As many people are aware, I have been associated with WWRL for a long time, from its inception one might say. Mary and I are close partners: little happens to one that the other is not involved with. And so it was with WWRL. And so began my journey as man supporting the basic concepts outlined in the 15 principles. For me it meant taking a back seat, listening and providing support when asked. I was aware as an elementary teacher that there came a time when girls stopped raising their hands to answer questions and let the boys have the floor. I would admonish my girl students... they were just as smart if not smarter... to stand and be true to themselves. I believe this is the most important aspect for men in support of WWRL: women learning that they are worthy, their ideas are valuable, and that their actions create possibilities. Frankly, I wasn’t aware until helping with WWRL how hard it is for women to embrace the concept of worthiness, value of ideas, and possibilities of action. For me this was the greatest impact of WWRL on my life and it became clear that I needed to be more actively aware...My job was to support the work, not direct it. What began happen is that I felt respected by all because of my support and my willingness to take back seat. I got to experience how women make decisions, how women learn to respect each other and celebrate their differences which made my world broader and richer.
Woman’s Way Red Lodge is a coming home for me. From the first event that I attended two years ago to the present, I have felt a part of a loving, joyous family that I know accept me as I am with no expectations of who or what I will be. WWRL has also been instrumental in my daughter’s life. She has walked this path with me and joined our hoop to her great and abundant joy. For so long, she, like myself, had craved community and it was with WWRL that we were welcomed with open arms and open hearts. I am thankful everyday for having found such a loving, supportive group of people that have now become extended family. It has also been a blessing to be offered the opportunities to serve within the WWRL family which I continue to do in whatever ways I can and love every minute of it.
I want to express what sitting in circle with my sisters means to me. It is a safe, positive and loving connection with women from all walks of life and ages. [Our Hoop leader] is wonderful, she is loving and caring guide to all that we can be. It is the most life affirming journey of my life.
Woman’s Way Red Lodge helped me meet a group of like-minded friends who over time have become like extended family. WWRL also provided space and ceremonies that have made me feel more whole in connecting to spirit and community.
Nikki Baldwin (The Crone NiCara)
In 2010, I sent out a classified ad to the Universe: “Wanted – connection with a community that supports my values of honoring our inner gods and goddesses while embracing genderless earth-centric spirituality. “ Scratch that…”Wanted: A community of diverse, spiritual FUN people”. Like the want ad posted by the Banks children in Mary Poppins, my wishes found their way to wo/manifestation when I was introduced to Woman's Way Red Lodge. As an introverted, rural-living, telecommuting/traveling young Crone, WWRL has given me all that I asked for, and a home wherever I am.
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MAJOR UPDATE from Mary, Jim, and Sophie matching donations today through Nov 10th!
We are SO THRILLED to be able to thank Mary Shackelford, Jim Burke, and Sophie Suberman who have very generously pledged $4,500 in matching donations so that we may reach our goal of $15,000 for this year’s fund drive!
What does that mean? That means that for every $1 you give (up to $4,500) by November 10th, your donation will be matched! So if you donate $25, you’ll actually be raising $50 for Woman’s Way Red Lodge!
We’re so close to our goal of $15,000! What can you do to raise the thermometer on our fundraising page?
For some it’s a financial contribution and for others it’s all about other energetic and social resources. Are you able to share this exciting news with your network by sending a link to this page?
You matter to us. The needs of this community matter to us. We pledge to continue to strive towards co-creating a new paradigm for positive change in our communities through quality community events like sweat lodges, non-sweat lodges, crone and sage mentorships, member outreach with new communications, as well as leadership and ceremony training opportunities.
Thank YOU for walking in woman’s way and carrying our mission into your community. You are a beautiful and unique example of the positive change that occurs when one person stands up and takes action. Never ever doubt that what you do, and what you give makes a difference- it does! Even as you may feel your contribution is too small to matter, we assure you that it does matter. Each snowflake adds to covering the land in a blanket of white beauty.
Reaching our goal this year will allow us to:
- Continue funding Heather Clayton, our communications director (read: woman of magic and grace) to coordinate and market our members' offerings and continue rocking our website and behind the scenes technology needs
- NEW: Fund an administrative assistant to support expansion, growth and timeliness!
- Pay for the technology and physical spaces to support Hoops, sacred gatherings, and events
We are grateful for any donation you are able to give to this organization that is so close to all our hearts and hope that if you choose to donate $25 or more, you will become a member and access member benefits, membership pricing on any of our offerings, and share your own genius with us in support of you, our organization and our community.
If you have any questions, please reach out. We would love to connect.
With much heartfelt gratitude,
The Woman’s Way Red Lodge Board ~ email@example.com
What brings joy and makes the world come alive?
The past year has been an amazing time of regneration and renewal. Your heartfelt contributions have made a personal impact in the lives of individuals all over the world. You are truly co-creating a new paradigm for positive change in your community.
With your help, 2018 will bring forward many opportunities for more world-changing Beauty, and we invite you to make an impact by contributing to our annual 2017 Fund Drive.
Get involved in 6 easy and fun ways:
1. Register and create a fundraising page in honor of Woman's Way Red Lodge.
2. Volunteer in your community and invite your friends to participate.
3. Send us photos at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to watch our generous community members in action!
4. Ask your network to join you in making a donation - let them know that by sponsoring your time and energy, they are empowering leaders and building community.
5. Attend our October Leadership workshops. Learn from wise, empowered leaders in our community and 10% of your contribution goes directly into the Leadership Fund.
6. Donate! You can donate to us directly here. You can also gift a membership to a friend, or donate in honor of someone.
The money we raise each year directly helps our community connect through Morning Circle, local Hoops, special events and programs, partnerships, and tools to connect to the sacred in personal ways.
These pieces of profound warmth happen only because of the support and contributions from people like you.
Make a difference in the world. Please take time today to renew your membership, make a contribution to the Hearth or Leadership Fund, take an active role in WWRL, and invite others to become a member with you.
You make positive change in the world. You stand with the WWRL 15 Principles to create a new paradigm. You co-create beauty. Thank you for Be-ing so!
With much Love, Light, Peace, and Joy,
GinaMarie Byars, WWRL Chair
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Our Newest Participants
- Crystal Gordon $131.25 raised
- Serena Davidson $1,162.50 raised
- GinaMarie Byars $156.25 raised
- Katy Myers $361.75 raised
- Heather Clayton $508.75 raised
- Grace Peterson $78.75 raised
- JH Jan Halle $0.00 raised
- SS Soteria Shepperson $0.00 raised
- Sophie Suberman $102.50 raised