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Suzan N.

Rapid City, South Dakota,
United States

LightPage networks I participate in
Gather the Women Global Matrix
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Standing Women
Additional information available GTW GLOBAL MATRIX: REGIONAL COORDINATORS
GTW Global Matrix: October 2008 Gatherings
Additional information available Circle Connections
GTW Global Matrix: Seattle August 2009
Ways Women Lead
GTW Global Matrix: South Dakota
Additional information available U.N. Women's Circles Connecting

I live in Rapid City, SD. I've been retired from the school system for 8 years where I worked as a school counselor, a rich and rewarding career. Now my path is leading me in the direction of becoming a peacemaker. I seem to be pulled or pushed along this path in spite of myself. I just finished a week long intensive workshop in Nonviolent Communication which was very transformative and very powerful. I am a mediator for Restorative Justice, a Zen practitioner, and a traveller; I love to visit new countries and I love the journey into me, which is part of my Zen path. I am married to Ken and Max, our cocker, runs our life. I am on the school board in my community and involved with lots of other things.

I am interested in all kinds of self discovery things, such as meditation, and mediation. I love being involved with women and facilitating women's circles. I also do a support group for women in the jail and belong to a buddhist sangha here. I love to hike, travel and x country ski, to meet new people, visit new places and have new experiences. I have met some of the most wondeful women in Gather the Women!!


I am working with a planning committee of interesting and diverse women in this area to co-create the Gather the Women event for Oct. 27. We are inviting 45 women, as that is what the space will allow. We will use the World Cafe as a tool for discussion and as in other parts of the world, we too will be focusing on Community with the hope that women in our group will go into their own communities and continue the circle process with their friends and neighbors to deepen and broaden the topic of community and the kind of community we want here. We will host another event on Mar. 8, International Women's Day, where we hope to triple the number of women involved.

Update- I am now working on the planning committee which is hosting an event July 17-20 in St. Cloud, MN to bring regional coordinators of GTW together to deepen and enrich our relationships as we decide how to move GTW forward in the most focused and powerful way.


What are my lifetime skills and experience?
My skills are bringing people together in deep and meaningful dialogue and helping each of us connect with one another and with the essence of who we are. I have skills in planning, dreaming, having fun, drumming and enjoying life to its fullest.

What is the call in my heart?
I love being in the energy of women and would love to create a movement in my community that call women together to speak their truth in safe and nurturing ways.

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