Woman Within Circles

Sitting in Circle is an experience unlike any other.

It is neither therapy nor casual conversation.

Sitting in circle is an opportunity to connect deeply with other women, and to give and receive support on your life’s journey. It is a place of celebration in times of joy and support in times of stress or sorrow. It is a place to question and challenge yourself in times of growth, a place to nourish your spirit and strengthen your heart. 

This is about the daily work, the soaring successes, the abysmal failures, the grinding, unresolved ‘stuff’ of life, as women seek to become their best possible self.

The Circle is a refuge where you can be heard without judgement or advice. It’s a space where you will be supported to find your own solutions. A place of women’s wisdom.

Circles meet as often as the women in the group want to meet: weekly, twice a month or monthly.

Many women say that whilst their Weekend was life changing, their Circle supports their ongoing growth, connection and self-awareness.

Creating a Woman Within Circle
After completing the Woman Within® Weekend, women are given the opportunity to be part of a Woman Within Circle. How this looks is an initial guided circle training, either an 8 week or 2 day intensive training, which uses the WW Circle Manual as a guide and includes exercises and to learn tools that will assist each woman in developing communication and listening skills as well as provide her with the sense of safety that she needs to be open and honest with herself and the group. These exercises are designed to prepare women to learn greater emotional self-awareness and to be a part of a circle in a safe, open and honest way.

If you have completed your circle training and are looking to join a Woman Within circle, click here

Circle Training

This training is offered at the completion of each Woman Within® Weekend and consists of

8 Week Guided Circle Training

This is circle training that takes place over 8 weeks, which is supported by guides as you work through the manual.

 2 day Intensive Guided Circle Training

This is circle training that takes place over a weekend, the Saturday and Sunday. It is an intensive training. Once this is complete the group will then work through their manuals for the next 8 weeks. The group will get guided support on weeks 4 and 6, with guides attending these weeks, so this is a 13 week programme.

To register for circle training in Cape Town, please email: guidedcircles@wfa.org.za

To register for circle training in Gauteng, please email: guidedcirclesjhb@wfa.org.za

Click here to see the circle training dates.

Guiding the Circle Training 

Guiding a Woman Within Circle is a wonderfully rich experience as you learn to step up into leadership in a loving and supported way. You also internalize the rich information available in the Circles manual enabling you to more authentic in your circles and in your life.
To qualify to learn to Guide a circle training, you need to have completed the guided circle training yourself and have been part of a Woman Within Circle. Thereafter you can volunteer to step up to co-guide a circle alongside a Lead guide. You will then attend some training and work closely with your guide to ensure you are prepared for each session of the training. If you would like to be a guide then please click here. 

Existing Circles

Has our circle ended? Are you looking to join a circle? Are you in a circle that is looking to invite new women? Are you looking to move circles? If you have answered yes to any of these, then please complete this survey so we can assist you in joining a circle or email wwcircles@wfa.org.za to find out about circles. The new manual is available...more info in section below.

Woman Within Circle Manual

We are committed to keeping our manual current, so the new updated 2018, 8th Revision is out! It has an orange cover to avoid confusion! You can either get your copy electronically and print it yourself or you can pay R100 and get a hard copy.

Please click here to order your manual or to request chapter 4 of the Manual (Conflict Management). All guides and those participating in the circle training will get a new manual.

Support for Circles

There is a dedicated Woman Within Circles Coordinator, whose name is Debby-Anne Pells. If your circle is going through some changes, if your feel you would like some support or would like someone to come in to work with your circle, then please do get in touch with her. Also if you are looking to join a circle, would like to move into a new circle or if your circle is looking for a new member then please don't hesitate to contact Debby-Anne.

Open Circles

Women for Afrika also offers monthly open circles to our Cape Town and Johannesburg communities. Everyone is welcome! Please note that dates may be subject to change. So please do keep checking the website.

What is an Open circle?
Open Circles are an opportunity for you to take a few hours for yourself to be accepted just as you are, with support from the women in your community. A place among women where you can be your authentic self without judgment or advice. A chance to open your heart, be heard and seen, to connect and be inspired.

What will I get from it?
An opportunity to experience our community of conscious and authentic women and - if you choose - while you’re here you may work on an issue that’s come up in your life. You are also welcome to simply come and be present without working on anything… you get to choose what is right for you! Women are often amazed at how much can be gained from attending just one of these circles. Come try it out if you haven’t already!

Who can attend?
Any woman over 18 is welcome and prior experience in a women’s circle is not necessary. Friends and family are also very welcome

Is there a fee for attending?
There is a no fee for attendance, however, donations are welcome.

Do I need to Save a seat?
You are welcome to do so, but you, your friends, colleagues or family are also welcome to just come on the night. You will all be welcome.

Please see the Upcoming events page for circle dates and directions.

For more information you can contact our circles coordinator: Debby-Anne. For the Gauteng region Britta.

Co-gender Circles

Women for Afrika is very excited to be offering support and advise for the creation of co-gender circles. These circles are for Woman Within Graduates and Mankind Project graduates only. For more information please contact cogender@wfa.org.za