women’s circles

Deep within you is a primal memory of women, coming together. 

Listening.

Encouraging.

Gently challenging.

And most  of all, supporting each other.

This is a place where community thrives, creativity blossoms, and wisdom is honored.

When women come together within the circle, amazing things happen: trust deepens, fear transforms, and answers arrive that you didn’t even know you were looking for.

So what would it be like to have that in your life?

You’d feel empowered, accepted, whole, and complete.

Truly known for who you are.

And free to be you – all of you.

Think about that for a minute.

Imagine what you could create within yourself and out in the world. Wow!

“This group is my healing tonic and soul food!” -R.M.

Creative Sisterhood: the women’s creative wisdom circle

Call them your Sisters. Your Tribe. Your Confidantes.

Whatever you call them, one thing’s for sure: when you enter into the circle to share stories and create with other women, you feel like you’ve finally come home.

And then, you can breathe a little easier.

You’ll experience the loving support of other women who are traveling the same road, remembering to see all of themselves.

“The action of art has been so therapeutic for me. There’s something so magical when you let go and allow the process to just happen. Since I’d never done anything like this before I was skeptical. But many of my challenges were similar or the same as the other participants, no matter what our ages.” -K.M.

How It Works

The circle is a blend of group process (listening, talking, supporting, telling our stories) and creative process (simple creative activities that require no previous experience). It’s a small gathering of women, six maximum.

I’m the proud mama and nurturer of the circle, lightly guiding, deeply listening, and creating a safe and sacred space. I’m also a member of the circle, sharing my own journey and diving into creative process with you.

In the circle we explore many forms and combinations of expressive art: collage, doll-making, painting, mask-making, mandalas, storytelling, drawing, guided imagery, writing, clay, movement, improvisation, music/sound, poetry.

And at the end of each evening we bring it all together with a closing ritual, where you can clarify your biggest insights and say how you plan to take them out into the world.

“I felt comfortable because you were there facilitating it and I felt supported by everyone. The circle sort of restored by faith in people and helped me realize that deep connections with women are possible. I learned so much from what others were thinking and going through.”  -A.A.

What You’ll Get

Bottom line: you can count on feeling more alive, joyful, creative, real, seen, heard, and supported. You’ll find the experience very transformative, even if you don’t quite know what you need from it.

That’s the beauty of the circle. It expands to hold a safe space for whatever is needed from it.

When you give yourself over to this particular process of personal growth, it will transfer to (and transform) the rest of your life.

Here’s a sampling of what other women have experienced from the circle:

  • Revive your imagination, intuition, and creative spirit
  • Create deep and lasting bonds with other women
  • Be kinder, gentler, and more accepting of yourself
  • Gather courage for a life transition
  • Build trust, empathy, vulnerability, and authenticity
  • Celebrate ageless beauty and wisdom in yourself and others
  • Deepen your experiences of life’s meaning and mystery
  • Claim your voice and name yourself
  • Nurture yourself and ask for what you need
  • Release self-judgment, criticism, overwhelm, stress, worry
  • Live in a way that’s more in touch with your true desires and values
  • Make decisions you’ve been putting off and take the leap

“It has been such a meaningful experience. I found the activities helpful in better understanding hidden parts and long lost pieces of myself. Also, I am so amazed by the wisdom, insights, openness, fragility, strength, humor, love, and hope these women have shown and shared. I am blessed because of their examples of how to live life.” -J.M.

All the Details

The circle runs year-round in Sacramento, although we do take a pause in December, July, and August.

We meet twice a month on Thursdays, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm, and usually we’re scheduled for the first and third Thursdays of the month.

The fee is $75 per month, and includes all creative materials. I ask that you make an initial commitment of at least three months, although many women stay longer.

You can claim your spot in the circle by scheduling a brief phone chat with me (if we haven’t worked together before) and then making your first payment.

When we talk I’ll answer any questions you have so you can make sure the circle fits your needs. You can email me to book a time to talk: pattybechtold (at) gmail (dot) com.

I learned I could trade my paralyzing self-judgment and fear of the unknown for more trust, experimentation and vulnerability. Unlike most of my previous experiences with groups of women, everyone was included and participating. Each of our stories would resonate and gave voice to another woman’s experiences and emotions. It was incredible! And we all became artists. I created art that spoke to some lost part of me that I had dropped along the road from childhood to adulthood. My time at the art table was about playing, remembering, digging, processing, healing. Expression without rules or limits. And the growth I experienced in the circle manifested in external changes as well: leaving my job and experimenting with living in the Bay Area. -K.H.”