East Bay Cohousing

Welcome to East Bay Cohousing (EBCOHO). We're a decade-strong umbrella regional group now with over 1,000 members, the world's largest intentional communities MeetUp, providing outreach, community, and education, hosting core groups creating cohousing in the Urban East Bay, linking to the many established communities, and helping people start new ones.

  • is hosting Final Mariposa Grove Open House 2019-01-21 11:01:42 -0800

    Mariposa Grove:Final Affordable Home Open House

    Mariposa Grove Co-Housing is a democratically-governed community in North Oakland including renters and homeowners. Started in 1998 by a founder dedicated to activism, art, and affordable housing, the land is now owned by the Northern California Land Trust (NCLT). NCLT enforces resale price limits such that our units retain their moderate prices rather than increasing with market speculation (prices increase only with the area median income and improvements).
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    ​In addition to our individual homes, we share gardens, a chicken coop, and a “common house” with guest rooms, an art room, kids’ play space, an office, a large kitchen, and dining space.  Each unit has its own kitchen, but the large kitchen/dining space is used for community meals, parties, social justice movie nights, as well as our meetings.

    We have an opening!

    2-Bedroom condo for sale in our cohousing community
     Priced Below Market Rate at $311,000


    Join us for the final open house!

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    Sat. January 26 11am-3pm
    All applicants must attend an open house to apply. Please visit during open houses only. Income restrictions apply ($62,750-$96,800 depending on household size*). The maximum selling price is $311,000.  Buyers may be eligible for special loans that will assist with down payment and help lower the cost of the primary mortgage.
    Optionally RSVP on this page and learn more on the MG website.

    MG_walkway.jpgWe value social justice, sustainability, and creativity.  We strive to make decisions that work for everyone in our co-housing community and also keep in mind how they affect our greater community. We share resources and responsibilities and support one another to fulfill our personal dreams and live closer to our ideals. 

    There are currently sixteen adults, one teenager and four children living in our community. We are artists, musicians, students, educators, writers, non-profit workers, gardeners, activists, a massage therapist, a grocery store worker, and a cooperative developer – all of us caring and fun people. We trust and respect each other, communicate with care, and have a lot of fun together!

    Mariposa Grove is more than just a place to live.  We believe that our connections to each other and to our neighborhood make this a special place.  There are many ways that we spend time together: eating, playing, gardening, working on projects, sharing skills and knowledge, getting to know our neighbors, and hanging out together.

    We are always looking to find ways to be more connected and engaged with our neighbors and the larger community and strengthen our commitment to social justice and sustainability.  Some ways we do this: through our individual efforts in the paid or volunteer work we do; sharing and talking about what we are reading and learning; having social justice movie nights; making informal connections with our neighbors (examples: talking to a neighbor and finding out that they have a ton to teach us about the neighborhood’s history or taking the time to play or read books with the neighbor kids or listen to what a neighbor needs help with.)  We also host an annual neighborhood BBQ as well as a pumpkin carving party for the neighborhood kids, we are a drop-off for Food-Not-Bombs, we offer free meeting space to various community groups and do fundraisers for local organizations.MG_unit_interior.jpg

    https://www.mariposagrove.live/openings.html

    WHEN
    January 26, 2019 at 11am
    WHERE
    Mariposa Grove Cohousing
    828 59th St
    Oakland, CA 94608
    United States
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • Welcome to Cohousing (South Berkeley)

    Orientations vary from Saturdays, Sundays, and very occasional weekday evenings, but we hold them every 4-6 weeks.  

    Berkeley Cohousing tour

    Come when you are ready!

    Cohousing, housing cooperatives, cohouseholding, communes and ecovillages - Intentional communities, transition towns, nonprofit affordable housing, senior "villages" -- What's the difference and why does it matter?

     

    What's living one of these communities really like?  Should I join an existing community or start my own? Where do I find openings?  How do cooperative communities really work?  Who's in charge?  You'll get answers and links to a world of resources at our EBCOHO orientation.

     

    Comments on recent orientations:

    Very informative and well-presented. Nice group of people, too (of course!).  
    Leslie Hassberg

     

    ... I left inspiredJeff French

     

    ...Very thorough, lots of good advice. Raines is a wonderful host. Walter Feigenson

     

    Presentation so knowledgeable, yet relaxed. ... very lovely people i met - ginny

     Doors open at 9:45 for a little social time and set up; Program runs from 10:00 to 11:30, including a little more time for networking, wrapping up by 12. Light refreshments available, but lunch is not included.

    Agenda usually includes: 

    • Member introductions, goals and connections. 
    • Definitions and overview of different types of intentional communities in the Bay Area;  
    • How to use EBCOHO and other online resources.  
    • Questions & Answers 
    • Community-building game or exercise, and time for open sharing on your experience and interests. 

    Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach and community organizer, will present and facilitate.

    The orientation fee of $20 per household helps cover ongoing EBCOHO expenses. Bring a friend and save up to $5 each; supporting members (and members of supporting groups) pay just $10. 

    Your contribution is refunded if you become a supporting member on the spot. (Supporting members get our thanks, a free Cohousing book or Communities Magazine subscription, plus discounts on many of our events). 

    If you RSVP for multiple people, MeetUp will tell you the price is per person, but relax... it's really just per household. Bring your visiting relatives or housemates. You can pay at the door by cash, check, or credit card. Get your better half or thirds(!) to join you.

    If you can't come out with us on a Sunday morning -- fear not! Keep eye on the EBCOHO calendar for what's coming up, weekend and weeknight orientations, (un)common meals, socials, movies, and other ways to connect. We hope to see you soon.

    http://www.EBCOHO.org/

     

    WHEN
    February 03, 2019 at 10am
    WHERE
    The Long Haul
    3124 Shattuck Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94703
    United States
    Google map and directions
    1 rsvp rsvp

  • Welcome to Cohousing (South Berkeley)

    Orientations vary from Saturdays, Sundays, and very occasional weekday evenings, but we hold them every 4-6 weeks.  

    Berkeley Cohousing tour

    Come when you are ready!

    Cohousing, housing cooperatives, cohouseholding, communes and ecovillages - Intentional communities, transition towns, nonprofit affordable housing, senior "villages" -- What's the difference and why does it matter?

     

    What's living one of these communities really like?  Should I join an existing community or start my own? Where do I find openings?  How do cooperative communities really work?  Who's in charge?  You'll get answers and links to a world of resources at our EBCOHO orientation.

     

    Comments on recent orientations:

    Very informative and well-presented. Nice group of people, too (of course!).  
    Leslie Hassberg

     

    ... I left inspiredJeff French

     

    ...Very thorough, lots of good advice. Raines is a wonderful host. Walter Feigenson

     

    Presentation so knowledgeable, yet relaxed. ... very lovely people i met - ginny

     Doors open at 9:45 for a little social time and set up; Program runs from 10:00 to 11:30, including a little more time for networking, wrapping up by 12. Light refreshments available, but lunch is not included.

    Agenda usually includes: 

    • Member introductions, goals and connections. 
    • Definitions and overview of different types of intentional communities in the Bay Area;  
    • How to use EBCOHO and other online resources.  
    • Questions & Answers 
    • Community-building game or exercise, and time for open sharing on your experience and interests. 

    Raines Cohen, Cohousing Coach and community organizer, will present and facilitate.

    The orientation fee of $20 per household helps cover ongoing EBCOHO expenses. Bring a friend and save up to $5 each; supporting members (and members of supporting groups) pay just $10. 

    Your contribution is refunded if you become a supporting member on the spot. (Supporting members get our thanks, a free Cohousing book or Communities Magazine subscription, plus discounts on many of our events). 

    If you RSVP for multiple people, MeetUp will tell you the price is per person, but relax... it's really just per household. Bring your visiting relatives or housemates. You can pay at the door by cash, check, or credit card. Get your better half or thirds(!) to join you.

    If you can't come out with us on a Sunday morning -- fear not! Keep eye on the EBCOHO calendar for what's coming up, weekend and weeknight orientations, (un)common meals, socials, movies, and other ways to connect. We hope to see you soon.

    http://www.EBCOHO.org/

     

    WHEN
    February 24, 2019 at 10am
    WHERE
    The Long Haul
    3124 Shattuck Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94703
    United States
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • is hosting Califia at BYC 2019-01-20 05:37:20 -0800

    Califia at BYC

    East Bay Sierra Club Dinner

    “Building Califia - a Model Arcology in Northern California”

    Califia:Sierra Club Dinner in BerkeleyThursday, Jan 24, no-host cocktails/social hour—6 pm, dinner—7:00, program—8:00, intermission—9:00, after hours group discussion—9:15-11:00. Berkeley Yacht Club on the Berkeley Marina, one block north of the west end of University Avenue (ample free park­ing is available in the Marina parking lots; bus #81 service to Marina from Ashby BART).

    Urban designer Paolo Soleri developed a methodology of ecological city design in the late 1960s he called “arcology” (architecture+ecology) and sought to test his ideas with Arcosanti, a pioneering model town in the Arizona desert 60 miles north of Phoenix. Although the full build out of Arcosanti has never been realized, it has served as an inspiring “urban laboratory” and experiential learning center, hosting workshops and events and providing tours to hundreds of thousands of visitors. (EBCOHO co-organizers Raines and Betsy have been several times, including recently for the Global Ecovillage Network North American Alliance CoLab)

    In the early 2000s the San Francisco-based Green Century Institute on sustainable communities explored the development of Califia, a model arcology in Northern California. The idea was (and still is) to learn from Arcosanti and related projects, and tap into the substantial cultural and business resources of the Bay Area to create something truly extraordinary: a model community that the rest of the world can participate in, learn from and build upon. Might now be the time to initiate such a visionary enterprise? With the specter of sea-level rise at our doorstep and the prospect of millions of climate change refugees, arcology may well be a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to planning required new urban centers, and refashioning existing cities.

