Enjoy an evening picnicking with cohousing supporters

Bring your favorite picnic foods and beverages to picnic with Twin Cities Cohousing Network volunteers and other cohousing supporters on Wednesday, August 4 from 6-8 PM for an evening of connection and fun in Como Park.

FREE to attend
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Como Park picnic shelter #50
6:00-8:00 PM

Image shows a gathering of people at a hexagonal gazebo picnic shelter at Como Park near trees, grass, picnic tables and grills.
Shelter photo by St. Paul Parks and Recreation

Bring your favorite picnic foods and beverages to picnic with Twin Cities Cohousing Network volunteers and other cohousing supporters for an evening of connection and fun at a quaint open-sided picnic shelter in Como Park.

Meet and greet others with an interest in building and living in cohousing communities within the Metropolitan area. Families, friends, and children welcome!

Look for TCCN’s banner at the picnic area on the west side of the park! 1300 Midway Parkway, east of Hamline Avenue, near the mini golf course and children’s playground. Bathrooms are located near the picnic shelter. Picnic parking is first come first serve. (Map of picnic shelter location.)

Please register for this free event so that we know who to expect and to alert you in case of rain.

Event Schedule

5:30 — Begin to gather at picnic shelter #50. Bring your own food, beverage, and utensils. Chips, mandarin oranges, and ice water will be available.

6:00 — Picnicking and conversation. Picnicking and conversation. Discuss existing cohousing and efforts to start new cohousing communities.

7:00 — Optional giant bubble activity to entertain young and old will be provided by Rick Gravrock of Monterey Cohousing, St. Louis Park, MN.

8:00 — Clean up.


Rental costs for the picnic shelter were provided by a donor. Twin Cities Cohousing Network is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.

Save the date: Aug. 4, 2021

Twin Cities Cohousing Network’s Event Circle is planning an in-person event on August 4th, 2021. Meet other cohousing enthusiasts while enjoying a relaxing picnic evening. Families welcome.

A Como Park gazebo picnic shelter is shown with picnic tables under the shelter and a grill and waste container nearby
Example of Como Park picnic gazebo

Twin Cities Cohousing Network’s Event Circle is planning an in-person event on August 4th, 2021. Meet other cohousing enthusiasts while enjoying a relaxing picnic evening. Families welcome.

This event (masks optional, bring your own food) will be held at Como Park in the west picnic area at shelter 50. Watch this space for details as they become available.

To the future and beyond with CoHousing!

Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Zoom, 7:00-8:15 P.M. CDT. FREE registration.

Have you heard about the amazing inventions they’re trying out on Mars!?

There’s an amazing innovation here on earth, and Trish Becker-Hafnor is going to tell us about it.

TEDx Talk presenter Trich Becker Hafnor speaking on stage.
Trish Becker-Hafnor, TEDx Talk (January 2020).
Photo and video used by permission of Michael Jenet of TEDx Cherry Creek Women.

Join us as we watch, then discuss, Trish’s short, lively TEDx Talk, Cohousing and the Future of Community and Human Connection.

Trish shares what is groundbreaking about CoHousing, an newer form of intentional community.  She also shares how her cohousing community has affected her family and neighbors. Trish is an educator, activist, parent and community co-founder.

Cohousing is just one point on a wide spectrum of communal living models, and it’s basically built around three principles: shared space, shared time, and shared values.Trish Becker-Hafnor

Whether you are taking a small next step towards your future in community, or simply an interesting evening in the company of others, you’re welcome to register for this special Zoom event by using the link below.

Zoom registration link. Completing this form allows us to send you a confirmation email with the link to the event.

Do you want to be “Stepping into Cohousing?”

Saturday,  February 20, 2021

Zoom conference — 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M CST

Stepping into Cohousing,” is a jam-packed, online mini-conference for the person who wants to be part of forming a cohousing community or is wondering what to look for in choosing an existing community:

  • Developing core values and vision
  • Key steps and processes
  • Common hurdles and ways to overcome them
  • Resources 
  • Presenters with lived experience in cohousing will address these topics
  •  and more!

From the moment you first say to each other, “Let’s build cohousing,” to move in day, learning from those who have gone before will help you gather members, create connections, and build the buildings that make cohousing a reality.

Cohousing USA

Purchase a discount code for just $20 as a subscriber to TCCN’s Newsletter. The code you receive will save you $55 over the standard registration fee of $75. 

Once registered for the conference you can participate live, and if unable to participate for the full time that day — or at all — you will have access to video recordings of sessions you missed. Follow the simple steps below:

  1. Purchase your discount code now for $20 by clicking on the “Buy Now” button below.
  2. Enter your name and email address in the form below.
  3. Receive your discount code by email with a link to register for $0 at Stepping into Cohousing.

This conference will take the place of our quarterly TCCN meeting this winter. Cohousing USA is planning a series of on-line conferences in 2021, but not all of them will be discounted through TCCN.

The transformative impact of intentional Community

Event date: Wed. Nov. 18, 2020

Join others to view a prerecorded webchat discussion with Sky Blue and Avi Kruley on the potential of intentional communities to help transform our world.

Humanity is in crisis. The feedback loop between larger society, the communities we live in, and our personal experiences reinforce systems of privilege and oppression that create harm – for people and the planet.

