FreedHearts Beloved LGBTQ Talking Circle.
Experience a place to be heard; a new kind of safe space – be part of an online Beloved LGBTQ Talking Circle with Susan Cottrell (freedhearts.org) and Jen SluMac (soulnotskin.com).
Talking circles are part of the FreedHearts Beloved Weekends for LGBTQ, which will be back on the calendar as soon as possible. At this unique time in each of our lives, when we cannot gather in person, this special virtual event is a place to connect, a place for community.
Beloved LGBTQ Talking Circles provide a safe place because everyone takes responsibility to make it so. Talking circles are a structured dialog process that nurtures connections and empathy. A circle can hold pain, joy, hope, anger, fear, and love. We welcome difficult emotions and difficult realities, while maintaining a sense of positive possibilities. The FreedHearts Beloved LGBTQ Talking Circle is deeply rooted in an understanding of profound interconnectedness as the nature of the universe.
It’s a place both to be heard and to listen to the experience of others in order to gain a wider perspective of the world we live in. Circles do not attempt to debate or reach consensus. They inspire us to listen and see each other more deeply and beautifully.
Each circle evening will be limited to 15-20 participants, will last for about 2 hours, and will be hosted by Susan Cottrell and facilitated by Jen SluMac.
What People Are Saying
"The Beloved Talking Circle felt like a sacred sanctuary. I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to share with others, to learn from each other, and to be celebrated as we are, in such a beautiful, welcoming, loving space. If you think about it, there are really few places in which we each find ourselves as humans where we are welcome with our contents fully and exactly intact. Even in our chosen environments, we are asked in various ways to be different than ourselves, to tamp ourselves down or to change or to lessen ourselves in some way. You have created a safe space, a sacred circle. Thank you."