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My Wednesday nights are regularly spent with my 96-year old grandmother, who lives alone. That is, until last night, when she canceled on me, because “the circle meetings are starting back up.” During my childhood, Grandma would go off to these mysterious gatherings at St. Pius X church. I imagined a coven of elite Catholic ladies discussing Bible versus, chanting a few Hail Marys, munching on deviled eggs or bundt cakes. I am glad she has the fellowship. But it’s not the sort of thing I would ever join.

But maybe I am wrong.

I recently heard from Oak Cliff resident Dr. Katie T. Larson, whose Her-Quest, “a women’s circle designed for women who may not traditionally join a circle but have always been curious about their benefits,” is meeting monthly at the enchanting, cozy little space at 207 South Tyler (Our Wellness Community).

The next meeting is this coming Monday, September 19, 7-8:30 p.m., and registration requires a donation of $10-$30, what you can afford, to help with costs.

Dr. Larson facilitates what she describes as an “introvert-friendly holistic self-care sampler.” In other words (still hers), “it’s not a talking circle, but instead a place where you learn how to reconnect with yourself, other women and the feminine energy through lots of different kinds of practices.”

If you identify as a woman and are any age at all, you are welcome, she tells us.

Larson is a PhD, wife, mother and founder of GrowthQuests whose practice includes personal-growth coaching and hypnotherapy.

She never thought of joining a circle either, she says, until she “accidentally attended one,” she notes on the She Quest site. “I found the warm, support of mature, genuine women was just what I was longing for. It changed my life positively in dozens of ways.”

If you are interested, Dr. Larson has videos, a Q&A, a blog and extensive further information about her group right here.

When you register here for either the September 19 or October 17 gathering, or both, you can include a message about the sorts of things you might want to “work on,” like  trust or boundaries.

“Each Her-Quest session is bespoke to the needs of the group, so using this form we can customize our experience upon sign up,” notes the registration page.

Wait until my grandma hears I am going to a circle meeting.