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LetterA message from Conference Chair Katie McCamant

Join us for five days of inspiration, learning and fun as we celebrate 25 years of creating and living in cohousing. With a wealth of diverse cohousing communities nearby, this national gathering in the San Francisco Bay Area brings together residents, professionals and community seekers in one place - Oakland - for a dynamic 2012 National Cohousing Conference. Join us for one day or the whole five days, but don’t miss this amazing opportunity. And remember - the National Conference only makes it to California once a decade!

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Thanks to those who could join us! See you in 2014 in North Carolina!

2012 National Cohousing Conference
Oakland, CA - June 13-17

Creating Sustainable Neighborhoods; Learning from the Cohousing Experience

Come learn, share and perhaps volunteer. The conference features cohousing and community experts. It’s a great opportunity to network with dedicated cohousing activists, supporters, and residents from around the world. Presentations and workshops will offer everything from the basics of cohousing, designing and building communities, living in community, group process skill building, opportunities to learn from and share our cohousing experiences, as well as how we can contribute to making cohousing more sustainable and more affordable.

In advance of the conference, consider attending tours of local communities or pre-conference workshops.

Who Should Attend?

  • Cohousing residents
  • People who want to learn about the cohousing neighborhood model
  • Community-oriented groups
  • City Planning Department professionals
  • Architects & developers interested in building sustainable communities
  • Businesses who support cohousing communities

Conference Highlights

Conference Sessions Conference Sessions

More than 35 sessions covering a wide range of exciting and relevant topics will spark new ideas and give you tools you can use whether you are creating cohousing, living in it, or just wanting to find out more. Most of the sessions are participatory discussions not just presentations. You’re involved!

CohoU Cohousing 101

New to the Cohousing idea and want to find out more? Cohousing 101 will provide you with a rich introduction to the basic components of the model, how it works and why it brings such value to residents. Sign up for the Friday afternoon session or the Saturday morning session at no extra charge.

Tours Community Tours

Three rolling workshops will take you to a broad selection of Bay area communities so you can experience and learn about cohousing first-hand.

CohoU Pre-Conference Workshops

In depth, intensive workshops offered the two days prior to the conference, will provide tools and information you can use. Separate workshops will focus on Cohousing Development, Facilitation, Group Process, Marketing, and more. The Cohousing Research and Writers workshop connects scholars, practitioners and writers interested in the cohousing model and how it connects to broader social and sustainability themes.

And so much more!