HOW WE GATHER is a social enterprise dedicated to transforming individuals, groups and society through connecting via transformative group work experiences.
We offer creative Gathering Circles that allow space for deep enquiry, soul searching and insight harvested from guided practices inspired by neuroscience, positive psychology, coaching, spirituality, heart based living and deep ecology.
Why Gather? We are in a crisis of disconnection. According to WHO data (in 2015) more than 6.9 percent of the world suffer from depression and it is a leading cause of disability. Despite the ubiquity of technology and social connection platforms, people are feeling alienated and isolated. New York Times best-selling Author, Johann Hari writes in his book Lost Connections that, “The opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety, it’s connection” and that is what How We Gather addresses: the ways in which we currently connect and how we can create closer bonds, more stable communities, deeper trust and safety.
If you are living in the Byron Bay area of Australia (where we are based) or just passing through you may want to join us for one of our regular local gathering events and if you’re overseas you can connect with our ideas and community on social media and through our newsletter until we can meet in person at one of our events internationally (we will be taking How We Gather on the road in 2019).
Group Gathering/Coaching Circles
Our Gathering Group/Coaching Circles facilitate space for soul, creative connection and real heart based conversation so people can share in the experience of interactions stemming from a space of ‘being’ and deep centredness. This is an ancient and familiar yet rare form in the modern day, that holds an inherent, natural egalitarianism. It is nothing new, we are simply reinvigorating the age old practice of gathering in circle to make it available to a wider, well, circle!
Our Gathering Circles are curated by Zoë Gameau and especially improvised for each gathering groups’ specific themes, topics and needs. Comprising of guided creative visualisations, relaxation techniques as well as partner work and whole circle communication participants are assisted in finding new ways to connect with themselves, each other and that intangible yet ever present sense of 'something greater' than us all.
Together we can curate a Group Gathering/Coaching Circle Specific to your groups needs to be hosted by Zoë in collaboration with you at a venue of your convenience. Circles may be one-off or a series depending on your requirements and Zoë’s availability.
Themes for personalised gatherings may include (but are not limited to):
seasonal and nature based events
functions and celebrations
rites of passage
curating and conveneing community
crafting care in workplace culture
meaningful, gentle team building
Investment varies and a percentage of profits from Gatherings goes towards nominated charities to be decided upon by Zoë and the client. Zoë is available to conduct Gatherings Australia wide and is taking bookings for International Gatherings in 2019.
"Zoë has an incredible gift for creating meaningful moments of connection through ritual and intention. Zoë's deep wisdom, authenticity and sparkling persona make for magical moments when she holds space. Within moments of her opening a circle I've been in tears from her unique ability to connect to things unseen, infinite possibility and to open this up to her gathering.- Tiffany Richmond. Voice Over Artist, Kids Performer (Poppy Galactic)
A cycle of 5 Circles will be held at The Centre For Mind Body Wellness In Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia for the months of May. Hosted by Zoë and visiting guests. The circles will be open to all genders with themes based around deep ecology, spaces of connection beyond words, hearing our deeper selves & our impact on wider circles and planet at large.
More information coming soon!
(Please register your interest via the contact page on our website. Thank you!)
Zoë also hosts community gatherings throughout the year. These free events are by donation only with 100% of all proceeds raised donated to local charity organisations. For more informations, please sign up to our newsletter.
Nights at the Round Table
Inspired by the work of Theodore Zeldin and The Oxford Muse, these “Nights at the Round Table” are a way to make an ordinary dinner function, be it with strangers or your dearest friends, more connected, authentic and enlightening.
Diners are given a “menu of conversation” along with topics of relevance to their specific gathering ranging from philosophy, art, science, spirituality, meaning and belonging to everything in between.
How We Gather collaborates with local chefs and restaurateurs to bring one off events to groups of diners. These gatherings will have people talking late into the night and long after the dinner is done.
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"Every once in a while you meet someone that inspires you to ponder the deeper meaning of life - Zoë is that person. She embodies unconditional love, grace and light. Zoë is a big hearted soul who brings depth, magic and laughter to gatherings and holds space for others with compassion and a loving heart." - Leanne Fitzgerald, Mother.