Creating Intentional Community
Robina and Charley will share how to build community from ‘where you are right now’ as well as how to start an intentional community or ecovillage from scratch. With the aim of building resilient social systems to meet the intense challenges of the present and future, we will focus on:
– identifying common purpose and values,
– how to gather together the right people,
– some typical pitfalls to avoid,
– creating a sustaining community culture,
– garnering sufficient resources,
– accessing land in these financially prohibitive times.
Additionally, using Global Ecovillage Network’s ‘Map of Regeneration’, we will introduce several successful international models of community living – looking at how they function socially, spiritually and economically, and how they have turned challenges into opportunities for sustainability.
Robina McCurdy is a pioneer-resident of 40 year-old Tui Community & Trust in Golden Bay, South Island. For the past 50 years she has been professionally engaged in community building in Aotearoa-NZ and around the world, including mentoring of new ecovillages.
Charley Bradley is a resident of Tui Community in Golden Bay, and a graduate of Global Ecovillage Network’s ‘Ecovillage Design Education’ programme. Until 2 years ago, Charley was living in the Azores Islands (Portugal), strengthening local community through cultural events.