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IMG_0518Warm, sunny weather was late in coming to New England this year. But that did not deter the intrepid Wombats from heading north the first weekend in May—into the cold, dark and wet woods of New Hampshire for our annual weekend getaway.

If you knew us, you’d know we find beauty everywhere and enjoyed exploring the woods outside of Wolfesboro and the little village on the lake.

What do we do on our retreats, you ask?

Mostly, retreats serve as an opportunity to reset and regroup on issues we identify throughout the year as needing our attention—everything from developing better communication skills to updating/refining or devising new policies and procedures. Most important is the time we spend together for camaraderie—cooking, games and hanging out sampling local brews, coffees, recipes, etc.

One of the more memorable moments this year was an exercise in developing empathy through listening. First, we paired up and spent an hour one-on-one discussing our personal stories with two separate partners. Then we met to recount our partners’ stories—identifying some key messages and takeaways, and the process by which we improve our listening. Without getting into too much detail, the exercise provided good learning around empathic listening, something we’ve identified as an critical skill to building a successful cooperative environment.

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We had a wonderful party on the Saturday night of Halloween weekend. Tons of people came over.

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Everyone was generous and we raised over $650 for the Lambi Fund – to help with huricaine recovery in Haiti.

Thank you to everyone who got into the spirit of the holiday and dressed up – it was a lot of fun.

Thank you to all who brought goodies to the party and to those who were able to make a donation.

See you (or your alter-ego) next year!

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Summer is here!

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Summer is here and we are enjoying some pleasant Wednesday dinner’s on our back deck. Never wanting to adhere to the regular “norms” of others, here’s a view looking up from the deck of our natural tree canopy that offers much appreciated shade in the summertime.

We have now found out 11th housemate to move-in on Sept 1. Stay tuned for updates on our recent changes at the CCC!

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At our house retreat last weekend, we had fun and explored the ice-covered Lake Winnepesaukee. It was a lot of fun. This is a “groupie” shot.

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We are looking for a new housie – to start 5.1.15!

If you know of an interactive community-oriented mindfully gregarious clean-kitchen-loving and witty kind of person looking for a new place, let us know!

Take a look at our Join page. You can find our application there.

Thanks!

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The House now has a big Jenga-like toy where you try to build a tower by taking parts from the lower levels and stacking them on to the top. It’s fun!

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Hello Everyone!

We are celebrating our 50th Anniversary on July 13th.

We’d like to invite all the cooperative people we can find to a pot-luck dinner at our house at 6pm. We will be cooking up a storm, so if you can’t bring anything to eat, you’ll still be fine. It will be vegetarian and there will be options for diet-constrained folks. But if you like to bring food to events because you love to cook and share, by all means, that is the “luck” part of the pot-luck so thankyee kindly and we’ll have a special place at the table!

At 8pm, we’ll have a jam band musical extravaganza, so bring your instruments, too.

Then, around 9 or so, we’ll try to have a dance party. Of course, it might start earlier, or it might start later. But at any rate, that’s the intention.

Please email us at cambridgecoop@gmail.com if you are interested in attending and we can give you our address. Thank you!

See you soon,

The Wombats!

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Above: one of our founders describing how they organized to buy the house 50 years ago!

Thanks, Fred!

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