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 orientation:
Very informative and well-presented. Nice group of people, too (of course!).
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 - ginny
Doors open at 9:30 for a little social time and set up; Program runs from 10:00 to 12:30, including a little more time for networking. Light refreshments available, but lunch is not provided.
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. Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach and community organizer, 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 Happy Movie or Group Works Card Deck (while supplies last) 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. Get your better half to join you.
If you can't come out with us on a Sunday morning -- fear not! Keep eye on the EBCOHO calendar for what's coming up, Sunday and weeknight orientations, socials, movies, and other ways to connect, including the Community Gone Viral unconference in San Francisco July 5, which we are helping produce and which gives you a whole day of immersion in community. We hope to see you soon.