Run by: Sallyann Winslow
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In ‘Braving the Wilderness’, Brene Brown told a story about a village where all the women washed clothes together down by the river. Time moved on and they all got washing machines, suddenly there was an outbreak of depression and no one could figure out why. It wasn't about the washing machines. It was more about the absence of time spent doing things together. It was the absence of community and connection. Our busy and hectic lives have forced us into a state of independency, or assumed independency. We’re “fine” we tell ourselves even when in reality we’re depressed, overwhelmed, lonely and hurting. “We’re fine, we’re just too busy right now” we say. And then, without realising it, days, weeks, months, and maybe even years go by without really communicating or connecting with those who mean the most to us.
‘I’m fine’. It’s so easy to say even when it’s simply not true.
We can become so isolated and disconnected that it might seem difficult to begin to build and rebuild the kind of relationships that our hearts and our souls desire and deserve. Society has become more fragmented, and the pace and demands of life have become ever more hectic. It is increasingly harder for women from all walks and stages of life to come together and share a space where they can grow and learn, or to simply ‘be’ in each other’s company and the energy that is cultivated when women gather.
This is where Women’s, or Sister’s Circles come in.
A women’s circle is essentially a safe space where women of all ages can come to share their life stories, express their emotions, embrace the ‘divine feminine’ or simply sit with the energy of the group, in quiet meditation and be with their true Self. A pool of wisdom and energy and a sense of belonging.
These offerings give Women an opportunity to experience the energy, connectedness and power of a group of like-minded Women, to feel supported and heard, to be authentic and honest about who they are, to acknowledge their needs and desires. These circles will see a group of women gather in our beautiful tranquil studio. Typically held on or around the New or Full Moons, they are a place where connection to the Self and each other will be supported by the Moon, harnessing its energy to set new intentions or to simply release those things that no longer serve us.
We will begin the evening with a welcome and brief introduction and, if you wish to, offer to the group your intentions or simply share how you feel. We will look at becoming present and begin with breathwork and guided meditation before journaling, using questions designed to encourage you to delve into the emotions and sensations within the body and to bring them to the surface in a safe, supported container. We will begin to introduce movement and flow, where the body is encouraged to support its intentions and release through intuitive free flow or, in fact, embrace stillness in supported postures and asana. We will take time in savasana before coming back to circle to offer any thoughts or emotions that may have come up throughout the session.
There are mats, blankets and bolsters at the space, but you are welcome to bring your own items of comfort and are encouraged to bring a pen and writing pad and some water. You may also wish to bring an item to place at the altar, where it will be charged with the energy of the moon and the energy cultivated throughout the evening.
- We will gather at around 6pm, before opening the circle at 6.15pm.
- It is anticipated that the Circle will close no later than 8.15pm.
- Please do not eat anything too heavy in the 2 hours up to the event.