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Discover the Power of Who You Are

Come to a Woman Within Weekend to explore your inner landscape.

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How Might Your Life Be Different?

Join a Woman Within Circle

The Woman Within® weekend was created by women for women. It is a unique opportunity to explore your essence as a woman and your life choices. A safe and nurturing environment is created so you can explore the power of who you are. A series of exercises, guided imagery and intense individual and group work is offered so you can see and transform what holds you back. Make choices about what you want to keep, what you want to deepen and what you want to release from your life. A one-on-one staff ratio allows for personal attention and ensures that you are witnessed and supported.

Read what women say …

Sitting in circle is an opportunity to connect deeply with other women, and to give and receive support on your life’s journey. It is a place of celebration in times of joy and support in times of stress or sorrow. It is a place to question and challenge yourself in times of growth, a place to nourish your spirit and strengthen your heart.

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What to expect

  • Each circle generally has between 5 and 10 women.
  • There is no hierarchy in a circle, and women generally take it in turns to guide each session (except for the Woman Within Circle Training (formerly E-circle) which is guided by experienced women for the first 10 sessions).
  • The guide may introduce a theme for the session or the session may be open for sharing on any subject (or a combination of both).
  • Everything that is shared is held completely confidential by the circle. This is important for creating a safe and sacred space in which women feel able to speak their truth.
  • Women are encouraged to speak from the heart and to own their feelings through using ‘I’ statements (e.g. ‘I feel glad when…’ instead of ‘you feel glad when…’).
  • The speaker is not interrupted, and there is no judging, fixing or advising – the speaker is given time and space to explore her thoughts and feelings and in doing so is empowered to listen to her own inner wisdom. (A woman may choose to ask for advice or other women may offer suggestions in response if permission is asked to do so).

Read what women say …

Sitting in circle with women has been, and continues to be, an incredibly healing and empowering experience for me. When I joined over two years ago the voice of my inner critic was so loud that I wasn’t able to see my own strengths or attributes, never mind be able to love myself. Through being accepted and loved by the women in circle for exactly who I am, I have learned to love myself – I thought “well if a group of women I’ve only known for a few months can see my strengths and reflect them back to me with love, and I am able to do the same for other women, perhaps I can offer that acceptance and love to myself”. I can, and consequently I have grown in openness and confidence, and am learning to recognise my own inner wisdom. It is an on-going journey, and I am incredibly grateful to the beautiful women I sit in circle with, and to the community of Woman Within Australia, for providing such supportive and nourishing opportunities to learn and grow as a woman.

Gill
Perth, WA

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Gain listening and support tools as you join or start a Woman Within Circle. Usually held over the course of 8-10 weekly meetings following a Woman Within Weekend. You are invited to explore a range of different topics in a safe and supportive environment. It provides space for you to continue to examine who you are, and how you make choices and live behaviours. It is a place to learn greater emotional self-awareness and hone your communication skills with the support of like-minded women.

Circle Training could also be arranged for an interested group. Ask about availability in your area.

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Witnessing and holding space for other women is an ancient and honoured tradition. Once you have participated in the Woman Within Weekend, you are then able to apply to staff a Weekend anywhere in the world. As a staff member, you co-create and hold the container for other women. Staff volunteer their time and also pay to attend. As a staff woman there is much to be learned not only from the leaders of the Weekend, but also the many opportunities for self-reflection about self-leadership: how I show up and how I manage myself. There are many rewards to be gained through this powerful and sacred experience.

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Woman Within International offer several additional workshops women may attend. The Woman Within Weekend is a prerequisite for many of these workshops. Click on the icons to learn more about workshops offered by Woman Within International.

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Woman Within Circles are not intended to substitute for the advice or supervision of professional services or consultation that you may need. Woman Within Circle Guides are not trained mental health professionals and they are not trained to treat psychological problems or to provide treatment to an emotionally or psychologically distressed person. If you have, or believe you may have, a problem requiring psychological treatment, we urge you to consult a qualified professional instead.

Contacts in Australia for Woman Within Circles

Bellingen Circle

Contact: Sula Whitmore
Email: sula.whitmore@gmail.com

Online Circle

Contact: Claire Bate
Email: wwaonlinecircle@gmail.com

Daylesford Circle

Contact: Jayne Andrews
Email: chirojayne@yahoo.com.au

Brisbane Circle

Contact: Claire Bate
Email: claire.bate@gmail.com

Perth Circles
Including Morley, Subiaco and Cottesloe

Contact: Susan Holtmeulen
Email: circles@womanwithinaustralia.org

Melbourne Circle

Contact: Meike Zielinski
Email: meike67@hotmail.com

Sydney Circle

Contact: Dee Read
Email: dee.read196@gmail.com

General Circle Enquires

Contact: Susan Holtmeulen
Email: circles@womanwithinaustralia.org

  • “ Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

    –Carl Jung

  • “ Until you make the unconscious conscious it will direct your life and you will call it fate”

    –Carl Jung

  • “ Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.”

    –James Thurber