What are they saying about The Hive?
Written by fellow Sista Xaverine Bates this article sums up The Hive beautifully.
'Being in the Hive is like speaking a different language, often that ‘language’ is silence, heart to heart communication and an absence of judgement. This has given me freedom to engage and explore, boosting my self confidence and taking risks. The Hive has given me safety, freedom to be, fun and a new bunch of soul buddies to do stuff with. I feel more alive when I go to the Hive!”
Read more here http://hastingsonlinetimes.co.uk/arts-culture/community-arts/the-hive-a-circle-of-sisters
What a lovely evening last night was. It was moving and heart warming to hear more of the stories of the wonderful lives of the other hive sisters. It was so powerful to tell my story and be heard. Plus it was a great laugh having a stuff swap. People were so generous with what they gave. It was fun experimenting with new looks in a supportive environment. A perfect evening!
Thank you for your sharing last night really valued the circle I've been have a strong emotional week sadness, anger, joy it's all been writ large and I can move between these in minutes - it was good to say that all out loud. Swap shop what fun I had been hoping Sarah might be wearing a Noel Edmunds style jumper but you can't have everything xx
What a Fantastic Evening!!!
Just want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU for such a beautiful intimate, loving evening. You guys rock. Such a beautiful beautiful springboard for us all to fly from. This group is part of the fabric of my life and for that I thank you for 'showing up', physically, in the generosity of your sharing, in your vulnerability and also as the beautiful bright contribution that you all are. A blessing, a holding, a magical circle (of sisters). Love for everything you all brought tonight and thank you x
Hello wonderful women of The Hive. i just wanted to share a huge appreciation for the group, and the evening we had on Tuesday. Having more time to listen and share in circle I felt very privileged to learn more about other women's powerful deep personal thoughts and journeys, and nourished and supported by sharing my own in such an accepting environment.
Plus, our 'Swap Shop' time truly felt like Christmas! Beautiful clothes, jewelry,crystals and books - a treasure trove indeed and an opportunity to experiment with new styles with our Circle of Sister's encouragement. Huge Thank You's to Sarah and The Hive Sisters. Xxx
"This circle is one of the greatest gifts in my life right now. I feel truly blessed to be a part of it. Each week we show up, we laugh, we sing, we share, we get out of our comfort zone I am fully and deeply in awe". SB
"I really enjoy meeting like minded women, doesn't matter what your interests are, what your background, you join a friendly, welcoming group of women willing to share their talents, advice and love" 24.01.17
"Highlight was the Life Drawing classes run by Lucy Brennan. I have never tried to draw or use charcoals before. Lucy was an excellent tutor, very accessible and I have learnt that I can draw, it is mindful and costs just pennies to try" 14.2.17
"today I had the most beautiful connections with women who I didn't know. It just keeps getting more beautiful. Thank you!" 22.11.16
"Not feeling so alone. Unblocking 20 year 'block' on channeling a song. The attention to details to create a beautiful warm atmosphere space is beyond words. A safe space needed from the madness of the world" 8.11.16
"Increase in feeling of community and therefore support and connection' 22.1.16
"coming together with other women in a safe nurturing space - hugely helpful in times of disconnectedness and fear'. 15.11.16
"I feel more alive. A place of sanctuary" 15.11.16
"The space space that allowed so many to step outside their comfort zone and try new things despite their anxiety" 18.10.16
'Supportive space, really great! A place for me to meet others and safely take part in creativity'
'Being touched by the heartfelt sharing and the quality of sharing' GK
'Something for ME!'
