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Within Reach showing and conversation with community members (N. Berkeley)

This is a magnificently subversive film. If you’re 100% sure you’ve got all you want right now...don’t watch it! - Bill McKibben, founder 350.org

WITHIN REACH explores one couple's pedal-powered search for a place to call home. Mandy and Ryan gave up their jobs, cars and traditional houses to "bikepack" 6,500 miles for nearly 2 years around the USA seeking sustainable community.

Rather than looking in a traditional neighborhood, they begin to recognize that community is the secret ingredient to living sustainably on this planet. Along the way, they explored 100 Ecovillages, Cohousing Communities, Co-op Houses, Communes, Transition Towns and their own principles and commitment. In the end they return to the timeless truth that community is people; they are everywhere; and there is room for everyone.

Communities they explored include: The Establishment Co-op, Regenerative Coops, LA Ecovillage, Sonora Cohousing, Transition Alpine TX, The Farm, Earthaven Ecovillage, Cobb Hill Cohousing, Ecovillage at Ithaca, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Possibility Alliance, Joyful Path Meditation and Healing Center, Greensburg GreenTown and Hummingbird Community.

Both their journey and their film have answered the question that they and many others are asking: How can we pass along a lush, beautiful, sustainable world to future generations? After circling the country and interviewing hundreds of Americans, they have found that by reaching within, sustainable community is Within Reach. In fact, it’s already here.

Co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley and BFUU Social Justice group

7:00pm - Doors

7:15pm - Film 
8:45pm - Audience discussion with Within Reach Associate Producer Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris, Cohousing Coaches/East Bay Cohousing community organizers and boardmember for Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), the film's fiscal sponsor, along with people living in different types of communities in the East Bay.

Tickets: $5-10 suggested donation

Film Trailer
Film Website

Within Reach is not available yet on individual DVD or for viewing online. The film is available for group screenings with kits designed to help you promote community. Come get yours at the showings listed here or order on the film's website.

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  • Dan K.

    Inspiring! And reminds us why we want cohousing, community, eco-consciousness.

    November 8, 2013

    • susan s.

      I'm with the Conspiracy of Sharing experimenting with income sharing and the gift economy. How could we non-capitalists without much money get involved in co-housing? Do you have any renters or could you?

      1 · November 9, 2013

  • Lee T.

    The YouTube trailer won't play on phones. :-(

    November 7, 2013

  • Mike

    I've got to find out about the "magnificently subversive " part!

    November 6, 2013

  • Chef Nancy H.

    Looking forward to my first introduction to Co-Housing. Most excited. I will be bringing a friend.

    November 3, 2013

    • Raines C.

      Just to be clear, we'll have only a brief conversation with people in several types of communities (including cohousing) after the movie, and it includes lots of rural communities, as well as some cohousing and co-ops. So while you'll get a taste, one of our orientations is the best way to understand the whole picture of East Bay cohousing options.

      November 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dear Raines, I'm looking at the calendar and don't see an orientation scheduled. When do they occur or do you have to arrange for one?

      November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I get scheduled to work, I will change my RSVP.

    November 1, 2013

  • susan s.

    Beyond conversation, "let's DO it!"

    November 1, 2013

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