Join the nation’s experts on cohousing, Katie McCamant & Chuck Durrett for a Cohousing Presentation in Tulsa. RSVP here on Eventbrite.
Mission Peak Cohousing in Fremont, CA is sponsoring a Getting-It-Built Workshop with CoHousing Solutions’ Katie McCamant and McCamant & Durrett Architect’s Chuck Durrett. This is an opportunity that doesn’t come around often, a Bay Area GIB. Don’t miss out!
REGISTERING: Mission Peak Cohousing is welcoming anyone to register for the Workshop. Secure your spot – the early-bird discount is fast approaching!
Send your $350, postmarked by March 22, 2016 to receive the discount.
March 22-31: $400 for the two-day workshop.
Make check payable to Mission Peak Cohousing.
Mail with your contact information to:
35366 Ronda Ct.
Fremont, CA 94536
BONUS: Attend a Friday Cohousing Presentation as a Workshop kick-off: VIEW FLYER.
“While most of us appreciate the independence and freedom of contemporary life, where women can have interesting careers, live independently, and generally have a wealth of options our mothers couldn’t even imagine, in that process we have also lost the community of proximity and the support of nearby extended family.
These days many of us have created our own community of choice—self-selected “tribes” to share holidays and special occasions with, rather than always depending on blood family—but we depend on our cars to connect us. When we suddenly find ourselves unable to drive, whether because of illness or aging, we can quickly go from a very busy life to immense isolation. Cohousing provides a way to create a strong community of proximity, right out your front door, while still allowing us to live active and independent lives in the city or region of our choice.”
One of the things I love about living in cohousing is how each community develops its own rituals and traditions. At Nevada City Cohousing, one of our traditions is our October Harvest Festival. We start with a workday in the morning, sprucing up the landscape and the common house (some deep cleaning). Then we take a siesta, followed by an afternoon of arts and crafts on the common house terrace. Over the years, I’ve become the specialist on grapevine wreath making, with wreaths made from the grapevine covering my front porch, decorated as you like with lavender, rosemary, seedpods and other plants from our landscape. Many people now bring last year’s wreath for a yearly update. Then we have a very competitive chili cook-off (vote for your favorite veggie chili, meat chili, cornbread and dessert). The day is topped off with square dancing in the common house and a fire pit on the patio. It’s a great multigenerational mix up with a little something for everyone. In recent years, the original organizers felt they were too busy to take it on, but the community rallied and new people showed up. After you’ve done something like this a few years, it really takes very little organizing if everyone pitches in on bits and pieces. One of this year’s memorable moments was the trio of little girls delivering fresh baked cookies to the workers…who could resist them, or their cookies…
At the end of last month, a local Oklahoma newspaper published an investigative article about a community near and dear to our hearts, Oakcreek Cohousing in Stillwater, OK.
Oakcreek Senior Cohousing is the first (and as of this article’s writing, the only) cohousing in Oklahoma. The group first launched in 2009, with eight local households inspired in the search for a better way to retire in Stillwater – a college town of about 50,000. As a senior community, the group ranges in age from early 60’s to late 80’s. CoHousing Solutions (then Partners) was hired in 2010 as development consultant for the project. The community completed construction of their homes and common house on their site in 2012, with all homes sold by the end of 2013.
Looking back, Darlington said the experience has exceeded her expectations in terms of building the community and bringing out the best in its residents.
“I didn’t know how much living in my own house isolated me,” she said. “It’s just fun and it’s so easy to have a casual visit — just sit down and chitchat for a minute.”
Darlington said she hopes to live the rest of her days at Oakcreek.
“I hope this is the place I die,” she said. “From the beginning I’ve said that I want you to carry me out of here feet first.
“I’ll hire someone down the road for my personal care when things get bad, but until then I know my neighbors will be here for me.”