Women's Circle by Women's Forum

A women’s circle is an ancient tradition kept alive by Women’s Forum

Women’s Forum is a platform for authentic community and conversation. It’s not therapy and it’s not life coaching – it’s a safe space where you come to be a better listener, trusted partner, and wise counsel for other women who, like you, want to make a positive difference.

Meetings are peer-facilitated with just enough structure to provide focus and direction. Our principles and practices ensure confidentiality, compassion, and connection. Group interaction gives you time to ponder what’s ending and what’s calling to you. It is a privilege to witness each other’s growth through ups and downs and to advocate for each other, wherever life may lead you.

As your wForum group evolves, you share a timeline and create an intimate history together. With most groups lasting years or maybe decades, the bonds you create can help you navigate life with greater ease and joy.

“I can’t tell you how many times I leave my wForum meeting thinking, This is the first few hours I’ve had in the past 4 weeks that my thoughts weren’t about work or the kids. Meetings help me remember that I can’t serve others from an empty vessel.”

Elizabeth M., Seattle

Adelaide Waters

Adelaide WatersDuring times of personal crisis, connection with other women can strengthen your ability to overcome adversity and find your way forward.

That’s how it was for me. I joined a women’s group at the age of 35 not knowing what to expect and thinking it would be temporary. After 15 dedicated years of seeing each other through career setbacks, business start-ups, health crises, parenting challenges, marriages and divorces, my life was forever changed.

No one mentioned that growing up is a life-long process and maybe that’s a good thing. I thought I had it all figured out by 30 and then little by little, my life unraveled. The parts of me that pretended and defended, the ways I coped, and the carefully crafted image I upheld suddenly no longer worked.

Helping me understand where my life was heading and who I wanted to be, my women’s group profoundly influenced how I showed up as a mother, professional, wife and friend. As a group, we learned how to challenge outdated thinking and support new beginnings. When our lives were messy and confusing, we learned to be honest with ourselves and others. We looked for the lessons and silver linings. Year by year, we became kinder, stronger and more loving.

W Forum is my desire to pay it forward and share the gifts I have been given by those who came before me. It’s a sacred platform founded upon wisdom traditions and feminine consciousness. And it’s my privilege to share it with you.

Adelaide enjoyed a 30-year career as a corporate consultant with expertise in organizational systems and people development. She worked with leaders and teams across industry sectors to develop a healthy work culture for improved engagement and performance. With her passion for community-building and peer-learning, Adelaide created Women’s Forum, a model for women’s groups that has grown from Aspen to Seattle, currently serving 18 wForum groups. In 2017, she wrote The Women’s Forum Handbook, a DIY guide on group process and guiding values for longevity and success. The Handbook includes 40+ discussion and learning guides on topics such as women’s roles, modern relationships, character and contribution, and practical and sacred matters. Adelaide lives with her husband and dog in Aspen Colorado. They enjoy outdoor adventures and visiting their adult children. She is a mentor-buddy with the Buddy Program, Pathfinders volunteer, and has served on the Board of the Forest Conservancy. She also enjoys a regular gig as a Spellbinders storyteller for middle school kids, keeping alive the ancient tradition of oral storytelling.

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Whether you’re wondering what’s next, seeking camaraderie and support, navigating a difficult transition or coming to terms with realities you can’t change, in Women’s Forum, you are never alone.

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