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Growing a Successful Ecovillage or Intentional Community:Day 1 of 3 (Berkeley)

Starting new Ecovillages, Cohousing Neighborhoods, and other Sustainable Communities August[masked], Friday through Sunday, 9 AM - 5:30 PM East Bay Cohousing (
EBCOHO) is proud to host the first California three-day workshop led by
Diana Leafe Christian, Ecovillage documentarian and communities movement author/editor/organizer from North Carolina. We've hosted her 2-day version of this in past years, to a full house and rave reviews, so reserve your seat today. We've negotiated some spectacular early-bird pricing good through August 9th, and we've got
$50 discounts for EBCOHO Supporting Members (
upgrade your membership today and save over half the price of membership at once!) and for multiple people registering together. With dynamic presentations, lively small-group exercises, frequent photo-rich slide shows, and many stories and anecdotes about how real-life communities solved their problems, the workshop covers the major steps needed to start and maintain a healthy, thriving Ecovillage, cohousing neighborhood, or other kind of intentional community.
"I don't think I ever learned so much in such a short time." — Susana Michaelis, Pacific Gardens Cohousing, Nanaimo, B.C. Topics for the 3-day workshop include:

  • Antidotes for common kinds of "structural conflict" and interpersonal conflict

  • The "Board Game" — demonstrating the relationship between mission, membership process, and decision-making method

  • Methods for building trust and connection, increasing social capital, and dealing with "the challenging group member"

  • Case histories of how real ecovillages purchased, financed & developed their sites

  • Permaculture-based site plan design principles and examples from real ecovillages

  • Community economics and internal community finances.

A detailed day-by-day agenda is posted on the
Cohousing California website.
"Completely surpassed my expectations . . . incredibly valuable to our future community." —Brooke Lehman, Bluestockings Bookstore Co-op, New York The workshop is "information-dense" — with 60-90 minute sections and many breaks. A handout booklet is included. Diana is author of
Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages & Intentional Communities, and
Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community.
Communities magazine Editor for 14 years, she now publishes
Diana leads workshops, offers consultations, and speaks at conferences internationally. Her articles have appeared in
Mother Earth News, Permaculture Activist, and the Encyclopedia of Community. Diana lives in an off-grid homesite at
Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina. "Many Windsong members said it was
the best workshop they'd ever attended". —Valerie McIntyre, Windsong Cohousing, Langley, B.C. Location: The Long Haul, 3124 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley 2 blocks from Ashby BART; onstreet parking available Price for all three days: $260
early-bird discount for registrations paid by August 9; $285 afterwards EBCOHO Supporting Members:
SAVE $50 on a full-workshop registration: $210 early-bird discount, $235 after the 9th. Bring a friend or housemate or co-op member or future neighbor and
SAVE BIG: Just $220 each (
an $80 savings overall) when two people register together, or $210 each (
a $150 savings) when three register together (
$235 each after August 9th).
Worth six months of individual research on how to form a new community.” —David Boddy, San Mateo, California Got questions about this rare opportunity?
Contact the organizers or call
(510) 842-6224. Produced by
Cohousing California The event will run about 9 AM 'til 5:30 PM all three days, with an
optional no-host lunch midway; order at Cafe Valparaiso across the street, stroll to several choices within a few blocks (
including the Berkeley Bowl) or bring your own. The door will be locked once we get started each day; please arrive promptly so we don't have to interrupt to let you in. The Long Haul is wheelchair accessible, including the restroom, but it does have a lot of old books on the walls in case you're sensitive to such things. BYO coffee or pick up a cup at the Nomad cafe 2 blocks South if you're Ashby BART is just 2 blocks away; AC transit has bus stops right out front from Oakland and Berkeley. There should be parking available on-street (
although a neighbor warns: don't leave anything out in the car if you don't want it broken into). EBCOHO co-organizers/
Cohousing Coaches Betsy and Raines will alternate hosting.
Upcoming East Bay Cohousing events include:

Current opportunities to become part of sustainable communities in the area include:
Get details about all of the above and more the
East Bay Cohousing website -- membership is free!

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  • Rachel

    Packed full of information! Diana repeats the important stuff in various ways using different media, which ensures that we get it!

    August 20, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of great information, a little daunting so much detail. Lots of opportunities to ask questions. unfortunately I have to work the next two days.

    August 20, 2010

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  • Cohousing Coaches Raines & B. +3
    Cohousing Coach, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Raines C. +6
    Cohousing Coach and Aging In Community Author, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Rachel
    Supporting EBCOHO Member through 8/8/2011
  • Tavi
    Parker Street Co-op Supporting Group Member through 12/1/15
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member

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