Visitors from the Verde Valley!

Visitors from the Verde Valley!

The cohousing concept is gaining ground in Arizona!  Today we were blessed to have visitors from the Verde Valley (about an hour southwest of Flagstaff) join us at the Campus Coffee Bean. Our visitors hope to create a cohousing community in the Verde Valley.  We talked about permaculture, ecovillages, tiny homes, and composting toilets, to name a few conversation topics.  Thanks to all who attended!

Food Truck Frenzy

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Members of Flagstaff Cohousing partook of the vast array of foods at Sunday’s Flagstaff Food Truck Frenzy at Ft. Tuthill.  Though we attempted to hold fast to our healthy diet regimes we could not help but admire some of the more audacious gastronomic offerings.  We had fun!  We love Flagstaff!

  The heart attack special!

The heart attack special!

 L to R:  Nancy Andrews, Carol Scholing & Kay Brown 

L to R:  Nancy Andrews, Carol Scholing & Kay Brown 

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Coast and Fjords of Norway

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Flagstaff Cohousing member, Carol Scholing, recently returned from sailing the coast and fjords of Norway.  It sure was cold up there at  North Cape, nearly the northernmost point in Europe.  But crossing into the Arctic Circle and being in the Land of the Midnight Sun was quite exciting.  — yes, we did see the sun on some days and it did indeed shine brightly at midnight.  The views were spectacular and none of the infamous Norwegian trolls caused any mischief along the way.  

Carol’s favorite anecdote:  The pub grub of choice for Norwegians is a hardboiled seagull egg with their beer; this helps to keep down the seagull population!

It May Be Hot In Phoenix, But The Weather Here Is Just Fine!

We’re meeting so many wonderful new people who are interested in Cohousing!  A new couple recently joined Flagstaff Cohousing as Explorers, and three folks came up from Phoenix to attend one of our social gatherings and get out of the triple digit heat!  We met at Brandy's Restaurant, one of Flagstaff's favorites, and had a great time getting acquainted. 

Come for a little quaff & nosh on Wednesday, July 18th,  6 pm at Nomads Global Lounge, 19 W. Phoenix Ave.

Planning for Consensus

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  Those were the words of my Anthropology professor at Northern Arizona University, and he probably stole it from someone else.  My children say that phrase will be on my tombstone, since they've heard me say it many times.

What does this have to do with cohousing?  Plenty!  Consensus is a decision-making process in which an agreement is reached by all members of a group, and many cohousing communities use this method. It is not easy, it takes some time, but is apparently quite rewarding.

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Our Flagstaff Cohousing community is growing, and we want to be ahead of the curve when it comes to making the myriad decisions that will inevitably come as we realize our dream.  We want to succeed!  With that in mind, 17 of our members participated in a 2 hour Planning for Consensus discussion, facilitated by Dr. Chris Gunn, a licensed psychologist in Flagstaff.  We worked through our preconceptions (both positive and negative) about what consensus is and identified what more we'd like to learn.  Stay tuned...................

 The snacks were yummy and the company tons of fun!

The snacks were yummy and the company tons of fun!

Written by Nancy Andrews, Member

Cohousing Conference Recap

Another recap, folks! This one's been long in the coming, it's true -- but it's here! Our members Karen, Maury, and Bea attended the cohousing conference in Colorado, and we've since held a community panel discussion back in Flagstaff to share all those great takeaways from the conference. Here is a selection of the pictures we (mostly Karen) took, of presentations, actual communities, and new friends. Thank you, digital age! And without further ado... RECAP!

 Enjoying the Colorado flora (because it's so darned tricky to grow anything here in Flagstaff!) We're about to start the cohousing conference at the  Wild Sage  cohousing community in Boulder. Check out their website for a great description of what cohousing means.

Enjoying the Colorado flora (because it's so darned tricky to grow anything here in Flagstaff!) We're about to start the cohousing conference at the Wild Sage cohousing community in Boulder. Check out their website for a great description of what cohousing means.

 Wild Sage again. They hosted Bea, Maury, and Karen in Boulder. We spent the day attending workshops on affordability; telling OUR story; and designing our Flagstaff community -- and then got to come home to this! It was a beautiful, welcoming stay.

Wild Sage again. They hosted Bea, Maury, and Karen in Boulder. We spent the day attending workshops on affordability; telling OUR story; and designing our Flagstaff community -- and then got to come home to this! It was a beautiful, welcoming stay.

 Out to dinner with new cohousing friends from Henderson, NV!

Out to dinner with new cohousing friends from Henderson, NV!

