Regional Cohousing Conference: 4/20-4/22 Boulder CO

We had a great conference - hope to see you in the fall at the Northeast Cohousing Summit!

Discover how you can live a powerful purposeful life in cohousing!

The conference holds the keys to creating a highly functioning cohousing community. There is something for everyone - those exploring the idea, newly forming groups or existing communities.

For Newly Forming Communities:

You will learn how to get started, meet the people who can help make it happen, and discover best practices from others who have already made the journey.

For Existing & Newly Forming Communities:

You’ll learn from the experts how to attract new members, enable affordability, and improve your community.

For Everyone:

You will network with your broader tribe of cohousers and cohousing friends and have fun!

Schedule Summary:

Friday April 20th, 2018

  • Full and half day intensives at Silver Sage Village 1650 Yellow Pine Ave Boulder, CO 80304 and Wild Sage Cohousing 1650 Zamia Ave Boulder, CO 80304
    - for additional fee, see program
  • Reception at Millennium 1345 28th Street Boulder, 80302 for all conference attendees
    - including drinks and hors de vours
  • Public presentation at unique local venue First United Methodist Church Sanctuary 1421 Spruce Street Boulder, CO 80302

Saturday April 21st

  • Breakfast with inspirational guest speaker
  • Conference sessions (16 to choose from, see program) at Millennium1345 28th Street Boulder, 80302
  • Networking coffee breaks
  • Lunch with keynote speaker
  • Dinner on the town on your own,
    Make reservations for networking opportunities

Sunday April 22nd

  • Breakfast-to-go for all conference attendees
  • Unplugged session (general Q & A) at Millennium 1345 28th Street Boulder, 80302
  • Tours of local communities with mini-sessions at each location (leaving and returning to Millennium 1345 28th Street Boulder, 80302

Venue and lodging: The Millennium Harvest House Boulder, CO

To receive the discount or call 303.998.2480 and refer to our group name, Cohousing Association.

Hosting communities: Silver Sage Village and Wild Sage Cohousing

Special guests: Katie McCamant, Yana (Ma'ikwe) Ludwig and David Barrett


Schedule: Regional Cohousing Conference: 4/20-4/22 Boulder CO

Thurs - at community Fri - at communities Sat - at venue Sun - at communities
8:00 - 9:00 break/reg- at venue break/reg- at venue-with keynote speaker Break to go-from venue, leave for tours 830am
9:00 - 10:30 BOD retreat Intensive (two full day, three half day options) 4 Session options Tours - 3 different options (Boulder, Fort Collins, Denver) with content

or Unplugged session
10:30 - 11:00 Networking coffee break Unplugged session
11:00 - 12:30 Working lunch 4 Session options
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch - at community if in full day intensive, otherwise, on your own Lunch - with keynote speaker
1:30 - 3:00 Intensive (two full day continuing, three 2nd half day options) 4 Session options All tours back to venue by 2pm
3:00 - 3:30 Networking coffee break
3:30 - 5:00 4 Session options
5:00 - 6:00 Presentation of 500 Communities program
6:00 - 8:00 Dinner out together - current and past BOD members Reception- at venue Dinner out-networking
7:00 - 9:00 Public presentation off site Dinner out-networking


Program: Regional Cohousing Conference: 4/20-4/22 Boulder CO


Intensives: Regional Cohousing Conference: 4/20-4/22 Boulder CO

Bridging Circles - Full Day Intensive with Karen Gimnig $110

Bridging Circles are a type of structured discussion designed to help groups and individuals access both the emotional and the cognitive parts of the brain. This allows participants to share their values, beliefs and experiences related to the topic at hand, increasing self-awareness at the same time. Workshop participants will practice skills, participate in a demonstration, and finish the day ready to facilitate these powerful experiences in their communities.

Cohousing Development 101 - Half Day Morning Intensive with Jim Leach & Katie McCamant $75

Learning from these two cohousing developers and their 30+ years developing communities, this workshop geared to housing professionals and advocates will introduce participants to roles and responsibilities of various players during the cohousing development process: Who does what and when do we need them. How long will it take (walking thru a typical development timeline). Do we need a developer? How to get the highest value out of your consultants. What are the most important lessons regarding building a successful and affordable community.

