Click on the map below for upcoming events related to cooperative living and sustainable communities throughout the Golden State. For a list of events by region, see:
- East Bay (Oakland/Berkeley/El Cerrito/Richmond/Pleasant Hill/Concord/Walnut Creek/Castro Valley/Hayward/Pleasanton)
- SF Peninsula (Brisbane, Millbrae, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, San Mateo, Pacifica, Daly City)
- San Francisco
- Silicon Valley
- Sacramento Valley & Foothills (Sacramento,Davis,Fair Oaks,Nevada City,Grass Valley,Chico,Fresno)
- North Bay & Beyond (Sonoma, Marin, Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt)
plus National Events & Conferences beyond the Golden State.
Raines says: This regular monthly community tour and open house of the East Bay's biggest and most "suburban" cohousing neighborhood, Pleasant Hill cohousing, the only "new-build" classic cohousing community in the region, the largest in the East Bay, and a lovely community.
Note that this is not an official MeetUp run by East Bay Cohousing, but we will pass along RSVPs that come in here, and you can use this event listing to coordinate carpooling, bike riding, and the like.
Every first Sunday of the month.
Visit Pleasant Hill Cohousing's page on the EBCOHO MeetUp for more info, links, and current openings.
If you need to cancel your reservation, or decide not to go, please let Pleasant Hill's volunteer tour guide know as soon as possible!
There are 32 units, grouped in various configurations ranging from 2-6 homes per building. The buildings were constructed with wood framing, stucco outer walls, and corrogated metal roofing. The smallest units are 640 sq ft one-bedrooms; the largest are 1579 sq ft four-bedrooms.
Each home has its own kitchen. The homes are owned individually as condominiums, with some rentals.
Our 3,835 sq ft Common House contains a kitchen, dining room ("great room"), sitting room, laundry, kids room, teens/older kids room, crafts room, guest rooms, and bathrooms.
The Common House is the only building in the project that has air conditioning. However to minimize the use of air conditioning, the building also has a cooling tower with large fans that can be used in the evening to pull cooler air into the building and push hot air out.
Other common facilities include swimming pool, hot tub, play area, workshop, bike shed, organic garden, and granite boulders from original site - both decorative and used by children for climbing.
We're conveniently located near Highway 680 and public transportation, with easy access to Walnut Creek, shopping, and recreation.
Pleasant Hill, population 32,000, is located 30 miles east of San Francisco, 4 miles north of the I-680/Hwy 24 interchange. Mostly a residential community with scattered retail/commercial areas, it is bounded by the cities of Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Concord, and Martinez. Pleasant Hill has recently (2000) redeveloped its downtown to create a contemporary shopping district just blocks from the site. In addition, an abundance of good restaurants and shops are within easy driving distance. The city has good recreation programs for all ages and regional walking/biking trails traverse it.
Iron Horse Trail
A walking and biking trail - the Iron Horse Trail (so named because it's on the old Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way) - runs alongside the site and connects to the Pleasant Hill BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station (~1 mile) and downtown Walnut Creek (~4 miles). The 24-mile trail goes north-south from Concord to Dublin and connects to several other trails that traverse the county making for great biking opportunities.
A neighborhood park is located just the other side of Fair Oaks Elementary School adjacent to the site. Briones Regional Park and Mt. Diablo State Park are located nearby providing numerous opportunities for hiking and recreation. There are several health clubs in Pleasant Hill including the YMCA.
Diablo Valley Community College and JFK University are located in Pleasant Hill, and there are several city and county adult education programs in the area.
There are multiple venues nearby for movies, theater, music and other performing arts including the Dean Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, the Willows Theater Company in Concord, and the Concord Pavillion.
There are farmers markets in Pleasant Hill (May-Nov) and Walnut Creek (year-round). Several community members participate in a CSA farm, Terra Firma Farms, with a weekly delivery of locally grown organic fruits and vegies made even more convenient because we are the drop site.
Join leaders in the regenerative communities movement for a unique 3-day retreat at the stunning Arcosanti urban laboratory in Arizona. Following the Arcosanti Convergence, this gathering is designed for organizations working at the intersection of sustainability and community. A series of Open Space sessions will guide us into project-focused working groups. Individuals, communities, and organizations wishing to become partners in GENNA Alliance are encouraged to attend. Together we can synergize our efforts for a thriving network!
