Re: process people and product people
From: Laura Fitch (
Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 12:18:22 -0700 (PDT)
Our retreat is written up in great detail in Dave Wann's book "Reinventing
Community - stories from the walkways of cohousing" - page 250 

Laura Fitch, AIA, LEED AP
Kraus-Fitch Architects, Inc.
110 Pulpit Hill Rd.
Amherst, MA  01002

lfitch [at]

-----Original Message-----
From: Muriel Kranowski [mailto:murielk [at]] 
Sent: Monday, May 24, 2010 2:16 PM
To: Cohousing-L
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ process people and product people

We used to have excellent retreats when there were fewer of us and our group
needs were more obvious, that is, during the development and build-out
phases. They've pretty much petered out since then. I'd love to hear about
successful retreats that long-time-running communities hold on a regular

1) How long does the retreat usually last?  (if "a weekend", when does it

2) Is it held on-site or off-site?

3) What percentage, more of less, of members attend?  (Half?  2/3rds?  etc)

4) How much do you budget for it, if you know?

Plus anything else that you think makes your retreats successful and fun.

   Muriel Kranowski
   Shadowlake Village Cohousing
   Blacksburg, VA

At 10:51 AM 5/24/2010, Laura Fitch wrote:

>My suggestion which is good for forming and built communities:
>Commit to well-designed yearly retreats that have a big chunk of time 
>dedicated to both process and product - and food, and fun!  It is a 
>"shot in the arm" for our community "Pioneer Valley Cohousing" and 
>makes the rest of the year run smoothly because of the "trust" and 
>"connection" that this yearly event reinforces.

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