Creating Community Based Affordable Housing - Half Day Afternoon Intensive with Jim Leach & Katie McCamant - for professionals $75

This will be an interactive workshop discussing cohousing and other models of community based development and financing that have been successful or are being explored in addressing affordable housing. The workshop will include a series of short presentations by participants of their experience or ideas on the subject along with group discussion of the concepts presented. A theme of the workshop will be: What can a diverse group of affordable housing professionals and advocates learn from each other about how to generate better housing affordability and real value through community based development models like cohousing.

Creating Community Space for Kids - Half Day Afternoon Intensive with Growing Up Boulder $60

How many hours are spent designing ‘the perfect common house’ or choosing flooring and finishes for each unit? Hundreds. But let’s face it, those are things that we adult-home-owners care about. What to kids think about? Play space! Hang out space! Makerspace! This intensive will guide you in some techniques with how to work with community kids to create shared spaces that they LOVE to use. It is certainly a skill to hear their wishes, contain reality and guide them into creating something great.

Designing a Community - Full Day Intensive with Bryan Bowen $115

Get a solid understanding of the workshop process and the factors involved with designing a cohousing community. This session is a great fit for those of you who are hoping to start a new community or who would like to hone your professional coho-skills. When you sign up you will be able to send your questions in advance to ensure that you get the most out of the day.

Guerrilla Consensus - Half Day Afternoon Intensive with Yana (Ma'ikwe) Ludwig $60

Consensus is both a way to make decisions, and a path for building cooperative culture--but neither one is easy! This workshop will look at key techniques and tools for having consensus go well, as well as the timely and inspiring work of cultural transformation that consensus both demands and enhances.

Making Housing Affordable - Half Day Morning Intensive with Jeff Lawhead - for the general audience $75

Drawing from a number of case studies, this program will focus on strategies for making cohousing more affordable to a mixed-income audience. Examples will include public and private partnerships as well as options for making cohousing part of a large master planning process. Additional possibilities such as land trusts will be included in the larger discussion of making cohousing more accessible.

Starting a Community? How to Tell Your Community Story and Get Potential Residents Jazzed-Up- Half Day Morning Intensive with Alan O-Hashi $60

Are you starting a cohousing community and want to know where to start? Some will say tie up the land first, which is true. Some will say have a meeting to get people interested, which is true. Some will say, get an architect, which is true.

We're here to tell you that overlaying the mechanics of cohousing, is a "story." It's about coming up with a good story that grabs the imagination. As a storytelling case study, we'll use the intentional creative West End Neighborhood in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
We'll start out with a primer in storytelling.

(musing with a smirk)
Oh, that's nothing...anyone can write, Why do I need to pay $60 to write?

We all like a good book or movie, but the reason your imaginations are captured and attention paid to the action on the big screen or on the written page is because of the story - there are good ones and not so good ones.

The same holds true when you're attracting people to be interested in joining your cohousing community - what's your catch?

You'll learn how to structure your story - what is the premise; how does your story start in Act I? What happens in Act II? How does your story end in Act III?

You'll put your pen to pad or your fingers to keyboard and begin outlining your community story - writing it from the inside out.

We'll help you craft your "elevator speech" summarizing your story so it is quickly understandable and then provide you some low / no cost ways you can get your information out there to your targeted market through online media.

Having a compelling online media presence is increasingly important. It’s crucial to outline who you hope to attract to your community, so your message reflects that. We’ll outline tools and best practices for finding your future neighbors via your website, newsletter, facebook, twitter and Meetup pages, as well as Coho/US’s resources.

This involves telling not just the "how" of cohousing but also the "why". Why is this lifestyle for me? What benefits will cohousing bring to my life – whether I’m a pro-active senior, young family or single person seeking more community in my life?

My teaching approach appeal to all learning styles - auditory, visual and hands-on, so there will be plenty of activity and film clips to go along with our talking heads.


Sessions: Regional Cohousing Conference: 4/20-4/22 Boulder CO

Aging in Multigenerational Cohousing Communities - Session with Ronnie Rosenbaum

In this interactive session we will explore how those of us who want to live in community with people of different ages can thrive in our later years. We will discuss the issues, needs, resources, and processes that will be helpful, particularly in established cohousing communities that may not have been set up for elders.

