Re: Sign me up for the Raines Cohen Fan Club -- (was Re: New member intro, from CT)
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 06:11:07 -0800 (PST)
Somehow Raines has perfected being in more than two places at the same time all 
the while multi-tasking across land and sea barriers. 

He has mastered the space-time continuum.  

The Hadron Collider has nothing on you, Raines!


Best --

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

On Jan 12, 2012, at 12:32 PM, Oz wrote:

> Thank goodness for the bumble bees of the world that buzz about
> cross-fertilizing all of us flowers. (an allusion to an Open Space
> metaphor).
> I am a HUGE Raines Cohen fan and would like to invite others who have been
> personally touched by this remarkable man to share - or just lurkingly
> appreciate.
> My own, personal CONNECTION point into the movement was the consummate
> cohoo-bumblebee Raines Cohen, who helped me engage with both the Fellowship
> for Intentional Community and the Cohousing Association of the United
> States.
> We simply don't appreciate our Cohousing Professionals enough... especially
> the many unique individuals who, like Raines, live life fully - as
> themselves, rather pushing their square pegs into those very round holes.
> Talking with many of the long-time amateur coho-advocates, I've witnessed
> many distance themselves from people who "do this for money." All of the
> professionals mentioned below also live in communities or are members of
> forming groups - and many of them do most of their work outside of
> cohousing, which helps subsidize the often unprofitable coho-work.
> My own, personal DEVELOPMENT work has focused exclusively on Songaia
> Cohousing and two adjoining properties, New Earth Song and Life Song
> Commons which are Songaia's first two steps as it expands into a broader
> community neighborhood.
> New Earth Song has engaged with several cohousing professionals, including:
> - Raines Cohen - who lead the visioning workshop for NES - and has made
> many visits to Songaia
> - Diana Leafe Christian - who consulted with NES to help refine its vision
> - and has made many visits to Songaia
> - Laura Fitch - who helped NES in its earliest site planning work at the
> 2006 Cohousing Conference
> - Jim Leach - who visited NES and reviewed an early version of its site
> plans, also at the 2006 Conference
> - Chuck Durrett - who visited NES and Songaia with Jan Gudmand Hoyer and
> provided advice on acquiring other adjoining properties.
> - Katie McCamant - who visited NES and Songaia and provided advice on our
> financial development/membership model
> - Grace Kim - who has visited Songaia several times and provided early
> advice on NES architecture
> - Terri Huggett - who has visited Songaia and been influential in NES
> community development
> - Bryan Bowen - who has visited Songaia and been an inspiration to keep on
> keepin' on.
> More on New Earth Song:
> All of these fine folk serve the movement - both through their lives in
> cohousing and through their professional services. Songaia, NES and Life
> Song Commons are all stronger because of your influences.
> Thank you Raines, Diana, Laura, Jim, Chuck, Katie, Grace, Terri, and Bryan
> Oz Ragland
> On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 6:53 AM, Raines Cohen <rc3-coho-L [at]> 
> wrote:
>> I feel compelled to comment on one thing you mentioned in passing:
>>> We've even had Raines Cohen drop in on one of our meetings
>> (blush) while ubiquity may be my personal brand, and I have visited
>> over 100 US cohousing neighborhoods, I should mention the context that
>> made this possible, lest communities everywhere start to expect me to
>> spontaneously manifest anytime they start chalking runes on the floor
>> and chanting the necessary invocations.
> -- clipped --
>> Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach
>> at Berkeley (CA) Cohousing
>> where we were just joined for common dinner last night by Jennifer
>> Ryan, another serial cohouser, who migrated from being Ann's neighbor
>> at Takoma Village Cohousing to Temescal Creek out here in Oakland, CA;
>> she got several of my neighbors buzzing about potential talks and
>> topics at the next national cohousing conference coming to town in
>> June.
>> Co-manager, East Bay Cohousing
>> the world's largest Intentional Communities/Cohousing MeetUp group,
>> now with over 1500 members seeking sustainable community in the Urban
>> East San Francisco Bay Area. And partner groups in Silicon
>> Valley/Peninsula, San Francisco (hosting a Getting it Built workshop
>> in March), Marin, and all around the state through Cohousing
>> California
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