OUR ANNUAL GATHERING

Over 50 women from near and far gather by the beautiful Weeks Bay in south Alabama each year in spring to connect with each other for inspiration and guidance, and to welcome ​the Sacred Feminine into our Grandmothers Gathering. 

We invite you to sign up to receive our emails for information on our next Gathering. Together we will share our stories and be witnessed by our powerful Grandmother Sisters. We connect with each other organically, holding the rim while we sit in circle, in workshops, meditation, music, and healing arts — sharing laughter, tears and more.  ​​ 

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2021 GULF COAST GRANDMOTHERS ANNUAL GATHERING

MARCH 25-28, 2021 | CAMP BECKWITH, AL

The Grandmothers wonder...WHEN WILL IT END?
HOW WILL IT END?
WILL IT END?


We don’t have the answers but we have HOPE!


Hope that, guided by the Divine Feminine, we can create a smaller, safer, sacred Grandmother Gathering at Camp Beckwith on March 25-28, 2021.

Please save the date for Thursday, March 25 to Sunday, March 28, 2021 with early arrival on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

 

We know how important it is for us to have a safe space to tell our stories, listen to our grandmother sisters, and to connect with each other.  We are continually consulting with Camp Beckwith and at this time we have hope that a smaller, safer, sacred Grandmother Gathering is possible.  With social distancing and new procedures for check-in, rooming, meals, ceremonies and circles, we believe it will still be our wondrous Grandmother Gathering.  Our SPIRIT CENTERED SACREDNESS will not change.

 

With an abundance of caution for everyone's health and safety, we know that going forward may become impossible. We are prepared to stop planning and cancel the Gathering at any time if it becomes unsafe to gather. In light of that commitment, registration will not open until January, 2021. The non-refundable deposit has been waived with full refunds for cancellations.
 
We will be providing more details as we get closer to the opening of registration so please keep a look out for our emails and Facebook page announcements.

Be well. Love and blessings to all!


The 2021 Planning Circle for the Gulf Coast Grandmothers

 

Upcoming Gathering

We invite you to sit in circle with us, where together we will share our stories and be witnessed by our powerful Grandmother Sisters.

Past Gatherings

For over 20 years, the Gulf Coast Grandmothers have been meeting annually. Visit our photo gallery to see the fun and fellowship we've created over the years.

MORE ABOUT THE GATHERING

Our overall goal for the Gathering, which begins with the Opening Ceremony and ends with the Closing Ceremony, is to open our hearts and minds and receive points of light into our lives so we can see ourselves and the world differently.

The incorporation of the The Circle Way process, including world renown principles, practices and agreements, allows the grace of heartfelt communication to manifest and heart connections to be made within each Gathering. Approximately eight women are randomly selected at the beginning of the Gathering to sit together in a small circle each day. Two women are co-facilitators throughout the duration of the Gathering and the discussion is focused around the Gathering theme which changes each year. The small circles are a safe place to share our stories, honor our voices and claim our empowerment as we soothe our souls and transform our lives.

Some of our recent themes have been “The Turtle Path—Connecting our Inner Lives with our outer surroundings”, “Living our Legacy”, “Dragonfly Medicine—Celebrating Transformation”, “The Sacred Feminine” and “The Evolutionary Woman”.

When we meet, we put our names into the Circle and close it around us, building a container of love.

At the Closing Ceremony we say, "The circle is open but never broken."

We are the ones we've been waiting for.

ELDER CEREMONY

The Croning Ceremony, or Elder Ceremony, is a special circle where those who have reached the age of 70 are honored with a purple shawl and the collective appreciation of all in attendance. It is a time of joy!

For women, reaching the status of Crone can be a major milestone to be celebrated, as Crone is related to the word “crown”. More women are reclaiming the name of Crone in a positive way, and see it as a time to joyfully welcome one’s position as an elder within the community.

HEALING ARTS ACTIVITIES & WORKSHOPS

Along with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and daily small circles, at each Gathering time is provided for special workshops, lectures, healing arts from fellow attendee practitioners, and free time for rest, meditation, and conversation.

THE MARKETPLACE

The Grandmothers offer a Marketplace and Silent Auction to raise money to support another Grandmother’s attendance at the Gathering.

THE GIVEAWAY

At the Gathering we also practice detachment through a Giveaway Ceremony where we each part with some possession which we value, telling its story and passing it on to another Grandmother to cherish.

THE PARTY

On the last evening together, we welcome all to participate in a "talent show" and dress up for the occasion. Music and laughter, silliness and sincerity are all found as we celebrate our collective unity and our individual expression.

 

©2020 by Gulf Coast Grandmothers.