Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Airport Transportation & Parking Info UPDATE

Depending on where you are encouraged to take MAX – The conference hotel is 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. This link will show you the schedule and what stop to get off.

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.

Parking Lot Locations & Rates
Closes would be Yamhill and 10th. $5 in weekends and evenings after 5 PM; $14 daytime for weekday.

NEW - What about meals?

Thursday night is a Dine-Around (pay-as-you-go) with other attendees and guided by local community members. Here’s what to expect in the way of included food:

  • Friday 5 PM there’s a reception with snacks
  • Saturday 8 AM is an opening breakfast
  • Saturday 6:45 PM is the keynote banquet
  • Sunday 12:30 is a structured networking lunch followed by the closing panel

All other meals are “on your own” and therefore NOT included. There are MANY restaurants nearby as well as a café in the hotel entry area. We do not think it’ll be difficult to find food on your own. If you’re concerned you could certainly bring lunches to save time/stress if that is convenient. There’s a Whole Foods half a mile from the hotel so you could get your exercise and lunch to bring back.

Do you still need volunteers?

Most of our volunteer slots are now filled. But you can select Volunteer as the subject on the Contact form and your information will go to our volunteer coordinator. If we can use you in an open slot, you would receive free admission on the day they volunteer. All volunteer shifts are for 4+ hours. Admission does not include meals or the keynote. There will be a volunteer lounge with snacks. Our volunteer coordinator is still determining our volunteer needs and will be in touch by early March. Volunteers will receive a yellow t-shirt with the logo on the front and the bird on the back.

Can I still register only for a Tour or Intensive?

YES! Most sessions still have room. Use the registration form and choose JUST signing up for a tour or intensive, which by-passes paying for the conference.

Can I visit the Open House Communities anytime?

No, we ask that you respect the privacy of participating communities and only visit during the scheduled Open House times on Sunday, June 2, 3:30-5 PM. Check this page for more details.

Will there be child care?

At this time the conference is not providing for child care. We suggest that if you are looking for childcare you can contact Northwest at +1 (503) 245-5288.

Will there be programming for kids?

There is not a program track for kids. If you would like to see programming for kids at future national conferences please email our Executive Director.


The Hilton Portland Downtown is the hotel venue and they are offering a special conference discount. They only have rooms left for Saturday and Sunday night. The nearby Paramount Hotel is offering the same discounted rate and have rooms available Wednesday through Sunday. You can book online using the above link or call them at 503-223-9900 and speak with their front desk and mention our conference block code COHOCON2019.

There are many hotels in the downtown area and of course some folks will look for available space at cohousing communities and through AirBnB.

The conference is not coordinating hotel room shares but we do suggest you get on our Facebook group and try to locate someone to room share with there. There is a volunteer in Portland working to setup a limited number of cohousing guest rooms at a nominal cost. If that is of interest please complete the contact form with the Coho Guest option as subject.


Airport: There is Portland train called the Max (Red line), that runs regularly from the airport to downtown ($2.50 for adults, $1.25 for seniors).

Pre-Conference Tours: includes coach bus transportation from the hotel and return.

Open Houses: Transportation is on your own to each community you wish to visit on Sunday afternoon.

Refund Policy

We’re unable to offer refunds, but if you know you cannot attend, you may transfer your registration to another person and notify us so we can correct their name badge (if before May 1). You may also notify us that you cannot attend and would like to donate your registration fee to our Conference Scholarship Fund. If you must cancel we hope you’ll let us know so we don’t pay for unnecessary food. Please use the contact form and select Cancellation in the drop down for subject.

I'm registered - now what?

If you have not yet created your password at Sched here’s why you want to! 
After you registered we sent you an email invite with a custom link for you to create your login password at Sched. This platform allows you to customize your profile, choose to make it public or not and then select the sessions you think you’d like to attend. It does NOT commit you to these sessions. But it does help you decide what you want to attend. You can change it as often as you like. And by choosing to make it public, others in your community can see what you’re doing and choose complimentary sessions. It also helps the organizers to know which sessions need the larger rooms. If you can’t find your email with the invite, please let us know and we’ll resend it. Just email and ask for your Sched invite.

We’ve also put together this 5 minute video explaining how to create your password and how to setup your personal agenda for the conference. And here’s a page with Sched’s own Help documentation.

Other things you can do are share the conference in your community and to your social media. We’ve put together a whole page with ideas on how to share the conference.

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