'Community, acceptance, feeling open'
'Amazing powerful healing. This is such an empowering group - so wonderful to sit in circle with a fantastic bunch of women. It has helped me enormously with issues I have been struggling with for many years' JH
'Supportive community spirit. Networking, promoting positive well-being to women, improving health issues'
'Magical evening with Gabby'. CG
'Deep relaxation, connecting with the community, feeling up beat' RS
'Each week I discover a part of me that seems to have lay dormant. I am coming ALIVE!' CS
'I find it therapeutic to be with women in a safe space, it helps me with my chronic pain' EF
'It is so beautiful to connect with new and existing women in such a supportive and safe environment' D
'Powerful, can't think how I survived without the group. Thank you, thank you, thank you'
This evening was exquisite. Thank you Gabby Kinsella for such a beautiful heart felt space from the depths of my being. SJB
'Thank you Christina for a heART felt evening of creativity'.
"Sisters, I just wanted to share something with you. For a long while, I have not been able to walk my girls to school due to my health issues. Since attending the Hive, most weeks on a Wed and some Thurs, I have been able to. Whether this is just due to feeling happier and stronger in the belief of myself, or due to the positive energy coming from you all, I felt that I had to share. Either way, thankyou. Small things can mean so much."
(Inspired by the Story of La Loba, Women Who Run With The Wolves)
Thank you, Sarah Bullock for facilitating a wonderful evening. Gaynor Newnham
Sing it all back to life
Sing it all back to strength
Open the doors of the heart
And let what lies within
Flow out into the world
Be free to be your own self
Appreciate and love yourself
In this, the world will be changed
Gaynor Newnham wrote this beautiful poem after an exquisite evening of sound with Gabby Kinsella
I was inspired to write a poem this morning, which I thought I would share...
Cherishing love and
Feel the heartbeat of the Earth
Each inhale is like rebirth
The power of love
And joyful laughter
Are nourishment for heart and soul
The river of tears
That's washing over
Cleansing, healing, making whole
We beat our drums
Mingle our voices
Unite our singing hearts as one
Our gentle hands
And smiling faces
Courageous spirits keep us strong
Honouring love and
Circle of life and death and birth
We are all joined as
The beating heart of Mother Earth
"Thank you Christina Macadam for the wonderful evening you organised for us on Tuesday; it was so long since I'd played with paint and glitter!
As always, the evening was beautiful. The feeling of love and trust in the room as everyone shared their own stories was humbling. The meditation was profound. The creativity was amazing, and the closing song was joyful.
Thank you Sisters!" G Newnham
"Once again the Hive delivers thank you. As I wake up to the news of the US election this morning the community created by this circle of women becomes more valuable in sustaining and nurturing me in a world that seems to be on the brink of madness. Keep singing, keep creating, keep dancing, find your voice and make it heard this world needs to hear it, shout it loud, shout it strong. xx" V Nolan
Lone and Vigilant
Observant in her silence
Whilst collecting bones of time
Bones to form structure
And raise the spirit of the ancestors
Using song and expression
Weaving a spell of magic wolf wisdom
Wolf wisdom, sleek and drenched in song
Words unnecessary, yet melody enchanting
Igniting spirits latent flames
Invoking the essence and will to run
To run free in desert, barren, yet full of expansive life,
choice and freedom,
Drenched in hidden wolf wisdom, seeking nothing,
Yet finding nourishing contribution
Tis in the depth of the being
That a spark can lay dormant
Till the breath of faith is blown on the bones
And calls alive the laughter of Wolf woman wisdom
~ In Love
18th October 2016
Just thinking about how this is the 6th year of me living in and around Hastings... and how deeply grateful I am to have finally found my trusted female tribe ♡
So full of grace from last nights magic.
Resting in a circle that feels so safe and nourishing x
Today I am thankful for being able to sit in circle with a wonderful group of women, not just at our meetings, but knowing we are all there for each other in all respects at all times. It's really quite special. Something I never thought I would enjoy. Feeling totally blessed.
This is a sanctuary. I feel more alive.
I have an increased in feeling of community and therefore support and connection. LC
I am not feeling so isolated.
I have a massive improvement in well being and mental health. More self confidence, less loneliness and more connection. a renewed sense of self. An opportunity to ground and remember who I am each week THANK YOU - this is an amazing project. RR