Building Net-Zero Energy and Beyond - Session with David Adamson and Bryan Bowen

We’ll review recent accomplishments in the design of cohousing units and clarify how climate and regional factors influence design. In this session, you’ll gain an understanding of how to work with your local professional to achieve the energy performance you’d like inside a budgetary framework. This session will include a case study of Boulder’s first Carbon Neutral home among others. We will also cover LEED for Homes, Passive House, and Living Communities Challenge rating systems.

Classism and Cooperative Economics - Session with Yana (Ma'ikwe) Ludwig and Matt Stannard

Economic relationships and systems can be one of the toughest nuts for communities to crack. This workshop offers a non-judgemental environment to explore questions of economics and class and how they relate to our efforts to build community, and a sustainable, resilient world.

CoHousing Solutions’ 500 Communities Program: Training entrepreneurs to work in cohousing -Presentation by Katie McCamant

Katie will discuss and answer questions about her year-long program, training people to work in cohousing and other types of collaborative development. Two successful classes have already graduated, and CoHousing Solutions is now taking applications for the 2018 Class. Learn more at

Community Fun - Session with Annie Russell & Linda Tate

Cohousers just want to have fun! Come learn the ways two veterans of cohousing have created fun, community-building experiences and events for their communities. Holiday parties, game nights, dances, interest clubs, and more serve as the glue that keeps everyone going when reaching consensus, hashing out a budget, and doing the day-to-day work get hard.

Dealing With Difficult Community Members - Annie Russell

What do you do when your neighbor’s barking dog wakes you up? What if a team member isn’t pulling their weight? What happens when a neighbor’s young kids run wild and make a mess in the Common House? Join me and bring your stickiest community concerns and together we’ll problem solve neighborly dilemmas.

Designing the Common House - Session with Bryan Bowen & Kristen Uitto

Find out what the state of the art common house design considers and includes, and how to get the most out of common amenities in your community. Your common house will be the heart of your community, necessary to residents’ lives, easy to to access, better than the alternative options. Highly functioning common houses see a great many people-hours, and stay a long term machine for creating lively community.

Greening Your Community - Session with Diane Dandenau

How Co-Housing communities can invest in solar, storage and efficiency, to increase independence and resilience - with money you are already spending.

How to Attract Diversity - Session with Marina LeGrave

CLACE’s Intercultural/Diversity session will help you address how to attack diverse audiences, acquire strategies, understand background and challenges and more. This presentation aims to help you develop and promote an atmosphere of inclusion and respect that leads to high morale and inclusiveness and more.

How To Build A Great Team - Session with Linda Herman

While the magic of cohousing is the unique social contract created within the community, it begins fundamentally as a real estate development project. However, most people don’t decide to live in cohousing because they want to be a developer, and most potential cohousers have never managed a development project.
Creating a cohousing community is a complex yet ordered process that requires a strong collaborative team effort. Understanding the process – how to get from property acquisition to move-in day – is an important first step. Knowing who needs to be on your team is equally important.
In this session, we will provide a detailed overview of the development process, the community-building process, and the team needed to achieve success. We’ll provide information on how to find the right professionals, criteria for hiring, negotiating contracts and fees, roles and responsibilities, and most importantly, what to expect from yourself and your team.

How To Create Affordable Options in Cohousing - Lincoln Miller Boulder Housing Coalition

We will explore some ways to create affordable options in community with an emphasis on a co-op nestled within a cohousing community, the challenges and rewarding successes that can go along with it. If time allows we will also discuss bulk food buying, car sharing, clothing swaps and other forms of sharing resources to decrease daily living costs.

Incorporating Existing Buildings - Marianne Dickinson

Tear down, or re-use? Existing buildings can be opportunities for creative, adaptive reuses in infill and redevelopment.

Marketing - session with Peter Lazar

Forming and existing cohousing neighborhoods share similar challenges when trying to recruit new members. Due to the high cost of housing it is particularly challenging to recruit young families.
The facilitated discussion will include discussion by all, including Q&A with experienced cohousers who will share best practices from their communities.

