6 APR Red Thread Circle Café – A Meaningful “Fika” on APRIL 6
Welcome to the Red Thread Circle Cafés at Gefion Art House 2017
This is a time for a meaningful “FIKA” (Swedish slang for a coffee break) by which we mean having conversation with a specific intention while sipping good coffee, having a cup of tea or a glass of wine (optional).
The Red Thread Circle Café is held in Swedish or English – depending on who shows up!
Join us by sending a FB message to Gefion Art House or Jessica Enevold · Gefion Art Studio or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Preferably, no later than the night before, please. But if you wake up this morning and feel you should go, please do! Just send us a message so we can prepare seating and fika for all.
What is a Red Thread Circle?
A Red Thread Circle is a gathering of people coming together to share their threads of our common stories. Each circle has a theme or specific inquiry, sometimes with a small exercise, given by the person organizing the event. We sip on tea, coffee or other beverage of choice and listen to each other, then we come together in conversation.
Why Red Thread?
We actually use a red thread, literally a ball of red yarn and pass it around the circle to each person.. When the red thread comes to you, you hold the thread in your hand and take a turn to speak and be heard. At the end of the circle, you take your piece of the Red Thread with you.
Most commonly you tie it on your wrist but you can place it anywhere: on a button, a necklace, your purse. It is a reminder of the circle and what was shared there. Many participants choose to wear their red thread until it falls off – it can become a very significant reminder. By creating the circle with intention, we weave ourselves and our stories together. Inside of that space, insight, healing and transformation become possible, which wouldn’t be possible in isolation.
What is the significance of the Red Thread?
The Red Thread is a global gender-inclusive symbol with whatever meaning you choose to bring to it, based on your intention. The circle leader usually shares some of the history and context of the red thread before passing it around . There are many Red Threads in traditions and stories throughout the world and most often it represents connection, protection and blessing.
When do you hold a red thread circle café?
We hold red thred circle at the beginning of every painting workshop – related to the theme of the workshop. We also have a weekly, sometimes daily “café” to do a check in on what is important in our lives, how to deal with or understand issues, sad or happy, to answer questions and musings about relationships, work, the world, the goals and meaning of local or global events, and how to weave them into (or sometimes make them exit from) our daily lives in meaningful ways.
Who is circle for?
Although the tradition of the a red thread circle café came to us through Shiloh Shophia, artist and Color of Woman Founder, the red thread café is certainly not for just women and creatives, it is for anyone who knows they want to create space – sacred or secular – with and for others. From Doctors to Therapists to healers, to Social Workers to Lawyers to Pre-School Teachers to Elder Support to Domestic Violence Advocates to NGO’s across the world, and conscious Corporations, individuals, women, men, children.
The Red Thread Circle Café is a way for people to come together, join, listen and share thoughts, knowledge. It has a profound capacity for connecting minds and hearts around what matters.
Admission: Free – or you can donate 100 SEK (or less according to your ability at this time) half of which will cover the FIKA – coffee and tea and something sweet and savoury to go with it and other expenses required to organize this evening and half of which we will give to a local charity organization which will be suggested by the circle gathered on this day jointly. You can swish us or bring your donation with you, if you can contribute that is.
Optional: A glass of delish Aussie or NZ wine will be available (at cost price – between 50 and 80 SEK) from our Gefion Art House sommelier, Neil. 🙂 Just let us know when you arrive if you would like red or white.
This text is a modified version of a description originally by
© 2015 Shiloh Sophia McCloud, Cosmic Cowgirls LLC
for Red Thread Circles and when to call them.
This is a short version adapted by Jessica Enevold, to fit the local context of Gefion Art House Red Thread Circle Cafés. It combines the circle and the café into one meeting form.