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Within Reach showing and conversation w/filmmaker (Marin)

This is a magnificently subversive film. If you’re 100% sure you’ve got all you want right now...don’t watch it! - Bill McKibben, founder

WITHIN REACH explores one couple's pedal-powered search for a place to call home. Mandy and Ryan gave up their jobs, cars and traditional houses to "bikepack" 6,500 miles for nearly 2 years around the USA seeking sustainable community.

Rather than looking in a traditional neighborhood, they begin to recognize that community is the secret ingredient to living sustainably on this planet. Along the way, they explored 100 Ecovillages, Cohousing Communities, Co-op Houses, Communes, Transition Towns and their own principles and commitment. In the end they return to the timeless truth that community is people; they are everywhere; and there is room for everyone.

Communities they explored include: The Establishment Co-op, Regen Coops, LA Ecovillage, Sonora Cohousing, Transition Alpine TX, The Farm, Earthaven Ecovillage, Cobb Hill Cohousing, Ecovillage at Ithaca, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Possibility Alliance, Joyful Path Meditation and Healing Center, Greensburg GreenTown and Hummingbird Community.

Both their journey and their film have answered the question that they and many others are asking: How can we pass along a lush, beautiful, sustainable world to future generations? After circling the country and interviewing hundreds of Americans, they have found that by reaching within, sustainable community is Within Reach. In fact, it’s already here.

Co-sponsored by Venture Greenhouse and Cohousing California

7:00pm - Doors

7:30pm - Film 
9:00pm - Audience discussion with Mandy Creighton, Cyclist and Executive Producer, and Betsy Morris, Cohousing Coach/East Bay Cohousing community organizer and boardmember for Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), the film's fiscal sponsor.

Tickets: $10 Advance; $15 (cash at the door) 

Film Trailer
Film Website

Speaker Biography

Mandy Creighton – Cyclist and Executive Producer 
After bicycling 6,500 miles around the US to visit 100 sustainable communities over several years, Mandy now resides at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage where she is co-producing the Within Reach documentary.

In addition she supports communities and individuals making the transition toward more sustainable and joyful living, and she is cocreating a small hand-built home out of local and sustainable materials, growing a garden and continuing to cycle whenever possible

Cohousing California

Cohousing California helps people find, build and grow intentional neighborhoods throughout the Golden State. With over 2000 members in the East Bay alone, we believe that everybody deserves a chance at living in a sustainable community. We love to host workshops, movies, classes, tours, study groups and conferences to show you the ways to get there, and provide personalized and group coaching and training in person and online.

COREcommons - Build Communities - Better! COREcommons is a curated online environment providing best practices and technology solutions for those seeking to advance their community intelligence... This hub showcases the range of practitioners who specialize in planning, building and engaging the communities of tomorrow.

Within Reach is not available yet on individual DVD or for viewing online. The film is available for group screenings with kits designed to help you promote community. Come get yours at the showings listed here or order on the film's website. The flm will screen Thursday night in North Oakland/Berkeley as a fundraiser, Friday night in Marin, Sunday afternoon at the New Parkway in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood, and Sunday evening in Petaluma, with May screenings in the North Bay, Sacramento/Davis area, Grass Valley/Nevada City, and beyond. Tell your friends to go catch it, see the complete schedule at:


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  • Mary A.

    Wonderful film. Very worthwhile. Attracting an interesting audience. Very worthwhile. I only wish we had had some exercise while we were standing around that would encourage us to connect with each other.

    April 27, 2013

    • Ingrid R.

      while we were waiting for the movive to start (30 min.), it would have been nice to know, who was already living in community (a large # of audience as we found out later) and who was wanting to live in community

      April 27, 2013

    • Raines C.

      Ingrid, we are looking at doing some more events specifically focussed on that, providing ways for more people to share their community-living stories.

      April 30, 2013

  • Sue H.

    Is anyone driving from the east bay?

    April 25, 2013

  • Ingrid R.

    looking forward to meeting others interested in cohousing

    April 25, 2013

  • Maja

    Will try for this one Raines. Seems impossible for me to cohost or contribute to another showing happening.

    April 20, 2013

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