Sage Cohousing International is a 501c3 non-profit that promotes cohousing for people 50+ years of age.
Our Core Principles
We believe that vibrant communities of people result in increased pleasure in life, vitality and life-long learning.
We believe that a space is defined by dimensions other than mere physical measurements like height, width and depth. A well-designed community and interior create an atmosphere that expresses your values, views and life philosophy.
We bring a combination of ingenuity, curiosity and on-demand creativity to our work with communities and leaders – all focused on delivering clarity from the inside out.
Dale Joel's background is rooted in Minnesota. Beginning with a career in counseling, Joel also gained experience in real estate, construction, and the stock market, before becoming a commercial real estate developer. His strengths include creativity and storytelling, which translate well when engaging others to dream big. He enjoys guiding the process of turning a site into something bigger, especially when it results in community enhancement. Joel now resides with his wife, Julie, in St George, Utah where he is creating a cohousing community with neighbors and friends. Joel is excited about the opportunity to use his experience as a developer to support senior cohousing throughout the country.
Charles Durrett, with Kathryn McCamant, introduced the concept of cohousing to the U.S. with their book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves. They coined the word “cohousing” for which they are credited in the Oxford English Dictionary. Charles recently authored, Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Independent Living-The Handbook.
Charles has designed over fifty cohousing communities in the United States, including Muir Commons, the first cohousing community in North America. He has also consulted on many more around the world. His work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Architecture, and a wide variety of other publications.
Charles’ career as an architect has led him into the areas of urban design, town planning, and community development. He says, “Beauty is a key part of our job. People preserve, protect, maintain, and revitalize what they love. They love what is beautiful.”
Gail Bagley is a consultant for a non-profit providing referral services and classes to older adults. Previously she was the Director of Educational Programs for a home care agency. She lives in Lakeland, FL.
As a Master Food and Nutrition Program volunteer, Gail enjoys teaching healthy eating classes to older adults. She is also an Outing Leader for her local Sierra Club group, and is pleased to have (finally) led her first backpack trip at age 60!
While working for the home care agency, Gail saw the results of lack of planning for many older adults. She decided the time was right to begin promoting senior cohousing in her area.
Gail has since formed Friends and Neighbors Senior Cohousing, which is currently in the process of creating a core group.
Alexandria Levitt is a gerontologist, specializing in Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships around Senior Housing and Aging Care Services. She is interested in developing housing for older people that doesn’t just show off a “lifestyle” imagined by corporate developers but one that reinforces the qualities that help us most as we get older – friendship, community and purpose.
As a gerontologist, Alexandria is very familiar with the many challenges facing older adults and the remarkable connection between health (both mental and physical) and social engagement. Alexandria is a member of the Senior Citizen Commission of South Pasadena, California and leads SG1 Courses and other aging-oriented workshops in the area. Her goal is to move the needle in the creation of cost effective, appealing, environmentally friendly housing that can be home for older adults, intergenerational communities, veterans, and the physically and mentally challenged.
Alexandria is the Manager of Grants and Proposals at MPTF, a 96-year old organization, that supports the men and women of the entertainment industry who are in need of a safety net.
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