Women: Following their Dreams #5: Kate Reed, Sister Circles, facilitator, coach, author

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Today I’m interviewing Kate Reed as part of my Women: Following their Dreams series.  My aim in doing this series is to, once a month, introduce you to women who all have one thing in common, they have been brave enough to follow their dreams. Maybe you might be inspired by one of their stories, maybe their story will strike a chord with you, maybe what they are doing is something that you would like to do too, maybe you will find a new interest, talent, idea or realise that these woman are just like you and me and the only thing holding you back is you. So grab a cuppa and take a seat and see where this series might take you.

Kate is a dear friend of mine, one of the good ones that it doesn’t matter how long since you have seen or spoken you always pick up where you left off.  Unfortunately we don’t get to see each other often living in different parts of the country but what Kate does is so interesting, so genuine, so kind and so needed that I wanted to introduce you to her, she really is one very special lady.

Kate Reed of Sister Circles

Meet the gorgeous Kate Reed

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m an ex-Sydney girl and have been living in Byron Bay for over 6 years now with my partner Al . We keep life pretty simple – good friends, good food, getting into nature as much as possible…
My career is a bit of a patchwork quilt (counsellor, youth worker, health coach and business owner) but the one constant amongst it all is my love for facilitating Sister Circles which I have been doing for over 15 years.

Kate & Al

Kate & Al living the dream in Byron Bay

For those of us who don’t know, what is a Sister Circle?

The term Sister in this case, extends beyond blood ties and includes women in our life with whom we have a deep connection.

Women have been communing in Circles throughout the ages, sometimes openly, and sometimes in secret, but always with the intention to bear loving witness to the lives of their Sisters in a confidential and safe environment.

The Sister Circles gather on a regular basis and we share our stories and offering support, strength and wisdom to one another. The sharing is beyond every-day conversation, it is a deeper exploration of themes that we are experiences, challenges we are facing and hopes and dreams that we are calling in.

This type of communing has a powerful ripple effect on the women who participate in these Circles, that echoes through their lives in a profoundly positive way.

What led you to Sister Circles initially?

I have two blood sisters and many treasured friends who are like sisters to me. My mum modelled to us the importance of the ‘Sisterhood’ as we were growing up as she herself has a strong posse of special women in her life. I have always loved getting together with other women and sharing our truths in an honest and open way and I guess that is what sparked the first Circle that I ran with my sister Sarah many years ago in a little townhouse in Sydney. It was the positive feedback from that first group that really encouraged me to keep holding Circles. I realised that women are craving that deep connection that comes from opening up and being vulnerable and knowing that they are not alone. The bonding that comes from sharing laughter, tears, stories and wisdom lasts a lifetime and builds strong communities of women who have each other’s back (so to speak) during challenging times.

Having had such a varied career you have recently launched your own website The Sister Circles and decided to make Women’s Circles your main focus. How & why did that come into being?

The Sister Circles website was launched in July this year. It outlines information on what ‘The Sister Circles’ are all about as well as being a vehicle for people to buy and download my book ‘The Sister Circles – A Step-by-Step Guide to Running Powerful Women’s Circles.’ It also has a small selection of Ceremony tools for sale in the little online shop.

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You have also written a book, congratulations. Can you talk us through that process?

Thank you!

The book really came out of a giant kick in the pants this year when two beautiful women who I have known since childhood, committed suicide within a month of each other.
It activated me to think deeply about what I am doing in the world and how I could contribute to providing a supportive safety net for women. Writing the book was a way of honouring these women by creating a template whereby anyone can set up a Circle in their own community to create connection, transformation and empowerment by:
◦Allowing women the time and space to tune into their deep and wise knowing.
◦ Creating a space to hear and be heard.
◦ Giving women permission to be vulnerable and raw and true.
◦ Supporting women to give and to receive.
◦ Leading women to self-understanding, compassion and deep healing.

Writing the actual book came easily as the model it is based on has been tried and tested over many years of sitting in Circles with many women. The thing that is blowing my mind the most is the flow that this project has had. There have been no stumbling blocks at all and I truly believe that I am being assisted by helpers beyond this world.

The Sister Circles by Kate Reed

Click here for a link straight to the e-book

You are well travelled, what is your favourite place to travel and why?

Ahh Vic! Don’t make me choose!
Travel is one of my greatest passions. It fills my cup and stimulates me in every way. Al and I backpack on 95% of our trips. We book our air travel and the first two nights accommodation and make the rest up as we go. Our preference is home-stays in towns and camping in National Parks.
We love adventure travel and are drawn to places that are culturally different to home. We usually take off for 3-6 months every 2 years to explore somewhere new.
Favourite places so far?.. Central and South America, Nepal, South East Asia, Africa, Canada, Middle East .. I could go on and on.. every place has it’s own unique appeal and we still have so much more to see!

What are your favourite spots in Byron?

The beaches are amazing and most us who live there would go to the beach at least once a day and twice in Summer. My fave beaches are at Brunswick Heads and Main Beach in Byron.
The hinterland is also extremely special and we are blessed to be surrounded by national parks and rain forests. Minyon Falls is spectacular especially when the water is flowing and we have lots of friends who live on properties with creeks and rivers so paradise is everywhere.

kate reed byron bayLooks pretty close to paradise to me!

What’s your favourite meal?

