CoHousing Solutions Newsletter | February 2018

Hope you're doing well and thriving in (or in the process of creating) community!

Here's what you'll find in this edition of the CS Newsletter:
  • Featured article on senior cohousing from AARP
  • Juicy details on the Regional Cohousing Conference in Boulder, CO
  • Spotlight on CS Affiliate, Darryl Berlin and the 500 Communities Program
  • Village Hearth Cohousing hires Shelly Parks of CoVision Consulting
  • 3+ bed/2 bath home available in Nevada City Cohousing

- Katie & Bethany, The CoHousing Solutions Team
Cohousing: A Growing Concept in Communal Living
by Ronda Kaysen for AARP
"I recognized right away that the feeling of community was the piece I’ve been missing all these years.”
- Kay Stewart, Oakcreek Resident
"Cohousing is no hippie commune — no need to pull out the patchouli or tie-dye that you stashed away after the Summer of Love — but it does share some collective principles. Neighbors are expected to pitch in, not only to maintain the common areas but also to help each other with life’s challenges.

Interest in cohousing is on the rise,  particularly among boomers. "It seems to be the senior population that’s really like, ‘Hey, this is a great idea,' said Karin Hoskin, executive director of the Cohousing Association of the United States, adding that 15 new senior cohousing communities are being planned across the country" and CoHousing Solutions has worked or is currently working with many of them. To name a few... Oakcreek Community in Stillwater, OK (featured above); Village Hearth Cohousing in Durham, NC; PDX Commons in Portland, OR; Wolf Creek Lodge in Grass Valley, CA; and Quimper Village in Port Townsend, WA.
Attend the Regional Conference in Boulder
Discover how you can live a powerful purposeful life in cohousing
Come out to Boulder this April to network with other cohousing group members & professionals, learn from the speakers at the variety of workshops, make amazing connections, and take home inspiration.
Katie McCamant will be a special guest at the conference, leading multiple workshops and presentations: you won’t want to miss her keynote presentation on Friday evening.

Also on Friday, she’ll be leading two half-day intensives with Jim Leach - a morning intensive workshop “Cohousing Development 101” and a half-day afternoon intensive for professionals: “Creating Community Based Affordable Housing.”

For those interested in the 500 Communities Program, be sure to attend the 1-hour workshop on Saturday. Then on Sunday, Katie will be leading a 3 hour "Unplugged" session, where you can come with your questions and learn from the expert!

Bethany will be in attendance as well, so make sure to say hi and ask her to tell you about our marketing and outreach services for cohousing groups.
Colorado is home to numerous cohousing communities...
Should you attend the conference, you can get up close and personal on a variety of special tours. One of the communities you could see on a tour is actually a former convent! Check out Aria Cohousing, the community featured in this article from the Denver Post.
500 Communities Program
Affiliate Spotlight: Darryl Berlin
Darryl on the construction site of Fair Oaks EcoHousing
Darryl recently graduated from CoHousing Solutions’ yearlong training, the 500 Communities Program, and is now a CoHousing Solutions Affiliate. Darryl has practiced the art of natural building for over 20 years. Through his work as a builder, design consultant, community member and educator, he is able to merge his passions for fine craft, ecological stewardship, relationship to place and social justice, all while getting in the mud and building homes. 

He’s currently employed as the Construction Project Manager for Fair Oaks EcoHousing, where the site is muddy but not the homes!
Darryl's Perspective on the Program
"Katie McCamant has been a bold visionary in bringing a new model of developing sustainable communities to our neighborhoods, simply called Cohousing. She has now expanded that vision, with the goal of establishing 500 cohousing communities across the U.S. I consider myself lucky to have been part of the 1 st cohort of 500 Communities Affiliates. From forming new groups, to finding sites, understanding the financial requirements of real estate development, to celebrating the creation of new communities successfully getting it built, the training covers all that and more! 

I now find myself applying many of the lessons and direct experience Katie has to offer by working as an Owner’s Representative for Fair Oaks EcoHousing, a Cohousing development under construction with a move-in date of 2019."
Interested in Becoming a Certified Cohousing Consultant?
There will be two more opportunities to attend an Introductory Webinar (just attend one) in which Katie McCamant will explain more about the program. If you're considering applying for the program, you'll want to attend a webinar.

Click on a link below to register for a time:
Currently, there are only 2 homes left! If you’re looking to live in a vibrant, eco-friendly, intergenerational community near Sacramento, check out their project.
Client Update: Village Hearth Cohousing
Successful Workshop with CoVision Consulting, Seeking Members for Next Step
Village Hearth Cohousing is a an intentional neighborhood of 55+ LGBT, friends and allies in Durham, North Carolina. They've successfully obtained the appropriate zoning, permit drawings, completed design workshops, and are now seeking a few more members to create this beautiful, supportive, and lively neighborhood!

They recently hired Shelly Parks of CoVision Consulting, a CS Affiliate, to lead them through training on sales and marketing so they can reach critical mass for construction financing and get the project under construction this year!

Read more about Village Hearth in this featured article from The Herald Sun.
“We’ll have the privacy of our own cozy sustainable homes clustered around our common house providing ample opportunities to be social within steps of our front doors.” 
Interested in learning more or getting in touch with Village Hearth?

E mail Pat McAulay at  or call Margaret Roesch at 561-714-8009. Visit
About Shelly Parks and CoVision Consulting
Shelly is a recent graduate of the 500 Communities Program and an CoHousing Solutions Affiliate. She has since founded her new company: CoVision Consulting , providing sales and marketing training and assistance for forming cohousing groups. Shelly contributes her years of experience in sales and marketing to help give groups the tools for success moving forward.

Shelly is also part of a forming cohousing group in Skagit County, Washington. See more about Shelly and Skagit Cohousing in this article from the Citizen Tribune.
3+bed/2 bath Home Available in Nevada City Cohousing
Nevada City Cohousing is on an 10-acre piece of land walking distance from the downtown of this charming Sierra Foothill town.

Our community was intentionally designed by  The Cohousing Company/ McCamant-Durrett Architects and the future residents to encourage neighborly interaction using sustainable and energy-efficient design practices.
More about the home
  • Sunny and bright 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home, plus bonus room and open floor plan
  • End unit with wrap around porch
  • HOA dues include almost all utilities, internet, cable, building insurance, and exterior building maintenance
  • With solar backup, the energy bill remains very low
  • Comes with garage adding lots of storage space
  • Location is walking distance from downtown Nevada City, CA
Online Webinar, Tuesday March 6 at 11am (PT)
Join Katie McCamant for an Introductory Webinar on the 500 Communities Program
April 20-22
Cohousing Association of the U.S.
Mark your calendars for the regional conference in Boulder.
Katie will be attending this conference and giving a presentation on the 500 Communities Program.
National Cohousing Open House Day
April 29
Make sure to save the date for Open House Day. Plan your visit to communities you'd like to see, or invite others to see yours!
June 16-17
McCamant & Durrett Architects, SAGE Cohousing International, and Quimper Village Senior Cohousing are working together to hold a Senior Cohousing Conference in Washington Summer 2018. Learn more by clicking on the link above or emailing Lindy Sexton at
We love this poster, and think you will too!
(only thing it's missing is cohousing...)
Art by Karen Kerney
We're Here to Help
We provide development consulting services to help you create your sustainable neighborhood. Our team pioneered the development of cohousing in North America, and we have helped create dozens of successful communities.
Our newest venture involves training passionate cohousing entrepreneurs through the year-long 500 Communities Program. Now recruiting for the next class, with applications due June 2018.
Photo by Ed Asmus
Architecture by McCamant & Durrett Architects
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