Join us in Portland, Oregon

What is Cohousing?

Cohousing provides the community we need to thrive while ensuring the privacy we enjoy. Cohousing is an intentional community of private homes clustered around shared space. You can learn more on the CohousingUS website.

Why is it important?

Loneliness is epidemic in the U.S. Living in an intentional community can be the antidote! Watch architect and cohousing expert Grace Kim’s TED Talk to learn more. Then join us at the conference. You can register for the conference here.

Join us at the Conference

The theme is Community for the Health of it! We have tracks for those new to cohousing, in a forming community, living in cohousing and for mature communities. The conference is Saturday – Sunday, June 1-2, with Pre-Conference Intensives and Tours offered in advance on May 30-31. And Sunday after the Conference enjoy Open Houses.

The Team

Conference co-chairs are CohoUS Board Member Ann Lehman from PDX Commons in Portland and Grace Kim and Sheila Hoffman from Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing in Seattle. It takes a lot of people to make a successful conference happen and we are grateful for every one of them!

Why the bird?

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

Visiting Portland for the first time?

Following suggestions provided by Local Adverturer blog

  • Public Transportation is Great in Portland. Between the MAX and the buses, you can get everywhere (as long as you don’t mind some walking). Walking Portland Oregon Guide
  • Get a car to access nature: You can get around via bikes, public transportation etc, but one of the best things about Portland is the easy access to outdoors. Best Day Trips from Portland
  • Cycling is great too! There’s a wonderful Bike trail around the river harbor and many rental bike available by the hour.
  • Driving a car? It’s illegal to pump your own gas in Oregon.
  • What You Need to Know About Parking: If you are paying for street parking, you always have to put your ticket on the curbside window whether it’s the driver’s side or passenger side. You can still get a ticket if it’s in the wrong place.
  • Pack a Rain Coat: There are a lot of rainy days, though it’s more of a drizzle than a downpour. Rain doesn’t stop Portlanders from going out.
  • There’s no sales tax in Oregon. The price you see is the price you pay.
  • East Portland is the Most “Hipster” Part of Portland. That’s where a lot of Portlandia is based.
  • Portland is the Beer Capital of the World. It has the most breweries in the metro area and the number of breweries continue to grow. Portland Breweries Bucket List
  • Portland is a known destination for food, coffee, and beer. We’ve put together a Guide to the 49 Best Places to Eat to help you plan your visit to Portland. Also check out Essential Portland Fine Dining Guide.
  • 25 Free Things to Do in Portland
  • Ultimate Bucket List – 101 Things to Do in Portland
  • Oregonian’s 10 Best Downtown Portland Inexpensive Restaurants

Getting to the Conference @ Hilton Portland Downtown

Conveniently located at 921 SW 6th Ave, The Hilton Portland Downtown is a 3-minute walk from Pioneer Courthouse Square, and just a block from the MAX Light Rail service, providing links to Portland’s main attractions. The MAX light rail Red Line is the easiest way to travel to and from the Portland International Airport. The 10 mile trip between the airport and downtown Portland takes about 38 minutes. An adult ticket costs $2.50. There’s a limited supply of discounted rooms for the conference. Please book early to reserve. Currently the Hilton only has rooms available on Saturday and Sunday. We’ve arranged for the same great rate at the nearby Paramount Hotel for Wednesday – Sunday.