Open Circle 

Open Circle...a tapestry of ritual, story, laughter and the mystical experience of women gathered, where we can reflect on the sacred in our lives.

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).

     

Upcoming Open Circles 2014:

November Open Circle: Things We Don't Talk About: Women's Stories from the Red Tent

Wednesday 26 November 2014
7:00 p.m.
Merici Lounge, Brescia
Free Parking

This Open Circle will feature a screening of the film Things We Don't Talk About: Women's Stories from the Red Tent. "A Red Tent is a space where women gather to rest, renew, and often share deep and powerful stories about their lives. The Red Tent movement is changing the way that women interact and support each other by providing a place that honours and celebrates women, and by enabling open conversations about the things that women don't want to talk about in other venues." Click HERE to view the trailer:

A discussion and sharing will follow the film.

 

2013-2014 Open Circles are a collaboration between
The Circle Women's Centre and WomanEarth, The Living Centre.

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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).