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Hearts Alive Women's Circle

Do you:

  • crave connection to other women? 

  • at times feel lonely despite there being many people in your life?

  • wish to have a deeper sense of belonging and community?

  • long for authentic relating where you can show up as your true self?

  • wish for opportunities to speak and be heard without interruption?

  • wish for more spirituality and ritual in your life?

  • enjoy hearing others' stories about family, work, pets, partners, dreams, hopes, sorrows, challenges and triumphs?
     

Perhaps the Hearts Alive monthly in-person women's circle is for you!

This circle started with six gatherings from January - July 2024 and has been serving as a safe, comfortable and confidential space for women to build community and enjoy authentic connection. It's where every woman’s voice is heard and valued, and via circle-sharing, she gains deeper insights on herself while gaining wisdom and a sense of belonging, relatedness and connection. It's a place to build friendships and community. 😍


What to Expect?
Prior to each meeting, the space is set with elements of ritual and we gather around an altar in the center of the room (or outside on the deck, weather permitting). Sometimes we have predetermined discussion topics and sometimes we'll simply see what arises in the group.

For two or three of the six-circle series we will have guests who share their talents, whether that's sound healing, breath work or insights on seasonality, runes, tarot and the like. Likewise, circle participants are invited to propose offerings in advance, if they wish to share their talents and bring an activity to the circle. 

When we share, we exercise circle-sharing principles (e.g., one person speaks at a time, we use a talking piece, we don't give advice or respond after another person shares, we speak and listen from our hearts, we maintain confidentiality, etc).


Next Circle Dates: 

Aug 15 (Th)

Sep 19 (Th)

Oct 17 (Th)

11/15 (Fri)

12/19 (Th)

1/16 (Th)


Location: Quinan Street Project, Pinole, California
 

Participation + Closed or Open Circle?
One element that helps preserve a sense of sacredness in circle is when we commit fully to showing up so we can all deepen together. That said, it's okay when "life happens" and you are unable to participate as much as originally intended. Space permitting, we'll keep the circle open for new women to sign-up through the October circle. After October, if someone in the circle directly refers a friend to the circle (who would be a good fit, and there's room) this may be possible.


Group Size:
12 maximum. Six minimum.

Rough Timeline of a Circle:

5:45 - 6 pm: arrive, get situated, enjoy tea/snack
Participants sit in a circle on a chair, cushion, yoga mat or block around an altar/centerpiece. We might burn herbs to "clear the space" or each other upon arrival.

 

6:15 pm - 8 pm-ish
Guided breathwork, acu-yoga, meditation and/or movement (e.g., gentle stretching, dance, light yoga)
Circle Check-In
Circle Discussions + activity or guest presenter
Restroom + Snack break
Circle Discussion/Shares
Circle Check-out

 

Cost:
Sliding scale $150 - $400 for six sessions (which can be broken into two payments). If cost is a barrier, please reach out. Payment can be made via Venmo, Zelle or PayPal.
 

If the above has you saying "YES THIS SOUNDS TOTALLY AWESOME!" and you'd like to be part of it, please complete the form linked below to sign up and payment information will be sent.

A note from Suzanna: How Circle Has Changed My Life:

Being in circle with council-style circle principles at play was something I first experienced in 2018 at a weekend yoga retreat. I have since sat in circle several more times at subsequent retreats, a Berkeley women's circle, at retreats I have hosted and most recently via the Hearts Alive Women's Circle initiated in 2023.

Here is a (no doubt, growing) list of reflections on what circle
has done for me:
 

  • Provides me with a sense of connection different than what I experience with my spouse, friends, relatives and coworkers.

  • Gives me a sense of authentic community via in-person connection / support close to home while living afar from my family of origin.

  • Offers a platform where I can vulnerably voice my dreams, hopes, challenges, setbacks and wins without interruption, advice or consoled.

  • Gives me the opportunity to support others via witnessing them show up vulnerably, resulting in the realization that I am not alone in life; that others in circle share the same wishes and struggles. This reference point helps me to realize I am not alone in my journey and we have so much more in common than we do not.

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