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, and start around 10 AM, go until 4:30 or 5 PM, and in this case there will be optional evening activities. 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.

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!

3-day Sociocracy Workshop with Diana Leafe Christian, Jan 31-Feb 2 at Windsong Cohousing, Langley, BC

3-Day Sociocracy Workshop
– Sociocracy overview
– Experiential exercises:
— Proposals – Plan/Implement/Evaluate feedback loops
— The linked circles governance structure
— Aim of each circle
— Consent Decision-Making, Proposal-Forming
— Selecting People for Roles, Role-Improvement Feedback
– Implementing Sociocracy in your group

Location: Windsong Cohousing
20543 96th Avenue, Langley, BC, V1M 3W3

Sociocracy (also called Dynamic Governance in the US) is an increasingly popular governance and decision-making method based on the principles of transparency, equivalency, and effectiveness. When a community uses Sociocracy correctly, their governance process tends to become far more effective than when using consensus.

“We’ve made more decisions in the past two months than we have in the past two years!” —Davis Hawkowl, Pioneer Valley Cohousing, Massachusetts.

A visitor said she’d never seen a community meeting be so effective, efficient,
and fun!” —Hope Horton, Hart’s Mill Ecovillage, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US.

Sponsored by The Sociocracy Consulting Group.

Cost: $335. Bring your lunch or sign up for a catered lunch for $15.00. Shuttle service to Windsong Cohousing from King George SkyTrain station.

For more information about this three-day workshop at Windsong Cohousing in B.C., click here.

Register for Workshop

Learn more about how Sociocracy can benefit businesses and nonprofits, see this workshop description written especially for people in businesses and nonprofits.

Dynamic Governance Workshop, Seattle, January 25, 2015

Jerry Koch-Gonzalez will be doing a one-day workshop on Dynamic Governance (aka Sociocracy) on Sunday, January 25th in Seattle. Cost: Sliding Scale $120-$40 (median $75)

In this workshop you will practice the essential elements of dynamic governance (sociocracy) and learn some theory along the way.

This experiential workshop will be facilitated by Jerry Koch-Gonzalez of The Sociocracy Consulting Group and the Institute for Peaceable Communities. Jerry is a founding resident of the 20-year-old Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community in Amherst MA (sociocratically governed) and a certified Trainer in both Sociocracy and Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

For full information