|Re: Aug 21: Tour of San Francisco's East Bay Cohousing Communities - Please share this announcement with others!||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Raines Cohen (rc3-coho-Lraines.com)|
|Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2010 08:18:51 -0700 (PDT)|
On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 12:02 PM, Neil - (Coho/US) <neil [at] cohousing.org> wrote: > Come join us for an all-day educational tour and visit to six (6) of > San Francisco's East Bay cohousing communities. Thanks for the reminder, Neil! I'd like to follow in your footsteps and highly recommend the tours as a great way to meet other cohousing seekers, see different models of community, and have a basis for conversation. It makes your conversations so much more real to be able to say at a forming-group's meeting, to your future neighbors, "Let's have a lot layout like Berkeley Cohousing, but a common house more like Temescal Creek, with a kitchen more like Swan's Market Cohousing," and know what you're talking about - it saves lots of time in your planning phase, and makes it much more real. In our East Bay Cohousing (EBCOHO) regional umbrella group, we've seen many core groups emerge or make significant progress as a result of going on tours. If you're planning a trip for the tour to the greater Berkeley-Oakland-Emeryville area (where, by the way, in case you're stuck somewhere hot and humid, the weather has remained comfy with highs in the 70s and 80s for the past month, thanks to that lovely San Francisco Bay summer fog), home to the country's greatest concentration of cohousing neighborhoods within five miles of each other, I'd like to extend the invitation to come to some other community-building events happening around that time - see below for a quick list, read on for details, or jump to the EBCOHO MeetUp with the link at the bottom of this message. "Creating a Life Together" author Diana Leafe Christian of Earthaven Ecovillage (North Carolina) will be in town the week of the tour to present a 3-day workshop at our Berkeley offices on how to create an EcoVillage or intentional community, including cohousing neighborhoods. The course, August 20th through 22d, overlaps the tour date, but we offer a discount rate if you'd like to come just the first and last days -- and if a friend or lover or future or current cohousing neighbor is coming for the tour, and you've already seen area communities, you could come along for the trip, take the full course and compare notes. Past participants in Diana's training rave about how it saved them thousands of dollars and months of planning, by helping them, in participatory exercises, learn from the experience of not just cohousing groups but a wide range of communities around the world. It includes: * Antidotes for common kinds of "structural conflict" and interpersonal conflict * The "Board Game" — demonstrating the relationship between mission, membership process, and decision-making method * Methods for building trust and connection, increasing social capital, and dealing with "the challenging group member" * Case histories of how real ecovillages purchased, financed & developed their sites * Permaculture-based site plan design principles and examples from real ecovillages * Community economics and internal community finances. Rates are discounted through this Monday (and drop even more if you bring a friend or neighbor or two), so visit the EBCOHO MeetUp group (link below) to learn more and register today. I'll do a separate list post with event details and an invitation you can share, but you can see the full day-by-day agenda on the Cohousing California website: http://www.CalCoho.org/ Diana is also presenting a free EcoVillages slideshow in Emeryville on the prior Thursday evening, August 19th; I'll be providing an introduction based on the new solutions-oriented Climate-Change slideshow Al Gore just released through The Climate Project, part of the Alliance for Climate Protection (I was back in Nashville retraining with him a week after the national cohousing conference), setting a context for how community living can make the most difference in reducing our collective climate impacts and carbon footprints. Reserve your seat today via the EBCOHO site. We just last week hosted Frog Song's Eris Weaver (from Cotati, CA) for a very popular and well-received workshop on how to talk about money in community -- which turns out to have less than you might think to do with economics and lots connected to process and values. We had to move the event to a larger community center we rented across the street from our offices, to accommodate cohousers (and cohousing seekers and co-creators) coming from as far as Ukiah and Folsom, CA. This Saturday morning we're doing a basic orientation, introduction to community and sharing circle; next Saturday morning (August 14th) my lovely wife and fellow community organizer Betsy Morris will premiere a half-day workshop on the ABC's of Cooperative Group Process: techniques (and a philosophy) that can produce positive group dynamics and help any group reach its goals, whether it's cohousing or a business workgroup: * A is for Agreements, Agendas, and Action * B is for Bodies, Breaks, Boundaries and Balance * C is for Connections, Corrections, Circles, Closure and more... That afternoon, join some East Bay Cohousers in a carpool up to Sebastopol for a tour of a Tumbleweed Tiny House from the creator of that model... some of our members are exploring the feasibility of a community of such modular small homes, adapted to serve environmentally sensitive people, with mobility options that would let them migrate to escape airborne toxics or other conditions that could affect their health. Details of this vision are posted on our MeetUp's message board. Oh yeah, I'd be remiss not to mention that our supporting members get a cohousing book, discounts on events that very quickly add up, and personalized Cohousing Coaching to help them find their way in or to community. Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach & Community Organizer East Bay Cohousing / Cohousing California at Berkeley (CA) Cohousing Our calendar and community living options in the area are always evolving, but here's today's summary of what's up: * Orientation/Introduction and Sharing Circle 8/7 Saturday AM (Berkeley) * ABC's of Group Process with Betsy Morris 8/14 Saturday AM * NVC & Permaculture Leader Kit Miller on Transition Movement Heart & Soul call 8/18 midday * Free Ecovillages Slide Show with Diana Leafe Christian in Emeryville 8/19 Thursday evening * Growing a Successful Ecovillage or Intentional Community, a 3-day workshop with Diana 8/20-22 * Cohousing Bus Tour 8/21 (discounted for EBCOHO Members & Supporting Members) * "Aging in Community" Senior Cohousing study group workshop series kicking off in Alameda 8/25 * Two-year Facilitation Intensive Series with Laird Schaub starting in September Current opportunities to become part of sustainable communities in the area include: * Affordable "Instant Cohousing" homes in a 7-unit Victorian mansion in North Oakland's Golden Gate district, near Emeryville * The San Francisco "Backyard Neighborhood" group seeking a 4th member household so they can proceed to purchase * A one-year rental of a 3-bedroom home at Pleasant Hill Cohousing * A rooftop garden apartment in 611 Ecovillage, an Oakland shared house with rent-to-own options * A room for rent at the Church of Soul community near West Oakland BART * An end-of-the-year 1.5-month sublet and a near-term roommate opportunity at Temescal Creek cohousing Get details about all of the above and more the East Bay Cohousing website -- membership is free! http://www.ebcoho.org
Aug 21: Tour of San Francisco's East Bay Cohousing Communities - Please share this announcement with others! Neil - (Coho/US), August 5 2010
- Re: Aug 21: Tour of San Francisco's East Bay Cohousing Communities - Please share this announcement with others! Raines Cohen, August 6 2010
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