Is Cohousing for You?

Saturday & Sunday, July 15 & 16: 9:30am to 4:30 pm both days

Sooke Child, Youth, and Family Centre, 6772 Wadams Way, Sooke, BC V9Z 0H3

Learn about a creative alternative to today’s culture of individualism and materialism. Cohousing is a neighbourhood design that values privacy and community, independence and interdependence.

In this experiential two-day workshop, participants will explore how to access the creative power of community to build a better world and improve quality of life. Margaret will draw on examples from other cultures, old-fashioned neighbourhoods, and contemporary cohousing communities. You will learn together how to work through differences collaboratively, make decisions well, and find creative solutions that enable the best in all of us.

Recommended for anyone interested in the new West Wind Harbour Cohousing initiative and other cohousing projects, such as Saanich Peninsula Cohousing.

Topics will include:

  • Take a good look at how and where you live now. What do you want for your future?
  • What is it like to live in cohousing? To develop it? How to know if it is for you?
  • What skills are needed in cohousing and how to get them? What you can & can’t do yourself.
  • Introduction to consensus-based decision-making
  • Communication training
  • Integrating into cohousing initiatives: values/mission, site selection, planning your community, choosing professionals, information sessions, fun

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9 Responses to Is Cohousing for You?

  1. Shan Russell says:

    I live in Ottawa Ontario. I would be interested in learning more about cohousing in Ontario. Who would I get in touch with? Do you have any contact information?
    If there is presently no cohousing in Ontario, I would be interesting in learning now to change this state.
    best wishes

    • Margaret Critchlow says:

      The only senior-focused cohousing project forming in Ontario that I know of is Convivium Cohousing in Ottawa. The contact person is Lynne Markel

      I am scheduled to facilitate a course for them in late April on Aging Well in Community,

  2. Monique and Jim Fuchs says:

    We live in Sudbury and are looking at cohousing. We would love to attend the course in Ottawa at the end of April. Can we have the contacts, dates, locations, etc.

    • Margaret Critchlow says:

      The course is full but all are welcome to attend the public talk on Seniors Cohousing: A New Way to Thrive in Community at 7 pm on Monday, May 1 at the Ottawa Public Library, Central Branch, 120 Metcalfe St. Admission is by donation.

  3. Hello Margaret,
    We have formed a non-profit and are working on gathering and bringing together the information, guidelines, workshops, written agreements, and other tools needed to help the 55+ group find others of their choosing to share a home with. Some of this age group have houses they would like to share, and need to share if they are going to be able to keep it and maintain it. Others do not have a home and are stuck in a cycle of renting less than desireable suites. This group cannot afford to buy into a cooperative, but they need a workshop like your’s, and I am wondering if there is a way to make that happen.

    • Margaret Critchlow says:

      My colleague, Canadian Senior Cohousing Society President Andrew Moore, is committed to working with groups to increase affordability. Please contact him

  4. The Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group has a senior focused co-housing project Oak Hill that is scheduled to start construction this month (April 2017). You can learn more about our project at our blog page and our Facebook page

  5. Nicole Protz says:

    I live in Ottawa and am very interested in a co-housing. I would like to go to a workshop to find out more information. I’ve lived in co-operative housing for many years and have enjoyed it. Looking forward to hearing from you

    • Margaret Critchlow says:

      Hi Nicole, The weekend workshop is full but you are welcome to attend a free talk I’m giving on cohousing at the Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe St) on May 1 at 7pm.

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