connected housing community
designing a community

Housing Community Creator

Accelerator Programme & Mastermind



Many have come before you and failed, got burned out, priced out, too frustrated and overwhelmed. Without the right processes and support system, the chances of success are slim.​

Feeling alone or isolated on this big mission 

A bit confused by the financial, legal, and development processes and finding the right sympathetic allies willing to work on a “risky” project

Attracting the right residents, key stakeholders and investors

Knowing that advocacy is needed for collective, community-led and non-speculative housing but feeling overwhelmed or too insignificant to do advocacy on one’s own.

Struggling to achieve affordability when costs are so high for experts, materials, consenting and land

Who this programme is created to serve:

Innovative housing & intentional community visionaries stepping into collective housing & community development



Those wishing to live in collective housing who want to make it happen for themselves

Landowners who want to develop a community on their land, 



Members of a group exploring housing options 

Benefits to programme participants include

  • A strong network and community of practice with others on the same/similar path

  • Create clarity on the processes involved with housing and settlement development

  • Ways to present and communicate the project idea with other stakeholders

  • Peer wisdom, support, and inspiration

  • Exploring regenerative potential, such as the positive impact on the social, ecological and economic part of the wider community 

  • Ability to learn from and interact with experts in the development sector who come from a permaculture or regenerative background

  • Reduce the time, frustration, and confusion in being a novice developer

  • A one-stop-shop with an easy-to-use online portal for the knowledge, resources, and connections of the programme

  • An in-person event, location and time TBA

  • Cost savings by getting the right information to make better informed decisions and reduced cost of services. 

The programme will run through the Common Ground membership platform making it easy to find all the

resources and communications in one place, customised for the programme.



A facilitated group sharing & 

discussion forum meeting regularly




Facilitated group resourcing "hot seat" for each participant and their project

Accountability mechanisms,

progress on goals, systems of reflection


Adapted from Built for Good

Peter Grant

Affordable housing specialistArchitectRegenerative Practitioner

Specific Expertise & Affiliations

Daniel Woolley​​

Permaculture Designer educator Regenerative PractitionerCo-housing or collective housing specialist 

Greenbridge Ltd

Specific Expertise & Affiliations

Nikki Harnett

Town Planner Civil EngineerLand Surveyor



Specific Expertise & Affiliations

Ian Mccomb​​

Property Developer│​Civil Engineer​│Waste specialist│Water specialist


Small Time Developments Limited

James Goodhue


Property Developer

Ora Regeneration Aotearoa

Specific Expertise & Affiliations

Edward Chambers

​Civil Engineer​│Structural Engineer\


CHS Engineers

Specific Expertise & Affiliations

Meet your Mastermind Programme

facilitator, curator, guide

Achievements in this sector

Professional Development in this sector

Strong Networks and Roles in the Sector of Housing Systems Change


Once we start the programme, doors shut for six months until we offer it again.

After attending an info session, you can join the waitlist as spaces are limited.


"Don’t wait. The time will never be just right"

– Napoleon Hill​

The Importance of Networking & Masterminding


What they say about Zola 

Zola, you helped me be clearer on setting my goals, you keep me accountable, you help me with your connections and liaising with people, you helped me wording some of my presentation to council.  

You communicate clearly, you are punctual and very organised, which helps me stay on track.

You have opened a whole new world around the regenerative principles, even though I find it sometimes overwhelming as it touches on so many aspects and finding practical ways to put these principles in action is not easy.​

Nadine Simsar​

Coaching/Mentor Client for Raglan Ecovillage Project​​

The quality and quantity of information.

The opportunity for collaboration on content, so that all attendees could be sure to get what they wanted from the event.


The warmth and connection she brings with her communication and energy!  


Easy communication, great to collaborate with, ability to think outside the box and come up with interesting and effective solutions.

Carol Sumner

Retreat participant

Zola is very structured and organised.


I enjoyed her energy and tenacity to make all facets of the retreat work for all.  


With her open heart, Zola consciously ensures there is always space in her events for fluidity. 


This is a skill and a talent that was much appreciated by the group.

Thalea Tane

Global Ecovillage Network

and retreat participant

Zola is very skilled at creating an inviting space and encouraging people to share and listen to each other.  


From her previous experiences, she has a huge range of tools and activities that she used to give structure to our time together.  


She balanced the need for open sharing with time for more structured content very well.
Zola is very solutions focused.  


She contributes generously and encourages others to do the same.  She is very experienced in this work, so she brings depth and resilience to it.

Bronwen Newton

Urban Habitat Collective

and retreat participant

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