Cohousing 101: People are the picture, the buildings are the frame
140 Durham St, Sudbury, ON P3E 3M7, Canada
You are invited to join Sweetfern Cohousing and Cohousing Options Canada on Friday January 17th at 6:00 pm for a public introductory presentation on cohousing and Northern Ontario's first inclusive all ages cohousing community.
Learn what cohousing is, the origins of the movement and what inter-generational and senior (50+) cohousing communities look like in Canada, the US and other parts of the world. Find out how cohousing supports social connections, a higher quality of life and how you can become part of a cohousing community.
Kristopher Stevens, Executive Director of Cohousing Options will touch on the community led development process, how Cohousing can address the loneliness epidemic, issues of affordability, co-care for young families and the elderly, the maximization of both privacy and community access through smart design and community governance, the role of developers, architects, planners and other professionals, the different legal and financial structures and more.
Members of Sweetfern Cohousing will share details about the vision and mission of their community, their progress to date and how others can join them.
There will be plenty of time for questions, and you'll have an opportunity to connect with others interested in exploring cohousing!
WHAT IS COHOUSING?
Cohousing is a sustainable neighbourhood design that values privacy and community, independence and interdependence. It is a custom-designed neighbourhood of private homes whose owners cooperatively own and use indoor and outdoor common spaces. Cohousing members manage their communities together, and actively come together to learn, support each other, and enjoy life.
Typically, Cohousing neighbourhoods are clustered around a “common house” with shared amenities designed to provide residents privacy, while maximizing their access to a high functioning community. Each home is self-sufficient with a complete kitchen and other aspects you would expect in a home. Common shared amenities may include a large kitchen and dining room in the common house for weekly community meals, a children’s playroom, workshops, guest rooms, caregiver suites, home office support, an arts and crafts area, exercise facilities, laundry and more. Cohousing neighbourhoods range from 8 – 40 households and most commonly emphasize a multi-generational mix of singles, couples, families with children, and elders though senior (50+) Cohousing communities are rapidly increasing in number.
Doors open at 5:45pm and the event will start promptly at 6:30pm and run until 8:30pm.
Parkside Older Adult Centre (YMCA Entrance)140 Durham St.Sudbury, ON
Phone: 705-673-6227Please note that the venue is wheel chair accessible.
Directions: Heading north on Paris towards downtown, turn left on Van Horne up to traffic lights where Elgin St. begins, head up Elgin past the arena. Just past the overpass (bridge), turn right to parking underneath the YMCA building. Parking free after 6:00pm on streets nearby in designated areas.
Map link: Parkside Older Adult Center
The cost to attend is $25 per person and will be used to cover the costs associated with the event (speaker, handouts, facilities, cleaning, refreshments, etc.).
Space is limited, so we encourage you to reserve your ticket early. To be notified of spaces opening up or future events, add your name to our mailing list by sending an email to SudburyCohousing@gmail.com.
I WANT TO KNOW MORE!
On Saturday January 18th from 10 am to 5 pm Sweetfern and Cohousing Options will be offering an intensive all day hands on workshop called, "Is Cohousing Right for you?" where you will be able to:
Take a deeper interactive dive into what cohousing is all about.
Learn and experience some of the skills used in cohousing groups.
Meet the people who are developing cohousing communities.
Find out how to join Sweetfern Cohousing as well as how to start your own community.
To get more details and register please visit: Is Cohousing Right for you? (SUDBURY)
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I WANT MORE INFORMATION?
For more information please contact Monique Fuchs at SudburyCohousing@gmail.com or at 705-983-0707.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
Sweetfern Cohousing is a cohousing community located in Sudbury Ontario committed to diversity and open to all ages. We are developing a fun, tight-nit, financially accessible, sustainable and supportive neighbourhood of 15-35 private homes with shared spaces and are looking for new members that share our values.
Cohousing Options Canada is a 360º non-profit cohousing consultancy that assembles all the different ingredients needed to build happy, healthy and sustainable cohousing communities. We do everything to help you live the life you deserve: happy, healthy and in community with the people you like best.
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