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Events

Cohousing coffee chat

Coffee chat are resuming at VanDusen Park.

Come get to know members of our community and learn more about OUV on August 28 at Truffles café at VanDusen Gardens from 10:30 am to noon. This informal gathering is an opportunity to come and meet a few members of our group and ask your cohousing questions.

Planning to attend? Please RSVP to ouvmembership@gmail.com so we can know to expect you!

Cohousing is a community centred around social connections. We privately own our individual units, while our shared common house and courtyard are the social heart. We’re committed to regular shared meals. We value inclusivity, diversity and enjoy our vibrant urban neighbourhood. Meet with us to learn more about our project over coffee!

 

Meet and greet at Quilchena Park

We’re growing into a tight-knit community, and we’d like to bring our next four households into the fray as soon as we can! If you’ve toyed with the idea of engaging: get to know us at a social event, a low-key way to see if the community might appeal to you.

When: August 20, 2021
Time: 5:30 – 7pm
Where: Quilchena Park – at 33rd Ave and the Arbutus Greenway – near the playground.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to ouvmembership@gmail.com.

If you are hesitant about meeting in person, we fully understand. Please feel free to reach out to us and we can chat over the phone, zoom or meet one on one safely distanced.

Meet and greet at Quilchena Park

This month we’re taking advantage of the nicer weather in Vancouver and meeting at Quilchena Park. We’re growing into a tight-knit community, and we’d like to bring our next four households into the fray as soon as we can! If you’ve toyed with the idea of engaging: get to know us at a social event, a low-key way to see if the community might appeal to you.

When: August 6, 2021
Time: 5:30 – 7pm
Where: Quilchena Park – at 33rd Ave and the Arbutus Greenway – near the playground.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to ouvmembership@gmail.com.

If you are hesitant about meeting in person, we fully understand. Please feel free to reach out to us and we can chat over the phone, zoom or meet one on one safely distanced.

Meet and greet at Quilchena Park

Now that BC is in Phase 3 of the COVID-19 plan and the weather is glorious, we are meeting in person at Quilchena Park. We are growing our tight-knit community of 8 households and would love to find our final four. If you are interested in cohousing, have questions or simply want to meet us, come and join us at Quilchena park July 16. We will be located near the playground.

When: Jul 16, 2021
Time: 5:30 – 7pm
Where: Quilchena Park – at 33rd Ave and the Arbutus Greenway –  near the playground.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to ouvmembership@gmail.com.

If you are hesitant about meeting in person, we fully understand. Please feel free to reach out to us and we can chat over the phone, zoom or meet one on one safely distanced.

Curious about cohousing lite?

Victoria Urban Village is hosting an event this Saturday June 12, 10:30 am – noon. One of our OUV members, Kathy Sayers will be discussing Canada’s first ‘cohousing lite’ community.

When Kathy’s group thought about launching a cohousing community in Vancouver, 3 things became apparent immediately.

  • They would need to guarantee a loan on up to 7.5 million dollars to secure the 3 lots usually required for cohousing.
  • They would need to make all the hiring, marketing and design decisions to build it.
  • And, most cohousing efforts fail (up to 80%).

Kathy will talk about how they searched for a less risky and time-consuming way to build an urban cohousing community by partnering with an innovative developer who already owned land. Her talk will cover how they found their developer, built a trusting relationship, overcame hurdles and roadblocks, and discovered what worked and what didn’t. She will also explore how they differ from traditional cohousing and the tradeoffs we had to make.

If you’ve imagined yourself in cohousing, here’s your chance to learn more about our unique brand (first of its kind in Canada). We’re breaking ground SOON and still have units available. Contact us to find out more about our community.

Contact Victoria Urban Village to RSVP.

Such stuff as dreams are made on

The Calgary European Film Festival in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum is bringing a unique documentary about the co-housing movement in Austria to Canada!

Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On is a documentary about self-organized and self-managed housing projects in Austria, which formed in the 1960s. Through interviews with participants and residents of these individual housing projects, the film examines their social and economic demands, sociopolitical significance, and insight into the small and large daily conflicts, discussions and benefits of life in a collective.

The film will be streaming Canada wide as part of the 9th Calgary European Film Festival Online Edition from November 7 to 15.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Calgary European film festival website

Southlands pumpkin patch

Fall is upon us, so this month OUV will be meeting up for a pumpkiny good time at Southlands Heritage Farm in Vancouver.

We’ll be attending rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather.

Friday, October 9th – 5:30-6:30

We recommend purchasing tickets in advance here: Southlands Heritage Farm October Pumpkin Patch

November Zoom coffee chat

If we’ve learned anything from COVID-19 is that we all know how to Zoom. Although we miss meeting in person, Zoom does have its advantages. No need to dress up too fancy or search for a place to park your bike come to mind. If you’re interested in finding out about cohousing and pressed for time, our Zoom coffee chat might be just the thing for you. Join us between 10 – 11:30 on Saturday, November 7. Come and meet us and ask your questions over coffee – Brew Your Own!

Planning to attend? Please fill out our contact form so we can know to expect you!

The nuts and bolts of community

Presented by the Cohousing Association of the United States, this online event will discuss the systems that make our communities work. Everything from budgeting, to work day planning, capital reserves, to paying for common meals.

Save the date now for a full day of “how to”s and cohousing stories. You won’t want to miss this informative event.

This event will take place online via Zoom from 9am – 3pm PST.

Visit the cohousing.com website for more information and to register.

Meet and Greet and Picnic at Quilchena Park

We’re growing into a tight-knit community, and we’d like to bring our next six households into the fray as soon as we can! If you’ve toyed with the idea of engaging: get to know us at a social event, a low-key way to see if the community might appeal to you.

Saturday, June 27 – 4:00-6:00pm
Quilchena Park – at 33rd Ave and the Arbutus Greenway – find us near the playground.
Socially distanced / please BYO food!
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to ouvmembership@gmail.com.