Online Facilitator Training–SG1–Aging Successfully

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Architect and pioneer of senior cohousing in North America, Charles Durrett (McCamant & Durrett Architects) will host Study Group 1 Aging Successfully (SG1) Online Facilitator Training online this fall. The Training is in response to the failure of aging services (especially in housing) to respond effectively to a growing trend in older adults. This population desires more independence and control of their elderhood. The failure of these services results is too many of these capable seniors move to assisted living before their time simply because they lack access to services. The SG1 Facilitator Training is for anyone motivated to be part of a solution in the current senior housing crisis in the U.S. and around the world.

The SG1 Facilitator Training offers experiential learning on aging issues and demonstrates the logistics of creating a supportive housing community. Limited to 20 people, the course allows for one-on-one dialogue and small group exercises, given at a pace tailored to each and every one involved. Participants will learn how to organize and motivate senior groups to take an active role in their housing choices.

“I was very fortunate to participate in Study Group 1…and feel well equipped to train others in my area. [The] program impacted me personally by helping me qualify what will work for me in my retirement and to be proactive in pursuing great options for healthy and productive senior years.” – Sue Smith, SG1 Facilitator

This training will run for 10 weeks, with weekly check-ins every Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Pacific Standard Time. Sign up before September 1 and save $100. Participants will receive coaching from Durrett on how to organize senior groups and gain essential tools to launch senior cohousing in their area. No prior knowledge of cohousing is required. Sign up by visiting

Contact Lindy Sexton at 530-265-9980; [email protected], for more information or to schedule an interview with Mr. Durrett.


About Charles Durrett
Charles Durrett has designed over 50 cohousing communities in North America. He has received many awards, including the UN World Habitat Award and the U.S. National Home Builders Association Award for energy efficiency and smart growth. He is the co-author of Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities, and The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living.

About Cohousing
Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods. Cohousing neighborhoods consist of private homes clustered around shared space. They foster community through deliberate and collaborative resident-management. Senior cohousing communities are exclusively for older residents (typically 55+) with high regard for universal design and aging-in-place. Senior cohousing communities are becoming more popular as current senior housing continues to fall short of providing adequate services and community for seniors.