In 2012 when I attended my first International Center’s Gathering, hosted by the Findhorn Foundation that year, I was so excited to find out that there were over 50 such centres around the world! At that time, I was merely dreaming Tiriji, the Eco Center I was intending to create in Meru, Kenya. At the Gathering therefore, you can imagine my curiosity to find out and learn what others were doing at their Centers. I started looking online and visited Findhorn a number of times to learn more about programming, fundraising, marketing and communication, food and guests service. I really loved the eco-buildings and other systems different Centers set up to build sustainable systems and low carbon foot prints. [Read more…]
A few years ago I was struck by the poise and eloquence of an inspiring woman I met from Meru in Kenya, called Karambu Ringera. She was attending a workshop at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland and later joined the Centers Gathering hosted there in May 2012.
Karambu is the founder of International Peace Initiatives (IPI), a Kenya and U.S. based organization that provides Homes for orphans and vulnerable children, supports African grassroots organizations and community leaders, and provides trainings in peace education and conflict resolution. The IPI tools are education, enterprise and empowerment and we have long shared the vision of a Centers Gathering in Africa one day, bringing together many of the centers and people involved in transformational initiatives there.