NICA Spring Gathering (In Person) May 7th 2022

NICA’s Spring Gathering Saturday May 7, 2022

Join us In-Person on Vashon Island from 10 am to 5 pm.
Vashon CoHousing, 10421 SW Bank Rd, WA 98070 
Featuring Yana Ludwig on Cooperative Culture & Betty Martin on the Consent Wheel

Please join us IN PERSON, AT LAST, for Community Networking, Updates on Existing and Forming Communities, Online Companionship, Tips on Building Resilience, and Promoting Intentional Communities as a Public Good.

NICA’s 2022 Spring Gathering, themed: “Renewing society through community”, brings together experienced community members with community seekers to learn about, engage with and practice the cooperative living skills that will enable everyone to survive and thrive during challenging times. Speakers Yana Ludwig and Betty Martin will share from their wealth of knowledge and experience, and we’ll interact in small groups to model the ideas we’ve gained.

Please bring food to share for a potluck lunch or food you can eat. Existing communities: please select a spokesperson to report briefly on your community’s recent history and current status. Carpooling is encouraged, public transportation is convenient for most. [note: both Eventbrite and Facebook event pages include maps with directions]   Pre-Registration is required as the space is limited. We are looking forward to being together again.

Contribution rates:

$15 for individuals or we invite you to renew or become a member of NICA.

Northwest Intentional Communities Association  – (NICA), is an educational 501c3 nonprofit organization.
NICA’s Mission is to grow and support Intentional Communities in Cascadia bioregion, to make visible the many models of successful, intentionally cooperative ways of living that exist here. We coordinate the exchange of knowledge about Intentional Communities not only to showcase how they benefit members’ lives, but to foster ecological, economic and social sustainability in the wider culture.

Annual individual membership in NICA is $15,  which includes free registration for this event.

$25 for community membership which includes free registration for all members of that community.

Free for NICA members, including members of member communities, and for members of Vashon CoHousing. Additional donations will be greatly appreciated.

Keynote speaker: Yana Ludwig “Cooperative Culture: a north star of deep social change and social justice work.”

Yana Ludwig, a well-known activist, organizer, author and consultant, has written two books and many articles on cooperative culture as an essential part of our survival. Her 2013 TEDx talk and 2015 national speaking tour were both on sustainable community, and she placed 2nd in the Democratic primary for US Senate in Wyoming in 2020.  She will present some tangible skills we can use to sustain and promote cooperative culture.

Yana’s workshop will address the nature and embodiment of cooperative culture as an essential part of any sustainability initiative. We hope to practice some of these specific skills during the gathering to inspire all of us to make effective use of them in
our lives.

Speaker: Betty Martin “Why we don’t ask for what we want, and how that affects community life”

Betty is a founder of Vashon Cohousing (30 years ago) and a retired sex coach turned consent educator. Her book, – The Art of Receiving and Giving: The Wheel of Consent, outlines a new model of consent.

She will lead us through a fun game of “Why we don’t ask for what we want” and a discussion/inquiry into what effect that has on community living.


Ferry schedule on Saturday May 7th:

From Fauntleroy terminal in West Seattle:  – Click here (we recommend the 9:15am or 8:25am ferry)
From Point Defiance terminal in Tacoma:  – Click here (we recommend the 9:25am or 8:15am ferry)
From Southworth terminal: Click here:  – Click here (we recommend the 9:05am ferry)

If you take an earlier ferry and arrive early at Vashon CoHousing, you can enjoy some extra networking time with NICA Board members and other early arrivals over coffee, as early as 8:30am.


Please park on the street outside Vashon CoHousing. There should be plenty of street parking on the south side of SW Bank Rd, to the west of Vashon CoHousing’s entrance. There should be signage on the street for NICA parking, please rely on them.