About the Circle
The Napa Women's Circle welcomes all cis and trans women, as well as people outside the gender binary who are comfortable in spaces that center the experiences of women. Anyone who is age 18 or older, of any race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation is welcome.
A sacred, brave, supportive community
Open-minded, nonjudgmental, respectful
Tellers of our own stories
A place to get to know yourself and others through introspection, self-exploration, education, sharing, listening, and learning
We are not, and cannot, serve as group therapy. Please visit our Resources page if you would like assistance in finding a mental health professional.
Our Origin Story
The Napa Women's Circle began with a realization between two friends, Jenna Sanders and Alex Meraud. Women need a safe space where we can be fully seen and fully heard. A place where we can be all the layers of our personalities, not just mother, survivor, boss, caretaker.
What began as an experiment on Jenna's living room floor soon became a community of compassionate, engaged, thoughtful, open, generous, and kind women united in our pursuit of replenishing ourselves so we can be positive change-makers in our communities.
Scenes from the Circle
Jenna Sanders, Director & Co-Founder
Photo: Emma K. Morris
Jenna is a local freelance writer who contributes to both the Napa Valley Register and the Napa Valley Marketplace. She served on the steering committee that brought the 2020 Women's March Napa Valley and volunteered her time as a community liaison working with the Peer Support students at New Tech High School to launch their own sharing circles.
Jenna is passionate about empowering women to step into their most authentic selves and is committed to dismantling the systems of oppression that prevent us from doing so. She believes the ongoing pursuit of emotional and spiritual wellness builds the resilience necessary to step into the ring, embrace the messy, and keep showing up for her community.
Her own struggles with trauma and mental illness have led to crash courses on power imbalances, recovery, and the limitations of traditional healing models. The Napa Women's Circle was born from these learnings.
She is firm in her belief that human connection is at the heart of healing. The Napa Women’s Circle is an ever-evolving experiment dedicated to that belief.