SoulSpeak is a carefully crafted, cozy environment where you can tell your story (or stories) and bear witness to a community of women just like you. It is an experiment in the human experience.
Bring an open heart and be prepared to laugh in uproarious laughter, pass the tissues, squeeze a hand and make a connection or two. You will practice telling your truth, sometimes speaking to the road that you’ve traveled and sometimes telling the story that you are living.
SoulSpeak is a two and a half hour event that allows two hours for storytelling and sharing and an opening and closing from the facilitators. You will share some of your truth, practice telling your truth, sometimes speaking to the road that you’ve already traveled, and sometimes telling the story that you are living in this moment.
Round I: Happy Hour Round : 45-60 minutes
We’ll start with one woman in the circle picking a story prompt (written for this very topic) from a bowl. You’ll have two minutes to share your story. When the timer goes off, your time for speaking has come to completion and you get to bear witness to the next story. You’ll pass the bowl to the next woman to tell a story in two minutes, and so on.
Round II: Diving Deep : 45-60 minutes
After a short break, we’ll split into two groups with a facilitator joining each smaller group. This time, you’ll be invited to either pick a prompt from the bowl OR to share a story that’s on your heart. Most women find that there is a story that wants to be told- a story from their past, their present, or a story that they are deeply desiring to live into. All of our stories need to be held. Each participant will have three minutes to share their story.
Lots of people ask this one. Short answer: Yep! Longer answer: It can be scary to not know exactly what you’re going to say. It can be hard to know what to say when it is your turn. That’s part of the point. When we listen, we learn – about ourselves, about each other. There is a huge gift when we actively listen to someone. We give someone a gift when we share about ourselves, too. In fact, most women that come share how powerful it is to share imperfectly… that it’s helped them in other relationships and spaces. If you’re nervous about it, shoot an email to jess at jessicaleighlyons.com.
This is an intimate group of no more than 30 women. There are two facilitators for each round so that you get to know one another while you’re there. You’ll walk out with new friends, we’ve seen it happen.
We’ll start at 6:30 pm. Show up around 6 pm for snacks and drinks and a few hellos. We’ve found it makes a difference when everyone is there to dive in together AND we want to respect time. When we start on time, we end on time. We love that. If you’re going to be late, let us know ahead of time.
WE GOT YOU, sister. We’ll have plenty of snacks and tea and wine to keep you satiated. Nothing says sharing more than passing around the chocolate. However, if you love a heavy dinner, you might want to grab something before.