WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
We invite all women who are curious, searching, adventurous, open and passionate to explore and unpack their own narratives of womanhood and to collectively imagine a world where the alternative preferred narratives of women shift beyond abuse, slavery, violence and poverty, one narrative at a time!
The Womanity Workshop invites women to re-author the stories of womanhood because our participation as a woman in the world really matters! This work is grounded in the principles of Narrative practice where each person is the expert of their own life and where we will be exploring the alternative narratives of womanhood. We will co-create a space together that will be grounded in grace and non-judgement and filled with the insider knowledges of all the participants. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Narrative Practices and your own story as a woman. We will be discovering, exploring, re-writing, experiencing and communing with one another around the theme of womanhood. These conversations will be a collective search, learning and co-creating of knowledge that can provide a counter story to the current story of womanhood in our world.
• Experiencing the power of the women in community
• Voicing our experiences of the current story around women
• Collectively co-constructing a counter narrative to the current story around women
• Exploring what Women and Abundance have in common
We will have conversations and experiences in evocative spaces and places around the following themes:
Day 1: Lamentations
Pausing, reflecting, conversing and experiencing the stories of grief we hold as women individually and collectively.
In the godforsaken, obscene quicksand of life,
there is a deafening alleluia
rising from the souls
of those who weep,
and of those who weep with those who weep.
If you watch, you will see
the hand of God
putting the stars back in their skies
one by one.
Day 2: Body
Pausing, reflecting, conversing and experiencing the stories of our bodies we hold as women individually and collectively.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees for one hundred miles
through the desert repenting.
You only have to let
the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Day 3: Freedom
Pausing, reflecting, conversing and experiencing the stories of freedom we hold as women individually and collectively.
Well I wish I could be
Like a bird in the sky
How sweet it would be
If I found I could fly
Oh I'd soar to the sun
And look down at the sea
Then I'd sing cos I know - yea
Oh I know how it feels to be free
Yes I know
Oh, I know
How it feels
How it feels
To be free
-Nina Simone -
Day 4: Abundance
Pausing, reflecting, conversing and experiencing the stories abundance we hold as women individually and collectively.
The Road Home
An ant hurries along a threshing floor
with its wheat grain, moving between huge stacks
of wheat, not knowing the abundance
all around. It thinks one grain
is all there is to love.
So we choose a tiny seed to be devoted to.
This body, one path, or one teacher.
Look wider and farther.
The essence of every human being can see,
and what that essence-eye takes in,
the being becomes. Saturn. Solomon!
The ocean pours through a jar,
and you might say it swims inside
the fish! This mystery gives peace to
your longing and makes the road home home.
VOICES OF THE PARTICIPANTS
• This workshop was a validation of the divinity of the feminine and proof that the universe is operating a conspiracy to facilitate us living into and manifesting the divine. The workshop began with the blessings of the rain, ended with the blessings of sunshine interspersed with deep and intense and intentional introspection, conversations, sharings and commitments. The journey was a remembrance and re-emerging of forgotten love, joy, life, living, abundance and divinity.
• The Womanity Workshop, May 2012 in the Islands of The Bahamas was a beautiful experience. I received many gifts from Chené, Joan, Olivia, and Quanita. In the world that we crafted together I received delight: watching us twirl on uneven sands in brightly-coloured dresses to the sound of local music and the roar of a rushing sea. I received joy: jumping into the haunting waters of a forest-edged ‘blue hole.’ I received peace as well: serenity as our boats and planes ploughed calmly through wind and rain. Most of all, I received a key to ease, companionship, happiness: hearing each person speak into how our day should unfold and walking into time shaped by each person’s dream. Would that we had more time.
• The first day we shared our laments that brought release after which we had to let go of our grief as we got a chance to step into forgiveness and reconciliation. On this trip I got the chance to be baptized by the water. As I swam, years of pain was being transformed. The island Andros brought the lesson of abundance where we laughed so hard I could hardly stand it. In the middle of this was pure joy, not where I would expect to find it but there it was teaching me to keep looking in the unexpected places. Everybody’s journey was unique and different. This journey weaves into the context of your life.
• A uniquely special unfolding of the power of the feminine! We stepped into the waters of the ocean where a new freedom was found. On each step of the journey we were baptized and birthed into a new dispensation of grace which kept reminding us of our power as the feminine and that in this new age we are being called upon to bring forth, to bring forth. This was a water journey as we experienced the moisture of the rain, the torrent from the ocean and the tears on our checks as we shared our gifts and talents with each other on the journey. It was a cleansing experience. It was a rebirth. It was a release. It was a journey back in time to and over the watery Middle Passage. With the buoyancy of the ocean each Sister held the other up in her gifting and sharing. A fantastic voyage of the feminine!
• This journey was born out of a desire for the re-writing and re-authoring of the feminine narrative and the return of the Feminine from Exile. My relationship to the old stories of women such as isolation, competition and scarcity was transformed into voice, connection, liberation and abundance. Looking at myself in the photos taken on the way, it all showed in the body, radiant, woman, owning, living into and becoming. I am forever grateful to the women of the Bahamas who dared to offer the abundance of the islands as birth ground for the unfoldings Womanity Workshops!
• I spent only one day with the group but confirmed again that black or white, coming from a history of enslavement and oppression or not, our narratives can help each other grow in this world. Our narratives can change the world. I wanted to learn what this concept called “the feminine” was. Most of all, I decided that the feminine must be connected to spirituality in some way and I wanted to focus on the feminine and spirituality. As we shared our thoughts, it became evident that we have at least one thing in common – the desire for growth/change. I did not continue onto the next spaces in the journey but followed the journey on Facebook (Ah! Technology!). I am grateful for the brief narratives and photos of laughter (so good for our health), adventure, Bahamian delicacies and hospitality, beautiful landscapes -- looked so liberating! I want to listen to their narratives for the transformative beginnings that will be continued on the next Womanity Workshop. I want to be there.
For more information on the first Womanity Workshop, read here.