New Logo for NICA!

Hopefully you noticed a new look for the heading of this newsletter. It’s part of revitalizing NICA! Our board of directors has been meeting monthly, has commissioned an update of the logo, accomplished designing a new brochure, and taken up several outreach opportunities already. This Saturday, Sept 9, several people will represent NICA at the Sustainable Ballard Festival. Anyone in the area, feel free to stop by — or tell your friends who are likely attendees of the annual festival to be sure to look for us. 

We welcome visitors to our monthly meetings, and are seeking additional board members. If you are interested to play a part in the organization, please let us know! Contact us at: info@nwcommunities.org

Fall Gathering on Saturday, October 14 with the theme, Our Communities as Social Change Labs

We are excited to announce a full agenda of activities, from 10 AM to 5 PM, with optional activities before and after that. It will be hosted by Beacon House, in Seattle. Beacon House is part of Star Community, which presently is composed of five households.

Join members of intentional communities and others curious about options for living in community to explore the topic of Intentional Communities as Social Change Laboratories.

We will have introductions and community updates in the AM. Lunch will be a shared potluck with the main dish being provided by our hosts. We will seek to accommodate most dietary needs. In the afternoon, we’ll enjoy Open Space discussions and a taste of The Forum, facilitated by Star Community members.

Members of NICA can attend for free, and you can choose membership on the registration form itself.

Registration is now open! Please go here for more details:

www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3081587

Port Gardner Cohousing is forming in Everett, WA

This excerpt of a notice was sent from the core group of Port Gardner Cohousing Community.
We have 8 core members now and are actively recruiting individuals and families. We had a public event on July 31, called “What’s It Like to Live in Cohousing?” A panel of people currently living in cohousing were there to say what they like and don’t like about cohousing — the realities. The other groups represented on the panel were Tammany Commons, a forming community which plans to find land around Marysville, WA; and Skagit Cohousing which is forming in Skagit Valley. Upper Langley Cohousing also has a lot for sale (and another group in the Skagit/Whatcom County area is forming, called Inspired Cohousing.) -editor’s note

Port Gardner Cohousing Community is made of of people who love Everett. We love the size of Everett, and the lack of traffic and congestion. We enjoy the walkability, and the fact that we have our own hockey team, baseball team, orchestra, community theater and historic theater, plus our own public radio station. Living right on Puget Sound gives us beautiful views and access to the water. We have beautiful parks and the best public boat launch on the west coast. We have great restaurants and coffee shops, including a new vegan restaurant…. For more information, contact Patrick Hall

Save the Date: October 14 for Fall Gathering 2017

More info will be sent later, but the general schedule will be typical for a 1-day NICA Gathering. It will be on a Saturday,  starting around 10 AM, go until 4:30 or 5 PM, and in this case there will be optional evening activities for those who wish to stay. It will be hosted by Star Community, at a house in North Beacon Hill/Rainier Valley area of Seattle.

We will do our best to help facilitate ride-shares, and arrange homestays for people who are interested to come on Friday night or stay over on Saturday, returning to their homes on Sunday.

Stay tuned for updates!

Call for Photos of Intentional Communities!

We are working on new display boards and a new NICA brochure, so we would appreciate some updated photos of your community: the buildings, people, gardens, animals, whatever. 

While you’re at it, tell us if there have been important changes you’d like us to know. Digital images preferred. Send to gogreen (at)usa.com. If you’re sending prints via USPS, you can address it to Syd/NICA at 9209 Palatine Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.

Please send them to arrive by June 22 if possible. Outreach opportunities await! 

C0-Housing 101 Workshop

Click on image to open and print out full-size flyer

Here is an upcoming opportunity to learn about cohousing or to share information about your interest/forming community. If you are in the latter camp, please come prepared to talk about your community (each group will have 3-5 minutes). If you have any flyers or graphics to share, please contact the event sponsor, Grace Kim.

This is the link for the Eventbrite registration page. Please share via social media or other personal networks.

https://curiousaboutcohousing.eventbrite.com

NICA Fall Gathering Survey & Call for Proposals

This is an invitation to tell us what you want to see or do!
What are the most pressing issues in your community or in your pursuit of having more community in your life?

Would you be interested to visit a board meeting either in person or via conference call? Do you have a project which you might want NICA to support? We are a 501.c.3 so can receive tax deductible donations, and we’re willing to consider proposals for fiscal agency if you are seeking an “umbrella” to be under, if you are seeking grant funds for instance, or launching your own nonprofit, so doing any kind of fundraising.

