Welcome to Gather the Women Global Matrix
Gather the Women Global Matrix™ (GTW) is 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.
Translations by GTW sisters around the world:
Somos una hermandad global que conecta a las mujeres a través de círculos. Creamos un lugar seguro en el que compartir nuestra verdadera esencia, nuestro verdadero “Yo Soy”. Al reunirnos en círculo, encontramos nuestras voces, reclamamos nuestro poder y celebramos nuestro propio valor, en pos de una transformación personal y planetaria.
Wir sind eine globale Schwesternschaft, die Frauen durch Kreise verbindet. Wir erschaffen einen sicheren Platz, um unser wahres Selbst zu teilen. Indem wir uns in Kreisen treffen finden wir unsere Stimme, behaupten unsere Macht, feiern unseren Selbstwert und führen wir persönliche und planetarische Transformation an.
De visie van Gather the Women.
Wij zijn een mondiale vrouwengroep dat vrouwen verbindt door middel van cirkels. We creëren een veilige plek waarin we kunnen delen wie we werkelijk zijn. In de ontmoeting in de cirkel ervaren we onze eigen stem, recht en kracht, en vieren we onze eigen-waarde hetgeen ons leidt naar persoonlijke en planetaire transformatie.
Tuli entabilo y’obwaseluganda ebuna ensi yonna nga egetta abakazi okuyita mu buboondo bw’enkulungo. Tutondawo ekifo ekitebenkevu okugabana ekitufu kyetuli mu buntu. Okukunganira mu kaboondo k’enkulungo, tuzuula amaloboozi gaffe, okwediza obuyinza bwaffe, era n’okujaguzza ekyo ekisanira era kyetuli, okututusa kukukyusibwa kw’embeera eyasekinoomu era n’ensi yonna.
אנו אחוות נשים עולמית המחברת בנות חווה דרך מעגלי נשים היוצרים מקום בטוח לשיתוף כנה ואמיתי.
הפגישה במעגל מאפשרת לנו למצוא את הקול האותנטי שלנו, את כוחות הנפש הייחודיים, ולחגוג את ערכנו העצמי לכדי טרנספורמציה אישית וכלל עולמית.
Be inspired to create your own circle!
Our annual Gather the Women gathering ended with one last ring of the bells at noon on Sunday, September 21st. Our GTW Facebook pages glow with images of brilliantly colored scarves laid out like the spokes of a wheel around the center altar. In honor of the history of the Black Hills, there were times when we covered our shoulders with our scarves. We brought small stones from home in lieu of the customary water out of respect for the dry stony nature of the Great Plains. Each woman’s folder had her birth sign and her element. Mine was Taurus the Bull and Earth, and maybe Iron. We had a greeting ceremony with, “Woman of the West, I welcome you.” The response was, for example, “Woman of the North, I accept your greeting.” I was moved by how deeply the local women feel about South Dakota, the place itself. Suzan Nolan talked about all the Native American blood that was shed in her state, and the sacredness of the land that absorbed that blood.
Wherever we gather, there is always a sense of returning to my tribe. Each time, I meet new women from the local area, and, each time, I renew heart connections with all the GTW women I’ve known for years. The theme this year was “Embracing Our Power”. That is a provocative theme for most women. As we went around the circle, out of kilter relationships came up. Summoning up the courage to leave came up. Surviving gut-wrenching grief came up as did incredible courage and strength. In a perfect balance of deep sharing and fun, we cried, we sang, we danced, and we laughed until happy tears ran down our cheeks. As always, boxes of Kleenex stood ready. More women joined Gather the Women Global Matrix’s international circle. I have wonderful new artist, poet, and writer friends on Facebook.
As always, the women from Canada brought their own special ethos. The irrepressible Diane Jung, our Canadian Convener, is now “Pixie Crone”. Heather Plett brought authors, poets, academics, and activists from Manitoba. I came home with two beautiful journals brought from Canada, and Heather’s Pathfinder Journal – “a creative journal for finding your way”.
