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Interested in serving on the New Seneca Village Advisory Circle?

New Seneca Village is a non-profit retreat space and network offering nature - based restorative residencies for cis, trans and non-binary Black, Indigenous and women of color leaders working to advance racial, economic and social justice with the goal to sustain their collective visioning for a just future.

New Seneca Village is a commitment to restoration, connection and visioning and the Advisory Circle is a crucial element in our community governance model. 

The Opportunity

The New Seneca Village Advisory Circle is opening our application process for members for our 2025 Village Advisory Circle*.

 

As with most things, we have created a new way of collective stewardship. Each Advisory Circle member will design and steward their own offering to and for the Village. Advisory Circle members must be aligned with our vision and proactive in identifying. co - creating, implementing and advancing ways to amplify the focus, funding and reach of New Seneca Village.

Current Advisory Circle members have secured funding and speaking opportunities for the Village, others have co-created the Village Healer Philosophy and our Theory of Change.

If you are interested, please review our Village Ethos, our Legacy Vision goals and our Founding  Commitments as you consider if you might be a good candidate for this opportunity.  You can also check out our Year Two Update for thoughts and reflections from Villagers.

*The first meeting for the 2025 cohort will be held in 2024, on November 14th. 

 

Advisory Circle members will lead in their collaboration with and for New Seneca Village

and take ownership of supporting the mission and vision  in the following ways.

Technical Details​
  • Advisory Circle members are invited to serve for 1 year.

  • Village Advisory Circle meetings are held every other month (6 sessions) and are roughly 2.5 hrs each.

  • In addition to Circle meetings, each Advisory Circle member will host two Open Studios design sessions within the year for conversation, planning and advancement of their offering.

  • We expect Advisory Circle members to advance their offerings outside of Circle meetings and we anticipate that each Advisory Circle member will dedicate  40 hours each year to their offering within this role.

  • Advisory Circle members receive an annual stipend for their time and dedication.

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Applications are not a guarantee of an invitation to join the NSV Advisory Circle.

What Comes Next?
  • If interested, complete the Advisory Circle Application

  • The New Seneca Village team will review Advisory Circle applications in August.

  • We will host Open Houses for potential Advisory Circle members in late Aug / early September

  • We will send invitations for the 2025 Advisory Circle in late September

  • The first Advisory Circle meeting for 2025 Advisory Circle members will be held on November 14, 2024

Thank you for your intentional consideration of this Advisory Circle invitation!

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FUNDRAISING

Outreach, amplification and relationship building with individual and institutional donors toward Big Vision development and sustainability.

Knowledge of philanthropic space, webinar development helpful

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SOCIAL ECOSYSTEM

Support the co-creative development of Village connection and engagement beyond the residency, including hosting of gathering circles.

Knowledge of private online communities, membership spaces helpful.

ENGAGEMENT

Strategic amplification of New Seneca Village's mission and values; including Villagers as we expand our Ecosystem.

Knowledge of print and social media, speaker opportunities helpful

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All Advisory Circle Members should actively participate in co-creative conversations, grounded in our values. And be willing and able to advance their own offerings for the Village.

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"Black Women are never allowed to rest, to receive fully without being asked to perform.

Here [at NSV] we were allowed to do just that.

 

It is the key to restoration for your mind, your body and your soul.

This experience is the blueprint to bringing real care to us.

 

We need it to live, we need it to live well, we need it to thrive not just survive."

Bushmama, Healer, Artist, Curator, Oakland, Ca 

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To learn more about why we do this work, take a look at our Year Two Update.

Hear directly from Villagers about the impact of this experience you might be called to steward.

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Invite to Pause

As You Consider This Invitation for Your Self 

Sit quietly and comfortably with your feet on the ground. 

 

Take 8 cleansing breaths. [In through the nose. Out through the mouth.]

 

Imagine the feels, smells, tastes and sounds of intentional community. Sense the energy of those around you as you gather virtually and physically to co-create spaces centered on restoration, connection and visioning.

~ Is this an invitation I want to say yes to?

 

~ Am I willing to be in active service to advance the mission and reach of New Seneca Village? 

~ Am I a (joy)full yes to this invitation?

 

Close with 3 deep breaths.

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