As I sit in circle with women, I’m more and more amazed by our human spirit. I’m in awe by how much we endure as creatures on this earth. The transitions that come our way, the pain we’ve moved through, the beauty that shines through regardless. I hear stories during Red Thread Circle, a simple practice part of each of my workshops that helps connect and hear from each voice in the circle.
Simply stated, a Red Thread Circle gathers us together to explore our belonging, share our story, speak our voice, connect our common thread, claim our sacred responsibility and celebrate one another.
I’m passionate about the Red Thread Circle because it’s helped me to claim belonging in life. As an artist, seeing differently comes naturally and often, it’s easy to feel like an outsider. As an empathic soul, it’s also easy to put walls up to protect myself from being hurt. In life, I there are times when I’ve felt alone. But, by participating with the Red Thread Circle regularly, it has give me eyes to see that I belong and have a sacred responsibility to the whole. The part I play in life MATTERS; being an artist is a gift and a necessity to life. As we move around the circle, each person claims their piece, an invitation to lay down comparing and, instead, celebrate each person’s unique gift. In a Red Thread Circle, there is a guideline not to “fix” or give advice, but rather to witness and be present.
The summer of 2019, I was thrilled to be a support person for the Red Thread Guide program with the Intentional Creativity® Foundation to provide witness and encouragement for participants of the program. It gave me access to deeper training around this beautiful process that can be an easy breezy celebration or an all day deep soul-searching event.
Some of my favorite types of circles to call are:
• Celebration circles to honor a person or couple
• Transition circles to honor a change in life
• Visioning circles to dream anew
• Grief circles to honor the difficult
• Belonging circles to aid in claiming our gift/piece
• Nurturing circles to claim renewal
If you’re interested in experiencing a Red Thread Circle, I’d love to come and host in your space. Let’s connect and begin dreaming of a meaningful way to call a circle specific to your needs. Red Thread Circles are a donation-based offering that I host (locally to Moore County, NC). If you are outside Moore County, I ask for a non-refundable fee to hold the day and gas mileage (within 3 hours of MC).
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