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"A major contribution to the spiritual revolution."(Rev. Lauren Artress, author of Walking a Sacred Path)

Women's spirituality groups are sprouting up everywhere, in astonishing variety, providing a haven where essential female values can be discussed and embraced. From Jewish to Christian, Mormon, and pagan, sacred circles have become safe places, free spaces, environments that foster the development of women's individual gifts. This much-needed guide celebrates the rich diversity of women's spiritual lives and offers practical, step-by-step advice for those who want to create and sustain a spirituality group of their own.

Sacred Circles shows us how we can use a group to explore our relationship to the sacred, and honor the divine in everyday life. The authors, drawing from their own group experience as well as those many diverse groups around the country, share the model they've developed, while offering wise advice on how and why groups work. They propose circle basics, such as listening without an agenda, rotating leadership, maintaining confidentiality, and keeping the focus on spiritual growth. They also offer guidelines for running the first and subsequent meetings, reflections on the power of personal storytelling, thoughts on reclaiming and reinventing ritual, themes for creating a more intimate group, and suggestions for dealing with conflict.

Sacred Circles provides all the tools needed to start and nurture a healthy group. Women longing for a powerful and supportive feminine community in which to thrive spiritually will find vital wisdom here.

"Sacred Circles will gladden and deepen the lives of countless women, bringing them home to the rich, feisty community they deserve. True self-discovery and spiritual growth arise, like flame, in the simple radiance of shared experience--and Sacred Circles shows us how."--Joanna Macy, Ph.D., author of World as Lover World as Self

"Hurray for Robin and Sally! We need this book . . . to guide us ever upward in the spiral dance of our women's circles, which lead to empowerment for each of us and All Our Relations."--Brooke Medicine Eagle, author of Buffalo Women Comes Singing

"A wonderful and much-needed tool."--Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman's Comfort Book and The Woman's Retreat Book

About the Author

Robin Deen Carnes (right), a former corporate human resources manager,teaches Yoga RhythmicsSM, a spiritually based blend of yoga and dance.

Sally Craog (left) is an orginaizational consultant, gardener, and drummer. Together, they lead workshops on creating women's circles.



Robin Deen Carnes (right), a former corporate human resources manager,teaches Yoga RhythmicsSM, a spiritually based blend of yoga and dance.

Sally Craog (left) is an orginaizational consultant, gardener, and drummer. Together, they lead workshops on creating women's circles.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (February 3, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062515225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062515223
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has it all if you want to start your own group. Easy to read, fleshes out every aspect needed to get a group going, and spiritually thougtht-provoking. A friend and I have begun our own group as a direct result of this book. Particularly helpful was a chapter offering fully planned out meetings (theme and alter suggestions, readings, group activity options). It's all mapped out. It also has lists of other resources that are available to support woman's groups (books, videos, music, web sites, etc.)
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If you are thinking about forming a women's circle with an emphasis on spirituality, this is an excellent guide. There are helpful how-to suggestions, principles and examples. It is deservedly listed as a resouce on the millionthcircle,org website.
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Regardless of whether you intend to start a women's group or not, this book is extremely thought provoking. I gave it to a friend and the discussions it instigated resulted in a deepening of our friendship. I recommend that you do not read it unless you are prepared to be challenged. It is fantastic and I am certain that I am a better person for having read it.
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I used this book to start a spirituality group and I have nothing but praise for it! Everything you need to start your own group is there, including meeting topics that are already planned out for you. My group has relied heavily on this guide, both in our formative stage and also during the first few months of meetings. I anticipate that we will continue using it for at least another year or two. My copy has circulated amongst all the group members -- it's getting pretty dog-eared! "Sacred Circles" has been the main contributing factor in the success of my group.
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This is an excellent overview of women's spirituality groups. I am amazed at how similar it is to my own experience as a member of a "sacred circle." Anyone interested in forming such a group or curious about the experiences of others in such a group should read this book.
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I wish I had read this book when a friend and I tried to start a group that would study/read books about feminist theology. The concepts of council sharing, ritual, and the stages of community building would have been very helpful. I'm teaching a hospice volunteer training session class on spirituality soon and also a journal writing as a spiritual tool class at Chautauqua this summer and just got lots of ideas from this book, especially starting with a ritual that will include silence and an "altar" in the center of our space. A very practical and inspirational book!
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I really like this book, it gives a honest look at womens circles and gives a fantastic template that anyone could, and in my opinon should use. Having been a member of some of these groups myself I can tell you problems always arise. You can work them out the hard way, but why try to invent your own mouse trap when a great one already exists. These ladies have clearly been around the circle block so to speak. I say learn from what you can from their experence, and take the advise of other groups that work. It should be a reference book for any circle.
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Our lives are our story and our story is our life. What a great sentence. I've always felt that sometimes our children have lacked connection to their past by not living near relatives or grandparents, as families have had tendency to spread out across the country in the last few decades. This book really looks at how important "The telling" is of what we would even describe as the simplist story....what was my mom like growing up as a child? what did she do for fun? our own family history is so important and we forget to pass that on sometimes. This book is wonderful in bringing that back into focus and encouraging us to share those stories, with our children AND our friends. This is a great read!
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