Women’s Circles are gatherings of women for women, also referred to as red tents or moon lodges. They are a supportive and safe space where women can be heard, held and seen with no judgement while connecting with their feminine side. And in case you are wondering, Women’s Circles are not a New Age thing. In fact, cave art and ancient paintings suggest that the concept of circle gatherings dates back to 30,000 years ago. Impressive right?
And because of the similarities between the moon cycles and female cycles, Women would gather regularly according to different moon phases. It was an opportunity for quality time between grandmothers, mothers, and daughters. Helping women grow awareness of their menstrual cycles, and an opportunity to pass on womanhood wisdom from generation to generation.
How come many of us haven’t heard of Women’s Circles?
Well, this beautiful tradition started fading as ideologies and societies started shifting to more linear thinking and more patriarchal society models 6,000 to 4,000 years ago. Although indigenous groups have always maintained communal circle gatherings, Women’s Circles were pretty much extinct from the rest of the world. And it wasn’t until the 80s feminist movement that Women’s Circles were re-birthed as a feminine way to promote healthier communication.
What happens in a circle?
What should you expect in a Women’s Circle you may wander… So, there is plenty of room for creativity and the format isn’t set in stone, but one thing that is constant is that circles are a space for self-reflection, rest and support, free of judgement. Women’s Circles often have a theme and are typically opened by a Women’s Circle Facilitator who guides the group to connect as a sisterhood. They can include mindful socialisation with (non-alcoholic) drinks, sharing of wisdom and experiences, calming rituals, such as the burning of cleansing herbs, guided meditations, intention-setting, and music and dancing can often be part of it too.
What are the benefits of a women’s circle?
Women’s circles are an opportunity to reconnect with yourself and others, meet women from all walks of life, and share experience. Rather than ignoring the biological changes during the menstrual cycle – women are encouraged to rest and honour a time of natural change in the body. Our Women’s Circle Facilitator here at Wellement, Martina Carosi, invites women to “look at life with fresh eyes” to identify patterns and behaviours that no longer serve them, and “to learn to let go” so they can “get in touch with their true nature”.
Where can you find one?
What is your experience with Women's Circles?
I’d love to hear your thoughts about Women’s Circles and whether you’ve ever experienced one.
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With enormous love,