  David Barrett , an inspiring planner, gave us great ideas of how we can make our twin visions of community and sustainability a reality. One of our key takeaways from his presentation? In cohousing, we seek to "Reinvent relationships: to our selves, each other, and the planet." In fact,  here  is an article he wrote for the Cohousing Association of the United States.

David Barrett, an inspiring planner, gave us great ideas of how we can make our twin visions of community and sustainability a reality. One of our key takeaways from his presentation? In cohousing, we seek to "Reinvent relationships: to our selves, each other, and the planet." In fact, here is an article he wrote for the Cohousing Association of the United States.

There you are! A little recap of the things we saw, the people we met, and the insights we gained at the 2018 Regional Cohousing Conference. Check back for still more insights as we progress toward our own community!

What does Cohousing offer you and your family?

Imagine if you lived in a neighborhood where:

  1. you knew all your neighbors,
  2. a neighbor could coach your kids in basketball, and

  3. you could skip cooking dinner one night a week?

Please join our panel discussion at the Downtown Flagstaff Public Library on Tuesday, May 8th from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Our very own Maury, Karen, and Bea attended the Regional Cohousing Conference in Boulder, CO this past month and are bringing their new wisdom, stories, and insights back to Flagstaff!  They will share their experiences visiting a variety of cohousing communities in Colorado, and talk about the people, community design, and what residents like best about living in cohousing. We'd love (truly!) to see you there. 

 

 In cohousing communities, it's common for neighbors to provide childcare and share the responsibilities of the community.

In cohousing communities, it's common for neighbors to provide childcare and share the responsibilities of the community.

Cohousing 101: Creating Community and Quality of Life

You’re invited to join us for an introduction to Cohousing and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.

East Flagstaff Community Library

3000 N. 4th Street, Flagstaff

Please join us to learn about the concept of cohousing and its many benefits, including social support, environmental sustainability, and a stronger sense of community.  Our panelists have lived in cohousing communities in Arizona, California, and Denmark.  We hope you’ll bring your inquiring minds, your families, and your interest, and we invite questions for our panelists.

  • Karen Enyedy, editor,  writer, researcher, and stalwart supporter of the Museum of Northern Arizona, has over 16 years of experience as a member of the Milagro Cohousing community in Tucson, AZ.

  • Bea Cooley, one of the founding members of Flagstaff Cohousing, lived in one of the early cohousing communities in Davis, California, and is committed to making this dream a reality in Flagstaff.

  • Joy Knudsen lived in the Danish cohousing community Trudeslund (trudelsund.dk) with 33 households for three years in the 1990’s, when her children were small.  During that time, she served one year on the Board of Trudeslund and gained insight into the administration and decision-making of the community.

Questions?  Interested in learning more?

Just email us at cohoflagstaff@gmail.com, visit us on facebook, or at flagstaffcohousing.org.  We welcome your interest!

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P.S.  Several of us will attend the Regional Cohousing Conference April 20-22 in Boulder, Colorado.  Consider joining us and/or sharing your questions!

We plan to learn a lot and ask a lot of questions at the conference, so please share your concerns with us so we can gather more information from successful communities and professional consultants!   Information about the conference is at www.cohousing.org/node/5469.

Looking for Land

One of the first questions people ask us is, “Where do you plan to build in Flagstaff?”  We’re working hard to answer that question!

We’re looking at 4- to 6-acre parcels within Flagstaff city limits, to build between 24 and 36 housing units.  If you have a tip on a piece of land you think might work for us, please email us at cohoflagstaff@gmail.com and tell us about it.

We hope to build our community within the city to allow greater access to services and public transportation.  We plan to include a common house with a library, exercise room, children’s playroom and creative space, a garden, outdoor play area, and a workshop in our shared space.

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Who or what is Flagstaff Cohousing?

We’re a group of six households who plan to create Flagstaff’s first cohousing community.  Cohousing is an intentional community in which private homes are clustered around shared space.  For our group, the commitment to community – connecting with and supporting our neighbors, reaching agreement by consensus, and respecting one another – is paramount.  We envision a multi-generational community that integrates families and individuals of all ages.

We intend to create a balance between our private lives and engagement in our community and the world, and our ultimate community design will reflect that intention.  In cohousing, each attached or single family home is typically smaller than most single family homes and has traditional amenities, including a private kitchen.  Shared spaces typically feature a common house with a large kitchen and dining area, children’s playroom, laundry, and recreational spaces.  

If you’d like to get to know us, we invite you to join us for coffee at Kickstand Kafe on March 4th at 2:00 or for wine at Vino Loco on March 21st at 6:00.  You can also “meet” our members online at https://flagstaffcohousing.org/about-us.  We also invite you to join us at Cohousing 101:  Creating Community and Quality of Life on March 13th.  Details are forthcoming.

 

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