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Mindfulness for Change Hui #3

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Waihōanga Centre for Wellbeing

32 Waihoanga Rd

Kapiti Coast, Otaki 5582

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In 2016, we hosted two gatherings around the question of "what would happen if we put mindfulness and systemic change together in a room?" From this curiosity a community was born. Fast forward to 2017 and we're an open, growing community ready to engage with the world and create and support projects that foster compassionate systemic change. Hui #3 will be a chance to welcome new people into this seedling community, embody the change we want to see in the world through mindful presence, and explore how to facilitate more mindful change in our relationships, communities, organisations, and society as a whole.

If you're into empathy, compassion, authentic connection and spaces where we can practice bringing more of that into the world, this hui is for you. Whatever your background, whatever skills and gifts you bring, whether you're interested in cultivating stillness and a sense of centred presence or more dynamic collaborative action in the world, or a mix of both - people of all stripes are welcome here, and we can all help to make a difference. At previous hui, we've had mindfulness and yoga teachers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, psychologists, counsellors, web developers, artists, community builders, permaculture experts, shamans, entrepreneurs, students, activists, academics, and a diverse mix of genders and ages. At this hui we're particularly wanting to invite in more of the first peoples of this land and forge a partnership that benefits all that inhabit the beautiful land of Aotearoa New Zealand.

What are we going to do together at Hui #3? The plan is to co-create an experience where participants are invited to show up with their heads, hearts, and hands. Together we'll create and facilitate spaces to:

  • connect and practice whakawhanaungatanga (meaning "the building of family/community");
  • practice mindfulness together, personally and interpersonally;
  • have show-and-tell sessions to hear from community members about how they're creating change in the world;
  • spend time in the beautiful natural surrounds of Otaki Gorge;
  • and enjoy delicious lovingly prepared locally sourced organic food.

What have people said about previous hui?

  • "It's striking how easy it was - how tolerant, loving and open people were... we hadn’t laughed so much in ages - sheer joy! Open, connected, non judgemental - visions for what a human community should be. Stuck in mind powerfully." - Robin Youngson, Co-Founder, Hearts in Healthcare
  • "I really appreciated how I could be quite still and not jump to specific plans for action. And still play a role as a sort of a still point. I was really moved by how genders and generations and backgrounds came together.. What really came through is that our generation has a very different approach. And it’s something that brings together system and intuition. And it’s that weaving together that inspires me." - Elizabeth Connor, Recipient of Prime Minister's Prize for Science Communication
  • "The weekend was beautiful and revitalising - helped me in reality... I just drunk a big gulp of it - it was like light in the darkness. I really appreciated the intergenerational aspect! Hearing about people’s experience in destructive systems and still coming out as compassionate people - gave me hope in human heart being resilient - persists in the face of heartlessness!" - Elli Yates, Teacher
  • "A different level of human connection, shared consciousness, hadn’t experienced it at that level before. Deeper level of connection, felt that could be more you, no egos. Carefree connections. Hard to put words to. It seemed like everyone had that experience as well. The differences between check-ins and check-outs, it seemed almost life-changing for a lot of people." - Michael Smith, Website/App Developer
  • "I feel a great allowance to “be” in this community... I do feel a potent energy for sure. And that potency lies in the diversity - inter-generation, masculine and feminine, but also in the edges between that where we are at the edge of our own world or comfort zone and a world of unknown, what we don’t know yet." - Ming Janssen, Yoga Teacher
  • "I’m inspired by this generation of earnest engaged young people who are committed to making change. The whole weekend was a heart opening and moving experience." - Maya Nova, Coach/Mindfulness Teacher

Ticket pricing and koha (or the gift economy):

The organising team are doing our best to keep costs as low as possible. We are all gifting our time and as a result the ticket price covers the cost of the venue, catering, and not much more - we're not here to make a profit. As a community we endeavour to grow the gift economy, and so invite participants to make a gift to our shared community - this may be a monetary amount that feels right for you to give on top of the base ticket price, or it may be a non-monetary offering to bring to the hui or share with the community in the wider world. A useful guiding principle here is respect - for us as organisers and the work we put into this event, but equally respect for you and your own financial situation.

There is an option to offer a monetary gift, or koha, at the time of the ticket purchase (through Eventbrite, scroll down on the ticket purchasing menu), and there will be another invitation to gift sent out after the hui. These monetary gifts may go towards, for example, providing koha to the League of Live Illustrators to visually harvest our work to be shared online, musical performances by local musicians, massages for participants, and nurturing the growth of the MfC community.

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