What is a Women's Circle?

What is a Women's Circle?

A Women’s Circle is an intimate gathering that provides deep nourishment, rest and renewal for the Feminine.

There are as many expressions of a sacred Women’s Circle as there as women in the world.

Just like each woman brings her own unique expression of what it means to be a woman, so too does each circle have it’s own unique expression.

We may have common experiences but we the way we view, move through and relate with the world is individual to us.

Each circle is a unique synergy of the women who gather and their shared intent.

That said, after sitting in my first woman’s circle at age 22 and facilitating 400+ hours of group work in the past few years, there are basic tenets specific to women’s circles that I’d like to share with you.

3 principles common to women’s circles

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We gather as we are. Enough. Whole. Complete.

We gather and for that time we enter the circle as both completeness and pure potential. We enter circle independent of our roles in life. Be that lover, wife, mother, daughter, sister, boss, employee. We gather as women. As equals. However, and whomever, we are that evening is enough. Tired. Broken. Happy. Resentful. Anxious. Elated. Uncomfortable. At ease.  All is welcome. We don’t have to DO or BE anything. Being present with what is, transforms what is.

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We gather to listen deeply.

To ourselves. To one another. We bear sacred witness to the death and the birth that occurs cyclically within our inner and outer worlds. In the listening we are reminded that we are ok, right now, as we are. That no matter what is happening, deep at the centre of our being is an infinite well of wisdom. In the listening to others we are reminded our our shared humanity. In the listening to our inner being, we are reminded of our shared divinity.

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When we gather in circle for a few rejuvenating hours we put down our DOING and re-connect with our BEING.

This feeds our feminine energy and re-orients us to our intuition that is easily drowned out in the daily pace of living a full and productive life.

 

What’s going to a Women’s Circle like?

The experience of attending a women’s circle is challenging to adequately describe.

If asked what it’s like, a woman that has found a powerful sisterhood of women to circle with will most often say, It’s something you just have to experience for yourself to understand.

Believe her.

It’s like attempting to describe the majestic beauty and primal power of nature itself.

She may use words like:

  • Healing
  • Powerful
  • Nourishing
  • Wholesome
  • Ecstatic
  • Love
  • Comforting
  • Enlivening
  • Opening
  • Sacred
  • Medicine
  • Full
  • Complete
  • Filling my cup
  • Coming home to myself

And we may have a sense of what these words attempt to convey, but it’s like using those words to share with another the embodied experience of:

  • How it feels to massage your bare feet in rich, loamy, earth after a cleansing rain.
  • The aliveness you feel in your cells when there is electricity in the air during the thunderstorm that’s finally arrived after threatening for days.
  • The deep rest and contentment that happens deep in your being when you’re kicking back watching the birds pick for bugs while enjoying the gentle breeze on your skin and the sky change colour as sun sets.
  • That buoyant feeling of innocence and surrender you get when you lay back and allow the warm ocean to gently envelope you while you float awhile.

That difference between the word and the embodied experience is what it’s like in trying to articulate the experience of circling with with women in sacred space.

You just have to experience it for yourself. 

How do I find a Women’s Circle that’s right for me?

It’s ok to explore different opportunities and find a circle that feels right in your bones.

It’s ok if a circle that once felt right in your bones no longer does.

It’s ok to sit in one or many circles.

Remember that each will have their own flavour and flair.

There is no one correct way of “doing circle”, just like there isn’t one right way of “being a woman”.

There is just the way that lights you up and leads you back home to yourself.

Ask for recommendations from others. Ask Google. Ask Facebook.

And if you are ever in my neighbourhood (Perth), or would like to host me in yours, you are welcome to come gather with me.

Looking forward to sitting in circle with you,

Melissa

 

 

 

 


Are you attending Leonie Dawson’s Australian Shining Retreat ?

I’m joyous Leonie invited me to facilitate a special Saturday Eve Women’s Circle for Academy members.

For those that are called to gather for the Women’s Circle I will also be sharing a few of my best (& immediate) body awareness and energy awareness practices that will help you to:

  • Instantly increase your magnetism to be seen and heard in ways that are most meaningful to you.
  • Be at home in your body no matter who you are around, or what stress is occurring around you.
  • Learn to follow your body’s wisdom and “higher guidance” rather than always pushing to make things happen.
  • Feel more confident in receiving positive attention.

Looking forward to seeing you in Canberra Feb 27 + 28 x