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The Women's Circle

Welcome, Goddesses!

We'll open in a ritual way, introduce ourselves, and each have an opportunity to hold the speaking bowl, name what's going on in our lives, and be acknowledged in a supportive, loving circle of sisters.

It's a powerful medicine to be witnessed, and held in a circle of women - this is something our beautiful wise women ancestors have come together and practiced since ancient, sacred times.

Some weeks, we'll have a theme for exploration, like how we're relating to power, creativity, adventure, risk-taking, joy, grieving, and so on.  Some weeks, circle will just be sharing and checking in - simple and sweet.

NOTE: PLEASE READ OUR AGREEMENTS (below) BEFORE ATTENDING CIRCLE.  EACH WOMAN WILL GIVE HER WORD IN CIRCLE TO UPHOLD OUR AGREEMENTS.  Thanks, ladies!

WOMEN'S CIRCLE AGREEMENTS:

At each meeting of the circle, we'll ritually agree to hold a powerful container for the Women's Circle.  This allows us to be held in a safe, sacred vessel of utmost integrity, so that we can open and deepen together.

1.  BE ON TIME.  The Women's Circle starts at 7pm - that's when we'll call in sacred space, and speak our accord with the agreements listed here.  If you arrive at 7:01, you'll find a closed door with a sign on it, inviting you to join next month.  I realize that life comes up, and it can be a real bummer to arrive even a few minutes late and find a closed door...and part of the magic of the circle is that we hold a very, very powerful vessel in an intact, ritual way. 

This allows us to be clear in our agreements, and be held in a space that is safe, confidential, and of utmost integrity.  If you were in the middle of your share, and were opening to something intense, personal, or tender, you can imagine the disruption of someone coming in late, and the entire circle stopping to agree again to confidental space.  So, Goddesses...ARRIVE EARLY.  I suggest arriving at 6:45.  :)

2.  CONFIDENTIALITY.  Simply, what is spoken in circle...stays in circle.  That means you don't speak about what you said, what you heard, or what occurred to anyone who wasn't in circle AND gave her word to uphold our agreements.  That means not your partner, your best friend, or your cat. 

We'll talk in circle about the 2 exceptions to this:  1) confidential spaces outside of circle like therapists or clergy, and 2) confidential space opened in a ritual way between two women of the circle in support of a particular goal (not to gossip).  We'll go over that in more detail when we start - every time we meet.  This container is robust for a reason - it's there to serve all of us so that we can speak truth in a safe, sweet space. 

All women in circle will be asked, after review of these agreements, to raise her voice in 'Aye,' signifying that she has given her word.

Our commitment is to absolutely show up on time to honor our sisters, give our word to uphold confidentiality, to be fully sober, respectfully groomed, present, willing to be honest, and ready to laugh, cry, and support each other as strong, loving, powerful women.

Huge love to all of you,
Anna 

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