    Come join us as sustainable community expert Michael Gosney provides an in-depth exploration of ecocity concepts and the vital import of city design and the built environment in the overall sustainability and human needs equations. An overarching theme is the position of cities in today’s world as the true network of civilization and the evolutionary potential they contain. This potential has been severely limited by the dystopian web of nation-states and profit-driven enterprises that usurp the authority of real “place” with artificial boundaries, external financial and political controls, and constraining regulations. Gosney will share a range of resources and projects that are contributing to the emerging new paradigm of ecologically sound urban planning, and review some of the potential scenarios for seeing Califia – and other large scale ecocities - actually come to life!

    Michael Gosney served on the Board of Arcosanti in the 90s where he co-produced the Paradox Conference series with Paolo Soleri, and co-founded the Green Century Institute on sustainable communities in San Francisco. Michael is a longtime technology pioneer, environmental thought leader and online and on-the-ground community builder. He has authored 17 books, and has worked with both festival culture (Burning Man, Earthdance International) and intentional communities (Arcosanti, Auroville, Damanhur). He is currently co-developing the Communitas.Zone collaboration network to facilitate greater synergies among these groups through TechneVerde.org/BFI.org, and supporting the development of the Radish.org collective intelligence platform.

    ***

    Cost of dinner and program is $30, including tax and tip. $10 for program only, starting at 8 p.m.

    RSVP here, but get your tickets directly via EventBrite:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sierra-club-dinner-building-califia-a-model-arcology-in-northern-cal-tickets-53776511995

    ***

    Directions: Go ALL the way to the west end of University Avenue, Berkeley, until you get to the water. Then turn right, and at the very end of the road (Seawall Drive), you will find ample parking for the Berkeley Yacht Club. See you there!

    WHEN
    January 24, 2019 at 6pm
    WHERE
    Berkeley Yacht Club
    1 Seawall Dr
    Berkeley, CA
    United States
    Google map and directions
    $10.00 USD · 20 rsvps rsvp

  • is hosting Affordable Housing Week kickoff 2019-01-19 08:45:14 -0800

    Affordable Housing Week kickoff

    East Bay Housing Organizations logoEast Bay Cohousing (EBCOHO), the Berkeley-Oakland regional part of Cohousing California, is a sponsor of Affordable Housing Week, put on by East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO).

    Join us at this celebration to kick off the week, on the theme of "Affordable Housing for All," and keep an eye on the calendar for specific cohousing-related events scheduled. 

    EBHO BRINGS TOGETHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS, PUBLIC OFFICIALS, NONPROFIT HOUSING DEVELOPERS, RESIDENTS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, PLANNERS, PROFESSIONALS, AND ADVOCATES.  COLLECTIVELY, WE’RE BUILDING A MOVEMENT TO ENSURE EVERYONE HAS A SAFE, HEALTHY, AND AFFORDABLE PLACE TO CALL HOME.

    Since 1984, East Bay Housing Organizations has been the leading affordable housing advocacy coalition serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. EBHO is a member-driven organization working to preserve, protect, and create affordable housing opportunities for low-income communities in the East Bay by educating, advocating, organizing, and building coalitions.

    People celebrating Affordable Housing Week in Oakland

    Ticket purchase required - keep an eye on this page for details:

    http://ebho.org/event/kickoff/

    WHEN
    May 09, 2019 at 6pm
    WHERE
    Classic Cars West
    411 26th St
    Oakland, CA 94612
    United States
    Google map and directions
    100 rsvps rsvp

  • is hosting Wild & Radish Jan 2019 2019-01-09 06:40:02 -0800

    Wild & Radish Jan 2019

    [Note:placeholder location which is near, NOT at the actual site. RSVP required for directions. Not a current residential opportunity. Read below for details. RSVPs open to all, but EBCOHO Supporting Members get first notice.]

    Girl with goats at Wild and Radish EcoVillage siteSome folks we know who are leading the local food justice movement have initiated the development of the first sustainable, urban farm cohousing community using Slow Money investment in the East Bay. We have helped folks get connected and become supporters of the project, including tapping self-directed IRA accounts for both social and financial return.

    They have completed the purchase and have invited potential development-phase investors/collaborators to participate in a Sunday brunch, followed by a land tour. Note: the community does not have any buildings yet and they are not accepting applications to live there at this time.

