Womb Wellness 101: The Power of Sound

This Womb Wellness 101 workshop is all about discovering the power of sound. YOUR SOUND.

In this workshop, co facilitated by Clare Kenty and Vocal Sound Healer Deborah Brodey, we will explore the power of sound through your own voice as a resonator to connect with your sacred womb and your power.

Within the sound of your own voice you carry the frequencies and key codes to activate the truth of who you are.

In this workshop we will:

  • Discover our voices and tap into our power
  • Connect with one another in a sacred, safe and judgement free space
  • Explore sound practices that will support us in our own healing
  • Create a ceremonial sonic womb space to connect with the primordial Womb of Mother Gaia
  • Connect to our wombs through the sound and power of our voices
  • Experience a vocal sound journey to the womb of the Universe while receiving Reiki
  • Shift and/or unblock energies in the body with Reiki
  • Celebrate the powerful goddesses we are

This Power of Sound workshop is for you if you’re:

  • Seeking to gather in circle and develop sisterhood
  • Ready to access more of your power within
  • Finding yourself in need of increased energy and vitality
  • Ready to journey further into your womb healing journey
  • Open to playing with sound
  • Ready to open up and express yourself in a sacred, safe and loving space
  • Open to learning sound healing practices that will support you in your healing
  • Ready to celebrate the powerful goddesses we are!

 

Come and play with sound practices for healing, activating and honouring our wombs in a sacred circle of sisterhood.

Mother F#@ing Business: The Start of a Big Conversation

A few months ago, one of our community members shared a blog post called Motherhood and the Feminist Dream in our closed Facebook group. In her post,Snjezana Pruginic shared that she was having a hard time reconciling her desire to have a child with her identity as a feminist and entrepreneur:

“I feel like I am standing at the  floodgates of mixed messaging that we are given as women throughout our lives. The need to fight for being extraordinary leaders, change makers, the desire to live our life doing what we love, having the kind of social life we want, the pull to have (biologically or otherwise) a child and raise a human being, etc. All these different aspects of ourselves come into play at the same time and due to the social constructs of the time we are living in, often times feel like they are pulling against each other.” 

The post sparked an active thread of comments from business owners thinking of having kids, people who delayed having a family while they started a business, moms who launched or closed down their businesses while raising kids, and everyone in between.

In typical Shecosystem style, we decided we needed to take the conversation offline. One of the reasons we exist is to serve as a purpose built container for women to come together in a safe space and have open conversations about issues like this.

And so Mother F#@ing Business was born.

Around 15 women gathered on an autumn night at Shecosystem to meditate, reflect, and discuss the tensions between motherhood, feminism and entrepreneurship. We mapped women’s identities and explored what it means to be a woman if it’s uncoupled from motherhood, and we explored how women who don’t have kids can still have creative, nurturing, generative roles. We looked at our external and internal narratives around motherhood. We shared personal stories about setting boundaries as a working parent, suffering from gendered roles in home-life, facing the judgements of colleagues and relatives, and contemplating alternative family arrangements. 

The conversation was fiercely honest, non-judgemental, and productive. Women left feeling seen, supported, and less alone. One thing was for certain: we need more of this.

We will be hosting another conversation on January 17 (save the date!).

In the meantime, here is a Resource List sourced by the women who participated in our first Mother F#@ing Business Circle.

If you have something you’d like to see added to this list, please send a short description and link to admin@shecosystem.ca.


Resources for Motherhood, Entrepreneurship & Feminism

Amy McCready- “If I have to tell you more time…” : A Fantastic parenting book for various types of challenges

Working Ensemble: A Toronto coworking space with onsite childcare 

TellentAn online community and resource for professional women to pursue flexible careers. 

Canadian Government: Information about Special Benefits for Self-Employed people – including maternity leave.

Today’s Parent: An article about planning for parental leave when you’re self-employed Mat leave for self-employed.

