I come from a previous background as a social worker and then a teacher, with a strong desire to improve the lives of others, by opening up opportunities for connection and community.
Aware of the myriad of ways in which the inner and often quiet voice is silenced, in our social systems, I naturally gravitated towards spending time sitting in women’s talking circles.
This began around 2013. In these spaces I finally found my voice; I dared to speak and share my personal thoughts, experiences, wishes and feelings, in a group of women.
In this time, the emphasis on the circle has shifted for me, from talking to listening. I now wish to share this simple and beautiful concept with others, to enjoy being witnessed by others in a group context.
I am currently exploring possibilities to host a weekly 2 hour listening circle in central Newcastle. A circle that is open to all who feel called, men and women. What you learn about the circle concept, you can take to your places of work, study and personal life. It works well in an array of environments.
Having left both of my previous professions, I am currently exploring possibilities for what I wish to bring to the world.
I am currently in limbo; that uncertain time period of being with the unknown, not yet aware of what the future holds, waiting patiently for things to slowly reveal themselves.
In this waiting period, I have discovered that listening in community, in circle, is one of the things I feel strongly called to support, here in Newcastle.
A space in which every voice has equal opportunity to speak and each voice is equally valued. Perhaps as a reflection of the many ways in my past, where I felt unable to speak my truth, to give my heart a voice.
Times they are a changing, and I intend to use my energy and resources to make this world a more heart-centred and inter-connected place.
Circle is one of many ways, of doing just that.