TESTIMONIALS

"The first women’s circle I had ever been to was one of Darleen’s. My good friend recommended it to me and it was something I never knew I needed in my life. A group of women who understood what I was saying without judgment or opinion, who would listen and understand what I was going through. I felt empowered and emotional during this circle. It was freeing but supportive at the same time. 
Being able to speak freely and about things I’m passionate about with other women was an amazing experience. Having never met anyone else there, I felt that I formed an intense bond with a lot of them straight away & could talk openly about a lot of things. 
The whole way it was structured was beautiful, yoga, free movement, card pulling and meditation left me feeling full and peaceful. I can’t wait for the next one. It can be daunting doing something you’ve never experienced before or meeting new people but I would highly recommend that you try it, it’ll open your eyes to new possibilities." - Becca

 "I felt empowered and emotional during this circle. It was freeing but supportive at the same time." 
 

 "A wonderful and gracious host who always makes you feel welcome and you can really open up and say how you feel - it’s a safe space for all." 
 

"These circles have been such a lovely way to reach out to others and have a connection with the outside world. You’re such a wonderful and gracious host who always makes you feel welcome and you can really open up and say how you feel - it’s a safe space for all. I would highly recommend as a means to feel grounded. It’s really helped me to connect to others and I’ve met a lovely group of people from attending these circles." - Antonia 

"I've attended two women's circles via zoom and have loved both experiences. It really felt like I heard about them at the right time, when I was looking for connection with like-minded people and a space to reflect and share and be supported. I'd been reflecting a lot on my own, but doing this in a group offered new insights, and made me feel a lot more hopeful about some things I was finding difficult. I was a bit nervous to join the first time but the atmosphere was so relaxed and everyone was so lovely, so it really wasn't weird or scary at all. I really love the mix of meditation, journaling, sharing etc. - and even though there are these activities it somehow feels like a group of friends (even though we don't know each other!) having a chat - maybe this is a sign you are a good facilitator! I will definitely carry on doing these circles in the future and think they'll become a big part of my journey. Thank you so much for hosting them. "- Anna

 "I was looking for connection with like-minded people and a space to reflect and share and be supported." 
 

 "Your circles have been a saviour for me over the last few months." 
 

"Ah Darleen, your circles have been a saviour for me over the last few months. I much prefer the physical ones (personal preference) but also having the opportunity to connect online has been wonderful.

I can see you growing with each circle. It’s wonderful to see! And I can’t wait to attend more!"

- Mali 

"I was very apprehensive about joining my first ever women’s circle but it came to me at a time where I probably needed it the most. I had recently lost one of my close friends which was a traumatic event and the circle allowed me to take time out of my crazy life and actually take the time to process my emotions and breathe. It was probably the first time I felt like I could breathe since it happened. 
I left feeling refreshed and found that it is important to find time for yourself. Darleen made it feel like a very safe space for everyone and I also took a lot out of listening to what everyone else was going through as it makes you feel united and not on your own. Thank you." - Leanor

 "The circle allowed me to take time out of my crazy life and actually take the time to process my emotions and breathe. " 
 

"It’s a place of empowerment, of connecting to yourself and others."
 

"Darleen’s circles are an amazing safe space to de-stress, connect and meet other amazing women. It’s a place of empowerment, of connecting to yourself and others and I always felt amazing energy afterwards. I love the short pace of the circles and the fact that there’s always time to be heard and feel welcome to share your inner truth." - Eva

"I heard about this women’s circle through a friend who had been to one in person. I was very nervous before joining the online circle as I didn’t know what to expect or how to feel as I’d never done anything like this before. From the start, I was made to feel at ease by all the lovely people in the session! I really enjoyed every aspect of the session and loved how open I became and how much I trusted everyone in the circle. I took away a lot from the session and felt so uplifted afterwards which I’m really grateful for. My favourite part was the card pulling and what it meant for us. I also really enjoyed the short yoga and breathing session at the end. I’d love to know more about crystals, talismans and other aspects of spirituality as I’m new to all this and would love to learn more!"  - Joanna

"I took away a lot from the session and felt so uplifted afterwards which I’m really grateful for."
 

