Community meal + program Dec. 1st | we cook for you

For the next Twin Cities Cohousing Network gathering, our star kitchen crew has cooked up a menu for a group meal, cohousing style.

For details and to register, click here.

Please note that payment in advance is strongly encouraged so that the cooks know their budget and how many to plan for. Cost covers food and a share of the room rental. There is a maximum charge for families to make it easier to bring your children.

Also, the cooks could use one or two more people who enjoy chopping vegetables, baking, and other kitchen tasks, and are able to arrive around 4 pm. If that sounds fun and you’re available to help, please contact Becca to get the details.

ecbrackett [at] cohousing [dot] org

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At the Oct 20th cohousing potluck. Photo: Lynn Englund

Potluck next step after the Durrett talk

by John Kalmon

We had a great turnout for the presentation on cohousing by Charles Durrett, who took us through a verbal tour of many cohousing communities, accompanied by great photos and punctuated with stories that were engaging and enlightening. He described how cohousing improves peoples’ lives by bringing a new level of social connection into their day-to-day activities.

As an example, Durrett recalled an elderly woman who moved from the home closest to the parking area to the furthest away because it improved her relationship with her neighbors, which she described as more important than her relationship with her car.

The idea of resource sharing was explained—not only lawn mowers and common-house amenities, but more importantly the opportunity to share one’s time, knowledge or emotional support. All this can and does happen easily because of the arrangement and design of the structures, and because the people who have chosen to live in cohousing recognize that their social well-being and connections are among their highest priorities.

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Durrett spoke of “social tax” as well, the work a community needs to put in to assure long-term success. This needs to be addressed early in the formation of a core group by establishing their goals and values, and learning how to make decisions as a group, often by some form of consensus. Stories of specific challenges faced by groups and how they overcame them were very informative.

The audience asked good questions. Stimulating conversation continued among attendees long after the presentation, and many pitched in without hesitation to stack the chairs!

To learn more about what is happening locally in cohousing, please continue to check our website and sign up to receive TCCN News, our e-newsletter, which will bring you all the latest news and events. We hope to see you at our next event on October 20th.

Cohousing community potluck dinner: the next steps

Join us!

Individuals, couples and families interested in further exploring cohousing in the greater Twin Cities (MN) area are invited to a potluck dinner and program designed to get to know one another, and to deepen the conversation about community and how we might envision the cohousing place where we’d each feel comfortable and happy. Register here.

Core Groups

At least one person from each of the core groups will be there so that you will have an opportunity to talk with them.

TCCN has rented the fellowship hall at St Frances Cabrini Church in the Southeast neighborhood of Minneapolis. Please bring an item for the potluck, along with an ingredient list. Admission to this followup event will be by donation at the door to cover hall rental, photocopying, and other expenses. Suggested: $5 TCCN members; $10 non-members.

RSVP

If you know you plan to attend, please RSVP so we can have some idea of how many to expect, but don’t let that stop you if you decide at the last minute to show up. See you there!

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St Frances Cabrini Church, 1500 Franklin Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Architect Durrett draws 130 people interested in cohousing

With a stormy night predicted, TCCN volunteers worried that the severe weather might keep away some of the 70+ people who had pre-registered for the Charles Durrett event. The concerns were unfounded. Almost double that number showed up!

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Two books that Durrett has written were available at the event and sold quickly: Creating Cohousing as well as Senior Cohousing. Local bookstores where these can be found are: Magers & Quinn, Present Moment, the University of Minnesota Bookstore, and Common Good Books. Please patronize your local independent bookstore.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and we look forward to seeing you at upcoming events.

TCCN is grateful for the support of the Social Justice Committee of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis for co-sponsoring and helping us to publicize this opportunity.

Baby Boomers and GenXers drawn to new planned neighborhoods

Rather than passively concede to limited and isolating housing options designed by large dispassionate organizations, increasing numbers of Baby Boomers and GenXers are banding together to take matters into their own hands. Sept. 15, 2016 event

“On a cold winter day, I get home when it’s dark and it’s cold…and the lights are on in the common house, I can run in there, put my five dollars down, and have a wonderful meal with my neighbors.”–cohousing resident

Charles (Chuck) Durrett, of McCamant & Durrett Architects, will be in Minneapolis on Thursday, September 15, 2016 to highlight the increased interest in cohousing, explain what cohousing is and isn’t, and outline how to get started forming a community. Representatives of several Twin Cities groups that are in the very beginning stages of formation will be at the event, as will someone from Monterey Cohousing Community in St Louis Park.

Register today.

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Pedestrian pathways create a comfortable environment in many cohousing communities.