I attended my first Wild Woman Festival almost by accident. An advertisement popped up in my facebook feed and I felt instinctively drawn to it; I bought my ticket impulsively, without really knowing what I was getting myself into. Flash forward four months to August 2016, and I found myself in the beautiful Berkshires, immersed in a group of over 100 women camping on a quartz mountain in the middle of a forest. For 5 blissful days, we did yoga, meditated, laughed, danced, sang, journaled, hiked, gazed at the stars, howled at the full moon, ate chocolate around the campfire, and connected with our new-found sisters. I left with a sense of fulfillment, belonging, and purpose that I had never felt before.
This experience set my life on a new path. I discovered the Wild Woman Project created by Chris Maddox (who is also the organizer of the festival). The project’s mission statement is “to awaken women to their most authentic, undomesticated nature, so they may feel like themselves, all the time, no apologies.” The heart of this organization is its international network of women’s circles, held each month at the New Moon. When I returned from the festival I searched for a circle to attend, but the closest ones in New York were held hours away from me. I longed for the sisterhood I felt during fest, so after attending again in 2017, I decided to enroll in the Wild Woman Project Circle Leader Training so I could start my own circle here in Syracuse.
During the training we delved into astrological themes, guided each other through deep meditations, and learned how to create potent intention setting rituals. We explored what it meant to truly hold space for women to connect with themselves and each other. We gathered in virtual circles every week to learn, reflect, and put all of our new skills to practice. And we came out on the other side ready to share the experience of circling with all of our individual communities.
At a New Moon Circle, we begin with a centering practice that focuses on looking through the lens of the heart. We then explore the energy of the sign the moon will be traveling through when it becomes new. For our first circle, this will be the sign of Aquarius. This is done through a guided meditation, and a journaling and sharing session. We will close out the circle by creating intentions and centering again on the heart. I can’t wait to share in this powerful act of sisterhood and community! Join me for the first circle on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 6:30-8:00 PM at Syracuse Yoga!