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EVENTS

Ottawa Cohousing events published here are open to the public.

Some events may require a small cover charge or suggested donation. Some will require registration. 

CONTACT 

info@ottawacohousing.ca

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UPCOMING

July 25, 2024  Meeting MARGARET!

... the co-author of Community-Led Housing: A Cohousing Development Approach 

Margaret will be speaking of her new book, co-authored with Ronaye Matthew, drawing from the experience she has had in kick-starting her own cohousing community in Sooke, BC and then as a Community Building Facilitator with Cohousing Development Consulting.

 

Thursday, July 25 - 7pm - 8pm ET / doors at 6:30pm

Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre - 345 Richmond Rd. 

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Are you ready to find out what it takes to make a cohousing group work? 

Register Here:

 

This event is free to attend, donations at the door are appreciated to help cover event costs. 

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SATURDAY, May 11, 2024

Lo and Linda representing with the presentation: Cohousing Communities: making connections and reaping benefits

We made valuable connections with professionals involved in the Tiny Home community, drew inspiration from the ambiance tiny home residents can make with their small spaces, and were surprised by the extent to which modern toiletry seems to be taken for granted!

 

https://tinyhome.show/ottawa/

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MAY 4, 2024 - Fiddlehead Commons INFORMATION AFTERNOON

Our forming cohousing group, Fiddlehead Commons, opened Almonte's town hall to welcome a room full of curious potential community members. With help from Ottawa Cohousing's  directing manager, Linda Kruus, and architect, Rosaline Hill, we offered kind insight and information about what Cohousing is, and all the potential it offers for both community and home building.

 

We met varying levels of curiosity and involvement with the concept, and even began to imagine what our dream communities could be. There was talk of shared gardens, kitchens and art spaces! 

march 2024 - BOOK LAUNCH

Loger à la Même Adresse 
 

Independent Journalist and author, Gabrielle Anctil, presented to a packed room, introducing her research into intentional communities and introducing her newly published book. Written in accessible French, Gabrielle speaks to Intentional Community living, joining forces in the face of the housing crisis, isolation and poverty, based on research and personal experience.

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Great Rivers Cohousing  MEET and GREET

Great Rivers Cohousing Group hosted a welcoming event for anyone interested in their group and cohousing in general.  Springing forth from this very well attended event is a new cohort of Spring Explorers to the group!

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Saturday, December 2, 2023
Intake Holiday SOCIAL

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Great Rivers Cohousing WELCOMING EVENT

Our Urban Walkable Multigenerational Group welcomed 9 new households as Explorers!

This cohort of Explorers will participate in Group social get togethers and project meetings from September to December, 2023.  By the end of this year they will individually decide if they are ready to become Core members.

Space Travel

Are you ready to explore Cohousing? 

April, 2023 - SPRING SOCIAL

Looking for the photos for this very happening event. Fun was had by all. 

February, 2023 - The Gathering v.2

Fantastic turn out!

Fantastic panel

of cohousing residents and consultants who generously shared their knowledge and experiences in forming and living in a cohousing  community.

We all came out of this discussion richer in community and more focused on direction.

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Contact Ottawa Cohousing for the recording of the event!

January, 2023 - IKEA Dine and Design

Rosaline Hill, is a master of downsizing and Ikea provides an opportune setting to see how we can all manager in smaller than we think spaces.  Discover the pre set rooms they have arranged.

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December, 2022 - Intake SOCIAL

🎶 OH what fun, we had tonight, in a one room open space. 🎶

 

The cohousing curious and afficionados came out in numbers and packed our event with questions and great conversations.

The Great Rivers Cohousing group REPRESENTED their vision, their thoughtfulness and their new name!  (Group A is no longer....)

Some things we discovered.... 

Katherine can 'work' a room!

The Clocktower has delicious Korean cauliflower!

Linda likes trivia!

People have super and similar ideas of what they want to share in community!

Rosaline rocks a Q and A session!

October/November, 2022 - Do It Like the Danes! 

Here is what our attendees said of our conversation with the Danish cohousing community....

"Thank you all; it was very informative." P.E. 

"It was so informational, interesting and encouraging for cohousing in Ottawa... we could have had another hour of discussions with our Danish friends, and with everyone who participated."

K.C..

