Wednesday evenings, 5:15-6:45 PST / 8:15-9:45 ESTMay 24 - July 12
WE NEED EACH OTHER.
It's time to come together. It's time to feed our souls.
It's time to strengthen the ground we walk on - our capacity to listen deep. To our own hearts grumbling under the surface. To the raging fire in our bellies. To the centuries-old longing in our bones.
To listen to each other. Our sisters walking this life alongside us. To the songs singing through our bodies in so many tones - as grief, as anger, as frustration and hopelessness alike. To listen to life's many melodies whispering through us: "I am here. I am here. Listen."
IT'S TIME TO SLOW, TO LEND AN EAR, TO LISTEN DEEPLY.
For it's here that we find our sacred recipe for moving forward in troubled times. It's here that we find our medicine, our wisdom, our collective blueprint for walking, with company, one foot in front of the other, our feet under our hearts, our hearts under our throats, even as the path winds steadily forward into the unknown.
Soul Circle will be an 8-week group for women to practice listening deeply - to ourselves - to one another - to the collective pulse of our circle - using mindfulness, a surrender in the face of the sacred unknown, as well as practical tools and skills from Nonviolent Communication (NVC).
IN EACH CIRCLE, WE WILL:
* Ground ourselves in presence with a short guided meditation
* Check in from our hearts - sharing "what's alive" in us
* Deepen our understanding and practice of NVC's core principles, with one short teaching segment per evening
* Practice self-listening, and invoking mercy and empathy for what we find lurking beneath the surface of our everyday lives
* Practice listening to and offering deep empathy to others - from our bodies, from a rested, dropped-in, knowing-we're-together place, leaving behind as much as possible our desire to "get it right" and to perform "perfection"
* Practice speaking from our hearts, finding the ground and a sense of safety in the present moment
* Capacity for everyday self-kindness and mercy in the throes of self-criticism, blame, and judgment
* Ability to stay self-connected in your relationships, even when the s*it hits the fan
* Capacity to listen to others in a way that has them feel gotten and known, and in turn available to actually hear you
* Bone-deep confidence in expressing what's true for you
Throughout our gathering, I will guide us in using NVC to empathize internally and with another, and to express what's true for us. We will learn and deepen our NVC practice as a tool for responding to everyday challenges, to resource and ground us in deep listening, empathy, and self-kindness as a way of life.
Each circle will be 90 minutes. We will start with meditation and check-ins, followed by a short teaching piece and group empathy practice. Women are encouraged to ask for group empathy support, but with no pressure to do so. This is an opportunity to listen to how YOU want to show up in sacred community.
SOUL CIRCLE INCLUDES
* Peer empathy
An essential part of this group will be your pairing with an "empathy buddy." Buddies will meet weekly for one hour to exchange empathy. The purpose will be both to deepen your practice of Nonviolent Communication and to refill your cup on a weekly basis through the support and companionship of a fellow circle sister. These relationships are precious and potentially deeply healing, powerful, and supportive.
* Conscious community online
We will have a private Facebook group where you will be encouraged to share your experiences and discoveries over the course of our 8 weeks together, and where we will deepen our sense of community in between our gatherings together.
* Course materials
The course includes electronic access to handouts and other materials that will guide and supplement our learning together.
WE WILL MEET ONLINE VIA ZOOM
I live in Florida now, and unfortunately can't commute to my old stomping ground in Cali! :) I can, however, make it to a computer screen near you!
We will meet using Zoom, a very user-friendly program similar to Skype. No need to download anything in advance. Zoom pops open very easily on your computer with just a couple of clicks. You'll have easy-to-follow instructions in advance.
All you need is a laptop (or smartphone) with a functioning camera and microphone, and a quiet space in which to meet.
Wednesday evenings, 5:15-6:45pm PST / 8:15-9:45pm ESTMay 24th - July 12th
PLUS your weekly one-hour meeting with your empathy buddy (day and time to be determined between the two of you)
Early Birds pay only $247 through May 10th!
Regular birds (after May 10th): $297
Limited to 10 blessed souls. To support the intimacy and depth of our work together, this circle will be capped at 10 women.
Open to all self-identifying women - cisgender and trans alike.
Hit me up with your questions, friends. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-855-EMPATHY
<3 I look forward to forming sacred community with you. <3
Marina Smerling is a life coach and communication trainer who is deeply committed to our evolution through the composting of shame into radical self-love. A former attorney, Marina draws upon a decade of training in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), nondual spiritual practice, and the Hakomi Method of Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy to support women in not just surviving, but thriving in their lives and relationships.
Marina supports women in choosing love now, without waiting for the perfect relationship, career, or end of the mile-long to-do list... granting themselves permission to breathe and relax and to be treated with kindness just as they are, gloriously human and imperfect. Her work supports women in mustering the courage -- and the skills -- to foster healthy, alive, honest relationships.
TESTIMONIALS FROM WOMEN WHO'VE EXPERIENCED PREVIOUS PROGRAMS
“I can’t say enough how this program has changed my life and those around me.”— Michelle
"This group is jazzercise for your empathy muscle and both a playground and safe refuge for your spirit. Listening to Marina get her NVC on is like watching your favorite, relaxed musician on stage: that shit looks so natural one forgets that years of dedicated practice and study are at play. As for NVC itself, it's nothing short of life-changing; offering a practical roadmap of choice for how to perceive and react to both internal feelings and the world around us. NVC is seeing in color after a lifetime of black and white." - Christy
“Marina has helped me give voice to the wounded and shamed pieces of me through empathy and play, allowing me to be so aware of my own destructive self-talk. This woman has absolutely empowered me and inspires me to be the most open-hearted, uninhibited, and loving version of me. I hold so much gratitude for the gifts and tools she has brought into my life.” – Melanie
“Marina is the genuine article: authentic, vulnerable, compassionate and wise. She holds a solid space for others to move boldly forward and open their hearts to themselves. I adore her dedication to the simple idea that we are each precious beyond measure. Her work has opened my heart and allowed several miracles to happen in my life.” - Colleen
“It’s because of this program that I’m alive and have hope. Through working with Marina in a group setting, I am learning to love myself, know myself, be more authentic, own my emotions, and find ways to fill my needs. The program has had an enormously positive impact on my life.” — Cyndi