Maeve Gavin guides group growth and renewal processes.  Inspired by cultural practices that enable us to do just this, Maeve founded Way of the Village in 2009. She specialised in Grief Tending in Community rituals, working with small and large groups up to 150 people.  She also coordinated five week long multi-generational ‘Art of Mentoring’ courses in the UK and facilitated at courses in the U.S.  Maeve felt her belonging in the wild landscape after living for four seasons in a vast forest and later training with pioneers in the fields of somatic and eco-psychology.  She has studied attempts at healthy human systems all her life, from living with the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST) to co-founding a refugee food growing charity in Glasgow and developing peer conflict resolution services for inner city schools.  Maeve gained a first class MA in Hispanic Studies from the University of Glasgow as well as a background as a researcher for social and environmental documentaries mostly for the BBC. With Irish roots and diverse London beginnings, Scotland has been home to Maeve for the past twenty years. She now lives in the Highlands with her son Sorley, surrounded by a strong community.

Laura Nicolson: I was drawn to Way of the Village’s aim to foster ‘village’ approaches to emotional health. I was lucky enough brought up with a big burly extended family, blood and foster, spanning island life to mainland cul-de-sacs. With hebridean parents and being brought up in Inverness, I feel a deep grief for the village I have missed out on, perhaps by only one generation and I feel a curiosity about how I can learn about the old village ways and sew tiny bits of it into modern day life. This, I have tried in different guises, from starting a community cafe, bring people together on bicycles and helping communities benefit from the wealth created by renewable energy. I am a proud Gael and excited to be part of something that allows me to explore and share my heritage.

We are thankful to the many freelance staff and volunteers that have supported Way of the Village projects over the years, and especially for the guidance and supervision that comes from our mentors.


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