Cohousing Bus Tours Scheduled for Seattle and Portland

Two bus tours organized by the Cohousing Association of the United States have been scheduled for Portland and Seattle.

The Portland Cohousing Bus Tour will take place Saturday, May 8, 2010, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, and will include stops at Columbia Ecovillage, Peninsula Park Commons, Daybreak Cohousing, Trillium Hollow, and Cascadia Commons. Lunch will be served at the Commons House of Daybreak Cohousing.

The Seattle Cohousing Bus Tour is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2010, also from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, and will include stops at Puget Ridge Cohousing,  Jackson Place Cohousing,  Bartimaeus Community, Winslow Cohousing, and Duwamish Cohousing, with lunch served on the Ferry.

On both tours, the tour leader will share general information about cohousing, answer questions, provide fact sheets and site plans, and prepare you for your 40-60 minute visit to each community. At each stop, a community host will guide you through his or her neighborhood, talk about its history and how the community is run.

Price: $95 – Group pricing available

To learn more and to register, visit the Cohousing Bus Tour page or contact: Neil Planchon at

Here are the flyers for each tour:

Register today for NICA Spring Gathering

Ravenna Kibbutz has graciously offered to host our Spring Gathering this year. Please help us anticipate how many folks will be coming by registering here.

Pre-registration is NOT required; we’re only trying to get a rough idea of how many to expect for space and food considerations.

More information on the event can be found here.

Questions, comments, recommendations?  email

Daybreak Cohousing Grand Opening Celebration, April 17

New North Portland Cohousing Development Opens Doors to Public for Music, Food, Tours and Welcome by Public Officials

Daybreak Cohousing will host a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, April 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the community at 2525 North Killingsworth Street in North Portland. The public event, which will mark the six month anniversary of the first residents moving into the new, sustainable development, will feature tours of the facilities, light refreshments, and music by Celtic harpist Elizabeth Nicholson. City Councilwoman Amanda Fritz and other officials will speak at 2:30 pm. A potluck supper will also be served after the event concludes at 4 p.m. in the Daybreak common house. The event is free and open to the public.

Please consider taking public transit/biking to the Open House to limit impact on the neighborhood. Bicycle parking will be provided and monitored in our basement. Daybreak can be easily reached from bus lines 35 and 72, and the Yellow Max line.


Food as Celebration at NICA Spring Gathering: April 24 at Ravenna Kibbutz

NICA Spring Gathering
Saturday, April 24th
10 – 5 pm

hosted by:

Ravenna Kibbutz
6211 23rd Ave NE

, WA 98115
(dead end off 65th Ave)
Suggested donation (onsite): $10

parking on side streets, carpooling encouraged


Whether you live in an intentional community or are interested in the idea, please come and join in a day of sharing as we meet up with old friends, make new friends and together explore the theme of

“FOOD AS CELEBRATION: how food helps build community”

  • Share a happy memory around food
  • How does food create a sense of community for you
  • Do you have a ritual around food
  • How does food nourish your Spirit?

Help us anticipate the number of participants by registering here.


Daybreak Cohousing in Portland to host Fellowship of Intentional Communities semi-annual event, May 21-23

The FIC Invites NICA Members to Join Us in the Rose City!

The Fellowship for Intentional Community will be holding its semi-annual organizational meetings May 21-23, 2010 at newly constructed Daybreak Cohousing in Portland OR, and you’re invited!

Portland is a hotbed of community interest and this will mark the first time we’ve met in Oregon’s largest city. Topics in the queue include a proposal to hold an Art of Community weekend in northern CA in spring 2011, selection of this year’s recipient of the Geoph Kozeny Communitarian Award (Fred Lanphear was the inaugural recipient last year), discussion about collaborating with the Transition Town movement, and plans for enhancing our family of websites.

Thursday evening we’re having an evening soiree for people interested in community building to talk about their dreams, struggles, and accomplishments. Friday evening we’ll be meeting with Mark Lakeman of City Repair to discuss what they’ve been learning about building stronger neighborhoods.

This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with FIC’s movers and shakers, finding out where your energy might fit into the mix, and observing some consensus veterans in action. We hope you’ll join us for the camaraderie and stimulating conversation!

For reservations or to ask questions, contact:
Jenny Upton at (434) 361-1417 or by email at