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EBCOHO Members Welcome and Orientation: Cohousing Intro (S. Berkeley)

  • Jul 31, 2013 · 5:45 PM
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Cohousing, housing cooperatives, cohouseholding, communes and ecovillages - Intentional communities, transition towns, nonprofit affordable housing, senior "villages" -- What's the difference and why does it matter?

What's living one of these communities really like?  Should I join an existing community or start my own? Where do I find openings? How do cooperative communities really work?  Who's in charge?  You'll get answers and links to a world of resources at our EBCOHO orientation.

Comments on a recent gathering:

  • Very informative and well-presented. Nice group of people, too (of course!).

    Leslie Hassberg
  • Great intro and overview of cohousing background and context. [...] I left inspired. Jeff French
  • Great intro for anybody considering a cohousing lifestyle. Very thorough, lots of good advice. Raines is a wonderful host. Walter Feigenson
  • Presentation so knowledgeable, yet relaxed. and to the very lovely people i met.


Doors open at 5:45 for a little social time and set up; Program runs from 6:00 to 8:00. Light refreshments available, but dinner is not included.

Agenda usually includes: Member introductions and goals; overview of different types of intentional communities in the Bay Area; Q&A; how to use EBCOHO and other online resources, community-building game or exercise, and time for open sharing on your experience and interests. Betsy Morris, Cohousing Coach and community developer, will facilitate.

The orientation fee of $20 per household helps cover ongoing EBCOHO expenses.  Bring a friend and save up to $5 each; supporting members (and members of supporting groups) pay just $10. Your contribution is refunded if you become a supporting member on the spot. (Supporting members get our thanks, a free Cohousing book or Communities Magazine subscription or American Commune ticket and a free coaching session, plus discounts on many of our events).

If you RSVP for multiple people, MeetUp will tell you the price is per person, but relax... it's really just per household. You can pay at the door by cash, check, or credit card.

If you can't come out with us on a Wednesday evening -- fear not! Keep eye on the EBCOHO calendar for what's coming up, weekend orientations, socials, movies, and other ways to connect. we hope to see you soon.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Woke up sick this morning so I will not be able to attend after all. Hoping to attend another orientation in the future!

    July 31, 2013

  • Victoria

    Sorry to have to cancel...will try a weekend meeting.

    July 30, 2013

  • Raines C.

    I won't be able to do this one, but Betsy will take great care of you. Note the time adjustment, now we're inviting people to arrive by 5:45 so we can start right at 6, and it will run 'til 8. If you find you can't make it, please update your RSVP so others have a chance, we expect a full house.

    July 12, 2013

  • Raines C.

    If you prefer a weekend morning, here's another the following Saturday:

    July 9, 2013

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