Open Circles are always the last Wednesday of the month, at 7:00 pm. (New Time!)
Merici Lounge, Mother St. James Building, Brescia University College
(Note: this space is most easily accessed by entering Brescia from Sarnia Road).
2013-2014 Open Circles are a collaboration between
The Circle Women's Centre and WomanEarth, The Living Centre.
Offered by: The Circle Women's Centre & WomanEarth: Ecological Being
Facilitators: Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera, Sheila Horrell, Francis Abley
This 5 part Winter-Spring series invites you to explore the sacred nature of creation, our relationship within the Earth Community; how to offer spiritual response to the ecological crisis we collectively face and what we may do to creatively participate in bringing the world back into harmony and beauty.
This series is inspired by the teachings of many eco-spiritual elders and the essays in Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth - Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
"You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer." ~ Thich Naht Hanh
May – The Next Transition – A New Cosmological Story
In the midst of formidable challenges – climate change, environmental degradation, poverty, social inequities, unrestrained militarism – we are being called to the next stage of evolutionary history. The human community has the capacity now to realize our intrinsic unity in the midst of enormous diversity and most especially, our place within this 4.6 billion years of Earth history.
In this Circle we will explore the 'shifts of consciousness' and values that are emerging from the new sciences, giving us a new transformational cosmological story. One which integrates and engages humans in the creation of a world that honors the sacredness of all Life.
As the human species learns to embody love (a cosmological dimension), the entire planet goes through a fundamental transformation because all human presence now permeates all of the species of life. - Brian Swimme, Ph.D. Cosmologist
"The earth was once molten rock and now sings operas." ― Brian Swimme
About Open Circles
"Talking freely about aspects of women's lives and naming them as resources for spiritual strength in community have not been part of patriarchal religion. Feminist communities ecourage truth-telling - naming of the experiences that are real in women's lives. In these settings there are no correct doctrines into which women have to try to fit their experiences and so the truth telling goes on, new ways of describing women's spirituality emerge and new sources for survival and strength are named and incorporated into women's spirituality"
-Charlotte Caron, To Make and Make Again: Feminst Ritual Thealogy, 1993
When The Circle started in 1990, it was decided that the program might include one evening a month women could come together informally to read quietly, to talk with other women, to enjoy a cup of tea in the lounge space. The first small group of women who attended suggested that each evening have a theme. One woman might share an interest, a project, a book or video to twig the personal experience of those present and get them talking. The topics for Open Circle evenings have come from the brainstorming of the women who attend. After a few years, an Open Circle planning group formed and called themselves "Dynamikos" meaning "powerful."
To use Charlotte Caron's words, Open Circles have focused on "naming of the experiences that are real in women's lives," sources that have been traditionally considered improbable dimensions of spirituality. The evenings have included the truth-telling of many individuals sharing their personal stories, profound life-changing experiences, and creative processes. The diverse modes of spiritual expression have included storytelling, drawing, belly dancing, moulding with clay, journaling, meditation, drumming, etc. The hundreds and hundreds of women who have come to Open Circles over the years have taken home new ways of describing and experiencing women's spirituality and new connections with other women.
There have been so many special moments. The joy of sharing rituals to celebrate seasonal and life passages stand out. In addition, these evenings have provided opportunities for women to network and form new circles of support and solidarity. Open Circles have inspired dream groups, menopause groups, book clubs, writing groups, drumming circles, ritual groups ...and these open circle evenings continue to spiral.
**Open Circles take place on the last Wednesday of the month from September - May (excluding December).