Reinventing Living Together - Breakfast Keynote Speaker David Barrett

There is a growing impulse in modern culture to recover a sense of connection and community. David will share ideas and examples of architecture and community design that he has been involved in that supports, facilitates, and celebrates ways in which we come together.

Safe Meetings - Session with Karen Gimnig

Creating a safe space for discussion and decision-making is essential in cohousing communities. We’ll talk about why safety matters, how our brains are wired for safety and how we can use that knowledge to make meetings safer.

Scaling Cohousing - Session with Jeff Lawhead

This session will consider cohousing in the broader marketplace and will offer strategies and suggestions for how cohousing can be made to appeal to a broader audience and a more diverse demographic. Cohousing has a unique opportunity to grow going forward as the "sharing economy" has increased its traction and more platforms are available in the coworking and coliving spaces.

Strategies for Affordability and Diversity - Marianne Dickinson

Creating cohousing that is both affordable and diverse has been a struggle for cohousers, but here are some new tools to help and stories of cohousing folks thinking out of the box.

Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption - Lunchtime Keynote Speaker Yana (Ma'ikwe) Ludwig

Community has a critical role to play in both reducing carbon emissions and humans' ability to survive climate change. This talk looks at three key places where our movement has something to offer the world: building healthy intentional communities, cooperative culture articulation and development, and our work as activists for economic and legal reform.

Understanding Zoning Codes to Find a Site Efficiently - Session with Bryan Bowen

The process of finding a site in the current western states property market is probably the biggest barrier for emerging communities. This session will give you an introduction to the terms and structures of typical zoning and land use codes. It will include a “how to” for understanding Boulder’s Land USe Code.

Unplugged Session - Katie McCamant

This is an opportunity to ask questions that you still have. Katie will be on hand to offer their knowledge and experience in an informal question and answer format.


Tours: Regional Cohousing Conference: 4/20-4/22 Boulder CO

Choose a Sunday Bus Tour To Local Cohousing Communities: $75

Tour Option 1 Nyland Cohousing, Silver Sage Village, Wild Sage Cohousing

leaving the venue at 8:30 am, end at venue 1:00 pm

Tour Option 2 Aria Cohousing, Hearthstone, Harmony Village

leaving the venue at 8:30 am, end at venue 1:30 pm

Tour Option 3 Greyrock Commons, River Rock Cohousing, Lyons Valley Village

leaving the venue at 8:30 am, end at venue 2:00 pm

Each stop will include presentation/discussion of a topic such as CSA Farming, Meals, Community Entrepreneurship, Teams and Duties, Landscaping, Kids, Community Living; and time to tour the common house, the grounds and a couple of home units.


Bios: Regional Cohousing Conference: 4/20-4/22 Boulder CO

David Barrett of Barrett Studio Architects

is an architect whose 40-year practice has been recognized for its intent to draw from nature, as well as humanistic values of compassion, co-creation and always beauty. Some of Barrett Studio Architect’s projects are the Master Plan for Holiday Neighborhood, Greyrock Commons Co-Housing, the Abbey of St. Walburga, Eagle Rock Residential School and Professional Development Center, and Kestrel Mixed-Age Community. See more at

Bryan Bowen of Caddis

is a Colorado-based architect and principal at Caddis Architecture. Caddis recently completed Germantown Cohousing in Nashville, and is a leader with Memel.Global, the first cohousing community in Africa. Caddis was the local architect collaborating with Chuck Durrett on Silver Sage Village Cohousing, and Bryan was the project architect on Wild Sage Cohousing with J Logan Architects. Since 1995, Bryan has been dedicated to the design of neighborhoods and eco-buildings, all with the vision of making baby steps towards a sustainable permaculture planet. Bryan maintains community involvement through layers of volunteerism and sits on the Wild Sage Cohousing HOA board, where he lives with his family. In addition to his niche in cohousing, his work includes single family homes, eco-retrofits, multifamily housing, mixed-use . projects, community planning, and commercial work.

Diane Dandenau of IPOWER Alliance

is the CEO of IPOWER Alliance, a solar and energy efficiency project development firm. She has over 30 years experience in solar, energy efficiency and climate change mitigation education and solutions.

