Help us create the Climate Activist Retreat - For Women and Marginalised Genders
Help us create a Climate Activist Retreat - For Women and Marginalised Genders!Wellington
Event post-poned (please see Updates for details)
Members of different climate groups from different parts of Aotearoa (Like Greenpeace, Oil Free Wellington and Fem Force - Feminist Action Aotearoa) are creating a Climate Activist Retreat for Women and Marginalised Genders - but we need your help to make it happen. We want to bring together committed climate justice activists of all ages and backgrounds and create space for connection, restoration, creativity, and support. Funds raised will go towards accommodation and travel costs.
2020 must be a year of massive and unprecedented climate activism. From our years of climate organising, we know that women and marginalised genders often take on lots of undervalued care work within movements. We also know that our movements are not exempt from oppressive behaviour, and facing these can be draining while also organising. We rarely have the chance to come together, slow down, connect, and reflect with others doing climate justice activism in spaces that do not include cis-men. We also know that these spaces are important for sustaining our mahi, and part of the world we are working to create.
We are facilitating a weekend retreat on 2 - 5 April near Ōtaki. We want to help activists do their tough mahi with strength, resilience and support and gather energy for a busy year ahead. The weekend will involve experienced facilitators and organisers supporting reflection, sharing challenges, visioning possibilities, relaxing nature time, creative skillsharing and expression, and serving delicious kai. There will be space for co-creation of spaces with those attending. Howling at the moon is optional but encouraged.
The weekend is for people who identify as women, trans, non-binary, or any marginalised gender, and as committed climate activists/organisers of diverse backgrounds and ages. Because we know white women can dominate these spaces, we prioritise indigenous people and people of colour to attend and fully participate when reviewing registrations.
Since the workshop spaces are limited, we can not guarantee any space including for those who donate. If you are keen to attend this retreat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a registration form to fill in soon. Spaces will be confirmed 5 weeks before the retreat.
*Art work by Claudia Palmer
Use of funds
Funds will be spent on accomodation, helping activists travel to the venue, kai, some resources for the weekend (such as art supplies) and koha for facilitators.
Firstly, a huge thank you for your incredibly generous donations. We have been blown away by the support for this event and the kindness of our community.
Unfortunately in light of the changing situation around COVID-19 it will come as no surprise to most of you that we have elected to postpone the Climate Activist Retreat scheduled for the 3-5 April. At this point we aren’t going to try and schedule an alternative date but rather wait and see how things go before rescheduling. We are all disappointed that we won’t be able to meet kanohi ki te kanohi for connection, reflection and relaxation. However, we do want to prioritise looking after ourselves and our communities by maintaining physical distance.
We want to acknowledge that some of you may want your donation money back and we absolutely understand this. Give A Little have agreed to issue refunds directly so please get in touch with them by emailing email@example.com regarding this. If you choose to leave your donation in the Give A Little you can be assured that we will spend this on the Retreat when it is rescheduled.
In the meantime, our love and solidarity to all of you
Emma, Amanda, Jessie, Michelle, Anna and Helen (the retreat organising team)
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This page was created on 8 Feb 2020 and closed on 19 Mar 2020.