Snjezana’s original blog postMotherhood And The Feminist Dream

Ann Davidman.  “Is motherhood for me?”:  Online course + book for people unsure if they want kids.

Womb Wellness 101: Clare Kenty’s workshop “The Power of Sound” (November 4th) Connecting to the power of our voice for  womb healing 

The Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum: More conversations about feminism and business (November 11)

Vania Sukola:  Feminist Therapist and with a focus on perinatal and postpartum themes like thinking about becoming a parent, birth trauma, the transition to parenthood, grief and loss, and supporting couples. 

One Part Podcast: Episode #84- Not having children by chance or by choice with Jody Day, the founder of the Gateway Foundation.

 

If you have something you’d like to see added to this list, please send a description and link to admin@shecosystem.ca.

If loneliness is an epidemic, Shecosystem is good medicine.

The table was set with salads and sweets, the lighting in the studio was low and the last rays of the setting sun filtered through the windows. More women arrived and we squeezed in two, three, four more chairs. Our first monthly Potluck + Perspectives began with a question:

 

What is community to you?

Community is ubuntu, interbeing, coming to know ourselves in relationship with all that surrounds us.

 

Community is where souls gather to be seen.

Community is hard to find when your friends move into different life stages

 

As we stuffed ourselves with vegan chilli and homemade truffles, we moved through topics from community building tips for online entrepreneurs to the challenge of honouring your boundaries as a community leader. We wrapped up with everyone lending a hand washing dishes, lingering in the kitchen chatting before going out into the autumn night.

 

Western society is starting to feel the impact of our fragmented, digital age in very real ways. Vivek Murthy, a former US Surgeon General has called loneliness an epidemic. Loneliness is associated with health risks from cardiovascular disease to anxiety, and this month’s Harvard Business Review cover story explores how it impairs our performance at work, limiting creativity, reasoning, and decision making.

 

Connected workplaces can be part of the antidote to this epidemic.

 

“Designing and modeling a culture that supports connection is more important than any single program” says Murthy, adding that “real connection requires creating an environment that embraces the unique identities and experiences of employees inside and outside the workplace” and citing kindness, compassion and generosity as the foundations of these relationships.

 

At Shecosystem, we are creating a workplace that is centred in a sense of belonging and supportive of genuine connections.  In a recent survey, 55% of our members reported feeling less lonely and 67% said they felt an increased sense of belonging.

 

Here are five ways we do this:

 

      1. We gather daily for Opening and Closing Circles where community members and guests reflect on what is going on in their lives and how it impacts their work

     

      1. We model vulnerability, even at the leadership level. Members know that they can ask for help with their businesses and are open to receiving it.

     

      1. Our events are not about passively learning new skills but about coming together to actively exchange information and perspectives. Events like Potluck & Perspectives let members and guests step up, share wisdom and ask each other questions about business. Our monthly Red Tents are co-created circles where we can be emotionally open, spiritually connected, and present for each other in a compassionate and generous way.

     

      1. The small size of our space creates a safe and intimate environment, while shared tables and open spaces allow for spontaneous connections to happen.

     

    1. Touch is important for connection, and you’re likely to get a hug – or five – every time you come in.

 

As we approach one year since the doors opened at Shecosystem, these genuine connections continue to deepen. And I know that they will sustain me as I prepare for a long, cold winter.

 

If loneliness is an epidemic, Shecosystem is good medicine.


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Emily Rose Antflick is Shecosystem’s founder and Chief Community Cultivator. With an M.A. in Education, Emily spent a decade teaching and creating transformative educational journeys in Canada and internationally. After experiencing a pervasive sense of depletion in her personal and professional life, Emily turned her attention to helping women like herself get unstuck and cultivate heart-centred communities that empower them to be their best selves. Emily proves that having a singular passion is not the only way to succeed: in addition to being an entrepreneur, she is a Rite of Passage facilitator, Permaculture Designer and dancer. Emily was a winner of the Startup Canada Women Founders Fund and has been profiled as a Woman of Influence and a local feminist to watch.

