The Story Collective:
A Women's Story Sharing Circle
We all carry a story around - a narrative about who we are (or, not knowing who we are), how others are and how the world works (or, a narrative about not understanding how the world works and feeling confused by the behaviours of others).
I tend to work with internationals who've made a new country their home and in that space there are also many stories about belonging, identity, cultural expectations and mismatch, of loneliness, loss and longing and joy, newfound love and a sense of adventure.
The Story Collective's Women's Circle is a celebration of us - of all our stories and all the narratives that are growing and bobbling away inside of us. It's a safe space to feel seen, heard and understood by offering each other mutual respect and kindness and allowing others their stories to live, unfold and change as they see fit, rather than pushing our own stories onto others. It's a space for holding each other and lifting each other. And to expand our network, and learn and grow together.
As someone who's travelled the world I've been lucky enough to be part of many welcoming communities and benefitted from the support that offers when far away from home, as well as having lived places where I felt totally isolated and lonely.
Community building isn't just an important passion project of mine but it's an essential part of living a satisfactory life as humans. We're group animals and the increased individualism and isolation of modern, Western societies is not good for our mental health.
Unfortunately, many of us feel too self-conscious, embarrassed, shy and anxious to join group activities and not only are we ruining something that could be very beautiful and powerful for ourselves but we're also depriving others from the joy when we don't dare show up and join hands.
Currently, the Story Collective is only available in Copenhagen (but if enough interest is shown I might expand it to other areas in Denmark and/or via Zoom).
We'll meet monthly for two hours, either during the day or in the evening and I'll bring a theme and some wisdom for us to reflect on and discuss together.
Come as and when you'd like. No commitment needed. And it's free!
Theme suggestions are welcomed.
Current themes will include understanding our brains, communication, how to feel more satisfied (happier) in life, why it's so hard to be vulnerable, identity, meaning/purpose, death, loneliness, love, discrimination, stress and overwhelm, low moods, success stories, playing big, emotional management, what it means to be human, kindness and compassion, emotional intelligence, empowerment and much more...