Folks in the DC Metro area have an excellent opportunity to learn more about creating environmentally, economically and socially sustainable neighborhoods. The 2011 National Cohousing Conference will be in the DC area from 15-19 June. It’s not too late to register for the chance to learn more about cohousing, meet people who live in cohousing communities across the U.S., and network with cohousing professionals.
You’ll find you’ve got lots of options even if you have limited time and/or budget.
For example, for $60 you can take a half-day tour of two urban cohousing communities: Takoma Village in DC, and Eastern Village in Silver Spring, MD. Lunch is included and you’ll have the advantage of seeing communities up close and interact with the people who actually live in cohousing communities. Or if you prefer to check out both urban and rural communities, for $105 take an all-day tour of 1 rural and 2 urban communities: Catoctin Creek Village in Lovettsville, VA; Blueberry Hill in Vienna, VA; and Eastern Village in Silver Spring, MD.
Another option is to attend conference workshops Friday-only or Saturday-only. In just one day, you can attend 4 or 5 workshops.
On Friday, Charles Durrett — one of the architects who brought cohousing to the U.S. — will be teaching Cohousing 101. Other Friday workshops include:
- Cohousing & Sustainability,
- Exploring Different Community Types: Cohousing, Ecovillages, Income-Sharing & Spiritual Communities, and
- Net Zero Energy
Saturday workshop options include:
- Developing Partnerships to Achieve Long Term Affordability: Exploring Shared Equity,
- Eldering in Cohousing and
- Co-Farming: Growing Food in Community
This is just a sample of the smorgasbord. There’s lots more!
Some of the leaders of the cohousing community will do plenary talks: Kathryn McCamant & Charles Durrett (authors of newly released Creating Cohousing), Liz Walker (author of Choosing a Sustainable Future), and Ross Chapin (author of Pocket Neighborhoods). See the conference schedule for more details on workshop schedules and topics. Make sure you click “Friday details” and “Saturday details” to get in-depth information.
For those who want all the soup-to-nuts details, try the pre-conference 2-day intensive Coho U.
It’s never been this easy to learn how to create better neighborhoods for the future.