Sacred Sister Circles

Experience the Transformative power of Being Held In Deep space.

Holding space is one of the most powerful ways that we humans can show up for each other, and it helps counter the disconnection inherent in our everyday lives. It’s in these sacred circles where we hold deep space for – where we truly see, hear, & support – our sisters.

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Rekindling A Millennia-old Cross-Cultural tradition

Sacred Sister Circles

I sat in sacred circles in 1999-2001.
In sacred Mdewakanton Mendota pipe ceremonies and sweat lodges.
In a sacred Diné sweat lodge…my first sister circle, held by a Diné grandmother, for her adopted daughters and granddaughters.
And with my sisters around candlelight, on the full moon.

In 2021, I sat in sacred circle again.
Initiated into the sacred cacao ceremony.
Honoring mama cacao and the elders who initiated my own teachers with this sacred plant medicine.
Fucking powerful stuff.

In 2022, I sat in sacred circle again.
As a facilitator.
A sacred sister full moon circle, around my fire pit.
I was hungry.
Sisters I’d just met gathered round, voicing their hunger for more.
Another sacred sister full moon circle, again around my fire pit.
And another.
And more are coming…

Come Close, Sister

Come close, sister.
Come join us around this sacred fire.
Let’s sit in ceremony, together.
Rise, sister.
Let’s rise together

Sister, it’s your time to be seen, be heard.
To share with silence.
To share with words.
As you’re held in deep space.
In the womb of our gathered sisterhood.

Sister, it’s safe to…
Fall apart.
Rise up.
Cry, wail.
Sing, rejoice.
Be silent, be loud.
Be you.
Without apology.

Sister, see how our fire dances.
Coals shape-shift.
Souls connect.
Ritual happens.
We release shit.
Our shit, their shit.

Sister, witness our souls awakening.
Our hearts cracking open.
Our light illuminating the darkness.
Our vulnerability emerging.
Our callings becoming clearer.
Our ripple effect…

Sister, will you shine your light, your love?
To heal our hearts.
To inspire sisters who couldn’t join us.
To honor the young girls we once were and the wise women we’re becoming.
As we hold sacred space for each other, in circle.

How It Works + What To Expect

All sacred sister circles are structured similarly and follow this general format: (1) A brief centering or grounding exercise/meditation, (2) A collective review of our sacred circling agreements, (3) A reading or reflection or journeying, followed by the circle’s prompts, (4) The official opening of our sacred circle, (5) Sharing, (6) The official closing of our circle, (7) A ritual or ceremonial opportunity, (8) An opportunity to mingle and connect.

Each sister will be given equal time to share either with words or silence as the rest of the circle holds space for her. This means that we won’t offer her advice, condolences, or even words of any kind. Instead, we offer her a far more potent and beautiful gift – our focused presence. In this way she is truly seen, heard, and witnessed at a soul level. In-person circles will gather around a fire if outside and candles if inside.

empowered sisterhood

NEXT FULL MOON CIRCLE: 7.13.22

Full Moon Sister Circle (in person)

Every Full Moon

These circles are currently held in my backyard around a fire (in Chicago near Foster & Pulaski). Please arrive on time. If you want to attend but will be 5+ minutes late, you MUST message me by 7:10pm.

Please bring a lawn chair or lmk if you’ll need one. 

Please, no children (mature teenage sisters are invited). We’ll be having uncensored adult discussions.

If it rains, we’ll either move into my garage or I’ll post a contingency plan here, on social media, and via this group’s email list. Click here to get on that list.

In-Person Full Moon Circling Logistics

Message me to get my address

I don’t publish my home address online, so please message me for it. You can email me at [email protected], or DM me on Facebook or Instagram.

Message me if you Can't arrive by 7:20 SHARP

This is important! Our circles are sacred containers that open and close with intention, and arriving late is disruptive to the circle’s energy.

Abide By These Important Guidelines

Do: turn off your phone during our circle.

Don’t: bring children or men, arrive intoxicated, or share my address.

NEXT NEW MOON CIRCLE: 7.28.22

New Moon Sister Circle (Zoom)

Every New Moon

This circle meets on every new moon via Zoom and offers our global sisterhood an opportunity to connect in sacred space and ritual. Each new moon sister circle will include an intention-setting ritual.

These circles meet from 7:15 – 8:45pm Chicago time. Plan to bring a “talking piece” (anything you’d like to hold when it’s your turn to share), a pen, and a journal. Additionally, you may choose to light a candle or create the ambiance of a sacred space in some way. But that’s completely up to you!

NEXT SISTER CIRCLE: 7/16/22

Women's Circle (Monthly)

3rd Saturday of the Month

This circle meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am-noon (Chicago time) and is inclusive of anyone who identifies as a woman. These circles will follow a similar structure as our moon circles, but the prompts and ritual elements will differ.

How To Prepare For In-Person & Virtual Sacred Circles

In-Person (Chicago)

Bring a lawn chair (lmk if you need to borrow one)  |  arrive early or on time  |  turn off your phone  |  plan to remain present for the entire duration of the circle  |  leave children at home (we’ll be having adult conversations)  |  remain sober

Virtual (Zoom)

Have a “talking piece” nearby (any object you’ll hold while you share)  |  have a comfortable seat  |  arrive early or on time  |  keep your camera on  |  blur your background if it’s distracting  |  plan to remain present for the entire duration of the circle

Meet Your Host

In Case You're Curious...

Hi! My name’s Kristi. You can learn more about me hereI’ve completed or am currently enrolled in the following trainings that influence my approach to sacred circling and ceremony:

*Sacred circle facilitator training via the Center for Transformational Coaching
*Sacred cacao carrier training by medicine woman Lynette Allen (upcoming/in progress)
*Initiation into the sacred cacao ceremony through SoulWork
*500+ hours of yoga teacher training, 300 of them trauma-sensitive in the Akhanda Shakti lineage
*Wayfinder life coach training with Martha Beck

Holding space is one of the most powerful ways that we can show up for our sisters, and it’s an honor to be entrusted by you to facilitate these experiences. Thank you.

You'll Be A Good Fit For Our Circles If...

You're open to new experiences

Holding space and sacred circling may be unfamiliar to you, but you’re curious about and open to experiencing both.

You respect other's spiritual beliefs

You welcome without condition those who hold different spiritual or religious beliefs than you do.

You crave an inclusive sisterhood

These circle are open to anyone who identifies as a woman and adheres to our sacred circling agreements.

Stay in the know

Here's Your One-Stop Shop For Time-Sensitive Updates

Stay in the know! If weather forces a change in plans, you’ll be the first to know if you sign up to receive updates. By signing up, you’ll also learn about future circles and related events. 

*Important: by signing up, you agree to receive emails from me. If you only wish to receive emails about sacred circling, in each email I send you’ll have the option to opt-out of my general/coaching-related emails. I’ll never sell your email or spam you in any way!