Starting new Ecovillages, Cohousing Neighborhoods, and other Sustainable Communities August[masked], Friday through Sunday, 9 AM - 5:30 PM East Bay Cohousing (EBCOHO) is proud to host the first California three-day workshop led by Diana Leafe Christian, Ecovillage documentarian and communities movement author/editor/organizer from North Carolina. We've hosted her 2-day version of this in past years, to a full house and rave reviews, so reserve your seat today. We've negotiated some spectacular early-bird pricing good through August 9th, and we've got $50 discounts for EBCOHO Supporting Members (upgrade your membership today and save over half the price of membership at once!) and for multiple people registering together. With dynamic presentations, lively small-group exercises, frequent photo-rich slide shows, and many stories and anecdotes about how real-life communities solved their problems, the workshop covers the major steps needed to start and maintain a healthy, thriving Ecovillage, cohousing neighborhood, or other kind of intentional community. "I don't think I ever learned so much in such a short time." — Susana Michaelis, Pacific Gardens Cohousing, Nanaimo, B.C. Topics for the 3-day workshop include:
- 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.
A detailed day-by-day agenda is posted on the Cohousing California
website. "Completely surpassed my expectations . . . incredibly valuable to our future community." —Brooke Lehman, Bluestockings Bookstore Co-op, New York
The workshop is "information-dense" — with 60-90 minute sections and many breaks. A handout booklet is included. Diana is author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages & Intentional Communities
, and Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community
. Communities magazine
Editor for 14 years, she now publishes Ecovillages
Diana leads workshops, offers consultations, and speaks at conferences internationally. Her articles have appeared in Mother Earth News
, Permaculture Activist, and the Encyclopedia of Community. Diana lives in an off-grid homesite at Earthaven Ecovillage
in North Carolina. "Many Windsong members said it was the best workshop
they'd ever attended". —Valerie McIntyre, Windsong Cohousing, Langley, B.C.
Location: The Long Haul, 3124 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley 2 blocks from Ashby BART; onstreet parking available Price for all three days: $260 early-bird discount
for registrations paid by August 9; $285 afterwards EBCOHO Supporting Members: SAVE $50
on a full-workshop registration: $210 early-bird discount, $235 after the 9th. Bring a friend or housemate or co-op member or future neighbor and SAVE BIG
: Just $220 each (an $80 savings overall
) when two people register together, or $210 each (a $150 savings
) when three register together ($235 each after August 9th
). “Worth six months of individual research on how to form a new community.” —David Boddy, San Mateo, California
Got questions about this rare opportunity? Contact the organizers
or call (510) 842-6224
. Produced by Cohousing California
The event will run about 9 AM 'til 5:30 PM all three days, with an optional no-host lunch
midway; order at Cafe Valparaiso across the street, stroll to several choices within a few blocks (including the Berkeley Bowl
) or bring your own. The door will be locked once we get started each day; please arrive promptly so we don't have to interrupt to let you in. The Long Haul is wheelchair accessible, including the restroom, but it does have a lot of old books on the walls in case you're sensitive to such things. BYO coffee or pick up a cup at the Nomad cafe 2 blocks South if you're Ashby BART is just 2 blocks away; AC transit has bus stops right out front from Oakland and Berkeley. There should be parking available on-street (although a neighbor warns: don't leave anything out in the car if you don't want it broken into
). EBCOHO co-organizers/Cohousing Coaches
Betsy and Raines will alternate hosting.
Upcoming East Bay Cohousing events include:Current opportunities to become part of sustainable communities in the area include:
Get details about all of the above and more the East Bay Cohousing
website -- membership is free! http://www.ebcoho.org...