Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Online Women’s Sharing Circles:

A Time to Arrive to the Heart of Presence

With Julia Stolk


Circle One starts on Monday January 11th  2021

Circle Two starts on Wednesday January 13th  2021

The next Monday Circle starts on March 22nd  2021

The next Wednesday Circle starts on March 31st  2021

 

 

At a time in our shared story, there is so much that we are carrying.  So much that may be unexpressed, may be unfelt.  The invitation, come into a circle of women where you can be held and witnessed.  Sharing Circles, also known as Talking Circles, are based on sacred tradition.  In a sharing circle, everyone is equal, and everyone belongs.  Here the Sharing Circle begins with a guided meditation, followed by the opening of the space to share about your present moment experience with others in the circle.  Each circle is uniquely created based on the intentions and goals of the group.   

Participants in this sharing circle will learn and practice the art of inquiry, in the present moment, while being held in a container where everyone is invited to come as they are, with a willingness to be curious, and an opportunity to be nourished.  

There will be 2 circle offerings.  Each circle participant will have a 30 minute one-to-one meeting with Julia to become acquainted with the mindfulness practice we will be using in the circles.  The circles will run for 6 consecutive weeks, each for 90 minutes, and the one-to-one’s will take place the week prior to the first circle gathering.  Each circle will have a maximum of 6 participants. Each participant is asked to commit to the 6 week sharing circle cycle.

 

See the Event Calendar for full details of the Jan-Feb Monday Circle

See the Event Calendar for full details of the Jan-Feb Wednesday Circle

See the Event Calendar for full details of the March-April Monday Circle

See the Event Calendar for full details of the March-April Wednesday Circle

Artwork by Jen Peer Rich
Artwork by Jen Peer Rich

February and March
Embodied Gatherings

Discovering Empowerment Together

With Lisa Meuser

February 7th and 21st

March 7th and 21st

 

It is crucial, especially in times such as these, that as we find spaces and people who listen to and believe in our stories – to our sacred, lived experiences. Your experiences are the hallowed ground of your being and will be fully honored in our sacred and carefully created container.

In this group we are real with each other. We show up as we are, with whatever is going on for us – our joys, our struggles, our tears, and/or our laughter. In a world that has often tried to control us, or where we have tried to control ourselves, we learn how empowering it is to be fully ourselves.

Belonging, community, connection and a healthy nervous system are crucial for our well-being, and a safe community is the perfect place to discover our relationship with life.  We gather to become more intimate with, and more available for, our life.  For those who would like support in their journey, this is an affordable, safe option.


An empowered container for us evolve together

Every day I witness a sense of empowerment when people feel safe enough to honestly connect to their actual lived experiences, when their sorrows and celebrations are allowed, named, spoken, expressed, and felt. Being heard in a supportive environment conveys and births a sense of embodied empowerment that is known from deep within the being. Neuropathways shift, one’s sense of safety in the world changes, and relationships with life are transformed. Possibilities we couldn’t even imagine reveal themselves.

Join us as we gather and explore together. Using tools and practices I have developed and learned through my trainings in holding sacred circles, I will compassionately and gently hold space as we gather together.

These gatherings are sacred spaces where everyone is welcome. People going through their Dark Night of the Soul experiences, survivors of abuse, people who have had awakenings and want community, people struggling in their life in various ways, and/or people simply wanting connection along their journey are likely to find home in these gatherings.

We will meet for 60-75 minutes on Zoom. Each call will be recorded, and yours to keep. Please contact me with questions, concerns or future dates: [email protected]

 

Upcoming dates

For full details see Sunday February 7th on the Event Calendar

For full details see Sunday February 21st on the Event Calendar

For full details see Sunday March 7th on the Event Calendar

For full details see Sunday March 21st on the Event Calendar

 

More Information: Gatherings focus on practical and experiential exercises specifically designed for the development of self-awareness, self-love, safety and a healthy nervous system. Each gathering is organically shaped around attendees’ needs and wants. Each gathering includes a guided rest, time for questions and sharing, ways to heal the nervous system, and ways to engage in self-inquiry. Participation is always optional.

In this group we honor our experiences and we learn that we don’t have to pretend, or hide, or run. We gather together in a welcoming space where we are allowed to be exactly who we are, exactly as we are, and through slow, simple experiential practices we realize that profound safety can be found right here and now.