I’m a big foodie and I LOVE to eat. I’m also a vegetarian so it’s big green salads and smoothies in summer and soups and roasted veggies in winter. I also love Japanese, Italian, Asian and Indian food.

What are you currently reading? Do you recommend?

I’ve got two books on the go at the moment:
Return of the Bird Tribes by Ken Carey
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

I highly recommend Return of the Bird Tribe. I’ve been working my way through it slowly as there is much to ponder on each page. The material in it is ‘channelled’ from the spirit world and it has got me thinking deeply about our connection to nature and animals and the purpose of our time here on earth.

Any thoughts you would like to leave us with? 

I guess the thing that keeps coming through this Circle work is how much we crave and really need connection in our lives. It sustains us and gives us a sense of belonging and purpose to be part of something greater than ourselves.

In Modern Western society we have been misled into be believing that independence makes us powerful, but from my experience and observation, there is no joy in isolation. Happiness comes from sharing our lives and connecting our hearts.

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Thank you so much Kate for sharing with us today.  Your work truly is inspiring & I wish you every success for the Sister Circles.

To find out more about Kate and The Sister Circles, head to her website here, Facebook and/or Instagram

To check out the interviews in the Women: Following their Dreams series click on the name, Johanna May, Flavia Julius, Katja Gaskell,& Kim Spiteri.

Have you been part of a Sister Circle?  Would you like to? Do you have a group of friends that you really connect with?

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25 comments on “Women: Following their Dreams #5: Kate Reed, Sister Circles, facilitator, coach, author

  1. Deb @ inner compass designs
    October 20, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Fantastic interview. Love this. A sister circle is something I know is a missing piece in my life. One suggestion- can you add a link to the book as I wanted to grab it and I bet others would too. Off to Kate’s site xxx

    • Vicki
      October 20, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks Deb – link added now. It is funny how you were in my head when we were doing this!!!

  2. Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    October 20, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Thanks so much Victoria! I enjoyed your interview with Kate very much – such an interesting read! I do agree wholeheartedly with Kate that happiness comes from sharing our lives and connecting our hearts. I’m interested in the two books she is reading at the moment as well as the one she has written. I’m off now to pop over to her website. 🙂 x

    • Vicki
      October 20, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      I’m so pleased that you enjoyed it. Kate is full of wisdom.

  3. Mandy
    October 20, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I adore Byron, that’s a great start to a good life right there. Kate sounds like such an inspirational woman.

    • Vicki
      October 20, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      Mandy she really is inspirational. x

  4. Emily
    October 20, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    What a great interview! Love the career description of ‘patchwork quilt’. And Sister Circles sounds great. I was at an event last night that spoke of how women work better collaboratively while men prefer hierarchical structures, and this fits right in. I’m hearing that message a lot lately! #teamIBOT

    • Vicki
      October 20, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      I wonder what the world is saying to you!!!!! Patchwork quilt is a great description isn’t it? x

  5. Natalie @ our parallel connection
    October 20, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Beautiful interview and I live the sisters circle concept. I am very close to my sisters and this is perfect to share with them. Funny we are looking to buy circular ring to mark our relationships

  6. EssentiallyJess
    October 20, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I’ve never heard of sister circles before, although I’ve always been a big fan of women encouraging other women.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Vicki
      October 20, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      My pleasure Jess. I delighted that you got something new from this. x

  7. Hugzilla
    October 20, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Oh what a lovely idea! I am actually meeting with what you could call a sister circle of sorts this weekend – a bunch of my favourite bloggers and I are catching up. Can’t wait!

    • Vicki
      October 20, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Ohh how fun I hope you have a great time. x

  8. Pinky Poinker
    October 20, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I think I have a sister circle. I have four very close girlfriends (none of us alike at all really) but we definitely have a connection. I love my women friends and couldn’t live without them. Women empower women… and it’s not a cliche!

  9. Pinky Poinker
    October 20, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    P.S. I also think my daughter, who has observed my close relationships with my friends has adapted this ideology as well. She’s had a group of close friends around her since she was little right up to her late teens. The sisterhood provides such support.

    • Vicki
      October 21, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      I honestly don’t know what I’d do without my girlfriends, it really is a sisterhood. x

  10. Renee Wilson
    October 21, 2015 at 6:07 am

    What a great idea! I’ve never heard of sister circles before but can see the incredible value in them. I guess I’ve found my own circle through the blogging world. It’s great to know you have someone there for support.

    • Vicki
      October 21, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      The blogging world does have a wonderful sense of community doesn’t it.

  11. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    October 23, 2015 at 8:07 am

    I have heard of the Sister Circles and have always wanted to go to one. This is an interview I will be coming back to V. I really want to learn more from Kate so might investigate her course and ebook but now it is the kindy run! 😀

    • Vicki
      October 25, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      I’m so glad I could introduce you to Kate, she really is a special lady. I hope that you get to go to a Sister Circle. x

  12. shannon @my2morrows
    October 23, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Awesome interview Vicki and what an inspiration Kate is. Thank you for sharing. Xx

    • Vicki
      October 25, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      She really is isn’t she, I enjoyed finding out more too. x

  13. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    October 23, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Such a lovely interview, Vicki. Anything that supports and inspires women is a very good thing. x

    • Vicki
      October 25, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you Lisa. Kate is doing some wonderful work.

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