What would it feel like to hear and know and feel the wisdom of your grandmothers?
To heal the generations of mother-wounds within?
To honor your Self as you honor those who came before?
What would it feel like to deeply reconnect to your womanline,
to dislodge the patriarchal training that has told you to disregard the ancestral wisdom
that lives in your blood, your bones, your being?
We have been trained to disconnect from our mothers and grandmothers, to rebel against them, to dismiss their wisdom
We have been taught to disconnect from our body, our knowing, our feeling Self
We have been told, over and over, that all things feminine and womanly are weak, worthless, dirty
You see the lies you have been told for what they are
You want to feel a deeper connection to the power and strength of your own womanline
You yearn for healing, connection, embodiment
You long to re-member and re-mind
Now, this in-person circle
gathering together each week
finding connection with each other and the women who came before and live within us
Who are we today, now, in this moment? How did we come into being? What stories do we hold within that are not consciously known?
When were we taught to turn against our mothers, daughters and sisters? When was our sacred circle broken? When were we evicted from our red tents?
What are our origin stories? What flames have we endured? What ashes will we rise out of?
We will explore these questions and more together, in circle. We will examine our roots: the emotions, pains and strengths that have been passed down to us. We will expose the wounds, anoint healing salve and wrap with love, acceptance, and knowing. We will learn to mend the cracks and disconnects, to heal the pains of the generations, to become whole in who we truly are, who we are called to be, who we were born to be.
For 12 Fridays, as we shift out of the solitude of winter into the blossoming of spring, we will
- Connect with the women who came before us and live within us
- Accept the gifts of our feminine ancestors and heal the patriarchal wounding that has been passed down through the generations
- Re-member our bodies, embracing them, loving them, deeply feeling and knowing their power and wisdom
- Embrace our Feminine Source, her wisdom and her love
- Form a circle of witnessing, support, and love with other women who are also on this journey of self-discovery and healing
- Transform our ways of thinking and being in the world, seizing our power, our strength, and our Truth
Why I am called to offer this circle
The first three fourths of my life I was tied deeply into the patriarchal bias of our culture. I shoved down my femininity, denying it in so many ways. I strangled my feminine voice and allowed the masculine to be in control, always. I connected deeply to the men in my life while disregarding and disrespecting the women. My internalized misogyny ran deep and I am still working to unpack it all.
After the birth of my daughter and the death of my mother a year later, things changed, I changed. Slowly, so slowly, I have shaken off the leash of our patriarchal culture and have been actively embracing new ways of being in this world. This has included deeply connecting to my feminine self. It has meant unraveling stories I had internalized and carried about women, our place in the world, and our power and strengths. It has meant gaining new perspectives of the ideas of facts vs. fiction, reality vs. fantasy, and intuition vs. science (and really the vs. /either-or mentality in general).
Part of this unraveling has included deeply connecting to my feminine ancestors, the women who came before both through biology and through culture. It has involved analyzing relationships, learning more about history (and what isn’t in our history books), coming to understand that facts are fickle and often intuition holds more truth and reality than science. It has involved connecting to my body, my creativity, and my spirituality. There has been play and work, tears and laughter, grief and celebration. It is a long journey and I am quite certain it won’t be over until I take my last breath.
This is what this circle is about. Connecting deeply to the women who came before us; looking at our relationships with other women in a new light; developing understanding and empathy for the experiences of the women who came before. It is about learning more about our Self, who we are and how we became her. It is about growth and expansion and understanding. It is about connection, embodied wisdom, and deeply knowing the power and strength of our feminine lines.
This circle is not a genealogy course. We will not get caught up in a lot of “facts” or specific details. We will rely on our intuition and our own cellular inner knowing to make the connections we each need to make.
This circle is not about “fixing” us. It is not a fix for anything at all. It is about curiosity, gaining personal knowledge, and connecting deeply to our own body, mind and spirit. It is another possible step in our journey to reconnecting with the Feminine both within and outside of us. Yes, there will likely be transformation. Yes, my hope is at the end of the circle we will have been changed. Not in the ways the world says we need to be, rather in the ways of connecting to our own Self, our own wisdom, our own voice and our own knowing. That, at the end of our 12 weeks together, we will have a deeper trust of our own body, her wisdom, her stories, her knowing; a deeper understanding of our own mind and have some of our subconscious come out of the Shadows and in the Light; a deeper connection to our Feminine Source, her love, her softness and sharp edges, her power and strength. And of course, that we will each also continue our journeys of acknowledging, accepting and loving our Whole Self, Shadow and Light, Beautiful and Ugly, Messy and Neat.
In the immortal words of Anaïs Nin : I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living. This circle is about diving to our depths, deeply knowing our Self, and reconnecting to our Feminine ancestral line.
We will gather together, in person, for twelve meetings and
- Open our circle each week with a check-in and sharing of our previous week’s homework
- Connect to a specific ancestor each week through a guided meditation
- Receive weekly Creativity Homework and journaling prompts to connect further our Ancestor and our Self
You will also receive a weekly love letter from me which contains an essay, a guided meditation, stream of conscious writing prompts, information about future offerings, and more. (You are welcome to unsubscribe at any time.)
Because of the intensity and intimacy of this work, space is limited to twelve participants (plus me as guide and facilitator). Currently there are twelve spaces still available.
Financial commitment: $540; payment plans available
Time commitment: 2 hours/week for 12 weeks for our circle gathering plus approximately one hour per week for homework outside of the circle.
Location: Cunning Crow Apothecary, Greenwood neighborhood, Seattle
Dates/Time: Fridays, beginning March 3, 2017 from 7pm~9:00pm. The circle will run through June 2. (There will be no circle gatherings on April 7th and May 12th)
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