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.

Listen to Conference KeyNote Courtney Martin tell why she’s excited about this conference!

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

Pre-Conference Intensives

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. This free public talk will be held at Eliot Center Main Street Sanctuary .

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.

2-Day Conference

  • 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

Registration: $445

Conference Venue: Hilton Portland Downtown

Pre-Conference Intensives

  • Full Day Intensives: $150
  • Half Day Intensives: $75

Pre-Conference Bus Tours

  • Full Day Bus Tour: $150
  • Half Day Bus Tour: $75

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What’s with the bird?

If you’ve never seen Portlandia you wouldn’t know (I didn’t) about “put a bird on it”. So here for your viewing pleasure is a quick video.

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