Fall Creative Soul Women’s Circles:
The Wisdom of the Body
with Carolyn Scarborough
August to December 2017
The body calls us to a much wilder and freer sense of ourselves and what is possible. – Christine Valters Paintner
If you’re like many of us, you get glimpses of your body’s untapped powers here and there. Maybe it’s a moment when you are stressed, and you remember to tune into your breath and peace arises. Or when you are berating yourself for eating that piece of cake and tenderness appears as you realize this precious body has housed you since birth.
Perhaps you are working on a creative project and find that if you drop in and work in tandem with your body, you become present, happier and your project becomes infinitely richer.
In this season’s Creative Soul Women’s Circles, we will explore “The Wisdom of the Body” by Christine Valters Paintner. As she says, “This book is rooted in the conviction that our bodies offer us the deepest wisdom—wisdom that can guide us through the river of life.”
It can be exhausting to be at war with our bodies, to ignore her needs as we push forward, to treat her like a servant instead of a beloved friend. Imagine the peace and possibilities if instead we found a consistent route to connect with her? Here we will be exploring universal themes that affect us all – how to be in relationship with an aging body, how to energize our bodies, and how to partner with our bodies to deepen creativity, presence, strength, spirituality, emotional wisdom and more.
This is your body, your greatest gift, pregnant with wisdom you do not hear, grief you thought was forgotten, and joy you have never known. – Marion Woodman
Join us as we explore what has been called “the last unexplored wilderness” – our beloved bodies.
Creative Soul Circles might be for you if you want to:
- live the next phase of your life with greater embodiment, authenticity and aliveness
- have reflective journaling time to see what you are really thinking and feeling
- be in a soulful women’s community
- have deep, enriching conversations about what matters
- find grounding and creative renewal
- intentionally craft what’s next for you
- Not only participate in the Circles, but also become part of a larger group of conscious, creative women in Austin who stay connected through a private Facebook community, special gatherings and friendships.
What are Creative Soul Women’s Circles?
This isn’t really a book group, a journaling group, or a women’s group – it’s a combination of all this and more.
We choose a book to inspire the journey (reading is encouraged but optional, because I capture and convey what is needed). The material is simply the jumping off point for our own inner exploration. Instead of a book being something we read and forget, I use my skills as a professional coach, writer and women’s group facilitator to enhance personal transformation and integration. All while we are relaxing and having fun!
What Happens Here?
These Circles have a mix that consistently creates magic. This includes a safe space to be yourself, beautiful poetry to drop deeper, quiet journaling time (no experience needed), small group conversation and powerful questions that invite us to more clearly hear our own wisdom. Women often walk in frazzled from the day… and walk out more peaceful, clear and energized.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: I am not a “writer” – will this work for me?
Answer: The journaling part of the Circle is about 30 minutes, and if you can write an email, you can do this writing. This isn’t about craft or striving. This is a precious period of time for YOU. You are given self-discovery prompts and then time to explore them on your own. There literally is no way to do it “wrong.” And no one will read it.
Q: I am introverted and feeling ambivalent about joining a group where I don’t know anyone.
A: I am highly sensitive and slightly introverted. Which means a priority is always creating a safe space. What this looks like is lots of spacious, private time for inner listening and writing. Small groups and never any pressure to share. The whole focus of these gatherings is on creating a space for you to hear YOUR wisdom, not ours. (We have plenty of those other voices on the internet and elsewhere in our lives.) And we practice radical acceptance and non-judgment here.
Q: Quite honestly, as I’ve gotten older I’ve found I’m more particular about the people I hang out with. My time is precious and I don’t want superficial friendships. What will I find here?
A: The women in these Circles are pretty cool, and the reason we do 4-month series is so friendships can deepen. And they do. There is a wide variety of women here, including entrepreneurs, therapists, yogis, coaches, retirees, photographers, writers, teachers, professionals and more. What they all have in common is a desire for inner exploration and open hearts. One of the most common comments I get is about the caliber of women in these Circles.