From the safety of your home*, learn what makes a group an intentional community. Are intentional communities part of the problem or part of the solution? How can we do better? This conversation between Sky and Avi will delve into these multifaceted experiments known as intentional communities and their potential to help transform our world.

Register now to view this prerecorded discussion made available through our national cohousing information source, Coho USA.

Head shots of featured speakers Avi Kurley and Sky Blue.
Avi Kruley, Community Wellbeing Facilitator at the Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, CA, and Sky Blue, Executive Director of the Foundation for Intentional Community

Register in advance to join this special Zoom meeting.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
7:00-8:00 P.M. Central Time (U.S. and Canada)
Free.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Cheerful diverse friends gathering in modern studio apartment suggestive of an intentional community.

* Due to COVID-19, Twin Cities Cohousing Network has shifted to holding virtual events that bring people together from the safety of their own homes.

Finances and funnies

Wed. Sept. 16, 2020

A window on cohousing sharing and caring, with a bit of pandemic humor

Learn how cohousing communities are being affected by COVID-19 and how they are responding to meet new social and financial challenges. Humor is included in the presentation, including a series of one-liners written and delivered by a participant.

Register now to obtain your personal Zoom link in order to view this special presentation by Cohousing U.S. Communications Director Karen Gimnig and Executive Director Karin Hoskin. Discussion among registered Zoom participants will follow.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
7:00-8:00 PM
Free, but registration is required by 6 PM on September 14 to receive your personal Zoom link.  

Artist's image of happy and expressive people standing on their balconies making music, singing, dancing, and enjoying themselves while social distancing.
Inspired by the balconies around the world and the spirit of humanity while social distancing. Image created by Shua Baber. Submitted for United Nations Global Call Out To Creatives – help stop the spread of COVID-19. Accessed at Unsplash.com.

Personal Growth: Maybe the Most Important Reason for Cohousing (Aug. 5)

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 PM.
Free, but advance registration is required.
Please register by 6 p.m. on August 4th to receive your link to Zoom. 

We hope you will gather with us from the safety of your home to learn why personal growth may be the most important reason to choose cohousing. Participants will view a pre-recorded “Webchat” by Karen Gimnig. After the presentation, which has been edited for length, there will be time for Q&A among participants and Twin Cities Cohousing Network board members.

Photo of Karen Ginming.
Karen Gimning

Karen Gimnig is a resident of East Lake Commons cohousing community near Atlanta, Georgia, and is the communications director at Cohousing USA.

We look forward to connecting!

Register here. You will receive a link to the Zoom presentation and directions for how to access the meeting.

What’s Up With Tiny Houses!

February 19, 2020
Optional Potluck dinner: 6PM
Program: 6:30-8:30 PM.
Cost: $8.00

St Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
1500 Franklin Ave SE · Minneapolis, MN (east side of the river)

Local organizer Dylan Linet will be speaking on the potential of Tiny Houses to provide low-cost housing communities. He is a member of the Twin Cities Ecovillage. A proposal for an Envision Community of tiny homes to address homelessness was recently covered by Minnesota Public Radio.

Tiny houses are just one form of community. Are you looking for more connectedness and social community in your life? Consider making your next neighborhood a cohousing community. It’s a great time to get involved and start designing an intentional housing development with your future neighbors.

Register now for this chance to connect to learn about tiny houses and connect with others seeking more satisfying, stable and interconnected forms of housing.

Cost to attend is $8.00. Preregistration and payment helps us but is not mandatory. You may pay at the door.

Location: St Frances Cabrini Church, 1500 Franklin Ave SE (on the east side of the river), Minneapolis.

If you wish to eat with the group, come at 6 PM and please bring a potluck dish to pass. An ingredient list is appreciated. See you there!

To stay informed about upcoming meetings, join the Twin Cities Cohousing Network email list. 

Cohousing 101–key benefits, common coho types, local cohousing initiatives

Housing ownership is a key wealth-building strategy for people in America, and everyone seems to be looking for a greater sense of community where they live.

Cohousing–condo or townhome communities that are collectively designed, built and managed–is a fairly recent addition to the Twin Cities housing landscape.

Learn about local existing and new cohousing initiatives, and get a general overview of what cohousing is, its key benefits, and some variations on the cohousing model. Bring your curiosity and your questions. All are welcome.

Register now for this chance to connect with others seeking a more satisfying, stable and interconnected form of housing.

Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Optional potluck 6 pm

Program starts at 6:45 pm. Cost to attend is $8.00. Preregistration and payment helps us but is not mandatory. You may pay at the door.

Location: St Frances Cabrini Church

1500 Franklin Ave SE (on the east side of the river)

Minneapolis

View of sidewalk along Franklin Avenue S.E. at turn in for parking lot of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church.
Free parking on the east side of the building, and on neighborhood streets.

After a summary of the basic features of cohousing, including short videos, we will cover a capsule history of cohousing in the United States before opening the floor so you can meet folks who have formed core groups for developing their own close-knit cohousing communities.
We will end with a round of Cohousing Jeopardy.

Registration link.

Free childcare will be made available but only on advance request. Contact us at twincities@cohousing.org by Nov. 6 to arrange.

Twin Cites Cohousing Network  is a 501c(3)  organization that educates about cohousing and provides related networking opportunities in the Twin Cities area.