Community for the Health of it
2019 National Cohousing Conference
May 30 – June 2, 2019 at the Downtown Portland Hilton
Learn how living in community can be healthier by combating loneliness. Whether you’re just starting to explore living in cohousing or have been for decades, this conference offers something for you. Courtney Martin author of The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream explores how people are redefining the American dream (think more fulfillment, community, and fun, less debt, status, and stuff). She draws from her personal experience living in cohousing with her family.
2-Day National Cohousing Conference – June 1-2
Build It Track
New & Forming Communities
If you’re new to cohousing, just forming a group or starting to build, the Build It track is for you. Learn what’s involved, how to attract members, how to work with the professionals around financing, design and development.
Live It Track
Currently Living in Cohousing
If you already live in cohousing you may want to learn how others are doing things like meal programs, decision making, conflict resolution and reserve funds, etc.
Sustain It Track
For Mature Communities
If you’ve lived in cohousing for ten or more years you may be experiencing challenges unique to your maturity such as burnout, apathy, refilling vacancies, etc that new groups aren’t yet facing.
Before: Intensives & Bus Tours — After: Open Houses
Choose from full-day and half-day intensives both Thursday and Friday, to hone your understanding and skills. Go deep into the topics that are most important to you and your community.
Pre-Conference Bus Tours
Join knowledgeable cohousing resident guides for a full day and 2 half day tours visiting up to eight local cohousing communities and meeting residents. The tours are mini-workshops on wheels with lots of Q&A.
Friday Night Public Event
Invite your friends in the Portland area to learn about Cohousing: Creating Community One Neighborhood at a Time, a free public talk by Grace Kim. Conference attendees do not need to reserve a spot. This free public talk will be held at Eliot Chapel.
Post-Conference Open Houses
Seven Portland cohousing communities will be holding open houses from 3:30 – 5 pm on Sunday June 2. Stop by after the Conference, meet more cohousers, take a tour, view homes and find out more about how cohousing really operates.
- Multiple Tracks of sessions:
Build It – Live It – Sustain It
- Facilitated Q&A Discussions
- Regional and Caucus Networking
- Opening General Session –
Welcome with Dr. Helen Jarvis
- Saturday evening dinner with Keynote Courtney Martin
- Sunday Closing General Session –
The Future of Cohousing panel
Conference Venue: Hilton Portland Downtown
- Located at 921 SW 6th Avenue
- Special Room Rate – Sat – Sun
- Same great rate at nearby Paramount Hotel for Wednesday – Sunday
- Full Day Intensives: $150
- Half Day Intensives: $75
- Full Day Bus Tour: $150
- Half Day Bus Tour: $75
- Hosted by Fellowship for Intentional Communities