"I highly recommend attending a circle and experiencing the power of sisterhood for yourself."
 

"The space Darleen holds is powerful yet so feminine and welcoming. A magical space where women have the opportunity to rise together and help each other reflect and heal. The calming and light energy Darleen's circles emanate mixed with the opportunity to look inward and perform some deep work always leaves me feeling empowered and extremely grounded. I highly recommend attending a circle and experiencing the power of sisterhood for yourself." - Kayla

"I have attended two womens circle, the first was in Leeds at the Sheng Yoga space in Leeds. Which was really welcoming and I felt extremely safe and calm, thanks to Darleen and all the beautiful effort she put in. The womens circle is well led but it helps that Darleen allows the conversations to flow naturally and nothing ever feels forced. Everyone is willing to be open, which is so lovely to see. 

The second has been one of the online circles that have been via zoom, and thanks to Darleen and her beautiful soul she's managed to make a zoom call feel like a safe space to come and chat among like minded individuals. With card pulling, mediation, realising of energy through dance and journaling. It makes for the ideal weekly/monthly realise of energy. The circle is really easy to follow, even if you have never done anything spiritual before I think the space is extremely accessible and anyone would benefit from attending a circle." - Ciara

"She's managed to make a zoom call feel like a safe space to come and chat among like minded individuals." 
 

"It was such an awakening, transformational experience for me."
 

"In January I attended my first circle hosted by Darleen and Lydia and it was such an awakening, transformational experience for me. I had never attended a women’s circle before, so I was a little nervous, but Darleen was so warm and welcoming. Prior to the circle she sent out a beautiful ‘what to expect’ email and on the evening I soon felt my anxieties fade as I entered the soothing and cosy space that she had created. The evening was so beautifully crafted: we meditated together, pulled cards, shared our truth and embraced vulnerability. I am so grateful that Darleen holds these spaces as I have met some gorgeous souls who are on a similar path to me. Her dedication towards holding a safe and heart-opening space for women is what this world needs." - Rebecca

"I have personally benefited so much to have an online community of like minded women to connect with during these difficult times we are currently facing. 'Growing To Be Me' ran by the lovely Darleen has been an absolute joy to discover and as someone very new to online circles, I highly recommend the wonderful and beautiful space that Darleen holds online. Rarely in life do you get the chance to honestly speak your truth and feel supported to be vulnerable. I come away from these sessions feeling still, calm and at peace with myself - which is a lovely feeling!"

- Naomi

"I come away from these sessions feeling still, calm and at peace with myself - which is a lovely feeling!"
 

"I've only attended one circle but it was enough to kick-start me caring more for myself and not feel apologetic about it."
 

"I don't usually sign up for things on the fly, especially when it involves meeting new people face to face or doing something challenging. Darleen's circle popped up on my Instagram feed at just the right time - I was feeling really low and I was in a very bad place, which is why I felt instantly that I should give it a go. I didn't know what to expect but it was better than I ever imagined. Just a few moments in, I felt comfortable enough to share any thoughts or feelings I had with this circle of women I had never met in my life before. It was like a brief emotional retreat to replenish my energy, to sort out my thoughts, and to go home feeling like I learned a lot about myself. Even listening to stories of others, I could relate and I could feel how they feel. I couldn't recommend women's circle enough for anyone who needs even just a little emotional pick-me-up. It can feel lonely to deal with your own worries or negative thoughts and it feels refreshing to be able to share them, with no expectations or pressures. I've only attended one circle but it was enough to kick-start me caring more for myself and not feel apologetic about it. Thank you Darleen."

- Anete

"I’ve been going to Darleen’s womxn’s circles since the very beginning, back when we all sat on cushions on her living room floor. From the very beginning they have been such a special and healing thing to be a part of.  Darleen creates a beautifully safe space in which we can all share and connect, whether in a living room, a yoga space, or on a Skype call. At the end of each circle, I always find myself thinking “I really needed that”. I walk away feeling such a connection with those around me, and most importantly, with myself. Every womxn should have the opportunity to be a part of a womxn’s circle." - Hannah

"At the end of each circle, I always find myself thinking “I really needed that”. "

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