On a personal level, my husband and I were together three weeks on a Road Trip. We left Juneau on September 6th and made our way by Alaska Airlines and Avis to Eaglecrest Golf Resort near Redmond, Oregon. I stayed there with him during the Juneau Golf Club tournament (which he won), and then we headed northeast to Rapid City. He dropped me off at Terra Sancta, then picked me up Sunday afternoon. It was only an hour after the bells had closed our Gather the Women circle when Doug and I headed for Interstate 90 going due west. After being alone for almost four days, he wanted to talk about the how, what, and where of the treasures he had discovered to add to his collections.
I was very reluctant to let go of the gathering so soon, and felt I was suffering from the emotional bends. While he drove, I wrote little notes to myself on a pad of blue Post-It notes: “Re-entry shock. Man’s need to take care of the details right now. A plane ride home offers a segue back to life out of circle.” “Enya singing “Only Time” on the radio. Women know this. Him: “Look! There’s a golf course. Me: “Look. There’s a river.” “Need decompression chambers. Leaves are gold as we head West. We (women) changed, too.” “Need more visibility for women. Street names. Letters to the Editor. Elected officials. Testimony before legislatures and Congress.” “I will exercise now. Respect my body.” “Listening to the radio. No women’s voices at all. “Ranch Radio” out of Texas only station we can get.” “Lots of talk (at gathering) about blood flow and vaginas. My story.” “Going to Florida. Long flight there and back gives me time to digest it all.”
After a night at the SeaTac Red Lion Hotel in Seattle, we took the shuttle to the airport for our flight to Juneau. A few hours later, our jet made its way up Gastineau Channel with the city of Juneau tucked up against the mountains to the West, and Douglas Island to the East. Our jet landed on the tarmac at Juneau International Airport at 1:20 Alaska time, and I felt that familiar, “Ah. I’m back home.” Rain and all.
Today, I have three gifts from Gather the Women that I will cherish the rest of my life: the exquisite engraved glass plaque, the painting of three women by Tu Bears and Lorraine Lima, and the ample breasted goddess with a labyrinth on one side and trees and mountains on the other side. I’ll put a sticky note on my Last Will & Testament to make sure our daughter Amy will have those treasures. My project for today is this blog, followed by putting those warm weather clothes away, and getting the fleece tops out. There was a “Please Come Back!” card in the mail from Curves, and I’ll pledge right here that I will go back this week. It is good to be home, but I’m not done missing all of you!
I will see you next year in Florida!
The words to THE POWER SONG, sung at the 2014 Gathering!
When I was younger
people told me
it was WRONG TO BE STRONG
WRONG TO BE STRONG.
But now I’m older
and I’m wiser
and I’ve been givin’ away my power
for too long.
So I’m taking it BACK
I’m taking it BACK
I’m taking it BACK BACK BACK
cuz it’s mine.
(Artist Jane Evershed)
Healing Ourselves, Healing Mother Earth
- by Ann Smith
Next year, October 29 – November 1, 2015, is the annual Gather The Women Conference at Day Spring Conference Center in Ellenton, Florida. Day Spring is a beautiful and serene “old Florida” setting, perfect for a women’s sacred circle retreat.
We will begin Oct. 29, Thursday afternoon with hospitality, registration, check-into rooms, dinner and a special evening event. We will start the sacred circle Friday morning and end with an inspirational and empowering closing at 11 am on Sunday, November 1st followed by lunch. The theme is Healing Ourselves, Healing Mother Earth. The afternoons will be Open Space time so everyone can choose from many offerings including those from Day Spring such as canoeing, kayaking, labyrinth, nature walks and time to just be.
To learn more go to Gather The Women of Southwest Florida Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1457852571139211/
To find out about Day Spring Conference Center go to http://dayspringfla.org/
We look forward to your participation.
Namaste!!! Ann Smith