The Swan Sisterhood

The Swan Sisterhood is a community of kindred spirits for introverted women who want meaningful connection and growth, but without the overwhelm.

As a caring introverted woman you crave deep connections, meaning and purpose, but sometimes don’t know where to find it in a way that works for you.

Everyone is telling you that you have to “get out there” more — for personal or professional reasons. But something about that doesn’t feel right to you.

You want to do what matters to you and to the world. Sometimes you try to make yourself be more extroverted, but it’s so draining.

There is another way. One that doesn’t drain you and that appreciates your uniqueness. It can be so much easier.

What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?With introvert-friendly support, and some key insights about how to live your truth without the overwhelm, you can find the sure footing you need to do what matters.

Introverted women are part of a tribe and we need to come together and harness our wisdom, compassion, and energy. We need each other. Especially now in such turbulent times. We need more grounding and more connection so we can follow our heart’s callings.

It’s amazing what’s possible when you have the energy of group support. It gets easier to move into your growing edge and even enjoy it.

The group structure that Val sets up is a very good container where I feel included and seen, and I have the time and space to ask for and receive the support that I want. Having community and support gives my nervous system the feeling of safety; when I feel safe and supported my fear and anxiety decrease, and this enables me to share my work in the world in a more authentic and vibrant way.” ~Maureen

 

“How can I follow my callings without the overwhelm?”

On the one hand, you’ve got longings to do more of what you love, help out more, or connect more. Sometimes it’s a whirlwind of personal, professional, and societal shifting all at once: “Should I quit my job? start a business? find my soulmate? find new friends? get involved in activism?…”

It can be overwhelming to imagine following these callings. Just the suggestion to “get out there” is enough to make an introvert feel drained.

But, if you don’t listen to your heart, the consequences to your body, mind, and spirit are too high: tense shoulders, churning pit in your stomach, loneliness, heartache, or held hostage by an inner critic.

It can feel like a trap between the two options: follow your callings and get overwhelmed, or stay safe but still churning on the inside.

In the Swan Sisterhood group, right away, I’ll give you some key insights to help you find your sweet spot for following your heart without the overwhelm. It’s such a relief once you get it. 

Val has helped me understand how to create an authentic life where I can define success on my own terms.” ~D.F.

Now is the time…

Let’s form a strong community to keep our spirits lifted as we go through our personal, professional, and societal transitions. We need each other, not just today, but in a meaningful sustained community. We can’t afford to let life’s turbulence pull us down. And we can’t afford to let go of our dreams.

Now is the time
…To come together with others on a similar journey.
…To truly listen to your heart’s callings.
…To allow tears, spiritual conversations, and talking about our deepest dreams.
…To move forward on your vision, step-by-step, from a confident strong place knowing we’ve got your back.

It’s time for community, soulfulness, heartfulness, and facing our fears one step at a time.

 

Does any of this make your heart say, Oooh, OH!, or YES!?

Then it’s probably just right for you. It’s making my heart pound just to write this. Learn more below and get in touch soon.

You can skip ahead to Logistics, Cost, and Registration or keep reading if you want more details.

You’re invited…

The Swan Sisterhood is a small group community for women who want to unleash their callings, while staying true to their quiet soulful “swan” selves.

Staying connected to each other helps us stay grounded, find our true pacing, and stay true to who we are in all kinds of ways.

Join us to:

  1. connect with other quiet-loving heartful women,
  2. find your calm grounding from which you can spread your wings. (Phew, we’ve been through a lot and our nervous systems need support.)
  3. explore together what it means to go forth on your vision, in YOUR way, that honors your nature.
  4. learn to quiet that overthinking and self-doubting mind,
  5. tune into your powerful intuition and callings,
  6. truly understand the amazing value you have to offer,
  7. grow your courageous voice from a grounded knowing place,
  8. keep your spirit lifted as you move into new territory,
  9. create your personalized action plan that honors both your soulful self and desire to make an impact.

We can address these kinds of goals. Can you relate?

  • Personal — confidence, speaking up, relationships, community, self-awareness, stepping into activism
  • Professional — career clarity, leadership confidence, workplace ease, exploring self-employment
  • Soulful — creative expression, spiritual growth, life purpose.

Most typically, your goals will be a blend of many things. We’re complex creatures, after all.

This group is about being true to you in all parts of your life. The same principles of finding your clarity, confidence, and momentum work for all kinds of goals.

Hosting a group like this is the core of my life’s work so I’m all in and excited to hear if you are too.

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Questions?
Pop me a note at the bottom of the page,
and I’ll get back to you quickly.
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Who am I to be leading this group?