Safety is important. Our bodies, our spirits, and our psyches function with more well-being when safety is known from within.

We live in a culture that often disempowers and creates stress, a culture that conditions us to find our well-being in people, places, and superficial activities and things – without teaching us sustainable, empowering safety from the inside out. As such, we often don’t know how to cope with existing in an overwhelming world, or how to recover from traumatic experiences. Many of us have developed post-traumatic stress as a result, and have forgotten that safety is possible.

We can learn. By providing a safe environment for this deliberate purpose, we can slowly and gently learn what it’s like to feel safe.

We come together to find safety in our experiences and discover that we are safe – even when we have fear, trauma or loud core stories and emotions.

All are welcome here regardless of political affiliation, sexual orientation, race, gender or background. You are important, and appreciated, whoever you are.

 

From past participants:

Lisa is like a cocoon for expansion and love.  I really love working with her.  She walks her talk and creates a space for acceptance and non-judgment and I’m better able to accept and not judge myself and others.  My heart has opened in my work with her.  So grateful.  

It is quite breathtaking to experience you working with a group; watching and listening to your communion with who-they-really-are. You have a gift, Lisa.

 You represent what Adyashanti talks about:  “A safe place for the world to come and rest.” You are that safe, benign presence in the world.

I have listened to the recording many times since our gathering. It continues to support me. 

I have discovered writing as a way to connect with myself and others. I didn’t know I had these words inside of me

Free with Deepening Courses. Email me for details.

About me.

To read more about embodiment check out my blog.

Events are shown in Pacific Time (PT) on the Events calendar.

Check the details for other time zones such as Eastern Time (ET), GMT (UK time) , Central European Time (CET) or, to check out the equivalent time for your own location, go to www.worldtimebuddy.com or www.timeanddate.com

Loving Our Bodies – Loving Ourselves ..(and btw Who Are We?)

Drawing by Marloes Geraeds

A Support Group for Women Using Self-Inquiry

With Sumitra Judith Burton
Tuesdays ongoing

Many of us find it difficult to accept and love our bodies and the more subtle parts of ourselves, just as we are. We’ve struggled from early in life with critical judgments of our bodies, minds and abilities. We are skillful at caring for others, and yet often can’t find compassion and peace for ourselves. And some of us have spent so much time caring for others that we’re hardly in touch with who we really are.

How, in this moment NOW, can we find acceptance and even love for ourselves — embracing our bodies and everything else about us, exactly as we are? Can we truly meet and release old patterns of shame, anxiety, depression and other stuck beliefs that often stem from earlier trauma?

Join me in an exploration of this theme, using the Living Inquiries NOW Practice, the Simple Inquiry, and other tools to help us unwind the tangled beliefs we’ve acquired throughout our lives, and which are no longer serving us.

Each week we will share how self-inquiry is affecting our lives, we’ll take time to “rest” together, to practice Inquiry with various tools, and to share our current personal experiences. In this way we can become proficient at Self-Inquiry and gradually unravel our old, stuck beliefs about the different aspects of ourselves, relaxing into a more natural state of self-acceptance and compassion. As well, the community spirit that arises from such sharing can be very supportive in our healing journey.

Cost: FREE

See the Event Calendar for full details of the Tuesday Group

Events are shown in Pacific Time (PT) on the Events calendar.

Check the details for other time zones such as Eastern Time (ET), GMT (UK time) , Central European Time (CET) or, to check out the equivalent time for your own location, go to www.worldtimebuddy.com or www.timeanddate.com

“I participate in the weekly group “Loving Our Bodies, Loving Ourselves (and BTW, Who Are We?).” It is a special gathering, offering love, acceptance, and honesty. The group facilitator, Sumitra Burton, is warm-hearted and knowledgeable in her guidance on the path of healing using the Living Inquiries tools. I look forward to spending time with Sumitra and the other participants in the group. It is a very safe place for inquiry and self-discovery.” SKR

“I look forward to attending Sumitra’s sessions each week. She creates a very special space where love and complete acceptance of each individual is honored. I am so grateful for her presence and for the other members of the group. It awakens my heart, my mind, my body and spirit, so that I recognize who I truly am. It’s coming home to myself.” TC