Imagine the Bay Area dotted withmany  lively small-scaled intentional communities to live a little more happily, a little more lightly.  Stable micro-neighborhoods everywhere, designed and managed cooperatively by their residents for raising kids, for  retirement, for growing food or simply  living well by sharing more. Tens of thousands of Bay Area residents live cooperatively-owned neighborhoods made up of single family homes, duplexes, garden flats, multi-unit apartments, and  live-work buildings. Others share commercial storefronts, and coworking centers, or own their own businesses with other employees/owners.  Cohousing, eco-villages, pocket neighborhoods, resident-owned housing cooperatives, and co-living or cohouseholding houses -- real world places where we can live more sustainably by sharing more.  And, yes, you still have your privacy! 

MEMBERSHIP is FREE! Just fill out a profile to let others know who you are and what you are interested in.  Members have access to the Member Forum, where members post openings in existing communities, homes for sale or rent, and meet like-minded other members. You can send an email to other members, just click on their name to go their profile.  Your personal email address remains private, unless you choose to share it with us.  Members can RSVP for what interests them most. Some events require membership.   Members can reconnect afterwards by clicking on the on the RSVP list or comments  for that event. 

EVENTS  -   We curate calendar with a mix of  socials, workshops, dinners, movie nights, networking, events, skills intensives, conferences, and pop-up discussions with visiting community founders and experts.   We post many more events than those with Featured status.  Check back frequently, especially if you don't choose to receive emails.  We post a mix of free events, socials, and paid, information rich workshops.  Our own events always make time for members to share their visions, skills and experiences. 

Use the SUGGEST AN EVENT feature if you'd like to see a particular topic addressed, or if you've got something you are hosting. 


Meeting other members
Tours, slide shows, case studies
Tools for developing shared leadership
Building trust in relationships, creating common vision and values 
Finding property, Legal Structures for leasing and owning together;  
Financing and the sharing economy. 
Working with real estate and design professionals

Resource materials, DVDs and books, referrals to professionals, lawyers, and banks

If you like what's happening on EBCOHO, become a supporting member with an annual contribution.  You get discounts on many events that we produce ourselves, such as ORIENTATION as well as getting a gift book and our personal appreciation!  

CHECK IT OUT -  cooperative culture is already here; it's not utopia, but if you want to explore and create we welcome you at East Bay Cohousing. 


East Bay Cohousing (EBCOHO) is MeetUp platform, managed by Cohousing Coaches Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris of Berkeley Cohousing and their business, Planning for Sustainable Communities.  We connect a wide variety of kindred spirits and resources.  We support individual seekers to create forming groups and we support existing cohousing and cooperative communities to find members who understand cooperative culture.  Anyone can join - just post a profile to explain who you are and what you are looking for.  Members are concentrated in Oakland and Berkeley, but come from every county in the Bay Area, other parts of the US and Mexico.  We also support sister networks with local hosts such as San Francisco Cohousing, Aging in Community, and North Bay Intentional Communities, and Northern California Ecovillage Network. 

The 9-county Bay Area already has over two dozen cohousing neighborhoods, hundreds of long-term co-living rental houses; and ten thousand affordable limited equity housing cooperatives and other properties owned or governed by their members.  (Oakland has more cohousing neighborhoods than any other U.S. city except Portland). EBCOHO members have found homes   in cohousing neighborhoods and cooperatively owned apartment buildings in Berkeley, Emeryville, OaklandPleasant Hill, Grass Valley, Santa Rosa, and Nevada City. We have members living in Swan's Market Cohousing, Triple Point, Temescal Commons, Golden Gate Cohousing, Berkeley Cohousing, Parker Street Coop, Berkeley Town House, Kingfisher on Brookdale, Addison Court Coop and established forming groups.

We host EBCOHO events for members, and link you to other events featuring a global network of friends and allies: pioneers in cooperative culture and sustainable communities: urban farmers,  affordable housing developers, green builders, and creative visionaries in the movements for more open, user-friendly and collaborative technologies, economies, and governments.  There's a global reinvention of communiies going on - both on the ground and online -- and the Bay Area  is one of the world's epicenters.

East Bay Cohousing is a labor of love organized by Cohousing Coaches Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris. It is a project of our business and consulting firm, Planning for Sustainable Communities. As PfSC we combine 50 years of experience with intentional communities, self-help communities, and providing consultations and technical assistance to public and private clients in the areas of community and economic development, business planning, data management and applied research. 

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