MONTHLY WOMEN'S CIRCLE (Billingshurst)
UPCOMING DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Sunday 23rd February - Theme: Spiritual Practice & Returning to Yourself
Tuesday 24th March - Theme TBC
2020: January to June circles will all coincide with the New Moon and so the day changes from month to month.
Dates are: 24th January, 23rd February, 24th March, 23rd April, 22nd May, and 21st June.
There will be a social gathering in July and a break in August.
We will resume on 17th September, with further sessions on 16th October, 15th November, and 14th December.
TIME: Please arrive in time for a 7 PM start. We finish at 9 PM.
LOCATION: The Chapel*, Lakers Meadow, Billingshurst, RH14 9QS.
CONTRIBUTION: £5 per person, to include light refreshments. (Payable on the night.)
A safe place to share wisdom and experience, to connect with other local women of all ages, and to honour and celebrate our cyclic nature.
WHY DO WE NEED A WOMEN'S CIRCLE?
In her book Light is the New Black, Rebecca Campbell writes: "From ancient caves to coffee shops, moonlit dancing to WhatsApp group texts, stone circles to workshops. For longer than any of us can fathom, women have been tapping into the mystical power that is activated when women circle. It doesn't matter what our age, life experience, shape or size, when three or more women come together with a common sacred intention, you can be sure that something magic is about to happen.
Sharing stories, holding space, and a passing down of wisdom, there is nothing more healing than being in a group of honest sisters that truly see and accept you. In a period of history where we live more separately than ever, the ritual of coming together is one we must not underestimate."
In keeping with our cyclic natures, the Circle will meet on the evening of the New Moon (or as close as possible to that date) which means the day changes from month to month.
The Circle follows a basic format:
- Welcome, setting an intention for the evening and opening sacred space.
- A discussion, presentation, or activity on the theme for the month. (May include a guest speaker/exercise.)
- Group conversation around the theme, or anything else participants would like to share with the group.
- Light refreshments and time for an informal chat.
- Looking forward to the month ahead, and setting personal New Moon intentions.
- Closing the circle.
If you use Facebook, you can RSVP to individual sessions using the links listed alongside the dates listed above. If not, please RSVP by email to help us estimate numbers.
(After you've joined us for the Monthly Circle, you might also like to join our IHUK Women's Circle Facebook Group.)
* NOTE: The Chapel offers a peaceful and welcoming space in which to meet and can be accessed from Billingshurst High Street or from Laker's Meadow. There is limited parking at the Laker's Meadow entrance, but plenty of additional parking in the adjoining 'Library car park'. This can be accessed using the road adjacent the Royal Mail sorting office (next to Sainsbury's) on the High Street, and is signposted. At the time of writing, parking is free in the evening but please do check the noticeboards on arrival.
Unfortunately, due to the age of the building, access is limited - if you have mobility issues you may like to refer to this page of the Chapel website.
WORKSHOP: EMBRACING OUR CYCLIC RHYTHMS
DATE: This workshop will run again early in 2020, date TBC.
VENUE: The Chapel, Billingshurst
TICKETS: £20 per person
WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?
This Women's Circle workshop is for any woman who would like to explore her relationship with her own menarche and menstruation, either with a view to healing (negative or disempowering connotations/emotions) or to feeling more empowered about working with her natural cycles. All women who feel called to this workshop are welcome, regardless of age/stage of life.
What was your experience of the transition from childhood to becoming a young woman? Did you feel honoured and supported as your body changed? What was your experience around starting your period, and how did that make you feel?
In various cultures throughout the ages, the onset of menstruation was celebrated and honoured. It was seen as a sacred rite of passage and celebrated accordingly. But for most modern western women our own experience was nothing like that. Periods can often be seen as something to be embarrassed about or to hide. If your first period came early, you may have felt afraid, ashamed, or different from everyone else. If it came later than your friends', you may have felt left-behind or afraid there was something wrong with your body.
During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to consider your own early experiences, and how they may still impact your experience of being a woman. You will also be invited to release any negative connotations you may be carrying (whether or not you are conscious of them) and to re-imagine a way of honouring your cycles - whether or not you still experience a monthly bleed.
The workshop will include self-reflection through journaling, group discussion, and guided visualisation and the opportunity to learn about the moon and menstrual cycles and how to effectively work with them. You will also have the opportunity to receive the 'Rite of The Womb' which you can then pass on to other women.
Light refreshments are provided.