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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
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Regional Coordinator Interview: Lorraine Lima and
Jeane Tu Bears Jacobs of Reno, Nevada
Highlights from the 2013 Annual Gathering
Notes from the First Annual GTW Canada Gathering
Our featured Regional Coordinators are from Reno, Nevada – Lorraine Lima and Jeane Tu Bears Jacobs.
This photo was taken at the recent Annual Gathering at Lake Tahoe.
Who are you in the world?
Lorraine was born under the Sun in Leo with 5 planets (in Leo) in the House of daily routine, therefore her dedication to “work” in the world is very important to her. She is extremely organized and has a beautiful way of delegating projects for others to accomplish, which they manage to complete joyously. Her life’s work has been to create opportunities for children to grow and flourish in kind, loving environments. She enjoys creating workshops that give others opportunities to touch their souls deeply and realize greater potential within themselves.
Jeane Tu Bears was born with the Sun in Leo on the cusp of the 12th and 1st Houses. She is the rising Sun and wakes early in the morning to welcome the Grandfather every day. With her Moon and part of Fortune in Sagittarius in the 5th House, Jeane Tu Bears is creative, witty, and charming and loves to motivate and inspire others to be fully alive and awake in the world.
What lights your fire?
For Lorraine, it is all children, especially those under 5 years old. She loves their playfulness and spontaneity. Circles of women inspire, delight, and encourage Lorraine’s belief in a peaceful world. Reading books, articles, and stories with powerful messages spark her connection to her own aliveness and joy. Two of her favorite authors are Barbara Kingsolver and Louise Erdrich.
For Jeane Tu Bears, it is color, wild, vibrant colors, in plants, flowers, fall and spring, nature, being outdoors. She burns brightly when she is writing fictional characters, storytelling, poetry, lyrical words that dance across a page. Jeane Tu Bears loves to laugh and enjoys hearing other people laugh. She is inspired by technology and quantum possibilities of creating something from an expansive dream.
What drew you to Gather the Women?
Lorraine: The idea of a global network of women in circles having conversations, supporting one another, and bringing about change. “If not now, when!”
Jeane Tu Bears: The principle of circle, women gathering with rising voices around the globe, a leader in every chair. She was compelled to sign up, light a candle, and listen to women’s whispers on the wind.
Our partnership as Regional Coordinators for Nevada is a great honor, to share and grow in a global community of women. We dance naturally together, flowing with ease, encouraging women to find voice in circle, ceremony, and creativity. We bring great wisdom from our collective backgrounds into every opportunity to witness, listen, and share with other women.
Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees. ~Faith Baldwin
Highlights from the 2013 Annual Gathering at Lake Tahoe
(Editor’s note: This post is long, but I felt I couldn’t make it any shorter.
I didn’t want to leave out any of the heart, love, and enthusiasm of our gathering.)
Donna Ahlstrand: For most of a day before the Annual Gathering began, your GTW Conveners brain-stormed, collaborated, drafted, rewrote, laughed, talked, rewrote, and finally came up with the new Gather the Women Vision Statement. We are proud to share it with the world: “We are a global sisterhood that connects women through circles. We create a safe place to share our true selves. Meeting in circle, we find our voices, claim our power and celebrate our self-worth, leading to personal and planetary transformation.”
The beginning – Gabrielle Pullen: When I first walked into the room, I immediately felt comfortable, safe with the women I met, most of whom I had never met before. Talking in small groups before the program began, these generous women engaged with me at a deeper level immediately because of the shared understanding we have of what it means to come to a circle. Nevada County’s own Angie Lux opened the first day telling the tale of what brought her to GTW. She said, “I thought, being retired, that my important work was done in life. But during my 10 years of working with GTW, I discovered that my real work was just beginning.”
Topics or Themes for Circles
(ideas generated in afternoon breakout sessions)
Ask for what you need
Breakdown to Break-through (Gift of Struggle)
Living your dream
How to connect with your mojo
From Mary Cunningham: During our last morning at the Gathering, I read into the circle the list of countries from which women have signed up for GTW at our website in 2013 alone. I became overwhelmed to tears, two-thirds of the way through the list, at the reminder that we are all indeed a Global Sisterhood. Women everywhere are awakening to the importance, the desire, and the need to gather together in circle. Here are the countries, in addition to the U.S. and Canada: Ireland, Uruguay, Portugal, Finland, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Italy, Australia, England, Belgium, Uganda, Switzerland, Spain, France, Germany, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Scotland, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Cameroun, Guatemala, Bermuda and New Zealand. Blessed be!
