Our Rachel Bauer is a creative powerhouse, connection builder and visionary. She's passionate about balance and building connections. We're so pumped by the possibilities she sees for Seed Waikato's mahi and direction. What keeps Rachel anchored in the midst of all her dreaming and doing? Read on and find out.
Tell us a bit about yourself….
I’m a creative and have built a career in marketing and a social enterprise in the mental wellbeing space. I love spending time with people – from chewing the fat over cups of herbal tea to deep and meaningfuls over pots of herbal tea (or a wine or two). I’ve always been a listener and creating connections with people is really important for my sense of purpose. I love yoga, walks and am always reading, either to stretch or rest my brain.
Who inspires you?
Gemma Major of course! I’ve watched Gemma plant and nurture Seed Waikato and her ambition, determination and belief are so inspiring for me make shit happen with my own dreams.
Where is your favourite place in the Waikato?
Laying in my hammock in my backyard – listening to the Tui’s singing in the middle of the city is so beautiful, and Hamilton Gardens is one of my favourite places
What’s the best thing you bring to Seed Waikato?
My values – I’m all about radical acceptance of everyone as they are, being grateful and generous, self-responsibility and making things happen
What do you spend your time on?
Whanaungatanga! Whether I’m hanging with friends, supporting someone through a rough patch or facilitating a workshop, I love spending my time with people and building relationships
What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
Probably completing Vipassana (a 10 day silent meditation) in 2018. To spend 10 days in your own company with no distractions means you can’t avoid things and go deep
What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
I’m so blessed I get to work on lots of great things – I’ve recently joined the board for Volunteering Waikato, I have some awesome client projects with my marketing hat on, I’m always dreaming up and working on new workshops for Kamala (my mental wellbeing social enterprise) and I’m helping to launch another project called StrEAT Feasts where we bring together communities through potluck events in their local parks so that neighbours can connect and check in on each other.
What colour crayon would you be?
Turquoise – it’s a mix of different colours and has so many shades
What inspired you to join Seed Waikato?
The amazing mahi that the team have accomplished to date has been beyond inspirational – their passion to make things better and create a community where our youth can find their place and flourish – and to be a part of this is a huge privilege
What does Seed Waikato mean to you?
Endless possibilities – this tribe is full of people doing amazing things, pushing the boundaries, making things happen and going against the odds because they believe in something and its worth.