HOLD YOUR FIRST MEETING

Your Grove is an expression of women’s core longings ~ to connect, be seen, be heard, to belong, to be accepted, nourished, to bring forward their gifts, to shine. Holding your first meeting is an important and courageous step in the creation of your Grove. On the page you will explore and discover:

1. WHO TO INVITE?

2. INVITING FRIENDS, FAMILY & AQUAINTENCES

3. INVITING STRANGERS

4. CREATING SPACE FOR YOUR GROVE

5. HOLD YOUR FIRST MEETING

1. WHO TO INVITE?

A women’s circle can be a really open, inviting and accepting place. Getting women of different generations and beliefs together can be really powerful.

There are many different options when it comes down to who you will invite into your Grove. You might decide to invite your friends, family, strangers, women you have been in circle with before, or women that you would like to get closer to. Maybe you are new to a place and want to get to know women in your community. Maybe you live far away from your family and want to spend more intimate time together by inviting them into a virtual Grove. Or maybe you want to bring together a group of friends who are often busy with their lives and don’t get much time to be with other women.

Remember that women’s circles have a life of their own, and friendships or relationships may change inside the energy of the circle. Our Sistering Guide is a good resource for navigating some of these potential changes.

Also consider whether your Grove is open or closed. Will you be inviting people ongoing? Or are you inviting a select group of people to create a closed group? This can also change over time as feels appropriate for you and the circle.

2. INVITING FRIENDS, FAMILY & ACQUAINTANCES

The important thing to remember is that this is an invitation! Women’s circles are not for everyone, and this is to be honored and respected for the wellbeing of you and your circle. If you can release your expectations of others being as excited about your circle as you are (and try your best not to take it personally if they’re not) you will create more space for the right women to come in and make the most of your circle.

Here is a little invite that you can personalize and email to your friends, and acquaintances:


Dear Sister,

I am writing to you to ask whether you would like to join me in something that I have been feeling a strong call to do, and something that I deeply need and feel sure that other women also share a similar longing and  need for.

I (and name of co-facilitator if you have one) am/are in the process of creating a TreeSisters Grove, a local women’s group which simply put, is a nurturing, creative and powerful space to explore our balance of being and doing.

I have been drawn to TreeSisters because of (………….) and creating a local Grove is one of the ways that she as an organisation is inspiring me. If you are not familiar with TreeSisters here is a link to the website www.treesister.org and here is where you can learn more about the Groves: https://www.treesisters.org/groves

My / our vision for our Grove is that we will gather regularly (how often?), to nourish ourselves through beautiful activities (such as…..) and then offer out, our collective pool of love with inspired actions (such as ……….) in the world.

I’d / We’d love to invite you to our first meeting. The practical framework is (time, venue, length of session, approximate size of group) Our intention for this first session is to come together, introduce ourselves, and to share in a simple guided experience to taste a bit more directly what we are creating.

If you have any questions please do ask! It feels so lovely to reach out in this way, thank you for being a woman in my community that I can invite into my dream of a women’s circle.

With love and sisterhood,

Your Name


You can simply print our the invite and then write in your Grove details. Or, if you want to email the image, you can crop it and then give them your Grove details in your message.

You may want to give women this invite, and then follow up with a phone call to explain exactly what your Grove is and isn’t, as well as your intentions and dreams for the group.

If you are looking for more women to join your group, you may want to consider asking your friends, family and acquaintances to bring some friends along.

3. INVITING WOMEN YOU’VE NEVER MET BEFORE

There are many places that you can advertise your Grove to bring in women from your local community that you’ve never met before. Here are a few ideas:

~ Meetup.com

~ Pin your Grove to our TreeSisters Grove map

~ Local community Facebook groups

~ Local coffee shops / cafes

~ Health food shops

~ Sports centers

~ Health practices / retreat centers

~ Community notice boards

~ Colleges / Universities

~ Conferences and local events

~ Other local women’s groups or Meetups

Here is a flyer template you can customize and print out or post digitally to help promote your Grove!

4. CREATING SPACE FOR YOUR GROVE

You might want to host your Grove at your own home, or you may want to host the circle at someone else’s home. For example, Kathleen from the TreeSisters Heartland Grove in Illinois hosts her Grove on her friend’s land which has a beautiful teepee! Another option is to invite the women in your Grove to take turns hosting.

For those of you who are starting a virtual Grove, there are a number of tools available that can help you host your gatherings! Here are a few suggestions:

~ Zoom.us (if you want to host meetings that are longer than 40 minutes that can host more than 2 people, you will need the Pro version which is $15 USD per month)

~ Gotomeeting.com (starts at $19 USD per month)

~ Freeconferencecall.com (most features are free)

You may also want to get in touch with some of the existing Grove Tenders who have successfully set up an online grove. You can get in touch by posting in the Grove Tender Facebook Group.

Another useful space to create is a closed Facebook group, which can be an ongoing place for sisterhood support in between gatherings. You can share articles, videos, and other content with each other. You can also set up a group chat where you can regularly check in with each other. If you’ve never set up a closed Facebook group before, you can learn about that here.

5. HOLD YOUR FIRST MEETING

In this short video by our Groves Mama Jenny Rose Smith, she will support and guide you through your first meeting:

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us on the Grove Tender Facebook Page.