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The Power of the Women’s Circle

What exactly is a women’s circle and why do we need it more than ever today?

“The fundamentals of spirituality connect us rather than separate us. Women meeting in circles with a spiritual center are in a sacred space, are practicing and developing compassion when they listen, and are deepening themselves. The more circles there are, the easier others can form. At the same time, each circle adds to collective human consciousness.”
(Jean Shinoda Bolen, The Antidote)

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Women in circle on the beautiful island of Bali, Indonesia

The History of the Women’s Circle

Throughout history, women have gathered in sacred circle. Be it around a fire in prehistoric times, within hushed monasteries of the Middle Ages, in consciousness-raising groups in 1970’s living rooms or online groups in the digital age, women have long congregated to laugh, share, heal, care for children, grieve, and spiritually connect in community.

As someone who has participated in several circles with women of all ages and cultural backgrounds, I value the power, energy, and solidarity that is fostered when women convene. In such gatherings, women can experience a deep authenticity within themselves – a truth or ‘realness’ that is often lacking as we tend to our day-to-day lives and its multitude of roles and responsibilities.

Women’s circles operate on unique principles and values. Within the structure of the circle, there is no hierarchy; each woman’s voice is equally important, her story honoured and received fully. In this sacred space, a collective power is harnessed. And when there is focused intent on healing – individually and collectively – magic happens. The support, creativity, and sharing of ideas that is fostered in women’s circles has the power to translate into something much larger and more palpable. There is a ripple effect that positively impacts society at large.

Why We Truly Need Women’s Circles Today

It could be said that in these transformative times of global conflict and economic uncertainty, the women’s circle is needed more than ever. In the words of renowned Jungian analyst and writer Jean Shinoda Bolen, “When women come together and make a commitment to each other to be in a circle with a spiritual center, they are creating a vessel of healing and transformation for themselves, and vehicle for change in their world”.

It is the Dalai Lama who stated in the 2009 World Peace Summit visit to Vancouver, BC that the world will be saved by the western woman. Though feminine qualities of interconnection, vulnerability, relatedness, and cooperation have historically been undervalued in a patriarchal society which largely celebrates individuality, dominance, and competition, there is a growing sense that a mass planetary awakening is occurring. Despite outward appearances of destruction and decline, human consciousness is evolving at a very rapid pace and, in these shifting times, feminine principles are central – if not essential! – to the new world that is being birthed.

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Mooh Hood who has led tour to Bali for Sacred Earth Journeys

Mooh Hood, our Bali tour leader, co-founded and and currently sits on its Advisory Council of the Pacific Women’s Circle Association, an organization which for twenty years has held annual Goddess Camp retreats for women in the Pacific Northwest. Mooh now leads women’s retreats on the beautiful island of Bali and, in our upcoming journey, each day will begin with a morning circle. Bali’s peaceful and lush landscape provides the perfect backdrop for women to spiritually connect with their inner selves, and to each other. Women will engage in the creative and artistic process, visit the Mother Temple to connect with the Divine Feminine, and chant at the holy springs.

The Millionth Circle Initiative

Women are increasingly realizing the power and necessity of their leadership on a global scale. In 2000, Jean Shinoda Bolen and several other women were inspired to create the Millionth Circle Initiative, an organization whose intentions are “to seed, nurture, and connect women’s circles, to bring the circle process into United Nations accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the 5th UN World Conference on Women, and to be a means through which women’s circles become aware of being part of a larger movement to shift consciousness in the world.”

There is no doubt that women’s voices are more important than ever, and the circle remains the perfect place to plant the seeds for a new vision for humanity based on love, connection, and compassion.

Ways to participate in a women’s circle: Start your own! If a circle does not yet take place where you live why not invite other women to join with you and start your own! There are many great resources available online to guide you through the start-up process. Visit Sacred Earth Journeys and read through our journey itineraries – many of our journeys include opportunities for meeting in circle with like-minded travellers. 

~ Aleya Abdulla and Sacred Earth Journeys

Free Art Gifts & A Special Message from Artist Lori Goldberg

Lori-2BGoldbergWe are excited to be able to pass on a very special message from Lori Goldberg sharing her excitement about the March 2015 Women’s Spiritual Art Journey in Bali with Mooh Hood and Lori Goldberg and news of a fabulous gift pack when you sign up for the journey by January 15, 2015!

Update! Book by January 15 and you will also be entered to win a $150.00 jewellery gift certificate from Bali co-tour leader Mooh Hood. View her beautiful creations  on her website.

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Bali’s Spiritual & Creative Pull: An Interview with Mooh Hood & Lori Goldberg

In March 2015 Mooh Hood and Lori Goldberg will be leading a Women’s Spiritual Art Journey in Bali. Here, we catch up with Mooh and Lori to talk about what keeps drawing them back to Bali and the effect of this beautiful country on their own creative processes. We also delve into what participants can expect from the journey, from a spiritual and creative perspective.

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KB: What is it about Bali that captivated you and keeps drawing you back?

Mooh: Bali feeds my soul on many levels. It is alive with devotional rituals from the daily placement of beautiful offerings, to the dance, music, and art that is created for the enjoyment of the Gods and Goddesses. When I experience these unique ways to keep their world in balance – it allows me to make sense of my world as well.

It is rare to be able to witness and also participate in such a rare culture that was created by “the Goddess birthing the world”. I find this constant awareness of their physical world – seen and unseen –the invoking the spirits of nature extremely compelling.

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Spiritual Journey to Bali Ignites Soulful Creativity

From March 12 – 23, 2015 artist Lori Goldberg and tour leader & jewelry designer Mooh Hood will travel to Bali with a small group of women for a journey of art, culture, spirituality and fun!

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Women’s Spiritual Art Journey in Baliwith Mooh Hood and Lori Goldberg is an opportunity to spend time in one of the most beautiful places on earth with tour leaders who will nurture your own creative spirit and inspire you to see beauty with fresh eyes.

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Want to Extend that Summer Feeling? Book Yourself a Tropical Fall Yoga Retreat!

It’s nearing the end of summer. The days are getting shorter and there’s a crispness to the early mornings that reminds us Fall is just around the corner. As much as I love autumn with its intense colours and opportunities for peaceful walks in the ever-changing forest, I know that by November I’m yearning for the warm sun again.

November is the perfect month for a yoga getaway, and even better if it’s a retreat where the sun’s rays will re-energize your soul, and the beauty of the natural surroundings will help you ease into a week of calm, focused, fun practice.

We are very excited this year to be offering bookings for 2 yoga retreats in November: “Bali Bliss Retreat with Michele Labelle” is a Transformational Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Magical Bali on November 9 – 18, 2014, and “Practice, Breathe and Surf CostaRica with Chris Duggan & Natalie Rousseau” is a seven-day adventure and yoga retreat in idyllic Mal Pais, Costa Rica, taking place November 22 – 29, 2014.

What will these Fall retreats offer you?

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