East Bay Cohousing: Getting Real/Going Deeper - August-September events in Northern California
From: Raines Cohen (rc3-coho-Lraines.com)
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2011 00:02:51 -0700 (PDT)
Cohousing-L friends near and far, here's the latest East Bay Cohousing
(EBCOHO) bulletin we just sent out. There's oodles of good things
going on in this area, enough so that I think it may be worth your
while to come pay a visit. -- Raines (at Berkeley (CA) Cohousing)

August-September, 2011
Getting Real/Going Deeper
A series of extraordinary events for building sustainable communities

brought to you by East Bay Cohousing, with over 1400 members
participating in over 500 events and building dozens of communities,
intergenerational and for Aging in Community.

Before and after or instead of Burning Man, or whatever your Labor Day
weekend and September plans are, join Raines and Betsy and EBCOHO
Supporting Members for any of these.  Jump to the bottom to get more

August 12-14 -- Facilitating for Group Decision-Making (Occidental)
August 23-25 - The Power of Pre-Work (San Francisco)
August 25-28 -- The Art of Facilitating Cooperative Groups (Santa Rosa)
September 17 -- World Premiere of Within Reach: The Movie (Berkeley)
September 24-25 -- Art of Community Conference & Regional Cohousing
Gathering (Occidental)
September 30, October 1 & 2 -- Creating your own Cohousing, Ecovillage
or Intentional Community (Oakland)
September 7th, 9th, and every Wed/Fri afternoon for five weeks:
Successful Aging, a study group designed to help people plan their
future including Senior Cohousing. Offered by Phoenix Commons, a new
senior cohousing community with a site near Alameda. [we trained the
staff doing this, based on our experience with Chuck Durrett's 'Study
Group 1' Danish aging curriculum]

Can't take a weekend or a few days off to make an investment in your
community future? Fear not, there's lots of shorter events coming
right up, including:

* Pleasant Hill Cohousing's regular tour (Sunday, 8/6, 2 PM)
* Eastlake Cohousing's regular info session near its site (Sunday,
8/6, 2:15 PM) and its games night (Saturday, 8/20)
* A potluck dinner in community and a report back on the national
cohousing conference in DC and a look forward to next year's national
conference to be held right here in the East Bay. Join us at North
Oakland's permanently-affordable land-trust based ten-year-old
Mariposa Grove Cohousing (this Tuesday evening, August 8th)
* An EBCOHO orientation and preview of coming attractions on Saturday
morning, 8/13.
* A North Bay facilitation workshop preview on Saturday afternoon 8/13
in Santa Rosa
* Saturday evening 8/13, a field trip to the Moondance at the Solar
Living Center in Hopland.
* An Elders' Guild gathering centered on tools for Aging in Community
this Sunday afternoon, 8/14, at the North Berkeley Senior Center.
EBCOHO will be part of the Wisdom Circle discussion groups and helping
with this fun event.
* An Art of Community preview with Laird Schaub on Monday, August 29
(SF/Berkeley). Another one featuring members of Dancing Rabbit
Ecovillage and other communities on Thursday, September 22.
* A preview event in downtown SF (9/1 Thursday eve) and a half-day
workshop in Berkeley (Sat AM 9/3) on How to Be Good Housemates with
Annamarie Pluhar, author of Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding
and Keeping Good Housemates
* EcoVillage Training Center's Albert Bates from The Farm Community in
Tennessee, offering us a sneak peek of a video documentary celebrating
40 years of community living, and author of books on climate change
and survival skills for the coming post-carbon era. (Saturday evening,
September 3) (Oakland/Emeryville)
* A cohousing booth at EcoFair Marin in San Rafael on Sunday,
September 4th, featuring appearances by Albert Bates and by Rebecca
Lane, the new Cohousing Association of the US Executive Director,
visiting from the Seattle area. Learn about her experience in
co-creating permanently affordable housing and building community in
new ways, and join us in outreach for other upcoming events.
* A living-in-community film series hosted at the PLACE for
Sustainable Living, plus an even bigger film event: Saturday night,
September 17, the World Premiere of Within Reach: The Movie. Two
intrepid bicyclists reinvent the Great American Road Trip, on their
1600-mile journey to discover what sustainability looks like in
communities large and small across the United States, including in
several Bay Area communities. Ten communities of 100 visited are
profiled in this 90 minute film, the winner of the Possible Futures
Film Contest -- People’s Choice Award. RSVP via EBCOHO to get your
member discount code, including $10 off on VIP tickets that include
drinks and reserved seats. Special treats if you bike there, plus free
valet bike parking! Location: David Brower Center, downtown Berkeley.

Some of these events have limited seating and/or earlybird pricing
that will be gone before you know it. Get more info today and RSVP on
the EBCOHO MeetUp group -- and remember, if you upgrade your
membership to become a supporting member, you get discounts and early
notices on opportunities, plus personalized Cohousing Coaching and

Here's details on the big events, worth taking a few days of your
time, all offered with inclusive prices far below commercial
mainstream conferences, training, and hotel rooms:

August 12-14 (Fri eve - Sun PM) - Facilitation for Group
Decision-Making at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. Increase
your skills, training alongside OAEC members onsite. Contact EBCOHO to
see if we can get a group discount, but don't delay.

August 25-28 (Thurs eve - Sunday eve) -- The Art of Facilitating
Cooperative Groups – on-site hands-on training intensive with Laird
Schaub, 30-year veteran of Sandhill Farm community and Fellowship for
Intentional Community (FIC). Laird provides mentoring and feedback for
you and your classmates to collectively help the community with
processes to solve their current challenges. This session, the second
in the two-year quarterly series, has an emphasis on experience with
different meeting formats, and issues of and tools for participation.
People of all skill levels are welcome and will walk away enriched.
Tuition includes shared room and board and we offer strong discounts
for EBCOHO Supporting Members. Location: Yulupa Cohousing, a
six-year-old community in Santa Rosa.

September 23-25 - Art of Community Conference & Regional Cohousing
Gathering – The first time in California since 2003! Intentional
community dwellers, seekers, newcomers and experienced hands from
across the country converge to share ideas, inspiration, and best
practices from all parts of the sustainable communities movement. In
partnership with the Fellowship for Intentional Community, EBCOHO has
special discount codes for our members, and will be helping with
workshops and Open Space time. Location: Westminster Woods, Occidental
(just west of Sebastopol).

September 30, October 1 & 2 – Creating your own Cohousing, Ecovillage
or Intentional Community, with Diana Leafe Christian, author of
Creating a Life Together, Finding Community, and editor of the online
international Ecovillage Newsletter. Diana offers an incredibly
detailed, and fun step by step guide to getting your community visions
off the ground, from real estate basics, financials, governance, and
communications – based on the experiences of successful and
unsuccessful communities from 20 years of personal research. This is
our 4th time offering her workshop here in the Bay Area. Location:

Plus, we're adding more events every day, and you can suggest your own
MeetUp (and we can help you get the word out and find an appropriate

Check out the the EBCOHO Calendar -- These are just some of the events
up on the EBCOHO calendar for the next 2 months. Tours, films, socials
and networking meetups for people interesting in cooperatively
sustainable ways of living and working. Please join us and bring your
friends for one or more or all of these great adventures! And feel
free to give us a holler if you want extra guidance, coaching,
introductions, or a personalized tour-- our main purpose in doing this

Raines and Betsy, your Cohousing Coaches
East Bay Cohousing

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