, John
>> Buck, CT Butler, Elana Kann (developer), Dene Peterson, Laird Schaub,
>> Don Tucker (developer), Sharon Villines and Jack Wilbern
>> (developer/architect.)
>> (personal note: I know several of these fine folk and you will really
>> enjoy getting to know and learn from them)
>> Registration doors will open at 8 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Saturday, March
>> 20th.
>> General Admission (walk-in) - No Lunch: $60.00
>> MAC/UMD/USGBC/GBI Members - No Lunch: $50.00
>> The registration fee includes all workshops and presentations, morning
>> coffee, tea, bagels, afternoon snacks, and the wine, beer, and cheese
>> reception (cash bar.)
>> (2) SF Bay Area (East Bay) Cohousing Bus Tour - a day-long tour of 6
>> communities
>> Presented by the Cohousing Association of the United States as one of
>> its growing number of regional bus tours, you will enjoy a very
>> special tour (a "traveling workshop") of some of the San Francisco Bay
>> Area's cohousing communities. The Bay Area is vibrant with Cohousing
>> and home to many unique communities
>> As you travel between each location on a comfortable bus, our
>> Cohousing resident guide(s) will give participants a chance to
>> introduce themselves, share general information about cohousing,
>> answer questions, provide fact sheets and site plans, and prepare you
>> for your ~40-minute visit to each community. At each stop, a community
>> host will guide your group through his or her neighborhood and answer
>> questions. We look forward to having you join us for a day full of
>> learning, community building and fun. On this tour you will visit
>> these six communities:
>>  1. Doyle Street (Emeryville, Alameda County)
>>  2. Berkeley Cohousing (Berkeley, Alameda County)
>>  3. Temescal Commons (Temescal District, Oakland, Alameda County)
>>  4. Pleasant Hill Cohousing (Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa County)
>>  5. Temescal Creek (Temescal District, Oakland, Alameda County)
>>  6. Swan's Market Cohousing (Old Oakland, Downtown Oakland, Alameda
>> County)
>> (personal note: I've been to all six of these and each community has a
>> unique story that you'll find inspiring and really interesting).
>> This tour will be co-led by two knowledgeable cohousing residents,
>> both local. We will eat lunch at Pleasant Hill Cohousing, one of our
>> host communities. This tour will start and end at Swan's Market
>> Cohousing - which is located near 12th Street BART and several parking
>> lots. Specific location details will be included in your registration
>> comfirmation email.
>> NOTE: If you would like a $10 vegetarian box lunch, which you will pay
>> for on tour day, please email neil [at] and he will add you
>> to his lunch list, otherwise please bring your own lunch.
>> When: March 20th, 2010 8:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
>> Location: 535 10th Street (Meeting Location), Oakland, CA 94607, United
>> States
>> Email: tours [at]
>> Event Fees
>> Per Person: $ 95.00
>> Per Person, inc. $25 donation: $ 120.00
>> Group Pricing: Pack of 5 tickets ($80/ticket): $ 400.00
>> ------------------
>> I hope you're able to take advantage of one of these excellent
>> opportunities that so many people are working on to help you succeed
>> in your journey to cohousing!
>> Craig Ragland
>> Coho/US Executive Director (and general, all-purpose Coho-promoter)
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