Can you host at least 20 people for a day in your community? Would you like to help organize a 1-day event which could include a potluck lunch or a simple meal provided by your community? This would occur ideally on a Saturday in late August or September of 2017. We can split costs of expenses and make an additional donation if your community can provide lunch and seating.

Would you like to be a presenter at an event such as the Fall Gathering? If so, please send a paragraph to Syd about what you would like to present, by May 2, 2017.

We need community now, more than ever!

Curious About Co-Housing?

Capital Hill Urban Co-Housing hosts event on Sunday, March 26,10:00 AM at 12th Ave Arts (Pike Pine Room) – 1620 12th Ave, Seattle  

Here’s an opportunity to learn about cohousing, or share information about your interest/forming community. If you are in the latter camp, please come prepared to talk about your community. Optional tour of Capital Hill Cohousing immediately after public meeting.

Please RSVP. Below is the link for the Eventbrite registration page. Please feel free to share via social media or other personal networks.

https://curiousaboutcohousing.eventbrite.com

Also, there’s National Cohousing Open House Day April 29, 2017.

Find out about other cohousing communities in the area, here!

Revitalizing NICA

A few weeks ago, a handful of former and newer NICA board members gathered to discern the direction of Northwest Intentional Communities Association (NICA) in the Pacific Northwest. During our time together, we honored Rob Sandelin for his contribution to NICA and the Communities movement. Rob was one of the founding members of the organization and recently died after a long illness.
The dream for a regional network was birthed in West Seattle’s Camp Long back in 1992, and NICA incorporated in 1993. The same year, we watched the interest in communities growing, as the FIC’s International Celebration of Community conference was held in August ’93 at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. This large 5 day event spurred new cooperative ventures. There were potlucks and community fairs being held in the Seattle area. It was a lively time for dreaming, gathering like minded folks, working diligently and building communities.

The organization’s role over the years changed. The last few have been rather quiet. However, GATHERINGS have been the constant thread, with various topics of interest to current community members as well as folks who were looking for a community to join. We held day-long and some multi-day events, offering different modes for exchange, and our locations most often were community sites an/or camp grounds for weekend activities. Early on, when many of the area’s cohousing communities were being established, they were looking for members. As communities were settling in and filling their homes or rooms, the need for the gatherings changed.

By 2000, there was another wave of enthusiasm, and NICA’s focus was on having a larger multi-day event to focus on the relevance of cooperative culture and the concept of living sustainably, which was markedly enhanced by shared effort, rather than as an individual. That culminated with the 4-day “Co-Opportunities Northwest: A Sustainable Communities Conference” at Seattle Center, in October 2001.

A decade later, activities quieted down a bit, at least among those who attended our events, and our gatherings were often more focused on how to live together well in community. We explored what patterns work, how to network with others related to community activities, values re-clarification and revisioning, the concepts of Enough and our Interdependence.

Now we have a smaller set of board members and we admit we’re pretty Seattle-centric. We haven’t hosted many events outside of the Seattle area for a couple of years. We did do 2 public panel events last year however, and we have helped spread the word about IC events in BC, CA, MT, OR, and other parts of WA.

We’d like to know from you if you are still interested in participating in NICA events, getting our newsletter, utilizing the website, or sharing stories in the newsletter, or via our social media accounts. Write to us with your ideas!

Ananda Community : Open House & Solstice Celebration

Farm fresh produce, fresh ideas to chew on, re-fresh-ments to munch on, music to savor, joy-filled art to digest, Solstice inspiration & energy to synthesize, and, a freshly-made vegetarian dinner with new friends to enjoy. Free and all are welcome!

Saturday, June 20, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
20715 Larch Way, Lynnwood 98036

The Ananda Community in Lynnwood invites you to a summer solstice afternoon enjoying market faire booths with organic no-till farm produce, bakery items, crafts, gifts, books, activities for children, and much more. 

This annual open house and solstice celebration includes music, refreshments, art gallery, farm-garden tours, and a free vegetarian dinner!

Special guest speakers at the one-hour Solstice Celebration from 5 to 6 p.m. will be Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi Novak, spiritual directors of the nine intentional Ananda Communities worldwide. 

Other special guests will include members from other local intentional communities.

Vendors will include Ananda Farms of Camano Island, East West Bookshop of Seattle, Living Wisdom Thrift and Gifts, Living Wisdom School of Seattle, Ananda Meditation Center, and individual vendors, artists, and health practitioners.