December is here, at the closing of the year, the time for you to act on the many new opportunities for living in and co-creating sustainable community in the East Bay - including new opportunities for groups to go in together on purchases, and recent rental openings and resales at established communities like Swan's Market Cohousing, Doyle Street, and Temescal Commons. Now with 1900 members (and congratulations to Aging-in-Community organizer Victoria Stone, our 1900th!) - and ongoing members who haven’t yet stepped out into the light. Welcome, welcome! We do regular info sessions/orientations everyone has a chance to make one of these and get connected and identify the next steps on their path to community.
Here’s a chance to see and be seen, ask all the questions you want and share a virtual tour of what’s going on in the world of cooperative culture in the Bay Area including the latest openings and opportunities in our network of community-minded people and participating communities.
It’s the UN’s International Year of the Co-operative. There’s a LOT going on!
Cohousing, cooperatives, and ecovillages. Intentional communities and transition towns. Neighbors who want to get to know each other. Your natural building, permaculturing, off-the-grid soulmates. Collaborative coworking and hacker spaces. Community capital and affordability strategies. Openings for sale and rent in existing communities. Forming groups, and upcoming conferences; learn how to join, visit, or start a community. Yup, it’s all happening at the zoo!
Get a first-hand taste of the tools and resources used for building a sense of community anywhere.
From an Orientation last fall: Betsy and Raines were excellent facilitators - they shared a wealth of knowledge about the different communities and their styles, and wove in discussion that addressed the specific questions of each attendee. They did not hesitate to think creatively about solutions that met the constraints of attendees. (Member Gautam Agarwal, Nov. 13, 2011)
Doors open at 9:15 for setup and socializing. Program runs from 9:30-11:30 or so, including introductions, short talk on the types and differences of intentional communities in our area, followed by discussion, exercises, and general brain exchange on the things that most interest you. Raines Cohen, cohousing coach and community organizer will facilitate.
The door fee of $20 per household helps cover EBCOHO ongoing 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 a free Cohousing book, a free coaching session, and discounts on many of our events, among other benefits).
If you can't make this gathering, fear not... we're planning additional intros/orientations on a Sunday morning, a Saturday morning, and a weekday evening. Keep an eye on the EBCOHO calendar for details.