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 on Saturday,  Oct 14 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:

http://nica.brownpapertickets.com/

Pre-Gathering event:

Beacon House hosts the movie, “Inside Out” (doors open at 6pm, movie at 7:30pm) Friday, Oct 13.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1770750933225129

Post event was postponed and announced later:  A screening of 2 Tamera videos. Tamera is an IC in Portugal. FFI, see www.tamera.org/index.html
Join us on Sunday, October 15 at 10am for a screening of the introduction to the Love School held in California, as well as “A Taste of New Culture”, documentary filmed at Tamera. Event may go until 2:00 PM, with a break for lunch.
They talk about their history of forming communities and how they handle interpersonal relationships and ecological projects. Come be inspired by this alternative way of living and the possibilities it holds.
Terra Nova, ZEGG forum, peace work initiatives in Israel/Palestine, Kenya, Colombia, are all linked to Tamera.
Show up as early as 10am to socialize and share snacks, and videos start promptly at 11am.
People may attend these free pre- and post- events even if they are not attending the NICA Fall Gathering on Saturday, Oct. 14.
We ask that people use Facebook links to RSVP so that we have an idea of how many people are coming.
HOUSE RULES:
* NO SCENTS — including: no perfume, no cologne, no strong scents in oil, lotion, or hair products, etc.
* NO PEANUTS
* no pets, of any kind
* no smoke

Port Gardner Cohousing is forming in Everett, WA

The following was sent from the core group of Port Gardner Cohousing Community. They hosted an event in Everett, Washington at the end of July 2017 for people interested in cohousing.

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. (Another group in the Skagit/Whatcom County area is forming and looking for land to buy. They are 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

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.

NICA Spring Gathering: Saturday, April 25, Duwamish Cohousing

When: Saturday, April 25 10am to 5pm
Where: Duwamish CoHousing, West Seattle, 6000 17th Ave SW Seattle WA 98106
Questions: Contact Basha Osinski at 650-743-2622 or basha.osinski@yahoo.com

$10 suggested donation; potluck lunch – please bring a dish to share

Common Space – Defining and Building Community

Communities are made of people, but the Common Space can play a strong role in bringing people together to build a community. Common space can be a place for meals, meetings, parties, entertainment and much more. At the Spring Gathering we will discuss some of the creative ways people in community use and design Common Space. Some suggestions:

1) Opening common space to neighbors – What are the Opportunities and Obstacles?
2) How can Community space be used for personal growth or healing – for individuals and for the collective community?
3) Does the concept of sacred space have a place in community space?
4) How do you make space for people to share different forms of expression
5) How does your community use common space in unusual ways which other communities might want to know about?
6) The value of meals as community building activities, and the use of Kitchens in community
7) What goes on the walls of your community space – How do your walls reflect your
8) How does maintenance/cleaning of community space get managed?
9) How do you use outdoor community space to further community goals?
10) How does community space support harmony in community meetings – how to encourage comfort, safety, consensus
11) Children in common space: what are their roles, restrictions, lack of restrictions, food, toys
12) How do you support the needs of the growing # of elders in community – how do you make community space accessible?

Hope to see you there!