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!

NICA Fall Gathering on Sat, Nov. 8, 2014

We’re pleased to announce that the NICA 2014 Fall Gathering will be at Songaia Cohousing Community near Bothell, WA on Saturday, 11/8/2014 from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Creating Community Anywhere

Many involved in the Intentional Communities movement use the phrase “community where you are” as a code phrase for community building outside of the context of residential intentional communities. We all live in community and we all benefit when our communities are more effective.

In this NICA gathering, we’ll step beyond Intentional Community and explore community building in all forms of community or groups, whether they be residential, within the workplace, churches, political action groups, clubs or any other group. At the 11/8/2014 NICA Fall Gathering, we’ll consider many subtopics within the broad sweep of this topic. Topics we choose to explore will be based on the interests and experiences of those who show up. As is our tradition, in preparation for the event, we pose a number of questions to help stimulate your thinking:

  1. What creates bonding, or the glue that connects and builds community?
  2. What challenges the building of community?
  3. How do you encourage participation in your community?
  4. How do communities weather the storms?
  5. What celebrations, events, or rituals help build community?
  6. What single event in the past year would you want a potential new resident to experience?
  7. If you were looking to join a community what kind of event would you want to experience?
  8. How do you build and strengthen the community bonds in groups you are now part of?
  9. How does working together on a community project or in your job help build community?
  10. How do challenges/tragedies/problems bring people together?

At the event itself, we’ll form subgroups and learn and teach with each other. Those with experience at NICA events know this will be a lively and engaging experience.

Do you have other ideas or questions that you’d like to see considered? Just log in and post them in the comments section below – or bring them to the event.

Schedule

10:00am  Opening circle, announcements
10:30am  Group discussion about the topic
12:00pm  Potluck Lunch
1:00pm    Afternoon circle, song, Discussion
1:30pm    First set of Afternoon workshop/discussions
2:15pm    Break
2:30pm   Second First set of Afternoon workshop/discussions
3:15pm    Break
3:30pm   Final circle discussion and closing
4:00pm   Community Tour

What: 2014 NICA Fall Gathering, with Potluck lunch and Songaia tour

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10am to 5pm

Where: Songaia Cohousing Community22401 39th Ave. SE., Bothell, WA 98021 (map link)

Why: To learn, to teach, to do our part to grow a more vibrant, sustainable culture.

How: Bring yourself and food for the potluck lunch to Songaia for the event. Please label any dishes to help those with special dietary, e.g., vegan/vegetarian/omnivore, dairy/non-dairy, gluten-free, etc.

HOLD THE DATE: NICA Fall Gathering, Nov. 2, 2013

Sharingwood Cohousing Community has graciously offered to host this year’s NICA Fall Gathering, with the theme, “Living in Community.”

DETAILS

  • What:  NICA Fall Gathering, focusing on “Living in Community”
  • Date:  Saturday, Nov 2,  2013
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Where: Sharingwood Cohousing Community (22105 E Lost Lake Rd  Snohomish, WA 98296, about 20 minutes east of Woodinville)
  • Who: People interested in the intentional community lifestyle, both people from IC’s and those wanting to explore the many new directions of IC’s.
  • Cost: Suggested donation of $10
  • Food: Coffee, tea, and soup will be provided – please bring something to share for a potluck lunch
  • More Information: Call Frances Parks, 206-390-5855

Join us as we explore some of the following questions:

  • What is it like living in a community?
  • What kinds of people do well in community?
  • What are the qualities of a good communitarian?
  • Why do community residents like living in community?
  • What is the balance of privacy and community?
  • What are the important annual events/celebrations in your community?
  • What qualities are communities looking for in new members?
  • How does a community transfer its vision, history, and culture to new members?
  • If you live in a community, how did you discover it?
  • If you live in a community, what was your entry process like?

MAP AND DIRECTIONS

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For directions from your specific location, click on the marker and select “Directions to.”

Sharingwood is about 10 minutes past Woodinville, northeast of Seattle, about 30 minutes from Microsoft or 40 min from Seattle with no traffic. If there is heavy traffic it may take up to another 20 minutes.