    They write: We have some exciting updates to share, including two upcoming construction projects: the renovation of a 3-bedroom house, and a new 1,000 square foot straw-bale house, both of which will be setting precedent on natural building techniques to serve as a model for non-toxic, sustainable, and fire-proof building, all to code!

    We'd love to show you in person the potential of this project, and we are seeking new lenders to join us in continuing to bring this vision into fruition.

    Original Wild & Radish vision:
    This 10 acre community in El Sobrante, California (in the hills East of Richmond) will serve as a local foodshed by providing organic fruits and vegetables to the region, raise healthy families, and help others replicate this work through educational programs and strategic support.

    In their original long-term plans (which have evolved over the past several years): One acre will serve as the site for four rental homes and corresponding "granny units". This housing will accommodate approximately 30 people as tenants (rentals) as well as a community education center. These beautiful "green homes" will demonstrate the most energy efficient, non-toxic, natural building practices, while generating the revenue needed to pay off construction and development loans.

    Two acres will be restored with native species and preserved as a wilderness refuge to honor and nourish the freshwater spring and creek that runs through this special piece of land.

    Seven acres will support an extraordinarily diverse permaculture farm, with over 2,500 fruit trees and an abundant understory of edible plants, berries, flowers, and herbs.

    If you are interested in supporting or investing in this innovative and ambitious model for true sustainability, join for this site visit.

    Notes:

    This is not an EBCOHO-sponsored event. We do share opportunities like this and give first notice and first dibs to our supporting members.

    The founders are not seeking new residential members at this point, as best we understand. Consider it a Slow Money investment. Oh yeah, this is not a solicitation, and EBCOHO is not an investment consultant or broker or anything like that; our purpose is solely educational.

    Wear good shoes and be prepared for walking on hilly, muddy terrain through brush.

    The site is raw, without any bathroom facilities or structures. Enter at your own risk.

    RSVP required; we'll pass on your info to the organizers.

    Some of the founders include:

    May Nguyen began her food justice work during her years as a student activist at UC Berkeley, working with a pro-agrarian, community-oriented campus organization and practicing sustainable food production while WWOOF'ing in Thailand and France. She completed a B.A. in Architecture, and has since been interested in building sustainable communities by transforming the asphalt deserts of urban & suburban landscapes into greener, healthier, more vibrant, multi-generational and multi-colored neighborhoods.

    Haleh Zandi is a co-founder and the Educational Director of an Oakland-based non-profit organization called Planting Justice. She believes the modern colonial food system is in a paradigm of war, and she is dedicated to the ways in which diverse communities may build alliances and practice strategies that collectively resist the violence of the industrial food system and structurally shift the United States towards more ecologically sustainable and socially just methods for growing and sharing our food.

    Andrew Chahrour grew up in Ohio and got his BA in Environmental Studies from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. In Ohio and Pennsylvania, he was exposed to a variety of Midwestern agricultural systems, both conventional and organic. Andrew's degree in Environmental Studies led him to a job with the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming where he worked to produce digital maps of aspen stands, whose recession across the Western US has been poorly understood.

    EBCOHO member Gavin Raders is a co-founder and executive director of Planting Justice, a social justice activist, and a permacuture demonstrator/teacher. He dedicates his time to practicing permaculture wherever he can, having gone through extensive training with some of the most inspiring and effective permaculture teachers in the world: Geoff Lawton, Penny Livingston-Stark, Brock Dolman, Darren Dougherty, and Nik Bertulis. He comes to permaculture and ecological design through a social justice framework which recognizes the right of all people to peace, security, housing, healthy food, clean water, jobs and healthcare, and the rights of future generations to a just and livable world.

    Leah Atwood grew up on a ranch in the redwoods of Arcata, CA and moved to the Bay Area to pursue degrees in Environmental Policy and Spanish at UC Berkeley. She has lived in South and Central America as well as in Bangladesh working on behalf of social, environmental and food justice initiatives. Thanks to her work experience abroad she gained further insight into international agriculture systems and the value of socio-ecologically mindful practices and unconventional multi-stakeholder collaboration. Leah currently serves as Program Director for the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA). She deeply enjoys: teaching and practicing yoga; being outside on rocks, waves and trails; growing food and befriending bees.

    Wild and Radish LLC is honored to be working with four amazing green architects: Cate Leger, Karl Wanaselja, Darrel DeBoer, and Bob Thyce.

    Details:

    http://www.WildAndRadish.com/

    WHEN
    January 27, 2019 at 10:30am
    WHERE
    Wild and Radish EcoVillage site (RSVP required for address)
    1060 Manor Rd
    El Sobrante, CA
    United States
    Google map and directions
    5 rsvps rsvp

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