Marianne Dickinsen

a cofounder of the 10-home, 55+ Acequia Jardin cohousing community in Albuquerque, says they started researching cohousing in 2009, started developing Acequia Jardin in 2012 and moved in by December 2013.
She has a background in building, community development and organizing and is a resource for others looking to create cohousing, including a multi-generation, mixed income eco-housing community presently forming in Albuquerque. She works with local advocates for affordable housing and has spent nearly 3 years working with the City Planning Department on the Comprehensive Plan update and new zone code which now includes zoning for cottage/cohousing and cluster developments.

Karen Gimnig

is a certified professional facilitator with Imago Relationships International. She believes that every decision to be made and every conflict that occurs is an opportunity to increase the sense of community in cohousing. She is passionate about sharing the tools that help communities take advantage of these opportunities to experience deeper relationships and greater joy. She brings experience from her own cohousing community as well other other communities, the board of Coho US, and other non-profit organizations. Feel free to contact her with questions at gimnig [at] gmail [dot] com or 678-705-9007.

Growing Up Boulder

Growing Up Boulder - is a “child- and youth-friendly city initiative” that is a program of the University of Colorado Boulder's Community Design and Engagement Center (CEDaR). It began in the spring of 2009 as a partnership between the University of Colorado, the City of Boulder, the Boulder Valley School District, former State Senator Dorothy Rupert, local non-profits and businesses, and children and youth from ages 0-18. Child- and youth-friendly cities are locales in which children’s rights are reflected in local policies, laws, programs and budgets. GUB’s goals are to consider ensuring meaningful opportunities for young people’s participation in decision-making and to encourage inclusive spaces for children and youth of all income levels, ethnicities and abilities.

Linda Herman of Linda Herman Consulting

is the principal and owner of Linda Herman Consulting, a development consulting firm that provides the expertise to plan and manage the development process. LHC is currently completing a 41 unit co-housing project for active adults in Oakland, CA. Linda is a Certified Senior Cohousing Facilitator and LEED Accredited Professional.

Jeff Lawhead

grew up in Arizona and completed his Master's in city and regional planning at Cornell University where he had his first exposure to cohousing at Ecovillage at Ithaca. Prior to attending Cornell, Jeff served overseas as a health education volunteer in the Central African Republic. Jeff has work experience in the for profit, non profit and public spheres. Jeff served in the Deputy Mayor's Office for Planning and Economic Development at the Government of the District of Columbia where he worked on public sector redevelopment initiatives. Jeff was drawn to cohousing for its integration of social organization and physical design elements. Currently living at Aria, a cohousing community in Denver, Jeff is focused on developing more diverse mixed-income based models of cohousing.

Peter Lazar

will share his experiences recruiting age-diverse families. The two communities he has been involved with (one existing, one building), have successfully marketed and sold to diverse homebuyers, including over 40% families with children each. Peter is President of Coho/US.

Jim Leach of Wonderland Hill Development

is a professional engineer with more than 40 years of experience in the design, construction, and development of sustainable housing, cohousing, planned neighborhoods, and urban infill development. The overlapping of these talents is what sets Jim apart from many developers. Throughout his career, Jim has led the industry in creating green building strategies and community-based housing that combine high-quality design with maximum value. Jim holds a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering and a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Colorado and a master's degree in construction engineering from Stanford University.

Marina LeGrave of CLACE

is Founder and Executive Director of CLACE (Latin-American Center for Arts, Science and Education). Her background derives from being a Multicultural Education expert and UN certified Language Specialist (Interpreter and Translator) and Intercultural Consultant with over 25 years of experience. She is the Multicultural Consultant for the City of Boulder. She also provides professional development workshops for educators through presentations that encompass the topics of cultural competence, nontraditional students challenges, student retention and achievement, self-efficacy, cultural responsiveness and sheltered English instruction strategies.
Because of her team results-oriented expertise, important governmental agencies as AGU, NASA, NCAR, NIH, NSF, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the Space Science Institute (SSI), INSTAAR, BVSD, SVVSD, CDE, the City of Boulder, Boulder County, Telemundo Colorado, Boulder Housing Partners -just to name a few- have entrusted, and continue to entrust her to develop and support timely programming and translation services to help bring unique information and educational experiences to Latino audiences.