From Seattle or Bellevue

  1. Take Hwy 520 or I-90 to I-405 (north)
  2. Go NORTH on I-405 (EVERETT)
  3. Take EXIT 23 to HIGHWAY 522 EAST bound towards MONROE (stay on right side of exit).
  4. Move to middle lane of HIGHWAY 522 and continue. After the highway become single lane, go straight through the first stoplight at Paradise Lake Road (hwy 524) past Texaco/Chevron.
  5. At the second stoplight, turn RIGHT onto ECHO LAKE ROAD. This is a mile past the “mile 18” marker. There is a double yellow flashing sign just before this turn. This is half a mile past the “18 mile” marker.
  6. Stay on ECHO LAKE ROAD for 1.8 miles. Go past Echo Lake golf course, and past Rainbow Grocery General Store (on the left), and go about half a mile.
  7. Turn LEFT on LOST LAKE ROAD. There is yellow sign on the right-side before the turn, which you can see clearly at night. The actual turn is hard to see at night.
  8. Continue on LOST LAKE ROAD for 1.9 miles. The road takes a sharp 10 m.p.h. hair-pin curve becoming W. LOST LAKE ROAD for another half mile. You’ll see the lake to your right if it’s daytime.
  9. The main road turns sharply to the left just past a 15mph yellow sign. At this point, turn RIGHT onto EAST LOST LAKE ROAD (which has a DEAD-END sign clearly visible) and follow it to the end of the road – half a mile.
  10. You’ll hit a speed bump. Slow down there. In a few yards you will enter the Sharingwood Community. The common house is on your left when you get to the first Y in the road.

Visions of Utopia: Screening and Discussion, July 13

Visions Of Utopia DVD
Click on image to visit Visions of Utopia Web site

Geoff Kozeny travelled to hundreds of intentional communities, interviewing many residents about their community experience. The result was a remarkable DVD in which Geoff shares highlights of the history of IC’s (Intentional Communities), insights about what works, and in-depth profiles of 7 contemporary communities, including Ananda Village, Twin Oaks, Breitenbush Hot Springs, Earthaven Ecovillage, and more.

On Saturday, July 13 from 4-6pm,  NICA will present Part One of the DVD set. It is 94 minutes, and will be followed by a discussion on various issues related to this hopeful movement for a better way of life.

 DETAILS

  • Event: Visions of Utopia, Vol 1, screening and discussion
  • Date: Saturday, July 13, 2013
  • Time: 4:00 to 6:00 pm
  • Venue: East West Bookshop (6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115)
  • Cost: Free

MAP and DIRECTIONS

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FIC Executive Secretary Laird Schaub to speak on “Intentional Communities: Past, Present, and Future Directions,” Nov. 15

NICA will sponsor a free public talk on the subject “Intentional Communities: Past, Present, and Future Directions” on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 7 to 8:30pm at the East West Bookshop (6500 Roosevelt NE) in Seattle.

The talk will be given by Laird Schaub, popular speaker on intentional communities and executive secretary of the Fellowship of Intentional Communities (FIC), NICA’s parent organization.

We hope you will join us for this inspiring evening as we explore the dynamic role that the expanding communities movement is having in building a co-operative culture.

DETAILS

  • Event: Intentional Communities: Past, Present, and Future Directions
  • Presenter: Laird Schaub, Executive Secretary, Fellowship of Intentional Communities
  • Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
  • Location: East West Bookshop (6500 Roosevelt NE)
  • Cost: Free

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Transition Town Resources for NICA Fall Gathering 2012

The Transition Movement has spread quickly since it’s initiation in Great Britain, including several efforts here in the Northwest.

Key leadership of the movement in the Pacific Northwest will be leading sessions at the NICA Fall Gathering 2012. See more information here, and register for the event here.

Here are a few reference sites for learning more:

NICA Fall Gathering to Focus on Transitioning: Relationships, Resilience & Sustainability, Oct. 20, 2012

Click on this photo for more information on Transition Towns

UPDATE: Event registration now available!

Register HERE

We’re estimating that we can handle up to 50 participants, so please register as soon as you know you can come!

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Join us at the NICA Fall Gathering on October 20, 2012,  at Wooley Mammoth Community to explore the topic, Transitioning: Relationships, Resilience & Sustainability. 

Many intentional communities (ICs) have led the way in being more sustainable, even if that’s not their stated purpose. Some that have sustainability as a primary goal are finding there is more discussion and more awareness of it in the wider culture.

We’ll look at ways in which attendees might might become more resilient. Come and share your own experiences and insights on how ICs are already more sustainable than most other North American living situations. We’ll also see how we can become more flexible and sustainable culturally as well as with our resources in a future with less oil and petroleum-based products, when we will not be able to depend on cars and long distance delivery systems for our food and other basic needs. Ongoing climate change could result in decaying infrastructures or even crash the globalized economy.

