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After 3 years of successfully holding space for women to share, to laugh, to heal, to simply be, we are returning with much Love to introduce the next new series of Mixed Listening Circles because men deserve to be heard too.
When we hold space for someone, we send them the message that they matter. This is the gift of presence. When we meet in circle we join to hold everyone in sacred space and purpose. We are bringing forth an ancient way of connecting into modern times. We gather to share stories, to practice sacred listening and witnessing, to deepen our identities individually and in group—often with the intention to enable and shape a post patriarchal way of being. We also gather to heal life. We can meet in circle to share joys, sadnesses, weaknesses anything we feel we need support with, and we can meet in circle to help heal the external reality by healing the internal reality. Society can make it feel especially difficult to find this space where all spectrums of emotions can be freely expressed, without judgement, opinion, or advice. Men can feel ashamed, 'weak', 'not man enough', for feeling emotions of sadness or tears and tend to get stuck in anger and fear. Women can feel it is unbecoming to show anger so we get stuck in sadness and fear. The Listening Circle is a space to simply feel whatever it is you may be feeling. Giving permission for ourselves to be heard so that we may release and relieve ourselves of anything we may be holding onto. The Listening Circle is an opportunity to release in a safe space without judgement, advice or opinion, just a listening ear.
Feelings can be our greatest messengers, they teach us about where we are right now in this present moment and what it is we need to heal in order to grow and move forward. Depression and anxiety can be linked to the suppression of emotions and with both ailments on the rise it is our greatest intention to start creating space for everyone to be heard.
The beauty of bringing both men & women together also allows us the opportunity to understand each other better. To see each other, for who we really are. To connect more deeply. To be able to listen to one another and empathise with Love. To be there for one another. As human beings. Recognising that no matter where we are from, how we identify ourselves, the stories that we carry, ultimately we are all One.
Every Listening Circle is an opportunity to be heard. Within the structure of the circle, there is no hierarchy; each voice is equally important, the story honoured and received fully. In this sacred space, a collective power is harnessed. And when there is focused intent on healing – individually and collectively – connection and community happens. The support, creativity, and sharing of ideas that is fostered in listening circles has the power to translate into something much larger and more palpable.
Join us in stepping into our authentic selves, building trust, connection, lifting each other higher, from human to human in a space to simply BE, nothing but our wonderful selves.
Below shows a rough schedule of what to expect during the evening:
WHAT TO BRING
A notebook/journal & pen
Wear anything you feel most comfortable in