There are many artists, performers, healers, consultants, and innovative business owners within our cohousing community…

ARTISTS and PERFORMERS

John Porcino: Storyteller, Musician, Educator
Celebrating 37 wonderful full-time years of weaving stories, songs and music that tickle life’s funny bone and touch the heart.

Henry the Juggler
Henry the Juggler combines silent comedy and juggling with loads of audience interaction for ALL ages.

Jay Mankita: Playful Engineers
Jay is a teaching artist who works with people of all ages. He has a passion for learning about and building Rube Goldberg machines, automata, and other mechanical marvels. He’s also a songwriter and performing artist.

Fine Art by Mona Shiber 
Fine Art influenced by yoga, many faith traditions, and my New Orleans roots. Ceramic wall reliefs, sculpture, drawings, and others created from mixed media. (monashiber.com offers “print on demand,” where you can purchase cards, prints, wearables, etc., while clearvisionstudio.com is an older site with images of projects and installations.)

Shingle Designs by Lou Conover
Art work on structures. Cedar shingles are an attractive and long lasting siding material. Lou Conover creates beautiful artistic designs in cedar shingles.

Kit Johnson: Music Instruction
Kit teaches piano and voice, as well as improvisation (all instruments), music theory, composition, and arranging.

Ben Brock Audio 
Personal website for a radio, audio, and podcast expert living in the community.

Jochen Rau Photography
Photos of people, landscapes, nature, architecture, and urban scenes. 

ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN, and ENGINEERING

Fitch Architecture and Community Design
Fitch Architecture & Community Design specializes in cohousing and sustainable design. As pioneers of green architecture, FACD designs zero net energy buildings and low ecological-footprint communities. Laura Fitch has lived at Pioneer Valley Cohousing since 1994.

Mary Kraus Architect
Cohousing, Sustainable Communities, and Participatory Design. Mary is one of the original and most experienced cohousing architects in North America, and an architect and resident of the first East Coast cohousing community. My participatory design methodology helps you build strong social bonds in the process of designing your community.

OHI Engineering, Inc. 
Comprehensive environmental and engineering services to industrial/commercial, public and private sector clients. Lyons Witten, PG, LSP leads the Western Massachusetts OHI branch from an office here at Pioneer Valley Cohousing.

HEALERS

Jana Lussier Chinese Medicine
Welcome to where East meets West, where innate healing is facilitated by Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Integrated Awareness.

Amherst Healing Arts
Founder Elya Manah Rowa offers deep tissue massage. With over 50 years of combined bodywork experience, Elya and her associates Penny Mahoney, Alexa de los Reyes, and Hakim Noah are committed to providing the most therapeutic bodywork sessions possible.

Haiying Ju Medical Massage Therapy
Specializing in acute and chronic medical conditions and post-surgical pain.

Jiyanna Rose Healing Arts 

TRAINERS and CONSULTANTS

Sociocracy For All
Sociocracy For All is a nonprofit organization seeking to bring effective egalitarian governance to organizations of every kind. Many cohousing communities and ecovillages are self-governed through sociocracy, including our own community, Pioneer Valley Cohousing.

Nonviolent Communication
Bringing compassionate communication to communities and organizations. New England NVC maintains this website primarily as a place to post Nonviolent Communication workshop offerings in the region. For more information about NVC, contact jerry@sociocracyforall.org

ZESTWORKS Speaking and Training
Rob Peck is a former professional juggler and an award-winning motivational speaker and stress management trainer who defies convention and gravity! ZESTWORKS interactive programs will help leaders and their teams reduce burnout and regain a better life balance.

Teaching From Your Heart
Gina Simm works with parents and teachers in the realm of social-emotional learning. Check out her book, Heart to Heart -Three Systems for Staying Connected- A Manual for Parents and Teachers on her website.

Mary Ellen Shea, Arbitrator, Mediator, Trainer
Mary Ellen Shea has provided labor, employment, and workplace dispute resolution and training since 1988 as an impartial arbitrator, mediator, fact-finder, facilitator, and trainer.

Stephan Rogers 
http://www.newenergyblue.com/
http://www.nextchar.com/

Crouch Associates
Dedicated to helping individuals, groups, and organizations communicate effectively, manage conflict successfully, and achieve their goals.  Retired December 31, 2010.  Available for special projects only.

INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES

Creative Alchemy
Paperless Towels: A reusable alternative to paper towels.  Each roll is made of individual towels made from up-cycled flannel that have a variety of uses in the household.

Sylvan Cycles
Sylvan Cycles makes innovative, beautiful, high-performance bicycles from sustainable wood composite materials. Our proprietary wood composite technology enables us to create bicycles that offer a rare combination of performance, comfort and sustainability. The result is exceptional ride quality, high-performance, and great look.

Simon’s Stamps | Custom Rubber Stamps
Rubber stamps, seals, signs and name badges. Order online. Shipped worldwide.

Maple Mob
Hosted by one of our associate members, Wayne Crouch, who lives across the street from our cohousing community, the Maple Mob comes to life early each spring to tap trees and make maple syrup.