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Creating an Elder's Community: Why and How with lunch in cohousing (Berkeley)

Elders' experience, wisdom, needs and capacities are different from younger folks' and are best identified, in this rapidly changing world, by themselves. Isolation is one of the most damaging potentials for this population and connection is something that helps us and our communities thrive. Many elders have learned how to live inclusively and to embrace difference, qualities that can reach beyond political, gender, and cultural differences.

Join us for a group listening and participation session on this Transition/US call, followed by lunch and a discussion in which we go deeper and figure out what it means for our own lives and groups. We'll be inviting local Transition movement and Elders' Guild leaders to participate, but it will be a peer-to-peer discussion.

Transition US writes: Why a Transition Elders' working group? Community resilience is one of our primary Transition goals. Together we can prepare for change and help out during crises. Baby Boomers on up are quickly becoming one of the largest demographics, are increasingly retired with leisure time, and possess a desire to "give back" to their communities. Together they discover capacities they were unaware they had.

In this TeleSeminar Alexandra and Sandy will share how the Elders have become one of the strongest working groups in the Transition Sebastopol initiative and why we think it is popular, has a balance of gender participation, and sponsors so many activities. We will also bring the voices of some men from our Guidance Council. We look forward to speaking with folks across the range of Transition US and beyond. 


Alexandra Hart (Yulupa Cohousing and Sequoia Village affordable cohousing co-developer) is a Transition Sebastopol elder who conceived the idea for what has become the Elders Salon and subsequent satellite events as a working group in Sebastopol in early 2010. She is a retired fiber artist, author and one-time editor of the "AHP Perspective" members' magazine for the Assn. for Humanistic Psychology. She has also, over the past 30 years convened many local rituals, Councils and Circles for the Sonoma County circling movement. 

Sandra Scotchler, MFT, has been drawn to the healing arts since childhood.  She values the path of the wounded healer and her practices have been as an R.N., body therapist, and Family Therapist.  Becoming an elder at this time calls her to join with others who care deeply about the earth and want to collaborate in bringing the needed transformation.

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  • Barbara W.

    My apologies. Could we possibly talk another time. I took a bad fall on brick stairs last night and I feel too jostled to come. This is a terrible dilemma because the fall really brought home how much I need to find an alternative to living alone. And I worry that choosing will not be the solution that I need. Would any of you consider having coffee some other time?

    December 5, 2013

    • Raines C.

      Yikes. Get well soon, Barbara. Let's do plan another gathering on this topic - it's great perspective we're getting on the call, and we can schedule another gathering more designed to meet our needs, at a more convenient time.

      December 5, 2013

  • Raines C.

    Just to be 100% clear, even though one of the speakers has co-created cohousing neighborhoods and her group meets in a cohousing community in Sebastopol, the focus of the presentation/call is on non-residential aging-in-community discussion groups, creating virtual communities. But we are having our meeting in a real intergenerational cohousing neighborhood, and we can take the conversation wherever we like after we're off the call, as well as bring up relevant topics during the national call.

    December 2, 2013

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  • Raines C. +1
    Cohousing Coach and Aging In Community Author, Co-Organizer,
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