Gath­er­ings re­turn

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Jude Blades is about to re­sume the monthly Women’s Gath­er­ings at Ko­hukohu, start­ing on Wednes­day Fe­bru­ary 20, at the fire sta­tion (10am-2pm), with guest Mar­i­lyn Gar­son, on the sub­ject of ‘Weav­ing in War Zones.’

Mar­i­lyn ar­rived in the Hokianga from Canada in 1987, from Canada.

“She worked as a weaver, and did her share of days in the old Waipoua Co-op shop,” Jude said.

“From 1998 to 2015 she worked with com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by war, in­clud­ing for­mer child com­bat­ants in Cam­bo­dia (1998-2001), home­ward bound Afghani women (2005-2010), and Gazan Pales­tini­ans (2011-2015). She left a trail of lo­cally-owned so­cial en­ter­prises to cre­ate jobs, and picked through any num­ber of fab­ric traders’ shops.

“Through a dozen or so fab­rics, Mar­i­lyn will tell the story of Eigh­teen Years, Sev­eral Wars (That She Could Not End), and Se­rial So­cial En­ter­prise.”

All women would be wel­come at the gath­er­ing, with their crafts, art, hearts and voices to share their sto­ries, ideas, dreams and chit chat. All they would need was a con­tri­bu­tion to a shared lunch and a gold coin do­na­tion.

“Last year we had a speaker at ev­ery monthly event, and women came from both sides of the Hokianga for them, even catch­ing the early morn­ing ferry to at­tend and share the day,” Jude added.

“We had speak­ers from men­tal health (Hokianga Health), a prac­ti­tioner in the use of cannabis in the treat­ment of se­vere chronic pain, a woman who lived on a boat and trav­elled the Pa­cific for three years, and a guest who uses tra­di­tional Ma¯ori and holis­tic meth­ods to deal with her can­cer af­ter be­ing failed by tra­di­tional meth­ods.”

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