Herstory of the movement & network
Since mid-2020, Zola Rose of Common Ground has been convening online networking sessions with women who identify as leaders or catalysts of innovative collective housing, intentional community, ecovillage projects--from those with just an idea to those who have completed or live in collective housing. The sessions are time for sharing inspiration, advice, and resources, exploring new paradigms, and supporting each other's missions.
In early 2021, Zola put out the call to gather together to grow our individual and collective capacity for doing this extraordinary work which is at the flaxroots level with local projects and global level for systems change.
We gathered from 8-10 June 2021 at Tauhara Centre in Taupo, Aotearoa New Zealand for a retreat-hui. The event was co-created with topics and programme from those that would be attending.
Women from ages 22-83, far north to far south, Māori and Pakeha, novices to experts, participated and led parts of the programme. Sponsorships were sought so it could be inclusive of diversity and affordable.
The event was nourishing for the mind, body and spirit and incorporated the elementals of Water for emotion and going-with-the-flow; Air for expanding our minds, connecting conversation and inspiring talks; Earth for grounding into Earth/Papatuanuku and for nourishing food and connections; and Fire for ingiting our passions and purpose with positive energy.