Heather Plett’s post on Facebook: For the past three days, I have been beautifully held – by a circle of women, by the earth, and by the Divine. I opened my heart, and it was guarded tenderly. I danced on the earth, and my body rejoiced in every cell. I spoke from the depths of my wild heart, and my wisdom was welcomed with grace and openness. I stood on the shores of the lake, and was healed by the beauty. I was hugged and held and touched in tender, nurturing ways that soothed the wounded child in me. I was blessed with an eagle feather and many words of love, and I offered back as many blessings as I received. I am woman, I am loved, and I am whole. Thank you Gather the Women for creating such a safe space for growth, healing and emerging power.
Women, we hold power and beauty in our hands. Hold it tenderly, wisely, and courageously.
Nancy Naumann: As Nevada County Regional Coordinator, I am grateful for all 35 women co-creating our ignition for numerous visions, personal and planetary. I am in awe of the TEAM: Nevada, North Bay, and Nevada County. Aeron Miller and Heather MacAdam brought us the magic of movement and music, which was much appreciated. All of the nature elements made themselves known. May the visions we hold for women around the planet be carried forth.
And finally, an afternote by Angie Lux, Convener and member of the Nevada County steering wheel for this magic event: I went into town to my Silver Sneakers Exercise Class. Several people commented “You sure have a lot of energy this morning”, and “You are wide awake this morning!” They didn’t know what I was high on, and I didn’t tell them. I was also Miss Chatty Cathy, talking to everyone who even looked at me. I don’t know if I was just on a high because of the Gathering, or because it was over. Probably both.
Lady Autumn, Queen of the Harvest,
I have seen You in the setting Sun
with Your long auburn tresses…
You sit upon Your throne and watch
the dying fires of the setting Sun
shine forth its final colors in the sky…
Lady Autumn, You are here at last…
The First Annual GTW Canada Gathering, October
– by Diane Jung, GTW Convener Canada
23 women gathered in a very small town in central 0ntario, some of whom had never been in circle before. They came for various reasons — or maybe they liked the photo of the woman at the well. The theme for our gathering was “Sisters, Come to the Well.” We shared our stories, we laughed, we danced and we cried!
And then the energy of the “sacred center” and the magic slowly emerged, and it was wonderful to see, to feel this unfolding. This is why we come and why we return to the circle—this is where something larger and more beautiful emerges –and how each person contributes to the whole.
We only had a day and a half, but we certainly filled it to the brim! We created a beautiful, colourful altar surrounded by small stones from our own backyards. The women came in long skirts and dresses which also added to the beauty of our gathering. As one person related, it was like “stepping into a circle of old, wise women” (even though many of the women were not old). The Opening and Closing ceremonies were very moving as each woman shared their stories.
Something new was initiated by one of our Planning Circle in which each woman received a name tag in registration and also were given a descriptor word—and then had to find another woman with the same descriptor word. We had fun getting to know one another in this way, and then we were asked to introduce our partner in the circle on Sunday morning.
We did not have speakers as such, but more being in the large circle as well as in smaller ones during a “mask workshop.” To summarize this gathering, it was one that was enfolded in authenticity, in beautiful, heartfelt sharing, in fun and celebration.
Here are a few participants’ comments on how this gathering was for them:
— a welcome haven of kindred spirits
— a powerful experience to be myself without expectations or wearing a mask
— deeply honored to have had the opportunity to discover the Power of Circle
— empowerment in sharing
— was in need of going to the well and reenergizing myself
— arrived drained, left reenergized
— for the first ever Canadian GTW held in an insignificant small village in 0ntario, it was an amazing gathering with amazing women.
We are now moving ahead to plan our second Annual GTW Canada Gathering to be held in Sydney by the Sea on Vancouver Island in April of 2014! Stay tuned for more details.
Those of us
Who Gather the Women
Are agents of change,
Who provide the spark
For this new way of Being.
No one woman
Is more important
Than the others.
Each person shares
Her unique gifts and talents,
And touches others
In Her own way.
We honor all.
Copyright 2003 Judith Hurley Prosser
Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. ― Nora Ephron