Gemma Brady

Gemma Brady

Gemma Brady

Sister Circles


As with every story, there are many versions of the tale of how Sister Stories came to be. The simplest version of the story is this.

For many years I have worked as a documentary filmmaker. My job has been to gently support people to open up and tell their stories. The more I listened, the more I witnessed the profound healing that arises through simply being given space to share.

There is a cathartic effect both for the person who has shared their story, but also for the person listening, who has played the precious role of witness. The more we hear others being open and candid, the more compassion we have for ourselves and for others. You never know what is going on beneath the surface.

I became curious about how this same space could be offered up to forge community and connection. In a world where screens mediate so much of our conversations, I wanted to bring people together in the flesh. To sit in one another’s presence and feel the depth of connection that can only occur when we sit shoulder to shoulder with another being.

Since that first experimental gathering, hundreds of women from ages 17 to 70 have come together in circles in London, New York, LA and San Francisco.

No matter where the circle gathers, the experience shares a common thread: the belief that when we share our own stories, a space opens in another for their own truth to emerge.

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You are so welcome to join Donna and I at RESTFEST to join us for a WILDWOMAN circle experience.