Curious about what it feels like to cook and eat together in cohousing, and how it helps develop community, here and abroad? Join Brazil #coliving (shared house) pioneer Thiago Saldanha, cohousing community members (including one from Brazil) and Center for Evolutionary Leadership director Manuel Manga (half-time in Brasilia, although he has roots in Colombia and NYC) for a hands-on experience of Cooking in Community.
No need to bring any potluck items, we'll be shopping and serving a scrumptious but simple homemade dinner made with local ingredients that you are invited to join in help prepare. BYOB if you like to have a drink with dinner. We've divided the prep into a bunch of easy, manageable tasks, but we'll give you a chance to experience some of the fun pressure and collaborative problem-solving that we experience cooking together for groups.
Sign up in advance to either come by 5:30 to help cook, or come by 6:30 to help with cleanup; we'll be serving with dinner-table conversation by 6:30, in full discussion mode by 7-7:30 and wrapping up around 8:30 (with later arrivals sticking around to help clean up). EBCOHO Supporting Members save $5!
Note: This is not a tour or open house, so please don't disturb our neighbors or take pictures in the community. The Common House is down the walk with the big mailbox. Please park onstreet (not in the lot) or take BART (North Berkeley), or the AC Transit 88 bus from downtown Berkeley which stops right out front. Bike parking is to the right of the Common House.
Please exit quietly and avoid outdoor conversations so as not to wake any neighbors.
No pets or service animals, please -- one of our neighbors has strong allergies.
Access to the Common House requires climbing three steps, so it is not easily wheelchair accessible.
EBCOHO Supporting Members got first dibs on this, but it is open to all. Bring a friend, but please do RSVP so we can prepare.
About our Special Guests
Thiago is founder of a casa, a #coliving community in Rio de Janeiro.
He writes: We are established at a beautiful house at Rio de Janeiro with 11 people, sharing life together, learning from and with each other how to live differently in the city, creating more profound connections with people and the planet. In this life project, we also make public events for art, learning and well being with issues like non-violent communication, sociocracy, dragon dreaming, new economics, building win-win relations with every partner.
Manuel lives part-time in the Bay Area but half the year in Brasilia. He writes:
I find inspiration in people all over the world, who are awakened , eager to learn, people who want to make a difference, people who want to contribute toward a better world. People who see opportunities for social innovation, for social evolution, and students that when asked to redesign a society in a couple of hours, can do it. So I am inspired by human intelligence, and human desire for learning and making a better world.
About our (un)common dinner
It's Brazilian, so it will involve black beans and rice and be yummy and fun. Vegetarian.