Practices for Building Community

Submitted by Eimear on November 17, 2015 - 7:17am
Learnt from 10 yrs of Spirit Matters Community gatherings

 

1. Call in Spirit first.

 

2. Invite each person to introduce themselves to the community.

 

3. Honour the ancestors and descendants, elders and youth.

 

4. Sit in circle.

 

5. Create space for each to be seen and heard.

 

6. Give time and guidance for solo reflection on experience.

 

7. Model a gift economy to set the stage for a free flow of giving and receiving (e.g. "free table")

 

8. Share food; local, organic, prepared by local community.

 

9. Elicit non-verbal ways of knowing and being.

 

10. Offer a sanctuary space.

 

11. Make space and provide materials for spontaneous creativity