Within the framework of the Transition Movement, set into motion by the book, Transition Towns (first edition 2007) by Rob Hopkins, we’ll engage in a series of conversations to take inventory of our current strengths and challenges, and add ideas into the mix of how we can improve.

We plan to show an introductory video and review what’s been launched right here in our region, with the example of “Transition Whidbey.” Then we propose talking about the skill sets and systems which increase the flow of information between communities for mutual benefit. We may also examine how we can exchange ideas and resources with our happenstance neighbors, the people living and working around us –  gearing up for what may be of necessity more decentralized systems, depending less on larger governmental, corporate or public utility systems.

Current Details (more to follow):

  • Event: NICA Fall Gathering – Transitioning: Relationships, Resilience & Sustainability
  • Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
  • Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Location: Woolley Mammath Community (29148 Outlook Ln Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284)
  • RideShare Coordination: email rideshare@nwcommunities.org
  • Capacity: 50; please register here

Tentative Agenda:

  • Community reports
  • Background on the Transition Movement by David Mcleod,  on of the founders of Transition Whatcom
  • Report on what’s happened in the area since then plus the overlap/synergy of Transition initiatives and intentional community: Jamie Jedinak
  • Discussion: How are we already working in a Transition mode
  • Northwest examples, including intentional communities and other groups
  • Video presentation: Transition Whidbey

Map to Woolley Mammoth Community

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NICA Spring Gathering: Getting Better Results from Meetings, Sat. April 14

You are invited to NICA’s Spring Gathering on Saturday, April 14 at Duwamish Cohousing in West Seattle. The focus of the day will be on how to improve community meetings. We will have discussions and workshops on some of the following:

  • Improving Facilitation skills
  • What is Consensus Decision-Making? The basics
  • Consensus vs. “Consensus-minus-one”
  • The importance of taking good notes
  • Preparing an effective agenda
  • Fun exercises for building community

Details:

  • Event: NICA Spring Gathering-Getting Better Results from Meetings
  • Date: Saturday, April 14, 2012
  • Time: 10am to 4pm
  • Location: Duwamish Co-housing (6000 17th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106)
  • Lunch: Pot Luck
  • Suggested Donation: $10

Map and Directions:

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Driving directions to Duwamish Co-Housing,  6000 17th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
From West Seattle Bridge

1. Head west on W Seattle Bridge (0.2 mi)

2. Take the Delridge Way SW exit toward SW Spokane St/S Seattle Comm. Col (0.2 mi)

3. Slight left onto Delridge Way SW (0.6 mi)

4. Turn left onto SW Oregon St  – 3rd light after the turn onto Delridge (128 ft)

5. Wind up Oregon, the arterial, (it has other names as you go up the hill, 23rd, Dawson) almost to the top of the hill

5. Turn right onto 17th Ave SW – follow the street to the very end (it is a dead end street) and park on the street. You will see a large building, the Common House, on the left.

Alternative and best option for parking

Access from 16th Ave, SW, and lots of on street parking:

You may continue on past 17th Ave; the street curves and becomes 16th Ave SW.  Continue south on 16th past the first sign for the South Seattle Community College; about a block past the first sign, on the left you see steps leading up to the college. Park on the street there.  Just across the street from the steps, you will see a wooden gate opening to a ramp.  Follow the ramp down and you will be in the Duwamish Co-housing  Community.  Turn right on the path and the Common House will be in front of you.

Directions on the bus:

Metro Bus #125 from downtown (it is the #11 coming from Madison Park, changes numbers downtown) comes to the South Seattle Community College entrance (less than a block from Duwamish Co-housing). It is very convenient.

Still need help? Call Frances Parks at 206-390-5855.

Facilitating a Meeting with Care and Skill Workshop, Tree Bressen, Oct. 15

Did you facilitate the monthly meeting only to freeze like a deer in the headlights when a conflict came up or someone acted inappropriately?

This workshop will cover the essentials of what every meeting facilitator needs to know. After going over the basic principles, we’ll practice skills such as reflective listening, how to intervene when someone is speaking too long, dealing with upsets, and other situations as brought forward by workshop participants.

This is a highly interactive workshop–come try out these key skills in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

DETAILS:

  • Event: Facilitating a Meeting with Care and Skill
  • Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Location: Ravenna Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE, 98115); easily accessible by bus. See Metro Trip Planner for bus route assistance.
  • Cost: Gift Economy basis (Pay an amount that feels good and right and fair to you, that you can afford, and that you can give joyfully.)
  • To SIGN UP for or get more information on this workshop, contact Syd by email (gogreen@usa.com) or call 206-679-5342

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