Author Archives: Barbara Belknap

About Barbara Belknap

Barbara Belknap spent the first half of her life in almost twenty different communities, from her birthplace of Portland, Oregon, to Kodiak, Alaska, to Puerto Rico. With a father in the Marine Corps and then a husband in the Coast Guard, moving was the norm. In 1989, her family chose Juneau, Alaska, to put down permanent roots. Her community of Juneau and the stunningly beautiful nature that surrounds it are very important parts of Barbara’s life. In October of 2001, Barbara was diagnosed with Stage 1 ovarian cancer and had two major surgeries. She reluctantly retired from her job as Executive Director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute in 2002 to allow her body to recover. After several months of healing and adjustment, she went about the task of learning how to follow her passion for lifelong learning, community building, women’s issues, politics, and travel. Barbara has been involved with many women’s organizations, and is the current President of Gather the Women. She is also one of two Alaska delegates to Vision 2020, a Drexel University program that is focuses on achieving equality for women by 2020. Barbara married her husband Doug in 1969. They have two wonderful adult children: Amy, a Chef at the University of Washington in Seattle, and Will, a computer programmer with the State of Alaska, and a wonderful daughter-in-law, Shonda, in Juneau. Their grandchildren, Patrick and Marlena, live just 6 miles away.

Prayer of the Children

April 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

I am so moved by the images of the children who are clinging to their parents (literally for dear life) as they flee the violence and persecution in their own countries. There is a hauntingly beautiful song by Kurt Bestor that the Juneau Pride Chorus performs. (I’ve been a member for many years.) Numerous YouTube …
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The Wheel of Life

March 24th, 2016 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

How balanced is your life? Are you feeling unspoken and unmet needs? My friend Darcy and I explored this in a GTW circle gathering several years ago. We used “The Wheel of LIfe” (attached) to help the women visualize their level of satisfaction in ten different categories. Each category has three lines for filling in …
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February 15th, 2016 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

My heart breaks for the women and children fleeing war and oppression in the Middle East. What would I do if I had to walk miles, keeping my small children close so I don’t lose them? I see little ones clinging to their mother’s black abaya and struggling to keep up. If you’ve ever been …
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Setting Intention

February 11th, 2016 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Circles | Gather the Women | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

What is your circle’s purpose? Does it need a purpose? Yes, it does. Can you just want to get together, sit in a circle, and chat with your women friends? Of course you can, however, it’s best to find an empty table at a coffee shop or have lunch to catch up with your friends. …
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Lessons learned: the 2009 Seattle GTW Annual Gathering

February 2nd, 2016 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

Today’s blog about Circle Practice is dedicated to “questions that matter” for Gather the Women. We (the Conveners) came up with these questions and comments after we met in August 2009 at the University of Washington in Seattle. I feel that they are still relevant and interesting questions today. Any one of the major topics …
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Tending the Center of the Circle

January 28th, 2016 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Activation | Circles | Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

A simple bouquet of flowers or a bowl of fruit on a dining room table makes a world of difference, doesn’t it? It’s hard to define why, but it involves energy. The picture of the the colorful cards in the center is from a Gather the Women circle we held in Juneau for International Women’s …
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Say hello to the Guardian

January 21st, 2016 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Circles | Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

In my birth family, we are all extroverts except for my father. When we were young children, the emphasis at meal time was on cleaning our plate before we could leave the table. As I remember it, the conversations centered on keeping one’s elbows off the table, passing the peas or whatever, and not talking …
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Greetings Barbara, I am attaching a few photos for the blog if they fit the theme. I did not take photos of us in circle but a photo of us after we completed the circle. I also have a photo of the center alter but it is not all that clear however I am attaching …
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Holding the Rim

December 4th, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Circles | Gather the Women - (0 Comments)

When we call a circle we follow a protocol to ensure a safe space for women. Many times, a woman new to circle will sit down not knowing what to expect. After the bell rings, and we begin, there are always women who begin to cry. As the woman calling circle, it is my responsibility …
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Gathering the Women 2015

November 19th, 2015 | Posted by Barbara Belknap in Circle Spotlight | Gather the Women | Gatherings | Inspiration - (0 Comments)

We are back home in Juneau, Alaska. It snowed earlier today, but now a cold hard rain is beating against the window. The warmth and sunshine of Florida are just fond memories, but my thoughts have lingered on our 2015 Gather the Women circle at the Dayspring Conference Center near Tampa, Florida. My gratitude goes …
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