Community Updates
2022
The "burning souls" of CGB spent many hours reevaluating the community vision, mission, and values as well as the membership process.  

Having halted orientations while this work was underway, online orientations via Zoom will begin again July 13 and monthly orientations will resume on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM ET.  Those interested in attending can contact us at baltocoho@gmail.com to obtain the zoom link.

 
Second offering of Senior Cohousing Cohort Study Group 1

In January 2022, CGB presented Study Group 1. Based on Charles Duratt's groundbreaking The Senior Cohousing Handbook, the study group helps members get to know one another and explore the various issues that are central to the development of a successful senior cohousing neighborhood. Study Group 1 was conducted for the second time during the existence of CGB and will be conducted again in the future as the group grows

In small groups and in the group as a whole, participants explored questions such as:

  • “How much privacy do we need and how do we ask for it?”

  • “What do we know about giving and receiving care?”

  • “What do we know about how we communicate and negotiate, and what do we think we’d like to learn?”

 

Questions like these help us get to know ourselves and one another better in rich ways—like who is Not A Morning Person and who Really Needs Alone Time (but who should probably be checked on if she hasn’t appeared in a few days) and who are our happiest cooks, handiest repair-folks, exercisers, and dog-walkers.

The course was well received and was acknowledged as an excellent opportunity to get to know one another better, especially during the pandemic.

Another offering of Study Group 1 will be made available when a sufficient number of new members are available.

Study Group 2 will focus on the mechanics of structural development and design, and Study Group 3 will help with policy development for a vibrant, ongoing community. 

Our CGB Coho-Godmother, Katie McCamant

Katie earned her BA in Architecture at UC Berkeley and completed her graduate work at the Royal Academy of Art and Architecture in Denmark. In 1987, she cofounded McCamant & Durrett Architects/The CoHousing Company, and embarked on her career in cohousing development. In 1988, she coauthored Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, which essentially introduced this housing model to North America.

 

Since then, Katie has designed and developed dozens of cohousing communities in the United States and Canada. In 2011, she coauthored Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities, which recounts lessons learned after of two decades of the work. She has published many articles and chapters in other books; she was a founding board member of The Cohousing Association of the United States and co-chaired several of their national conferences. She has been recognized as a Dwell Leader by Dwell magazine, and in 2008 she was named Developer of the Year by The Cohousing Association. And, of course, after living in Doyle Street Cohousing in Emeryville, California, for twelve years, Katie now lives at Nevada City Cohousing, both communities she founded.

 
2021

Fall - Several members participated in the 10-week course in Sociocracy offer by Diana Leafe Christian

Diana Leafe Christian is an author, and nationwide speaker and workshop presenter on starting new ecovillages, on sustainability, on building communities, and on governance by sociocracy. She lives in an off-grid homestead at Earthaven Ecovillage in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, U.S.

Christian is the author of two books, Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, and Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community.  The course was an excellent resource to assist CGB members in using Sociocracy for governance and decision making.

2020

January: business meeting to review our preferences for a site, in preparation for meetings with city and county planning commissions.

February: Last in person meeting before Covid 19 hit! Meeting by Zoom is not as much fun! Nevertheless we persevere.

July: Flurry of work to vet a promising site. 

2019

Besides all the wonderful shared meals and the hard work by our committees, here's 2019 in a recap:

Earlier in the year, we held multiple structured sessions exploring issues in aging and spirituality, using the Durant Study Group 1 model, led by Joyce. We learned a lot about ourselves and each other.  

 

In March Mike was interviewed by The Beacon, a local monthly newspaper for Baltimore seniors, in an article "Co-housing: a different kind of Community". Check it out at  https://www.thebeaconnewspapers.com

 

June's jam session with guitars, banjo, fiddle, recorder and drum, not to mention some excellent voices for the song-alongs was a big success!

 

In August we went to the 32nd St (Waverly) market on 2 Saturdays. It was fun to talk with a wide swath of the community about cohousing. 

In October we announced that we have partnered with Katie McCamant of Cohousing Solutions. Katie has helped developed numerous cohousing communities, and we know she will be a big help in moving us forward. In November we had our first Zoom meeting with Katie.