January 3, 2009
I chose community development as my life's work in my 20's. The Meetup lets me share, learn, and create ways to help people connect and make their dreams real.
Raines Cohen in 1999.
Friendly neighbors, a great place to live with more space than I could afford on my own. Opportunities to share -- launchpads for sustainable living.
I currently live in Berkeley Cohousing.
with diverse neighbors rejoicing in one another's creative passions and livelihood.
"Planning for Sustainable Communities is my business - we help people find, organize, grow, and sustain cohousing neighborhoods."
Thanks to all of you, EBCOHO is becoming more than what we hoped - a hub for community connections in the East Bay and beyond. It's a network for shared living resources of all sorts: cohousing, co-ops, EcoVillages, shared housing, as well as urban farming, coworking, alternative currencies and Transition Towns. Raines and I create events and steer you to the best of our calendars, but now members are getting together on your own! Wow! Look for orientations, talks, tours, training intensives, videos, game nights and slideshows. EBCOHO.org is also the goto spot for openings (rentals, sales, and house-sits) in existing communities as well as forming communities. But, the #1 thing people are most looking for is other people on the same journey, to learn from each other and go down the path together. Come, learn, explore, and get the support you need.
Oh wow Betsy that's cool to know that a fellow DCRP'er is responsible for this community. I'll definitely look into the 'member discussion forum section.' Since I'm not looking to find a place until late August, though, is there a specific method you'd recommend to go about searching? Is it best to just post that I am seeking a room or might I just have to wait a few months until my move-in date is closer?
Also, thanks for reaching out : )
Thanks for the welcome. I live in the N St Cohousing community in Davis and I love it. Very sad to have to leave, but my partner works in SF so Davis just doesn't make sense for us. I would love any leads on any cohousing openings in the east bay - I love living in cohousing and would love to find something similar. Looking forward to getting connected with the east bay cohousing community!
Hi Betsy, sorry for the long delay. Yes I would love to chat about the off-grid sustainable community that I am creating in Taos New Mexico. Have officially named it to be "Sage Citizen Village".
Hi Betsy, We made it here and we will be renting in Lafayette. We would love to come to dinner at Berkeley coho anytime after we get settled in a couple of weeks. Earlier this summer we spent a week at Pleasant Hill cohousing. That is such a nice community, we loved it. It will be fun sharing cohousing stories too. Virginia, Odysseus and Jaiya
Hi Betsy, thanks for your greeting on my profile. And thanks for all the great work that you do for cohousing! I'm looking for a place that's beautiful, in a walkable neighborhood (preferably Berk/Oak) & with an ethic of shared values. Also I would like it to be financially accessible -- where I can put down <$100K and not go into debt. This may seem out of the realm of reality right now, but if you hear of anything I'd be most grateful if you'd let me know. Thanks and hope all's well with you.
I never heard back about the facilitator workshop date, and suspect I screwed up the email address. Let me knwo what's up. New Brighton is definitely interested. We would need to know how many would be need a place to sleep, and how many need feeding.
It's delightful to have another old-time Ostrom fan in the workshop! Do you have some thoughts/questions about how the commons may help co-housing support the emergence more humane and democratic institutions for living and working, as the Commons?
I'd love to explore that question if it makes sense to you at all.
Was hoping to make it to the orientation on Saturday but something has come up. If appropriate would you mention to folks that I am looking for 2 or 3 people to build intentional community in my home in Montclair/Oakland. Best way to reach me is [masked].
Thank you for your welcome! No, I was not at the gathering last night, but it sounds great! Love raw food!