"I appreciate now that it is also very difficult to get things going even in a forward thinking society like Denmark"

J.Y.

"So glad you are having all these events." S.M.. 

"Thank you to everyone for their involvement and learning!!" S.Y.

"Thank you to all panelists and to Ottawa Cohousing for organizing."

J. 

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SEPTEMBER, 2022 - Sustainability Showcase & Electric Vehicle Exhibition

What a super turn out!  It was so great to see new and familiar faces at the Ottawa Cohousing table at the Sustainability Showcase, organized by the SMARTNet Alliance.

You certainly kept us busy at this one of a kind Ottawa event featuring business' and organizations focused on offering sustainability solutions in the region.

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Ottawa Cohousing was on hand to explain how Cohousing communities, as a housing choice, aligns with those seeking to reduce their negative environmental impact.

For further information on cohousing as a sustainable housing option, you can listen to the Green Drinks event on Sustainable Housing that we were part of in August 2022.

AUGUST, 2022 - Getting your Ducks in a Row

LYSA DIXON mortgage specialist and resident of Little Mountain Cohousing led attendees through the intimidating process of financing required to create cohousing communities.  

An invaluable source of information, Lysa may be consulted by those seeking guidance on how to approach personal financing in the process of creating a cohousing community. 

Mortgage Professional, TMG Averbach Mortgages

604 817 1751

lysa@averbachmortgages.com

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Lysa is a BC licensed Mortgage Professional

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JULY, 2022 - Soul Sister under construction Tour

July, 2022, participants in the tour gathered together and were split into 4 groups to get personalized tours of the site by the Soul Sisters.

Enormous thanks to the Soul Sisters and their construction workers who assisted with the tour to answer all the curious questions. This event was a pivotal inspiration to many who attended.

Photos from the tour can be found on the Examples of Cohousing page.

Article in All Things Home

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JUNE, 2022 .... Building Better Solstice BBQ

Ottawa Cohousing and our interested clients paid homage to the longest day of the year, as we joined with three leading Green Builders in our region for dinner and chatter on sustainability

A big THANK YOU to all who braved the soggy weather to make our cozy and informative event.

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MAY, 2022 - "MAKING IT WORK"  Insights into Group Dynamics

WOW! Our speakers delivered as promised a thorough and clear discussion on Group Dynamics involved in cohousing!

For those continuing on with us into Affinity groups, you will find much of this valuable shared insight and information incorporated into our Group lessons. A big thank you to Suzanne and Kathy and all who attended this very civil and engaging event.

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Contacts for our guest speakers:

Kathy McGrenera

kmcgrenera@gmail.com

Suzanne Gagnon 

suzannegagnon@connectionmatters.ca

APRIL, 2022 - PUB Party Room PLAY  Social

We were very happy to engage with our small group during Happy Hour at the Barley Mow!

While a larger crowd had been anticipated, the intimacy of a small group allowed for cross connecting together, deep learning about cohousing in general, and who Ottawa Cohousing is specifically.

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We are already looking forward to our next opportunity to share Cohousing Trivia with all of our friends in cohousing!  Such an entertaining way to learn about cohousing and related items.

MARCH, 2022 : The Architecture of Community

Thank you to all our lovely guests who joined us for an active and participatory session on design for community!

Rosaline engaged our group of communitarians in identifying what architectural features make for a cohousing community, what constraints tend to be a challenge and how design decisions can impact costs. 

It was a real delight to see everyone in person to share thoughts and appetites, (creative and actual), together.

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FEBRUARY, 2022 : The Gathering 

We asked and they came! 

Our panel of cohousing residents joined us from their various homes across the country.

For the attending Ottawa resident cohousing Wanna-be's or cohousing Not-so-sure's, our panelists dropped pearls of wisdom and lived lessons into our ears.  We are so grateful to have spent this valuable time with them.

 

The after panel show continued with the learning and discussions and comparisons.  

JANUARY, 2022 INTRO LAUNCH !

Our opening event was a great success.

Thank you to everyone who participated.  We really appreciate the healthy turn out of interested attendees.  For those that missed the event, or if you need a recap, see here for a link to the recording.

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/PqTkFRsKd80wLisKYWKU1AvVITeAuJcvE8XDe6k52PkEzJPZA3P7Mi_oFOOB1GTW.6CFyeIIsCbrkgwoL 

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