EcoVillage Summit (un)Common Meal

Global EcoVillage Network Power of Community SummitJoin Global EcoVillage Network (GEN) Ambassadors Betsy Morris and Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coaches and community organizers with Cohousing California, with area community seekers and residents of an East Bay Cohousing (EBCOHO) neighborhood, to together prepare a community meal and watch and discuss both StarHawk's intro of a featured GEN Power of Community Summit video with Fritjof Capra.People gathered around a counter cooking a meal together

In cohousing neighborhoods, every home has its own kitchen. But in the shared Common House, members gather up to several times a week to dine together -- but because this is a special time for the whole community to be with each other, there's not room for a large group of guests.

At this special (un)Common Meal, we will take over a cohousing Common House kitchen on an "off" night and prepare our own Common Meal together; some members of the community may join us to eat it. The shopping will already be done, but we'll get to cook and clean and learn together, discovering the joys and challenges of feeding a group of diverse humans with unique needs, and cleaning up afterwards.

Schedule for the evening:

5 PM Cooks arrive and start prepping dinner
(we take care of the meal planning & shopping)

5:30 PM Cleaners arrive and start watching StarHawk webcast on Regenerative Land Management

6:30 PM Break to eat and discuss

7:00 PM Cleaners start cleaning, cooks continue discussion

7:30 PM Cooks start watching Fritjof Capra GEN video 
(cleaners can join when they're done)

8:30 PM Wrap-up and final comments.

Note: Everybody is either a cook or a cleaner. If you arrive too late to cook, you're a cleaner. Don't worry if you haven't cooked for a group before, we'll have plenty of experienced hands on hand, and the right tools in the Common House kitchen to make it fun and easy.

We'll take turns, with one group cooking while another watches and discusses Summit videos, take time to eat together, and then the cooks get to watch and discuss Summit videos while the first group cleans up.

Advance registration required, so we can shop and prepare. We always use local organic ingredients to the extent available, and offer alternatives to accommodate a wide variety of dietary needs.

Important note: the listed placeholder location is NOT the property address, we send the actual address only when you register, to protect the privacy of community residents.

Note: this is NOT a tour, and our upstairs neighbor has a kid with an early bedtime, so let's take steps to finish clean-up early and exit mindfully, without continuing conversations outside. No smoking of any kind or pets onsite.

Sign up via the registration link on this page, or if you prefer, RSVP via our MeetUp site, East Bay Cohousing:



At 5:30 sharp: Interested in how we can reiterate land to impact climate change? Want to learn more about Earth Activist Training's new Regenerative Land Management Program? Join Starhawk and guests for this free 1-hour webinar on Wednesday, February 6 at 5:30 pm Pacific Time.

Our new long term program will be taught by Starhawk, Charles Williams and many guest teachers.

The Regenerative Land Management program is designed to give you the skills, experience and confidence to run a farm, ranch, retreat center or urban farm in ways that heal damaged ecosystems and sequester carbon.

Why? We are beyond the tipping point for climate change, and to prevent global catastrophe we need to pull carbon out of the atmosphere. The best way to do that is by regenerating living systems, using trees and plants to change that carbon into wood and food and humus. Farmers are the new earth healers!

The Opportunity: 
Half the farmland in North America is due to change hands in the next two decades as farmers age out. It’s vital we get that land into the hands of those who know how to manage it in ways that contribute to global healing. We need trained people—and you need to be able to make a thriving living for yourselves and your families.

The Program:
We’ve designed a flexible program that should take approximately two years—less if you already have extensive experience. It’s based around two ten-day intensives, short internships, a longer-term apprenticeship and many shorter courses, all guided by your personal mentor who will help you tailor the program to your own goals and needs.

Lots more info on the program, and registration here: 

At 7:30, after we eat a community-made meal together, we tune in to GEN's Power of Community Summit for today's featured speaker:Fritjof Capra
Bestselling author, Scientist and Educator
Fritjof's Capra's brilliant interview covers the systems view of life and how climate change is seen through this perspective. Fritjof shares his personal perspective and worldview, talks about co-evolution and complexity, and discusses the relationship between the local and global.

More about Capra
P.S. He founded the Center for EcoLiteracy, right here in Berkeley!


If you can't make it tonight, no worries, get the entire GEN Summit video series to view at your convenience:

February 06, 2019 at 5:00pm - 9pm


Berkeley Cohousing (address provided upon RSVP)
1800 California St
Berkeley, CA 94703
United States
Google map and directions


East Bay Cohousing · · 510-842-6224


Will you come?