Potluck Gathering to Explore Neighborhood Cohousing In North Oakland

  • November 23, 2013 · 10:00 AM
  • A member's home in North Oakland

Come meet & eat with other folks who want to explore building diverse community in North Oakland by sharing various activities & supporting each other. We’ll brainstorm ways to grow community with neighbors, including creating a “Neighborhood Cohousing” model.

Going Further: Discuss potential for creating a small urban retrofit cohousing in the future, if neighbors are interested in deepening connections. Laughter Yoga & Creative Movement (InterPlay) will be part of this event, so we won’t just be sitting & talking the whole time!

• Do these questions spark your interest in Community?

• Could your meals be more enjoyable when prepared & shared in the company of others?

• Might you have chores you’d be happier doing with help? Would you enjoy helping your neighbors, too?

• Do you long for more caring community around your household, neighbors looking out for one another, even helping with child-, elder- and petcare?

• Would you benefit from having companions to meditate, garden, or exercise with regularly? 

• Would working from home go better with a work buddy?

For more information, click on Amos' profile to the right and use the envelope icon to send a message or call(510)[masked]; RSVP for this event and answer the survey questions to get info on the location, at a member's private home in North Oakland. Capacity is limited, so please apply as soon as possible if you are interested... and use this as a way to get connected to the group, even if you can't make this introductory gathering, we will have more down the road.

A Few Words about the Organizers of this Event

Annie & Amos (longtime EBCOHO Supporting Members) have been involved in the Dover St. Park gardening program, North Oakland Farmers Market & other local food justice groups. They lived in an intentional living community in Cambridge, MA and were part of a “created family” community group there for over 16 years before moving to Oakland in 2006.

They’d like to do shared activities with other folks and over time, explore the possibility of buying property nearby or next to other community-minded people. Neighborhood, casual, and urban retrofit cohousing are the models they’re open to considering. They bring experience as Laughter Yoga, InterPlay and peer counseling leaders to their community-building pursuits.

Andrea Veltman is a co-founder and former resident of Temescal Creek Cohousing. She has participated in a homeschool cooperative and initiated a mom+toddler cooking group. Andrea grew up in a strong community of neighbors taking care of each other, making daily life easier. She is experiencing this sense of togetherness among her current neighbors and wants to foster and expand it as the neighborhood changes.

Note: Photos are from past EBCOHO events to illustrate the idea of a meal in community, and do not portray the organizers of this group.

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  • Janet M.

    Very enjoyable. Well run and right level of structure to get everybody on the same page, be productive and build community one conversation at a time.

    November 23, 2013

  • susan s.

    Will there be a possibility of discussing resource sharing beyond just co-op housing, other ways to share resources to build sustainable community?

    November 17, 2013

    • Annie

      Yes, there will Susan. At this point our idea is about building a neighborhood based community, with some subset of people possibly doing a small retrofit co-housing.

      November 18, 2013

  • alicia f.

    Hello- I am co

    November 17, 2013

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  • Amos +2
    Supporting EBCOHO Member through 10/31/2014
    Event Host
  • Annie +1
    Paid EBCOHO member through 3/15/09
    Event Host
  • Mona
    Supporting EBCOHO Member through 10/29/2011
  • Kristina B
    EBCOHO Supporting Member through 10/1/14 and Transition Town
  • Sarah +2
    Supporting EBCOHO Member through 12/16/13
  • Leslie H.
    EBCOHO Supporting Member through 3/10/14
  • Janet M.
    Supporting EBCOHO Member through 2/26/2012
  • A former member
  • A former member

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