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Online Women’s Sharing Circles:

A Time to Arrive to the Heart of Presence

With Julia Stolk


Circle One starts on Monday May 10th 2021

Circle Two starts on Wednesday May 19th 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 May-June Monday Circle

See the Event Calendar for full details of the May-June Wednesday Circle

Artwork by Jen Peer Rich
Artwork by Jen Peer Rich

Embodied Gatherings

Discovering Empowerment Together

With Lisa Meuser

April 18th, May 2nd and May 16th

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.

 

For full details see Sunday April 18th on the Event Calendar

For full details see Sunday May 2nd on the Event Calendar

For full details see Sunday May 16th on the Event Calendar

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