Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Napa Women's Circle the right place for me? 

ABSOLUTELY! If you are a cis or trans woman, or someone who identifies outside the gender binary who is comfortable in spaces that center the experiences of women, we'd love to share a Circle with you. If you thrive at the intersection of wellness and social justice and know that the personal IS political, join us! 

When does the NWC gather?

Sharing Circles meet on the first Thursday of January - June, August - November from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. PST on Zoom. The Feminist Book Club meets the fourth Wednesday of January - November from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. PST on Zoom. Mark your calendars! 

 

We’d love to offer more to our growing community and hope to be able to in a not too distant future. For now, we operate through the generosity of five volunteers who give their time, energy, intellect, and skills to create our existing offerings. These volunteers have full-time gigs outside of the NWC and are working hard to meet our monthly operating costs to keep the NWC alive and well in our community.

Where does the NWC gather?

We meet on Zoom and we kinda love it. Zoom allows us to break down barriers to access, expand who we serve, diversify the attendees of each offering, keep our costs low, and gives folks the opportunity to create their own unique and ideal environment to experience Sharing Circles and Feminist Book Club. 

 

Meeting on Zoom is another way we demonstrate community care because it’s 2022 and the pandemic isn’t over yet. Check out Mia Mingus’ blog post, You Are Not Entitled To Our Deaths: COVID, Abled Supremacy & Interdependence, for more information on the ableism inherent in the push to return to “normal.” 

 

Is there a cost to participate?

Yes. Circles are offered on a sliding scale from $10 - $20. We believe healing in community must be accessible to everyone. Trade options are also available. 

What's a sliding scale?

Sliding Scale payments are a tool for equity-building and economic justice. The Napa Women's Circle uses a sliding scale to uphold our commitment to eliminating a cost barrier to community care. Wellness should never be the exclusive domain of the wealthy.

 

Please know that the only person who will ever know which sliding scale option you choose is our founder, Jenna Sanders. We value and respect your financial privacy.

How do I know which sliding scale option to choose?

$10 Seed Option for people who rent low-end properties or face housing insecurity, are unemployed or use government assistance, and have debt that prevents them from meeting their basic needs.
$20 Flower option for people who own their home or make their rent and utility payments with ease, have access to saving and often have expendable income.
$15 Sprout option for people who have housing stability, own or lease their car, buy some items new and some thrifted or used, with some debut but are still able to meet their basic needs.
Any dollar amount above $20 for people who are in a position of financial abundance and wish to extend their generosity in support of the Napa Women's Circle.
An Exchange of Gifts - attend a Circle in exchange for creating a themed playlist, by opening the Circle with the Brave Space poem and community agreements, lead gentle movement, meditaiton or a short dance party, provide a single card tarot reading, close the Circle with the gratitude ritual or any other gift you'd like to share.

Are the Sharing Circles equivalent to group therapy?

Though we consider our Sharing Circles to be healing in nature, these Circles are not run by licensed therapists and cannot serve as group therapy. If you are looking for professionally-trained mental health therapists, we recommend using our Resources page for assistance. 

How can I support you if I can’t join? 

First, thank you for believing in the work we do to create small wave change in our community! Second, here’s a quick list of ways to help the NWC keep on keeping on:

  • Follow us on Instagram and engage with our posts

  • Send a gratitip to our PayPal as a thank you for our service

  • Make a monthly $5, $10, or $20 pledge on Patreon and help us meet our monthly operating expenses

  • Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your girlfriend, tell your casual sex buddy, tell your co-worker, tell your neighbor that we’re out here offering cool stuff! Forward our emails to people who you think would groove on this experience. Share our posts on Instagram. Help us serve the folks who thrive at the intersection of wellness and social justice.