Circle Spotlight is an opportunity to explore the many circles of Gather the Women worldwide by focussing on one at a time and learning about the circle’s history and members.


Circle Spotlight – Rapid City, South Dakota, USA

Captivated by Women’s Circles Yes, I admit it – I am a circle devotee.  I have been participating in circle gatherings since the late 1980’s.  I have been a “caller of circles” most of my adult life and most recently I am a promoter of circle principles as part of groups like Gather the Women …
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The Black Hills Gather the Women circle began officially here in Rapid City, SD in 2004. Many of us had been in circles of various types for years before that,  but Gather the Women was launched here by me when Marilyn Nyborg called and asked me to consider starting a group. I had purchased the …
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Circle Spotlight – San Diego, Southern California, USA

I was introduced to Gather The Women a few years ago from Sharon G. Mijares  Ph.D. (who is now the Regional Coordinator for Gather The Women in Costa Rica).  I jumped at the opportunity to be the Southern California Regional Coordinator. I was wanting to connect with women that were meeting in circles too. Many …
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Rain Angelise (Ana’s sister) Sitting with women in circle has been such an empowering experience in my life. I am 41 and a wife and mother of three.  I have been attending this type of circle for over 20 years now and I was so blessed to have been invited at such a young age. …
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I had made friends on separate occasions with two sisters (Ana and Rain) .We all worked together and bonded naturally. When it came time for us to part ways and travel on to different paths, we decided to use our strong connection to our spirituality as a means to stay in touch with one another. …
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Chloe Ann (Ana & Rain’s mother) I am Chloe Ann and I belong to a wonderful woman’s circle here in Oceanside Calif. I am 65 yrs old and so very thrilled that I have been in circle for twenty years with both of my incredible daughters. My gifts and practices include energetic healing modalities and massage for the …
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My name is Catie Flynn. GTW San Diego found me in 2010, although I didn’t find my way to attending Circle until 2011.  Funny how life works!  I started attending Circle just before I would experience a significant situation in life that included a transition. For love, I spend time with my family and friends, …
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Hello! My name is Misty Wileman (Shauna’s sister). I’m fortunate to live in beautiful Southern California. My interests are camping, hiking, anything outdoor related. I’m a total bookworm & I always have a book with me. I’m very passionate about animals rights & their well being & I am very involved with this. It’s my …
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I have been part of the GTW circle since last year and from beginning I’ve felt comfortable, accepted and heard. The circle provides a sacred place for me to open up in ways that I can’t in the “real” world – and when I have many times in the past in different situations, I have …
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  Sometimes, just going with the flow…instead of planning…is what brings us to some of the best places in our lives. I am in this women’s circle because, about five years ago, I went with a friend one evening to a bar – which I hardly ever do – and coincidentally met someone else (Chloe …
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I have been part of the San Diego circle since the beginning. This was my first exposure to a group like this and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but my good friend Anatole was leading it and I was curious to see what it was about. I’m so glad I did, it’s changed my …
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My name is Michele Miller. When I moved to California from New York City I had never experienced anything like womens group. I often feel very lonely and different from everyone else. My Goddess Group, as we have come to call it, reminds me that I have worth. My sisters assure me that what I …
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Circle Spotlight – Liverpool, UK

This circle has been running monthly for 3 years and was started by me, Regional Coordinator for Liverpool, Deborah Zaher. I’m now also the Communications Convener for Gather the Women and my role is to ensure the website, Facebook and Twitter all run smoothly. This includes the website blog, hence the inspiration for this feature arose. …
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My Name is Aria Maria Christina Madariaga. What I do for Love~ I live life honestly, authentically and openly as much as I can. Connecting with love though practices of 5 Rhythms Dance, prayer, singing, hugging trees, cycling, walking, simply being~ which fundamentally connects me to the love for myself, others, nature, animals and all …
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My name is Heather Stevens. I love walking, people watching, food and travel. I am a chemotherapy nurse which allows me to meet many different people as part of my job. I love my job because it makes me feel lucky to be healthy and alive every day. I have been a part of Gather …
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My name is Shirley Razbully. For love I write, read and listen to people. People and their stories fascinate me. For fun I read, write, cook, visit art exhibitions, travel and walk my gorgeous dogs. For money I teach in a further education college or more specifically I am part of the pastoral team there who …
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My name is Shea Sumner and out of love I take care of my boyfriend’s little boy 2-3 times a week , I sing my heart out at least once a day and I love to play with my new kitty kat Berbo who also loves his cuddles!! I love to spend time with my …
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My name is Laura McKenna (Laura and Shea, also in this circle, are real life sisters – Deborah Z) and I love to sing and write songs and being a mummy is my fave job. I love to socialise and be with all my amazing friends. I have been a part of Gather the Women …
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My name is Joan George, I work with the mind, body and spirit for love and for fun – it is my life. I have been involved with GTW for a year. It is a wonderful space where women from all walks of life can safely share their amazing stories, inspiring all in the circle, …
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I’m Louise. I love spending time with my dog out walking in the countryside and sharing my love for house music with my partner going to gigs and concerts. I work for an investment bank in Liverpool and I’m currently studying for a diploma in Investment Advice. I’ve been part of GTW for over two …
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I have been part of Gather the Women in Liverpool since October 2012. I discovered it at a time when I was awakening to new possibilities in my life, to being more of my true self and opening my heart to love – for myself and others. The first circle I went to the theme …
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I’m Clare Campbell. For over 18 years I have been following my passion birthing social enterprises which help people heal and connect in juicy circles and creative spaces! I have been part of the Liverpool circle for over a year but before then I was part of the Millionth Circle where I met so many …
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