Creating a Vibrant Cohousing Community

5-Week Online Course | Resuming in 2022

Learn all about cohousing! What it is, why it is meaningful, and how to create or join your own cohousing community. This online course will use discussion, presentation, participatory activities, reflection, as well as guided independent learning to explore the concept and practice of cohousing.

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It’s time to build a roadmap, find your people, and jumpstart the development of your cohousing community!

More people than ever are turning to cohousing to reclaim the relational capital and interdependence that traditional communities once offered. As a community founder, you’re a pioneer in a movement that’s changing the social norms of how we live together. There are people waiting for you to bring your vision into the world.

In this comprehensive and interactive course, instructors Mathilde Berthe and Erik Bonnett will equip you with the nuts and bolts experience, skills, and resources you’ll need for success.  Whether you already have some momentum on your cohousing project or are just investigating the possibilities, we’ll dig deep into the practical side of creating a cohousing community and the steps needed to take it from start to finish.

We’ll also dig into what makes cohousing different from other intentional communities and why others are drawn to it, which is critical when it comes to finding your people and getting them on board. By the end of this course, you’ll be well on your way to creating a network of potential collaborators and future residents.

Both Mathilde and Erik have extensive experience in intentional community design and the cohousing movement. We hope you’ll join us on this expedition into what it takes to create a vibrant cohousing community!

Key Course Outcomes

  • Understand the social and physical characteristics that make cohousing successful and a proven roadmap to get there
  • Explore how cohousing deepens personal relationships and enhances sustainability
  • Discover ways cohousing is personally meaningful and what others find compelling about it
  • Form a network of people wanting to create or find cohousing
  • Be ready to plan and launch the development process of your own cohousing community

Meet Your Instructors

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Mathilde Berthe

Mathilde is an architectural designer at Studio Co+hab. Her background in intentional communities design includes working at McCamant and Durrett Architects, who introduced the concept of Cohousing in America. She also helped develop Habitat & Partage, a cooperative that aims to facilitate the emergence of Cohousing projects in France. Between France and the USA, she has visited and contributed to many communities exploring the relationship between design and the social structure of communities. She is experienced in designing workshops and giving public presentations inspired by her diverse experience.


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Erik Bonnett

Erik is a registered architect with deep expertise in sustainability and participatory design. His experience includes facilitating integrated design of groundbreaking LEED and net zero carbon projects, while at Rocky Mountain Institute. His work focuses on integrating the economic, environmental, and social components of sustainability with a focus on equity and empowerment. Erik taught sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective at Montana State University and has published research on cost optimization of energy efficiency. He has worked to design and also found cohousing communities across the United States. Erik is passionate about collaborating with intentional communities and helping them turn their aspirations into reality.

The Online Course Experience

Live Interactive Sessions

Each week will feature a 2-hour live class with the course instructor so you can learn in a dynamic setting and get your questions answered directly. Get ready for interactive presentations, group discussion, small cohort activities and personalized support. Plus, each week there will be bonus sessions with guest speakers and panelists.

Journey with a Cohort

Join participants from around the world who are embarking on creating community for better living and more connection. You’ll have opportunities to network with like-minds and develop a network of support to carry your community project forward. Welcome to your global community of communities.

Deep Learning

Participants will have access to a private online space to connect with the instructor and other students through a discussion forum. Each week new learning materials will be uploaded to the space, including videos, worksheets and articles. You’ll be able to watch previously recorded sessions and stay on track with your weekly assignments.

Course Schedule

Live classes for the November course will take place each week alternating from 4-6pm and noon-2pm Eastern on Tuesdays

You will also have access to three live Bonus Sessions on relevant topics with guest speakers and facilitators scheduled at various times throughout the weeks. Please view the calendar below. All classes and Bonus Session recordings are viewable afterwards.

Sample Bonus Session Topics:

  • Co-Buying Property to Start a Community
  • Legal Models for Intentional Communities
  • Intro to Community Land Trusts
  • Village Economic & Social Justice Structures
  • Class in Community

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