|Re: How did the cohousing weekend in Conway, NH go?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Craig Ragland (craigraglandgmail.com)|
|Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 03:17:51 -0700 (PDT)|
I was fortunate to be able to attend and am really glad I did. It was great to connect with some of you who actively post to Coho-L in person... something I always enjoy as I "get out." There were about 40 people at the event (assuming the peak count was on Saturday). The program was well-designed and featured presenters/facilitators who were both well-prepared and quite knowledgeable. I didn't do an actual count, but about half the people already lived in cohousing and about half are members of forming groups (or were hoping to start one). There was a real good energy - a "buzz" as people re-energized or more excited about Cohousing - to this end, I witnessed and participated in several casual exchanges over meals, during breaks, and late into the night. There was a lot of education happening, with great information exchanged. The energy was quite positive. I believe that some of this will have major impact on people's dreams and plans, as well as those who currently live in Cohousing. I shared about the Cohousing Association's work. In this context, the two topics most discussed were (1) the 2011 National Cohousing Conference in Washington, DC (some people who attended hope to present and I hope will get involved in its leadership) (2) formation of a New England Cohosuing group to facilitate this type of regional exchanges. The established regional cohousing groups that I'm aware of are (a) Mid-Atlantic Cohousing, (b) East Bay Cohousing, and the (c) Northwest Intentional Community Association - which has a broader scope with active participation by cohousers. We also talked about the Coho/US Bus Tours, especially the Massachusetts tours led by Laura Fitch, who was actively present, as well as a core presenter. Norma Wassel, who organized the event, did a great job with overall facilitation and planning. The program took advantage good of the larger offerings of the World Fellowship Center, which provided food, housing, the grounds, and a variety of recreational and educational programs. The cohousing program was one of these programs, so some of the people attracted to the center for other reasons also attended some parts of the cohousing weekend - I really liked how this worked and will be recommending to the Coho/US board that we actively explore how Cohousing content is added to larger events presented by other organizations. Norma is on the World Fellowship Center board of the directors and was really able to take advantage of its strong program. Finally, the location was absolutely stunning; the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This was the first time I'd been to New England, which helped me understand the beauty of that part of the country. Craig Ragland Executive Director Cohousing Association of the United States (Coho/US) http://www.cohousing.org craig [at] cohousing.org Please consider attending the National Cohousing Conference. Click here: http://www.cohousing.org/conference On Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 5:08 PM, Bob Morrison <RHmorrison [at] aol.com> wrote: > > Is there anyone on the list who attended it and would like to report on > it? I considered going, but didn't. > > > > Bob Morrison > > Berlin, MA > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > >
How did the cohousing weekend in Conway, NH go? Bob Morrison, July 19 2010
- Re: How did the cohousing weekend in Conway, NH go? Craig Ragland, July 20 2010
- How did the cohousing weekend in Conway, NH go? rhmorrison, July 18 2011
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