“Groups run by and for women are our psychic turf;
our place to discover who we are, or who we could become,
as whole independent human beings.
Somewhere in our lives, each of us needs a free place.
A little psychic territory.
Do you have yours?”
- Gloria Steinem
I took part in my first women’s circle in 2015. As soon as it had ended, I realised that I felt so strongly about its radical, restorative effects that I had to bring circles to my own community. I had found my “psychic turf”.
Because despite being so ancient and simple, circles are nothing short of transformational. They are a unique oases of calm in which women can connect and converse in a way that is simply not possible in any other social context. They are real, raw, unedited, life-affirming and utterly precious. They allow us to be the emotional creatures that we were born to be. They allow us to be equals.
Which is why I have committed to hosting two BoboMama (in-person) circles a month and one virtual circle a month. All (those who identify as) women from all walks and every stage of life are welcome. No experience is necessary.
I would love you to join me!
“The circle is much more than the experience of this generation, a sacred circle especially.
It is a powerful transformer of the women in it”
A circle is a non-hierarchical gathering in which we share our experiences as women, support and inspire each other. It is an ancient way of connecting and the space that is held within it is both confidential and non-judgmental. Circles offer an opportunity for us to be truly ourselves and to express our full, sometimes messy, range of emotions. They allow us to be seen, accepted and empowered for who we really are.
"each time women gather in circles with each other, the world heals a little more"
BoboMama Women's Circles offer an opportunity for you to take a step back from life: to reclaim who you are underneath the chores, the to-do lists, the family and work commitments; to remember who you were before you got really busy and had no time left for yourself.
They offer you a chance to be surrounded by other women who understand you, for you to talk if you want to, and to listen if you don't. In circle, we connect with others, we share experiences and we discuss topics relevant to our modern lives: we reclaim what it is to be human.
“in a patriarchal climate, a circle of equals can be like an island of free speech and laughter”
Managing the constant juggling act that defines the modern woman is quite a feat: creating a welcoming, clean home, running or contributing to a profitable business, bringing up children to be the best they can be, being a loving and supportive partner and friend, keeping fit, looking stylish, eating healthily and drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, squeezing in some exercise, practising mindfulness, searching for fulfilment, working on becoming the best version of yourself and on top of it all remaining calm, sane and fun! It's a miracle that we function at all. But we do. We're superwomen! We multi-task to within an inch of our lives!
And how do we manage all of this, day in day out? Usually by neglecting the most important person at the centre of this maelstrom of energy and activity: ourselves. But what about our well-being? When do WE get a chance to renew and recharge our batteries?
To avoid burn-out it is essential that we make space for rest, and a circle provides just this: nourishing time-out for YOU amongst women that get it. An opportunity to reclaim your feminine essence!
“women in circles support each other and discover themselves, through talk”
Whilst the theme of the circle varies each meetup, its structure is always the same. First, we start with a short heart-opening exercise, then we ‘ground’ in order to get out of our heads and into our bodies. Next, we create a sacred circle space by connecting with each other and we then explore the theme for the month. This is done through discussion, journalling, practical exercises, group or partner work and perhaps a ritual ceremony. After this, we share our experiences.
Circle themes focus on topics that are relevant to us as women, such as: self-worth and confidence, motherhood, work/life balance, finding happiness and fulfilment, our feminine essence, how to manage and release uncomfortable emotions, body image, self-care, the patriarchy, how to be authentic and much more.
"The archetype of a circle may be perfect. A women's circle never is. It is a creative work of art in process"
Please bring a journal and pen to write down your reflections, a blanket if you would like to feel cosy and a cushion to sit on (chairs are available but the circle is held on the floor). Bring a flask of cold or hot drink if you wish and dress in comfortable clothes!
“a circle of women is a multifaceted mirror in which each sees herself reflected”
Any and all (those who identify as) women! All ages, nationalities and walks of life are welcome. No experience is necessary.
Neals Yard Remedies, 34 Abbeygate, Bury Saint Edmunds, IP33 1LW
First Friday of every month, 9.30am to noon
OCT 5, NOV 2, DEC 7, JAN 4
Book your place using the calendar below
I also host BoboMama women’s circles online. These are exactly the same in format and content as those that are held in-person except they take place in a virtual rather than in a physical space.
Whilst the energy is different, it is by no means less powerful and the circle we create feels equally nourishing and safe.