NICA Fall Gathering Report

About 25 people representing five northwest intentional communities from as far as Olympia attended the NICA Fall Gathering, hosted by the Ananda Community. You might recognize a few of the attendees in the slideshow above.

While the theme of the event was, “What makes your community hum?”, the overall experience was celebrating the harvest of our lives together through song, a terrific vegetarian chili prepared by Ananda residents, Dances of Universal Peace, and sharing focused on the distinctive journeys of each community.

Thanks to our panelists for opening the pathway to deeper conversations:

  • Odysseus Levy for Winslow Cohousing Community
  • Susan McGinnis for Ananda
  • Neal Schindler for Ravenna Kibbutz
  • Phil Notermann for New Earth Song Cohousing
  • Nartano for Songaia (and for the fantastic photos he managed to capture for the above slideshow)

And special thanks to these folks who helped create a safe and joyous environment:

  • Larry Rider and the members of the Ananda Community for graciously hosting the event, sharing the gift of their songs, and providing an outstanding lunch of vegetarian chili, corn bread, salad and pie!
  • Phil Notermann for leading Universal Dances of Peace

Here’s a slightly more detailed report: NICA Fall Gathering 2009.

If you participated in the event, please feel free to add your own observations and reflections as comments to this post. And if you weren’t able to join us, please add your own reflections in response to the question, What makes your community hum? as well as any other thoughts you would like to share in response to the notes from the gathering.

The next gathering will be in spring, so watch for more information!