Startup Open House TO @ Shecosystem

We’re opening our doors to the city’s startup community as part of Startup Open House

 

If you’ve been meaning to come take a peek inside Toronto’s first women’s coworking + wellness space, now’s your chance! On September 28, Toronto’s hottest startups, incubators, and coworking spaces are welcoming visitors to check out their offices.

  • Join us at 4:30 for our daily Closing Circle – a chance to meet our community, tune in to your whole self, and bring a bit of mindfulness to your workday.

  • Drop in anytime between 4-8PM for a tour, a schmooze, and some refreshing healthy snacks.

  • Bring your work! The best way to get to know our space is to experience it for yourself.

This is a free, gender-inclusive event

More info on Startup Open House here!

Red Tent: A Co-Created New Moon Women’s Circle

The Red Tent is a safe and sacred space where women gather together to rest, to create, to nourish, and to dream. In this intimate New Moon circle, we will sow the seeds of our intention that will manifest through our daily thoughts and actions as the moon waxes. 

 

A co-created event. A space to just BE.

It’s not a workshop, simply a warm and safe space to gather and share. There will be minimal facilitation but the idea is to honour each of the women in the circle and the magic that’s created in the spaces between us.

 

What it looks like:

6:30: Doors open – settle in and help us create sacred space

6:45-8:00 Sharing Circle

8:00-9:00 Pot-luck Dinner and Red Tent crafting

9:00-9:30 Closing Circle

What to bring:

  • As we nourish our souls, let’s also nourish our bodies by sharing a communal meal. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share.
  • You may wish to bring a reading or idea to share, an insight into the Virgo moon, a poem, or quote that inspires you.
  • If you want to perform a song, dance, poem, drum solo, monologue…we’re here to witness your magnificence!
  • You are welcome to step up and lead a short (5 minute) group acitivity: a guided meditation, movement, or breathwork exercise
  • Weave your experience and intention into the fabric of our Red Tent (literally). Bring colourful bits of cloth, totems or ornaments to attach to our Red Tent. We have some beads and other supplies so you can create your own ornament onsite.

This circle is open to all women, trans women and feminine-of-centre non-binary people.

 


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RED TENT

  • A place to honour nature’s cycles and connect with a circle of wise women.
  • A place to rest and restore, to stop forcing the answers and instead allow them to arise.
  • A place that honours and values our journey of womanhood.

Shecosystem’s mission is to honour the feminine in our working lives, and – whether we menstruate or not – part of that is recognizing that we are creative beings governed by cycles. Within this Red Tent, we care for ourselves and each other. We mark nature’s cycles with ceremony. We use our wisdom and creativity to heal ourselves and our planet. We are the priestesses of our own temple.

 

Why the new moon?

The new moon is a time when many women bleed. It is also the darkest time of the month, when we are likely to feel tired and inwardly focussed. During this vulnerable time, we gather with other women to rest and reflect, offer healing, and help each other tune in to our intuition.

The new moon is also a powerful time to set intentions – in this darkness, we are connected to our intuition and open to receiving insight from the depths.

YCDBSOYA: Wednesday Wisdom from Francine Dick

Back in the days when men wore tie clips, my father had one with the letters, YCDBSOYA imprinted on it.  My father worked almost all of his adult life in the insurance business.  Shortly after his marriage to my mother, he left working in his father’s jewelry store and became an insurance salesman.  In the early years, he would leave my mother in Toronto and spend the week driving through small towns in the Ottawa Valley selling policies.  Eventually he was able to open his own brokerage.  I remember many nights when he would go down into the basement’s multi-purpose room to call clients.  Often he would have evening appointments.

