Regional Cohousing Conference - Boulder, Colorado

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

2016 Update: There was a fabulous conference in 2014! Please consider attending our 2016 Cohousing Conference in Salt Lake City. Visit

September 26-28, 2014

Cohousing is an idyllic community concept and housing development strategy, but after the doors open, real life kicks in with real life issues, real life personalities and real life conflicts and their resolution.

This conference brings together a diverse program that will help you understand “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of living in community and provide you and your neighbors with tools to work within your unique community environment.

The conference weekend will be packed with useful information with plenty of time to network and ask questions. The conference will be held at three North Boulder cohousing communities - Nomad, Silver Sage Village and Washington Village. We reserve the right to tweak the program.

Friday Night September 26, 2014

6:00 to
Washington Village Cohousing Registration and Opening Mixer sponsored by Wonderland Hill Development Co.
Boulder’s latest cohousing community went through a huge community-wide process before the first spade of dirt was turned over. The project updated an old school in the heart of town. You’ll get a chance to see how the project repurposed the land and building.

Saturday September 27

8:30 am Nomad Cohousing Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 to
Nomad Cohousing “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly with David Wann”
Welcoming remarks by Boulder City Councilman Macon Cowles and by Cohousing Association of the U.S. (Coho/US) staff and board members. Author, musician, filmmaker and cohouser David Wann will be offering some keynote remarks. The session will set the table for the conference that has two main tracks that span Senior CoHousing to Kids and Young Families.
10:45am to 12:15pm Silver Sage Village Cohousing “Senior CoHousing: Getting the Day to Day Work Done”
Residents of Silver Sage Village, including Henry Kroll will discuss the challenges of aging in place and getting the work done. With everyone getting older and having changes in priorities because of health or attitudes adjustments about the meaning of community, panelists provide some insight about how to move from the idyllic vision to reality-based cohousing.
10:45am to 12:15pm Nomad Cohousing “Cohousing-like Communities: Expanding Options”
The cohousing concept isn’t cut in stone. This session discusses how the concepts can enhance how communities come together. Panelist Bill Hartzell (Coho/US Board President) will also discuss efforts to create a "cohousing-like" communities. His community used the cohousing model to convert a farm into housing. Panelist Laura Fitch will talk about the Treehouse (foster adoptive/elder community) and SoldierOn (housing for homeless veterans).
12:30pm to 1:30pm Lunch

Updated: Saturday lunch is now a brown bag lunch. We’ll have our resident experts available to sit with you and discuss any issues or questions you may have about cohousing. Other on your own options include:
Lucky’s Cafe (across from Nomad)
3890 Broadway in North Boulder

1:45 to
3:15 pm
Silver Sage Village Cohousing Senior CoHousing: Aging in Place, how’s it working?
How does cohousing interface and support the aging process? Panelists include Alan O'Hashi, current Silver Sage Village resident; former member of the city of Boulder Human Relations Commission; the city of Boulder Planning Board and former Director of Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley.
1:45 to
3:15 pm
Nomad Cohousing “Kids and Young Families: Growing up in ‘Community’”
A generation of "children of cohousing" are now in college. We’ll be hearing from panelist Ben Hartzell who grew up in cohousing. Laura Fitch will discuss raising foster children in cohousing. Her community has had at least 14 foster children within the community at various times. Grandchildren living in senior cohousing will also present about intergenerational interaction.
3:45 to
5:00 pm
Nomad Cohousing “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly - Engaging Community with Grace and Curiosity”
What happens when our idyllic dreams and carefully crafted agreements no longer support connection and community? Join Nyland Cohousing resident Gregory Rouillard for an interactive and engaging exploration of how we can cultivate collaborative decision making and effective conflict engagement in our communities.
6:00pm Dinner on your own Saturday dinner is 'on your own' with 'experts' identifying themselves and encouraging discussion over dinner at one of the many eating places in North Boulder or around town, including (this is a cash only place)
China Gourmet (across the parking lot from Nomad)
3970 Broadway 102

Sunday September 28

9:15 to 10:30am Nomad Theater “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly - Honest Outreach to Potential Cohousers?”
On Saturday we had learning sessions about the opportunities and challenges of cohousing. How do we tell about it and encourage people to buy into community living. Jim Leach and Annie Russell will close the conference with some ideas on how to spread the message and outreach to potential cohousers.


Map of the conference locationsOn the Road: The Cohousing Community Tour: There will be a tour of a variety of cohousing communities in the Boulder - Denver Metro Area.