Meet the Professionals

Ann Zabaldo, cohousing leader

Don’t miss hearing from national cohousing professional and enthusiast Ann Zabaldo at TCCN’s next Meet the Professionals event on Zoom. Zabaldo’s tireless efforts and successes are sure to inspire those of us envisioning more Minnesota cohousing communities!

Everyone living next to someone who cares about them” — My role in creating cohousing, working with a developer, and helping cohousing in the mid-Atlantic states

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Ann Zabaldo
Wed. Oct. 12, 2022
7:00 – 8:30 PM Central

Image of Ann Zabaldo wearing green glasses and smiling brightly.
Ann Zabaldo, Washington DC

Ann Zabaldo is both a pioneer volunteer and a paid professional in the cohousing movement. She specializes in outreach, education, marketing, and fueling the fires of burning souls working to start cohousing.

Ann is past-president of The Cohousing Association of the United States (CohoUS) and is a co-founder and current board member of Mid Atlantic Cohousing, a regional non-profit organization. She is a certified facilitator for McCamant & Durrett’s Senior Cohousing Study Group workshops. She is co-executive producer of “Building Sustainable Communities for Today’s Housing Market” a DVD and companion handbook created specifically for developers who are interested in entering the cohousing market niche.

Ann was on the development team for both Eastern Village Cohousing in Silver Spring, Maryland and Takoma Village Cohousing in Washington, DC where she lives with 65 adults, 15 children, seven dogs and waaaay too many cats. Currently, for Takoma Village she is serving on the Bylaws Working Group to revise the bylaws and the Resale and Rental pod (team or committee). This pod has brought in excellent buyers who are prepared to live in cohousing. Plus, more than $120,000 in donations to the community. Her description of living in cohousing? “It’s a rolling Mardi Gras.”

Twin Cities Cohousing Network is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Please consider making a donation in any amount to help us continue our Meet the Professional speaker series. Donate securely via PayPal or Donate via GiveMN. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

Grace Kim, renowned cohousing architect to speak

On May 11, Grace Kim will kick off Twin Cities Cohousing Network’s new speaker series, “Meet the Professional” with her talk, “Cohousing: A Short-Term Antidote to Loneliness and Long-Term Retirement Plan” to help us catalyze cohousing in Minnesota. There will be time for Q&A.

Cohousing: A Short-Term Antidote to Loneliness and Long-Term Retirement Plan

Grace Kim, architect

View this session on TCCN’s YouTube Channel!

Grace Kim, FAIA
Wed., May 11, 2022
7:00-8:30 PM

On May 11, renowned architect Grace Kim kicked off Twin Cities Cohousing Network’s new speaker series, Meet the Professionals. This series connects viewers with well-known cohousing professionals who generously share their cohousing journeys and offer advice for how we can catalyze cohousing in Minnesota.

While Grace Kim and Mike Mariano (her partner in both life and practice) were studying architecture in London in early 90’s, they learned about the concept of cohousing from a Danish guest lecturer. This idea captured their imagination and became the foundation for their lifelong partnership (both personally and professionally). Since starting Schemata Workshop in 2004, Grace’s focus has been on multifamily housing with a strong focus on community. And in those intervening years, she has become an international expert in cohousing, inspiring projects around the globe. Her 2017 Ted Talk on the benefits of cohousing has received more than 3M views; and her Common House Design Guide along with the design of her own cohousing community has served as a resource for many national and international projects.

In her exclusive presentation for Twin Cities Cohousing Network, Grace shared her journey in cohousing and offered advice to those in the Twin Cities who are interested in catalyzing cohousing. She talked about the positive impact cohousing can have on combating loneliness and other long-term benefits.

Grace is also the cofounder of Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing, a collaborative residential community which includes her street level office and a rooftop urban farm.  She walks the talk of sustainability – leaving a small ecological footprint while incorporating holistic ideals of social and economic resilience into her daily life.

Grace has visited more than 90 cohousing communities in North America, Denmark and South Korea. Grace served on the national board for the Cohousing Association of the US and she currently serves on the Professional Advisory Council. She was the Chair of the 2009 National Cohousing Conference and International Cohousing Summit in Seattle, and the Co-Chair of the 2019 National Cohousing Conference in Portland.

Twin Cities Cohousing Network is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Please consider making a donation in any amount to help us continue our Meet the Professional speaker series. Donate securely via PayPal or Donate via GiveMN. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

Daybreak Cohousing, Portland, OR

Thank you, Brian PaStarr!

Twin Cities Cohousing Network celebrates Brian PaStarr as his term as his term on Vision Circle has come to an end

Twin Cities Cohousing Network (TCCN) celebrates Brian PaStarr as his term on our board comes to an end. He has not sought another term in order to give himself time to prepare for a possible move to Wisconsin to be closer to his grandchildren, and to have more time for writing.

TCCN’s board members have tremendous gratitude for the many contributions Brian he has made to our organization. He became a Vision Circle member at the time the group reorganized in 2016 and has served as vice president, president, and leader of the events circle, where he helped plan many face-t0-face and zoom events. He facilitated many in-person and virtual meetings with grace, humor and skill. We have benefitted greatly from Brian’s generosity and commitment to further cohousing communities in Minnesota. We and wish him the very best in his next adventures.

An image of Brian PaStarr standing with three women outside with snow and woods in the background.
Brian PaStarr with other TCCN members during a 2018 retreat.

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.

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.  

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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.