I’m a designer, nurse, yoga teacher, food grower and performer, currently studying Business Enterprise and Community Development with Equal Ireland. I’m lucky to have had many learning opportunities, and the freedom to let that knowledge merge.
I volunteer at a community/school garden (Soil Chroí Íosa) with Transition Galway and was a writer/editor and designer for our “A Vision for Galway 2030” document.
I’m also Resilience Coordinator with An Áit Eile (The Other Place), a cultural organisation in Galway, with an amazing network of collaborators. In 2015 I was invited to open meetings by An Áit Eile (AÁE), mapping potential groups who could potentially fill a community led cultural hub in Galway. Some of the groups I’m active with matched perfectly, so they were an easy fit. I developed the idea as part of my college work, with input from AÁE.
Next was “Pilgrim”, again collaborating with AÁE, entered for the European Capital of Culture 2020 bidbook for Galway. Working around 3 thematics, Monastery (inspired by unMonastery), Meitheal (Irish term for a work party) and Pilgrimage.
In October we done this…
Keeping momentum, we tested unMonastery/Monastery in early December, 2017. 4 days at Cregg Castle, PreMonastery; a Rural Reconnaissance. A range of skilled individuals involved with a range community groups and initiatives, and collaboration with @Nadia (EdgeRyders LBG). We’ve just submitted our report to Galway 2020. Many outcomes during and after the event including the adding of stories to Opencare.
We’re hoping to roll out Pilgrim: Year One this year. The provisional plan feels epic. Joining the med-hack revolution and design/build small spaces looks like a promising direction. Sharpening existing knowledge/skills, then application and outcomes.