>>> Register here! <<< (You will be redirected to NuMundo to book your tickets)
“We envision a world of interdependent cooperative communities stewarding the conditions of regeneration, justice, peace and abundance, in order to realize the full potential of flourishing for all life, for all generations to come.”
GENNA Alliance is a collaborative platform for organizations and individuals serving the regenerative communities network within North America. Initial partner organizations include: Global Ecovillage Network, Fellowship for Intentional Community, NuMundo, VillageLab, GEN-US, and NextGENNA. Representatives from these organizations will be present at the CoLab.
Current initiatives within the Alliance include:
- Data sharing
- Consultancy program
- Event organizing
- Collaborative fundraising
CoLab Event Highlights:
- Networking opportunities with sustainability thought-leaders
- Workshops on project development and capacity building
- Open space sessions to generate ideas and collaborate
- Opportunities to onboard to GENNA Alliance
Participants are encouraged to arrive at Arcosanti by the evening of October 8th and depart the morning of October 12th. If you would like to attend the Arcosanti Convergence from October 5-8, a combined Convergence and CoLab ticket (10% discount) can be purchased here: http://arco.life/
The closest airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and there is this regular shuttle from the airport to near Arcosanti ($30 each way). For logistical questions, please contact email@example.com.
- Camping + meals for 4 nights: $240 early-bird ($275 after August 22nd)
- Shared room + meals for 4 nights: $320 early-bird ($375 after August 22nd)
- Private room + meals for 4 nights: $410 early-bird ($475 after August 22nd)
- 10% discount for combined Convergence and CoLab Tickets
Thanks to the support of the Gaia Trust Foundation, we are able to offer scholarships to attend the GENNA CoLab. Priority will be given to organizations already part of GENNA Alliance, and next to organizations considering joining. Please complete this application form by September 1st to be considered for a scholarship.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Co-sponsored by the NorCal Community Resilience Network and the East Bay Permaculture Guild.
Over a delicious potluck dinner, we'll share briefly about the NorCal Network's exciting work to cross-pollinate with the movers and shakers of Bay Area social and environmental justice movements for its upcoming February launch. With good people, good food, and good work, this is a celebration you won't want to miss!
Note: While this is not a cohousing-specific gathering, we know lots of EBCOHO members are interested in co-creating natural environments for living that include sustainable food production, and you can find many allies for building community at gatherings like this. And while permaculture is stereotypically about plants and animals, don't forget that it ultimately includes energy and social layers, and cohousing can be a key building block in sustainable community living.
Join area permies at our regional community-organizing center, EBCOHO partner a PLACE for Sustainable Living in North Oakland on the second Monday of the month for an East Bay Permaculture Guild monthly meeting. Please bring your questions, announcements, ideas, stories, and visions of how permaculture can help us bridge through the transition as we co-create a more permanent culture based on Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share.
If possible please bring a dish for the potluck, produce or seeds to share.
Please forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested in attending.
Donations to help support PLACE are always appreciated.
About PLACE (People Linking Art, Community and Ecology): We foster sustainable living practices through art, community and ecology. We do this by way of educational workshops and exhibits, outreach programs, partnerships, events and public placemaking.
Community for the Health of it
2019 National Cohousing Conference
May 30 – June 2, 2019 Portland, Oregon
Something for everyone —
those exploring the idea, newly forming groups or existing communities.
• Cohousing Bus Tours & Open Houses
• 2-days of Pre-Conference Intensives
• Multiple Tracks of sessions: Build It – Live It – Sustain It
• Facilitated Discussions
• Networking Opportunitieshttps://2019.cohousing.org/
The International Communal Studies Association (ICSA) thirteenth international conference, to be held in upstate New York, will explore strategies that intentional communities use to promote the inclusion and empowerment of persons of diverse abilities, cultures, races, economic backgrounds, religions, ages, genders, and sexualities. We especially welcome proposals related to intentional communities and community movements that focus on the experiences of particular groups that have historically been marginalized—as, for example, the Camphill movement does for persons with intellectual disabilities. What can the field of communal studies learn from the unique experiences of such communities? We also especially welcome proposals that explore the implications of community choices that seek to increase or to limit diversity. How have communities succeeded or failed in their efforts to increase diversity or strengthen inclusion? Under what circumstances is it appropriate or necessary for an intentional community to limit certain forms of diversity? What is the relationship between the mere presence of previously excluded persons in a community, and the full inclusion and empowerment of those persons? What lessons might intentional communities share with other persons and organizations committed to diversity, inclusion, and empowerment?