Firelight Circle has been slowly taking shape in the back of my mind for a long time; it’s just that I hadn’t really managed to get my head around how it could work. However, 2020 has been a year of hard lessons, and beautiful things are often forged in flames.
A couple of years ago, I started a journey back to myself. I was in therapy again working through some challenges in my relationship, professional and home lives, and a chance encounter led to me finding myself in circle with other women for the first time. I will never forget how much relief I felt as I entered into a truly safe space and felt fully included for the first time in a long time.
Firelight Circle has come about as my wish to extend the joy and community that I experienced from participating in a circle to a wider and more diverse population of women has grown, and demanded to become reality. Our extended enforced period of physical distancing and social solidarity has shown that it’s not always about being in physical proximity. I have known for a long time that there are ways to build strong and enduring communities online, but these past few months have opened more peoples’ eyes to this possibility than ever before.
Any space that I hold is an inclusive one. This is an inclusive circle for all women; there is no other way to grow and learn.
There is always room at the fire, space for your words and thoughts, and somewhere to put your stuff down. We will gather online, from our collective safe spaces, until it’s safe to meet each other in person again.
Let’s talk, and think, and grow together.
Let’s cackle round the fire, crackle thoughts into action, and support each other’s hopes and dreams.
It’s our best way forward; I think it is probably our only way forward.