I’ve been facilitating heart-centered groups of various kinds for 30 years, and now focusing for the last 7 years on groups for introverted women following their callings. I’m a former wallflower who now feels confident and social, while still embracing my introverted nature. My life’s work is about helping others live a path that is true to who they are.

In addition to my work as a career/business/life coach, I have also been engaged in social and economic justice activism for much of my adult life. I’ve discovered what works for me to keep going and stay out of overwhelm.

You might also want to know that I’m a long-time meditator, and a fan of Marianne Williamson, Tara Brach, and the Liz Gilbert’s book, Big Magic.

Since working with Val, in a very short time I can see immense possibilities where there were only questions. She keeps the focus, holds the keys of relevance, nourishes the psyche and instills the spirit with a sense of willingness, no, passion for the next step. ~P.W.

What will it be like?

Sometimes getting grounded is as simple as lighting a candle and taking a breath.

Taking one step at a time, together, with breathing room.

You’ll learn the truth about introvert strengths, fear, tongue-tied moments, overthinking challenges, “imposter syndrome,” and what it means to be a confident introvert who follows her truth.

We’ll tap into mindfulness, journaling, poetry, story sharing, and other creative methods as ways to calm our systems, find inspiration, access our intuition, and build faith for taking important steps.

We won’t shy away from words like meaning, life purpose, callings, soulful, spiritual, and meditation. We need to talk about what’s in our hearts, but no one will impose their religion or beliefs.

It’s a place to be yourself, without any judgment. Nothing is required. Both tears and celebrations are welcome.

You’ll find your confidence growing which naturally leads to calm courageous speaking and action in many areas of your life. Imagine finding your voice with ease. It’s possible.

The format is designed with introvert sensibilities in mind.

Wondering if you are an introvert? Don’t worry about it. If this program resonates with you, that’s what matters. We can discuss the fit.

This presenter doesn’t force you to be who you’re not. She provides realistic strategies to work with who you are. ~Program Attendee


Logistics: When, Where, What, and Price

The group is active now. Registration for joining is rolling, and your own start date will depend on openings in the group.

We meet in a small group (up to 8 women) twice a month and there are opportunities to connect between meetings. There are openings now.

Northampton, MA (U.S.)
Every other Tuesday
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Stay tuned for a videoconference group coming in 2018, so you could call in from anywhere. Use the registration form to express interest in a virtual group.

Group time commitment?

The group is an ongoing community, where new members make a 3-month minimum commitment so we can form a strong community and go through some important explorations together.

What’s Included in Membership:

  1. Two group meetings per month (up to 1.5 hours each).
  2. Professional facilitation and guidance from an experienced career/business/life coach.
  3. Structured homework options to deepen your learning and forward your progress.
  4. Access to my secure online portal with many self-discovery tools.
  5. A private Facebook group for members.
  6. Ability to ask me questions anytime.
  7. Meaningful “buddy” matches for connecting between meetings.
  8. Option to schedule add-on individual coaching sessions for 15% off.
  9. I’ll help you make meaningful professional connections with the people you want to meet, thanks to my large network.

Your price for this all-inclusive program:
150 per month (U.S.).

For comparison, individual coaching prices run about 600/month so this is an alternative, budget-friendly way to experience some of those benefits while also gaining the energy of group support.

I will help you assess the fit when we talk by phone after you complete the registration form.

All group members will have done at least one coaching session with me before joining. If you haven’t yet, let’s schedule a discounted coaching session for you, where we will help you find more ease and flow around your goals.

Guarantee: Full refund if you decide to end after the first meeting. This is about finding the right fit, not about pressure.

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Questions?
Pop me a note at the bottom of the page,
and I’ll get back to you quickly.
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Register Now

Step 1: Fill in the registration form as a way to think through your decision since it asks some clarification questions. Filling it in does not commit you to anything.

Step 2: We’ll have a phone chat to discuss the group and see what we think about the fit.

Step 3: If you haven’t ever experienced coaching with me, we’ll have a discounted individual coaching session to see how it feels before making a decision about the group. We’ll get you some clarity, confidence and momentum sooner than later.

Step 4: If it’s all good to go, we get your payment in and get you signed up.

[ REGISTER HERE To Begin ]

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Questions? Concerns? Anything that comes up for you, just ask.

I totally get it that you might be feeling nervous or wondering if it’s really a good fit for your situation. Whatever question you have about it, I’d love to hear it. I’ll get back to you quickly. Use the form below to send your question. Thank you.

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Better Together

As we saw during the 2017 Women’s March, when women join together, we become a force for something greater than ourselves. It’s a powerful and loving energy — such a wonderful combination!

Following our callings doesn’t have to happen on the streets, in large groups, with loud voices. It can happen in quiet ways too, just as powerfully, and stemming from the same place of love and spirit.