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Huia: between harbour and ocean

The 2013 Summer Gathering at Huia saw us meeting at the Kiwanis and Huia Lodges, part of the  Auckland Regional Parks network. The Kiwanis site, with cabins, meeting space and a dining room, is centred around the Victorian homestead that was once the owner's house for a nearby logging operation. Across the road, the old schoolhouse provides another large meeting space and additional cabin accomodation.

The button below  links to a photo album of the sites.

Summer Gathering 9-13 January 2013
Guest Participants

Tracey McIntosh

Tracey McIntosh is the Head of Department for Sociology, Auckland University.

She has two main areas of interest : firstly all things Maori (she is of Tuhoe descent) and her own research areas around process marginalisation and identity issues with Maori, and secondly her interest in systematic suffering and state crime which has a more international focus. At this gathering she is interested in exploring the difficult stories, the ones that don’t get told, particularly from her work with women in prison and on reflecting what their views and experiences of the world might tell us about our society.

Susan Murphy

Susan Murphy is a writer, radio producer and an acclaimed film and television writer and director. She is also a Zen roshi, one of very few women to hold this honour. She is a teacher and mentor, writing in private consultation and occasional meditation and writing retreats. She taught film for many years at the University of Technology, Sydney, has co-written three books on film, directed the Australian feature movie Breathing Underwater and directs the annual Buddhist Film Festival in Sydney established in 2003. She also teaches embodied dreamwork and imagination for artists, therapists and actors with Dr Robert Bosnak.

Her most recent book is Minding the Earth, Mending the World, exploring ecological issues in the light of Zen and published by Pan-MacMillan on 2012.

She is founder and roshi of Sydney's Zen Open Circle, and teaches at the Melbourne Zen Group.

"The transition begins in a rebellion of the heart & the waking up of awareness that is inherent in us all... When the stakes are life on Earth, all else is a diversion."

Gerri Power

Gerri Power founder of Anam Cara Writing Journeys (1996) is an accredited coach and mentor who specializes in strengthening personal resilience during life transitions. Trained extensively in the use of writing for personal expression, wellbeing and creativity, her inspiring and intuitive approach fosters a supportive and respectful atmosphere that allows the creative voice to be heard, encouraging decisions and choices that will create significance and meaning in life. With a background in organisational development and career transition Gerri brings a depth of experience and insight to her coaching and mentoring practice. Her work is enriched by her studies in Poetry and Journal Therapy, as a Hospice Life story facilitator and as a member of an international network of professionals with first-level access to the latest research on the application of journal and poetic techniques towards living a creative, mindful and resilient life.  

Jenny Ritchie

Dr Jenny Ritchie has a background as a child-care educator and kindergarten teacher, followed by 22 years experience in early childhood teacher education. She currently holds the position of Associate Professor in Early Childhood Teacher Education at Te Whare Wānanga o Wairaka - Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

Her teaching, research, and writing has focused on supporting early childhood educators and teacher educators to enhance their praxis in terms of enacting an awareness of cultural, environmental and social justice issues. She has recently led three consecutive two-year studies funded by the New Zealand Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, focussing on implementing early childhood pedagogies reflecting these commitments.

Her recent publications include “Caring for Ourselves, Others, and the Environment: Applying an Indigenous Paradigm in Early Childhood Education in Aotearoa, New Zealand” in J. Lin & R. Oxford (Eds.), ‘Transformative Eco-Education for Human and Planetary Survival’(pp. 239-253); ‘Bicultural Journeying in Aotearoa’ in D. Caracciolo & A. M. Mungai (Eds.), ‘In the Spirit of Ubuntu - Stories of Teaching and Research’ (pp. 135-146); and ‘Early childhood education as a site of ecocentric counter-colonial endeavour in Aotearoa New Zealand’ in ‘Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood’, 13(2), pp. 86-98.