Friday, October 18, 2013

Circle of Friends

I have such a wonderful circle of friends.  They so enrich my life, in ways they probably don't realize.  A circle of women friends, women of all ages, in all stages of life, with such a diversity of backgrounds, histories, spiritual journeys.  It has been a wish of mine, for some time, to find ways to bring us closer, bond us together, connect on deeper levels.  Maybe this stems from losing my mother at such a vital age, when I seemed to need her so much, her insight, her wisdom.  I have two brothers and two sons, so really my women friends are the only real female connections in my life at this moment in time.

I wanted to create a circle ceremony.  A spiritual circle where we could talk, bond, come together with one specific idea/theme/or purpose in mind.  Not a set schedule but just periodically throughout the year.  When there was a need or desire to connect.

I had an idea of what I wanted to provide as a framework.  For a foundation so everyone could contribute their own gifts toward something good, something powerful, something nourishing to the soul.  I didn't want there to be a "leader".

I tried searching online and reading a few books, but really found nothing that fit.  Maybe some just aren't comfortable sharing how their own women's circles work, are created, or the foundation they use for sharing in this way.  Maybe I just wasn't searching in the right places.  But that has brought me here.  Over the next few weeks I hope to share what has worked for us.  The framework I created.  Feel free to use these with your own circle of women, change things around, add/delete, make it your own.  But for some this may be a great starting point.  Something to inspire you to bring your friendships to a deeper level, create community, build a village for this and future generations.  So be looking for that as I type it all out.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Southeast Women's Herbal Conference

Another herbal conference has come and gone.  It was so beautiful up in Black Mountain this time of year.  Chilly in the morning but warming up so nicely, it was so lovely to sit in session soaking up all the wisdom, then move to the chairs by the lake and soak up all the warm sunshine!  I learn more and more each year as I deepen my own herbal practice.  This year was no different.  I will say that one of the highlights for me was listing to Susun Weed.  Just such a wise, caring, energetic spirit.  She seemed to really connect with the audience, no matter how large, and was truly engaging and caring.  Her knowledge just soaks into you without any effort.  She could talk on any subject with ease, interjecting just the perfect number of personal stories, songs, and tips.   She has an ability to just sense what the audience needs and reach down into your soul and leave that healing touch!  I want to hear more from her!!

I have listened to/watched youtube videos with Susun Weed, read her books, read her web site, poured over articles by Susun, but it doesn't begin to compare with the in person experience.  I see she will be at the Florida Herbal Conference in February 2014.  I encourage anyone able, to go listen to her in person, it will be a session you will not soon forget!

I can't wait for next year.  And for those eager to participate, I see the dates have been set!  October 10-12, 2014.  See you all in Black Mountain!