2021 Sharing Circles
Thanks for joining the Napa Women's Circle for a sharing circle dedicated to the ways we have been shaped by the spiritual, mental, emotional, and material hardships of 2020. We channeled the energy of the grit that becomes the pearl and the lotus that grows from muddy waters to explore the transformative power of difficult situations.
Thank you to Stephanie Der for creating such an invigorating discussion around the topic of power. And thank you to all those who joined us on Thursday, February 4th. So much creative re-imagining of power as an infinite resource, power with rather than power over, and power-sharing in place of power hoarding.
Thank you to everyone who attended our March sharing circle where we worked through the difficulties surrounding accountability and re-imagined accountability as a way to demonstrate love, strengthen relationships, and hold ourselves responsible for modeling the changes we wish to see in this world.
Thank you to Shanle Vandermeer for creating a thought-provoking Sharing Circle on the climate crisis. And thank you to all of you who arrived with an open mind and willingness to challenge how we traditionally look at environmentalism so we can learn how to be about it, not just do about it.
Thank you to Nicole Driscoll for creating a nourishing discussion on how the events of 2020 distorted our sense of time. And thank you to everyone who joined us to look at how our perception of time has shifted and how we can imagine sharing time in a more equitable way as the U.S. begins to re-open.
Thank you to everyone who attended this important conversation where we explored rest as a form of resistance. What a nourishing experience to explore how we know when we need rest, how we extend the luxury of rest to others, and how powerful we are when choose to do nothing at all.
Thank you to Victoria Fowler for encouraging all of us to dig deep into our anger. And thank you to everyone who attended and delved into questions like: How do we find the balance between being angry and apathetic, helpless, or triggered? When is anger urging us to act, and when does it simply need to be felt? How can we act as our best selves as we interact with our anger?
Thank you to everyone who helped to co-create this deeply healing Circle on collective grief. We took our grief and our healing out of isolation and bravely stepped into community care. Thank you all for your tenderness and for opening your hearts to the process of stepping into the pain of what was lost in 2020 and 2021 in order to dream up new ways to fill those empty spaces.
Thank you to everyone who joined us to discuss Beauty Privilege where dove into questions like where did we learn what is and is not beautiful? What are the barriers to accessing beauty? Have you interrogated the messages you receive that tell you what is beautiful? Have you considered how the body you were born into, is in its very nature of being, is a political tool that can uphold or disrupt systems of oppression?
Thank you to everyone who helped co-create this invigorating exploration of desire, a driving force in our lives. We delved into what we find ourselves drawn towards and explore how it’s shaped our network of family, friends, and lovers. How what we find attractive is impacted by our geographic location, and whether our “type” learned or innate.