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In our last newsletter, we told you that we hired Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions. We've started working with her, and she'll be guiding us as we build our new neighbourhood. It's the start of a beautiful friendship.

We're also excited about some potential sites that we've identified in Peterborough. Watch this space - you'll be the first to know as soon as we've found the right one.

Meanwhile, it's summer. Finally. The first of our two Summer Socials is this weekend, and the forecast looks spectacular. Here are the details. Why not join us?

Yes, summer's here, but we're keeping busy. We've just completed our Study Group 1: Aging Successfully workshops, which many view as essential to the process of building a tightly integrated, caring community. We definitely agree.

If you want to know what such a community looks like, take a peek at how other cohousing communities have made that happen.

Of course, it's happening here in Peterborough too, and we'd love to tell you about the progress we're making. Come to our July orientation and business meeting to find out more.

As a growing community we welcome anyone who wants to join our adventure. If you're looking for a place where you know your neighbours, one that offers a rich sense of community while respecting your privacy and autonomy, you might just be looking for Kawartha Commons.

Ready to sign up? Want to learn more? Contact us at (add us to your address book), or visit us at

Let's talk!

We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community. ― Dorothy Day

Kawartha Commons Summer Socials

The sun is shining, the days are warmer (never mind those pesky mosquitoes), and it's time for fun.  We firmly believe in enjoying ourselves, and we always like to meet new people, so we hope you'll join us for good food and good fellowship at our Summer Socials.

There will be potluck dinners at both, so here's your chance to show off your best culinary creation. Please don't forget to bring a list of ingredients for people with food sensitivities.

Our first social is this weekend, at
Kris, Marc, Becky and Mathew’s place:
  • When: Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 2:00pm; dinner is at 6:30pm
  • Where: #50, Fire Route 11, Buckhorn ON
  • What to bring: bathing suits and towels, shoes for hiking, jackets and pants for bonfire time, musical instruments for fireside singalongs, beverages of choice (alcoholic or otherwise)
  • Kids and pets are welcome: Kris and Marc have two dogs
  • Overnight guests are welcome too: contact Marc or Kris at 705-657-3617 or 416-884-3617 for more information.
Our second Summer Social will be at Linda and Al Slavin's home on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 2:00pm at 3749 Wallace Point Road, Peterborough. Watch for our next newsletter for more details.

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Study Group One: Aging Successfully

“If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want; you are eventually going to be forced to spend a LOT of time dealing with a life you don’t want.”

That quote from Kevin Ngo nicely summarizes the thinking behind Study Group One: Aging Successfully (SG1). Designed by Katie McCamant and Chuck Durrett (along with Katie, North America's foremost expert on cohousing), SG1 is an intensive workshop where participants work together to define what it means to age successfully.

We offered the course in two tracks: a series of ten weekly sessions (attended mostly by Peterborough residents), and a retreat (for those who couldn't attend the weekly series) in which all the weekly topics were covered in one weekend.

Topics covered included:
  • Realities of Getting Older
  • Care: Co-Care and Outside Support
  • Economics of Getting Older
  • Philosophy, Spirituality, and Mortality
  • "Sage-ing" - Sharing our Wisdom
  • Taking Action, Taking Risks.
Our workshop facilitators were Jill Jones, KCC member and Learning and Development Consultant of 36 years; and Kate Coulter, co-owner of GerontoLogis, who co-facilitated the weekend retreat with Jill. Both are certified SG1 facilitators.

Jill and Kate did an excellent job. Through conversation and mutual learning, the workshops made us aware of the issues facing us as we age; helped to us get out of denial; and encouraged us to prepare for aging, appreciate it, and embrace all of its realities.

More than anything else, however, the workshops forged strong new bonds between each of us members. We learned a great deal about each other, including how much we truly like each other.

That was reflected in the comments from some of the participants:
  • The part of the weekend I enjoyed the most was bonding with everyone, and seeing that others shared many of my hopes and fears
  • Talking about mortality, eating together, being vulnerable
  • This was a great opportunity for us to become a tight group
  • It was an amazing group with great chemistry.
And a big shout-out to Suzanne and Rick for holding the retreat at their beautiful cottage in Haliburton. Their hospitality knew no bounds, and no one went hungry either.

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This is What Cohousing Success Looks Like

Cohousing has been around for several years now, and it continues to spread across North America. Here in Ontario, there are at least two completed communities, and another half-dozen in development, which includes KCC.

The province where cohousing has really taken hold is British Columbia. The websites of three communities there give you a good idea of what a determined and well-organized group of cohousers can accomplish.

Creekside Commons and Pacific Gardens are great examples of successful, sustainable communities (established 2004 and 2009, respectively). Raven's Crossing, still in development, is a little further along than KCC (but we're right behind them!). Their website is a good snapshot of a community that is well on its way to success.

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Come See What We're All About

Like any other cohousing community, we are working hard to make Kawartha Commons a strong, sustainable organization. And like most cohousing groups, we take care to make all our major decisions as a group at our monthly business meetings.

The best way to learn more about us is to attend one of our business meetings. All are welcome; we only ask that you first attend an Orientation Session.

Our next meeting is from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday, July 21 at Activity Haven, 180 Barnardo Avenue in Peterborough (enter through the back door). When the meeting's done, we'll sit down for a potluck dinner, and the day ends at 6:00pm.

If you haven't attended an Orientation yet, we're holding one before our July 21 business meeting, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm at the same location.

You can find out more at We look forward to telling you more about us.

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