How cohousing is good for your personal growth - Aug 5 online event 7 pm
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TCCN News from Twin Cities Cohousing Network

August 2020

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Karen Gimnig - image used with permission

Free online interactive event - sign up now and get the link

How living in cohousing fuels personal growth
via Zoom on Wed., Aug. 5th - 7 to 8 pm (free)

Join us online for a brief informative video (15 min) and then a live conversation about the personal growth potential of life in community. This is being offered free of charge.

Karen Gimnig, from CohoUSA, in this pre-recorded web chat (runtime ~15 minutes) delves into several ways that life in cohousing has provided opportunities for personal growth for herself and for others in the communities she consults with. The short presentation will be followed immediately by a chance to discuss the topic live among ourselves.

Registration is open. Register here. There is no charge to attend.
Wed., Aug. 5, 2020 from 7 to 8 pm
Your invitation to join the secure Zoom meeting on August 5th will be sent to the email address you provide in the registration form.

Guest speaker: Karen Gimnig, co-chair of the Cohousing Association of the United States ( shares her own growth story, which is ongoing, and the experiences she has had as a facilitator providing mediation services for communities.

Attendees to the online "Personal Growth: Maybe the Most Important Reason for Cohousing” event are encouraged to share their reactions, thoughts and questions with other Zoom participants after we view the recorded presentation.

Register now.


This virtual event is Twin Cities Cohousing Network's
quarterly information presentation.
Please join us

Rev Al Sharpton speaking at George Floyd memorial
The Rev. Al Sharpton speaking at George Floyd memorial - 'Get your knee off our necks'

TCCN Board statement on confronting white supremacy

We, the board of Twin Cities Cohousing Network, have been meeting to talk about and process what the killing of George Floyd and the world-wide anger and opportunity for global change means to us and to Twin Cities Cohousing Network. We want to listen, respond, and be part of the solution.

The mission of TCCN is to conduct education, outreach and engagement with individuals, families and organizations in order to advance the development of high quality, sustainable cohousing communities in the Greater Twin Cities area.

We recognize that this mission has been primarily accessible to middle-class white people, and needs to be reconsidered and become accessible to all.

As a start, we--as individuals and as a board--are committed to educating ourselves about racism and white supremacy. Here are some resources that we have looked at lately.

With gratitude and hope,
Becca Brackett
Brian PaStarr
Brooke Dierkhising
Kathy Ahlers
Lynn Englund

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Monterey Cohousing Community expansion talks continue

Currently the only built cohousing community in the Twin Cities, Monterey Cohousing is responding to recent interest by more people to join their community by moving toward an expansion that will add a number of newly constructed housing units.
Members and prospective members are deeply involved in this process. There is room for another household or two, and now would be a great time to get involved so that your preferences are considered.

Located in St Louis Park, Monterey hosts occasional virtual & social-distanced information sessions. Reach them via the contact form on their website, Facebook, or call and talk to a real person at 952-479-0660.

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Cedar Cohousing (formerly called Bassett Creek) - socially distanced OUTDOOR picnic coming up on Sat., Aug. 15th at noon

Cedar Cohousing invites all who are interested to attend a socially distanced, bring-your-own-everything (mask, lawn chair, food, plate, utensils, beverage) outdoor picnic at Wabun picnic area in Minnehaha Park, at noon on Sat., August 15, 2020 to find out about their core group's current vision and status.

There is no shelter reserved; look for the Danish flag (see photo at end of article) and US flag to find the group. The group will enjoy sociability while following distance guidelines, and they add that sociable dogs on leashes also are welcome.

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Cedar Cohousing LLC has been gaining ground, continuing to attract interested families, couples and individuals. They now have 17 interested households, and eight of those have invested as Members.

Members, "Explorers," and interested folks all are welcome. Wabun is a nice place to talk and visit; there is a kids play area, as well. Note: the wading pool is closed, as are bathrooms--PortaPotties only. You may wish to bring your own hand sanitizer.

For more infomation, please call the Cedar Coho information line:
(612) 524-8003 and/or explore their website, which has a contact form for joining their e-newsletter list.

At the picnic, look for these flags, a large Danish flag (which one of Cedar's members just happens to have) and a small US flag. They're simply to make the group easy to find:

Danish flag which has field of red and an offset white cross, and a small US flag
In the media:
Get a peek at Monterey Cohousing in St Louis Park, and hear Becca Brackett talking about Cedar Cohousing (formerly Bassett Creek Cohousing) in this report that Channel 5 News did in summer 2019. View now.

You can donate through our Twin Cities Cohousing Network page on Go to and search for "Twin Cities Cohousing Network" with the magnifying-glass search tool, or use this link. Every contribution is used to the utmost and very much appreciated. Please consider a gift to TCCN. Thank you.

Deadline for next TCCN News--August 22

If you have an idea for TCCN News, or are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please contact us at Deadline for the next issue is August 22. At this time, only editorial content is published. Ads are not accepted.

Items are selected according to Twin Cities Cohousing Network's mission and the communication circle's guidelines, and may be refused or edited. Ideally, an item would be 50-80 words in length, and include an image for which you have copyright ownership or written permission (license) to use.

Please include a contact name, email and/or phone number for us to reach you with questions, and also let us know if those or other contact means (e.g., Twitter handle) can be published with your piece in case a reader wishes to get more information.

Core group contact page

Core groups have formed, and more are forming. See a list of core groups with contact information on our website,

Cohousing in the media

A hearty welcome to all of our recent subscribers. Here’s the link to an MPR News story about cohousing (4:32) from December 2019, in case you missed it.

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