Midlife: A Women’s Circle

A circle for women* who need space to breathe.

You feel ground down by other people’s needs

Your body is changing

Your emotions are all over the place

And

You long for a space to just stop.

To tell the truth

To be heard and hear others

To know you’re not alone.

That’s me. That’s how I feel. And I know I’m not the only one. That’s why I’m setting up this circle.

I want us to gather in support of each other and ourselves. I want to feel nourished and replenished in a way that I know only circles can offer.

What is a circle?

A circle is a gathering in which people come together in safety, to explore issues that are relevant to them. It creates a wisdom that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Within the circle you are safe to be yourself, however you show up in that moment. You are free to vent, listen, explore.

A circle is not a therapy session, nor is it a class. We do not teach each other or offer solutions. But we do end up enriching each other and learning from what each of us brings.

Nor is a circle a friendship group, it is set apart from usual bonds. All members are welcomed equally, on their terms. This makes circles uniquely liberating when it comes to saying what you need to say, or hearing what you need to hear.

Who is ‘Midlife: A Womens Circle’ for? 

Midlife: A Womens Circle is for those of us feeling overburdened, overlooked and undervalued. Those of us who have had enough of society’s bullshit and want a place to be honest – with ourselves and each other.

We might have childcare responsibilities, and/or responsibilities for ageing family members. We might have responsibilities at work that weigh heavily. We might be experiencing perimenopause and menopause symptoms, and negotiating what that means for us.

We might have none of these things currently at play in our lives, but be sick of the messages society has for women in their forties and fifties.

This circle will help us let go of other people’s expectations. It is a place we can speak freely, and know that we are worthy just as we are, whatever else is going on.

I can promise that:

  • This is a place of safety: we will have transparent principles so everyone knows where they stand
  • We will keep the group small, so it feels approachable and welcoming
  • We will centre themes relevant to the people involved: each circle will have a topic to serve as a starting point
  • You will not be given advice or solutions: you will be heard and seen just as you are
  • You belong.

I don’t yet know:

  • How often we will meet, though I think monthly
  • Where we will meet, though I would prefer in person
  • Exact costs, though I want to keep it accessible

In keeping with the circle ethos, I will be led by those interested to create something that suits the group.

If not now, when?

This is the question I keep asking myself. Life is too short to keep putting off the things that matter. This matters.

Would you like to know more?

If you’d like to see (and shape) how this develops, simply email me. I’ll contact you later in autumn with a suggestion for how we move forward.

*women includes both cis and trans women, and non-binary folk are also welcome