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Summer Gathering 2018

Our next gathering will be in Port Waikato, south west of Auckland, from 3-7 January 2018. The theme for this gathering is “The heart of belonging”.  The programme will be a mixture of led sessions and open discussions with plenty of opportunities for participants to contribute, either as part of someone else’s session or by setting up a session of their own.

The Heart Of Belonging – a moving story

So many times, we hear that people (of any age) need a soft place to fall, a safe and nurturing environment, a chance to be fully accepted. This sense of belonging is very powerful. Heart Politics 2018 embraces Belonging – at all levels – and we were recently reminded and inspired by what happened at the end of our 2017 Gathering. Read this story from Samantha –

“On the back of a particularly challenging year, my 2 daughters and I approached our first Heart Politics Summer Gathering with a little trepidation. My elder daughter age 14 had been struggling at school, experiencing extreme social isolation and anxiety. I assured her that at the camp we would only participate as and when we wanted to. On this basis she came along, joined me at some group activities but purely as an observer. By the end of the camp I was feeling very warmly accepted and included, but it was still hard to tell how she had found it all.

On the final morning at the Closing Circle she sat on my left. We were invited to say a single word into the circle, if we wanted to, a word that described what we would be taking away with us from the Gathering. I had my turn and then from the left I was surprised to hear my daughters quiet voice say ” Belonging “. I was then and still am so deeply moved when I think that she had found a place of acceptance and heart connection. In her own way and in her own time she came to feel that she, too, had a place she could Be Seen, Be Heard, Belong.”

Contact Donald Joyce (dcjoyce@xtra.co.nz) for further information or to register your intention to participate in the 2018 Heart Politics Gathering.

Map of Port Waikato camp