Yana (Ma'ikwe) Ludwig

is a cooperative culture pioneer and transition trainer, grounded in two decades of living in intentional communities. Her latest book, Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, was awarded the Communal Studies Association 2017 Book of the Year Award. Ma'ikwe is the co-founder of Cooperative Revolution, advocating for cooperative culture and economics, and a founding member of the Solidarity Collective, a forming income sharing ecovillage in Laramie, WY.

Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions

is a licensed architect and coauthor of the authoritative book on cohousing, Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, which introduced this housing model to North America. Katie co-founded McCamant & Durrett Architects and The CoHousing Company with her husband, Charles Durrett, in 1987. Since then, Katie has designed and developed dozens of cohousing communities in the United States and Canada. Her company, CoHousing Solutions, provides development and marketing consulting services to cohousing groups all over the country. Her expertise includes setting up project budgets, structuring financing, facilitating planning approvals, finding construction financing, contractor selection, construction management, marketing and membership processes, and community policy creation. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at UC Berkeley and completed her graduate work at the Royal Academy of Art and Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. After living in Doyle Street Cohousing in Emeryville, California, for 12 years, she now lives at Nevada City Cohousing.

Alan O'Hashi

lives in Silver Sage Village in Boulder, CO. In his multi-dimensional life he's provided extensive training and facilitation for a variety of nonprofits. He is a newspaper journalist turned documentary filmmaker and screenwriter and works with groups and organizations to help them tell their stories better. As if he doesn't have enough to do, Alan is organizing an intentional creative community in Cheyenne, Wyoming and using that as a case study for this workshop.

Ronnie Rosenbaum

has lived in a multi-generational cohousing community since 1997 and is a resource for other intentional communities. She consults and facilitates about a variety of topics, such as developing inclusive yet efficient processes, decision-making, managing conflict, and improving communication. In addition, as a mediator, collaborative divorce facilitator, parenting coordinator and conflict coach, Ronnie assists families in the resolution of issues including those related to divorce, parenting, and aging.

Annie Russell

has been helping cohousing communities in community building, marketing and sales for over a decade. Working for Wonderland Hill Development Community she developed a comprehensive community building process and a Find Your New Neighbors workshop to help communities learn about sales and marketing. She has also collaborated with Katie McCamant and Bryan Bowen. Annie was a founder and resident of both Wild Sage and Silver Sage in Boulder, CO.

Matt Stannard

is a legal and policy advocate for sustainable farming and cooperative economics. He is the director of legal education and outreach for Farm Commons, providing legal support to urban and small-scale sustainable farmers. He is the former policy director at Commonomics USA, and was a board member and legal and communications advisor for the Public Banking Institute. His articles have appeared in Occupy, Common Dreams, and Yes! Magazine. He is currently working on books about the commons and the relationship between banking and economic justice.

Linda Tate

provides writing, editing, project management, and meeting planning services to nonprofit and philanthropic clients across the world, including Memel.Global, a cohousing community in South Africa. Linda is currently writing her fourth book, Ferguson Girl: A Story of Family, Place, and Race.She keeps readers and listeners entertained with her weekly blog and podcast, StoryWeb: Storytime for Grownups. Linda joyfully lives with her husband, Jim, in the Wild Sage Cohousing Community in Boulder, Colorado.

Kristen Uitto of Caddis

Since obtaining her Bachelor’s of Architecture from Virginia Tech, Kristen Uitto has assembled fifteen years of professional experience in residential buildings at all cost levels, including single-family, multi-family, and cohousing. While at Caddis, she has broadened her experience to include deep energy-reftofits, eco-tenant finishes, and community master planning. She is well-trained in the art of bringing quality design work into clear and accurate construction documents, and is a skilled communicator in working with clients and coordinating consultants and trades. Kristen is dedicated to ecological building and is a Certified Passive House Consultant and USGBC LEED Accredited Professional. Kristen is a Principal Architect at Caddis in Boulder, CO.


Documents: Regional Cohousing Conference: 4/20-4/22 Boulder CO

Attached are the documents from this conference. Enjoy!