 

My father was an amiable no-nonsense man.  Before there was LinkedIn, Twitter or any social media, he knew instinctively how to network and most importantly, how to work hard.  My inbox is filled with promotions on ways to get clients, how to network, how to use LinkedIn to generate hundreds of prospects and how to uncover my emotional relationship with money.  

 

I am not denigrating any of these ideas, but sometimes growing a business just comes down to hard work.  There is no magic formula.  In sales, you need to genuinely like people and want to help them.  You need to go out and find those people, you need to commit to doing whatever is needed to grow your business.  You need to sometimes take risks and you need to sacrifice.

 

My father grew his insurance practice into a successful business, allowing for a comfortable, although not wealthy, life for his family.  Despite his hard work, my father led a balanced life.  He volunteered in his community, took fishing trips with his buddies, and vacations with his family.  He was there for me with good advice when I asked for it, and sometimes when I didn’t. I am delighted that I inherited his strong work ethic, his sense of humour and his easy going nature.  

Oh, and YCDBSOYA? It stands for you can’t do business sitting on your ass!

The Main Pricing Mistake Entrepreneurs Make

Pricing means more than we think it does. It tells your potential customers if what you offer is truly valuable or not.

It is the answer to the question: Are you a commodity or a luxury item?

Our brains trick us into thinking that we’ll make more money if we have a lower price we’ll get more sales…WRONG.

Would you really purchase more of a product that you care about just because it is cheaper? What if it was an important beauty product (like shampoo)? What if it was a medication that you need for your migraines?

As you can see in the examples I gave you above, when you truly care about the value being offered, you won’t think that price is the most important or the only thing that matters.

If you have worked on your business plan and foundations, you have made sure that you have identified your ideal client: the one that truly wants and understands the value of what you offer. If this is true for you, those people will be happy to pay a fair price for it.

When you are getting price objections you are either talking to the wrong market or you are not doing a good job at explaining the value and benefits of what you offer.

What does truly happen when your price is too low? The truth is that you won’t automatically get more sales, in contrast, these 2 things can happen:

  • You’ll need to sell a lot more product to make more money. This means that you have to do a lot more work.
  • People associate a lower price with less quality, less value…less everything. This means that they will start doubting your quality and potentially go for your competition instead of you.

I’ve worked with probably 30 different categories of products at small stores, pharmacies, and supermarkets. Never the lowest priced product made more sales in $. The only exceptions were commoditized items such as toilet paper, that was sold around 80% on promotion.

The implication of being a commodity is that your focus on price vs. value makes your clients expect just that: the lowest price at all times. Your true price is no longer the regular one because like toilet paper, that is being sold 80% on promotion, the price that people buy at is lower than the regular one.

I talk a lot about pricing in my work because it’s one of the most important parts of your business, especially if you have a product since there are a lot of costs associated with this and it is a lot harder to change or adjust than with services.

People pay for what they value, period. They will pay more for what is offering them a better solution for their problem or a bigger opportunity.

The truth is that a lower price not only makes you automatically make less money, but it will also be associated with a lower value.

Instead of thinking “what a good deal” people will think “hmmm, there must be something wrong with this”.


This post was originally written by our member Leyla Razegh on her blog. Wisdom Wednesdays is a collection of content submitted by our members.

Leyla Razegh is a Consultant, Trainer, and Speaker known for her high energy, sense of humor and for her unique delivery that combines unapologetic honesty with kindness. As a Business Strategist, she believes that it’s possible to make money while making a positive impact on the world and society. To learn more about Leyla’s visit her website here.

Lisa Simone Richards (PR & Visibility Coaching)

Lisa Simone Richards

Business:  PR & Visibility Coaching


What is at the heart of your business?

I help health, fitness & wellness entrepreneurs go from unknown and underpaid to standing out and selling out.

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

I wanted to find a space of like-minded people on a mission to help others live their best lives full of health & vitality. Finding a women’s-specific community wasn’t on purpose, but it’s an inadvertent natural fit. Somehow there’s always been a female-only area of my life, whether that was Girl Guides, an all-girls high school, or being in a sorority during undergrad. So I’m definitely not surprised I stumbled into a women’s coworking facility!