Q: I already know I can’t make several of the gatherings. Will that work?
A: Yes. The pricing and structure of these Circles support those who can’t make all of the Circles. When you miss, you receive the handouts via email the next day so you can work with it on your own if you choose. We also have a private Facebook group so you can keep up with the inspiration and conversation.
Where: We will meet in a cozy, artsy, light-filled central Austin home. Indoors there are plenty of private writing nooks, and outdoors women curl up on the futon on the porch, write on the hillside deck, on benches under the giant live oak tree, or wander over to the creek a stone’s throw away.
When: We will meet approximately every other week from August to December 2017.
- (FULL) Daylight Circle: 12:30 — 2:30 p.m. every other Wednesday beginning August 23 (Dates are 8/23, 9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29)
- (FULL) Moonlight Circle: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. every other Wednesday beginning August 23 (Dates are 8/23, 9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29)
Questions about any of this? Feel free to email me.
Cost is $245
Includes: Private Facebook group, refreshments at each gathering, all materials
What others have said about the Circles
I love your soft, tender, wise, open heart
Carolyn, I love your soft, tender, wise, open heart. You have a quiet power – steeped in wisdom and openness – and a bounty of kindness. I feel safe and warm in your presence, like I can be real, authentic and vulnerable because you are that way with yourself. I feel grateful for this gift!
It feels good to remember who I am
During the Creative Soul Women’s Circles, I have reflected on what is important to me and have shifted my default thinking and actions back to what makes my heart sing and tickles my joy chord. For those few hours on a Wednesday night, I give myself permission to deviate from the “expected” mode of being and operating by igniting what is true and key to my core. I am not always able to sustain these moments – life draws me back to what I think is expected of me. But finding a reprieve to nurture and feed my soul is a God send. It serves to remind me of my true self and allows me to feel empowered. It feels good to remember who I am at my center and to selflessly applaud, acknowledge and honor the beautiful, powerful and loving being that I am.
Tremendous impact on my life choices and future
When I started the Creative Soul Circle, I had no idea it would have such a tremendous impact on my life choices and my future. I had just left a very stressful corporate job and was exhausted, lacking inspiration and just plain blah. Yet I found something powerful about the way Carolyn creates meaning through community, writing and soul searching. This led me to re-examine my priorities and desires in a way I had not done before.
As a result of the Circle, not only did I find like-minded women, I found myself. I am currently in graduate school full time, pursuing a Masters in Marital and Family Therapy. I also have begun painting after a very long hiatus. This experience has been a window opener for me and a refreshing new way to be in this “age” of life. Highly recommended!
Really appreciate the safe, calm and relaxed space that you create
I’m so very happy to have met you and joined the Women’s Circle. You do such a lovely job of facilitating, guiding and teaching us – I really appreciate the safe, calm and relaxed space that you create and hold for us. Thank you for a fun, fascinating and expansive year. I’m looking forward to seeing you again at the next Circle, and the one after that, and after that!
Carolyn has a talent for taking a topic to explore it all in a deeper way
It may sound strange to say, but although there’s a short reading for each Circle, it’s not really about the book. Carolyn has a talent for taking a topic, widening it with poetry and other resources, and developing questions for us to explore it all in a deeper way. On my own I might superficially read a passage; but in these Circles, I gain insights that often lead to transformation.
Carolyn Scarborough is a professionally trained life coach, author and mentor who facilitates women’s circles on creativity and thriving in the second half of life. She is the author of “Backyard Pearls: Cultivating Wisdom and Joy in Everyday Life” and has studied various creative/spiritual practices for more than 30 years. Her style is intuitive, lighthearted and nurturing. She leads writing retreats, telecourses and coaches privately with women around the world. Among the places she has presented in the Austin area are Seton Cove, Eremos, Unity Church, Story Circle Network and the International Coach Federation, Austin Chapter.