What does thriving look like to you?

To me, thriving is living in a space of full abundance and possibility – financially, professionally & personally. And of course, having the freedom to enjoy all of those things.

Shecosystem’s core values are openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?

Collaboration definitely resonates with me the most. I’m a big believer in collaboration over competition, and as a natural connector, I love to partner with others on certain types of projects.

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?

I know that a lot of women in the space are entrepreneurs and it’s totally my passion to work with health, fitness, and wellness entrepreneurs – the kind that really wants to make a big difference in the world. However, a lot of the time entrepreneurs can’t afford traditional PR agencies or publicists, so I hope to help the women in the Shecosystem community learn how to stand out in their industries, get known as the experts that they are, and magnetically attract their ideal clients right to them.

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life: 

Middle of the day naps. Lots of ’em 🙂

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?

Don’t wait for permission or perfection. Also, persistence without being a pest is *key* – everything I’ve ever wanted and gotten is because I haven’t been afraid to be persistent, go after, and claim the things I want.


 

CONNECT WITH  LISA!

Website: lisasimonerichards

Twitter: @ellerich

Facebook: Get Seen Get Clients Get Paid

YouTube: Lisa S. Richards

 

That’s What She Said: Finding the Gift in Failure Edition

That’s What She Said is an amazing night of women telling stories!

That’s What She Said occurs monthly and each month we explore a different topic / theme.

Due to popularity, That’s What She Said is now available twice month in two locations!! In Thornhill and we are thrilled to be partnering with Shecosystem (https://www.shecosystem.ca) to bring you this event!!

Join us for a night of stories, connection, and new friends!

Courtney & Sophia will facilitate the evening so that it’s super easy to meet the other fabulous women. Several stories will be shared (by preselected speakers), and you’ll walk away with new insights and feeling inspired.

This is your chance to do something fun and different!

Sharing our stories is powerful (think about TedTalks and any time you’ve told a story to a kid).  Stories build empathy and open our eyes to new perspectives, allowing us to move forward in a new way in our own lives.

And there will be snacks & beverages!

If you are interested in sharing your story, please contact Sophia or Courtney:

sophia@sophiaapostol.com

courtney@kickasscoaching.ca

 

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Women 18+

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Shecosystem is located right at Christie Station

There is parking in front of the building, there is also lots of side street parking in the area, as well as a parking lot across the street.

 

Money Monday: Lunch & Learn with Francine Dick

What’s your relationship with money?

Do you find you have more month left than money?

Would you like to understand investing or how to budget?

What government programs are available to you at any life stage?

Join your fellow sisters in a non-judgemental, friendly lunch and learn, led by Francine Dick, a certified financial planner.  We’ll discuss our attitudes surrounding money, gain confidence in our ability to manage it and learn practical tips.

Lunch will be provided.

++ Free for Shecosystem members ++ 

Lunch & learn with us…and don’t be afraid to ask Francine lots of questions.


 

 

Francine’s mission in life is to help families achieve peace of mind, and women secure a comfortable future.  As a financial and insurance advisor for over 20 years, she currently works with Carte Financial Services, Inc.

 

Just before her 40th birthday, Francine became a single mother of 3 young children.  This experience taught her the importance of preparing for life’s unexpected events and making sure your financial house is in order.

Francine Dick is a ceaseless volunteer and was awarded the Canada 125 medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for her community service.  As the winner of Alterna Savings and Credit Union’s first Community Social Responsibility Idol award, she had the opportunity of traveling to the Philippines with the Canadian Co-operative Association and observe firsthand the benefits of people working together for their mutual benefit.  This is her outlook on life and in work.

When: 3rd Monday of Every Month

Where: Shecosystem Coworking + Wellness, 703 Bloor St W, Toronto, 2nd floor