This class was just what I needed. I feel like a different person than when I started. I made connections with others in group and opened my mind to seek my heart’s desire by living life with a new perspective. I don’t feel alone anymore. You made it easy for me to choose whether I was ready to speak and I never felt pressured or rushed. As the weeks went by it did become easier to speak my mind and share my story without a feeling of judgment. I enjoyed the weekly homework and having a partner with whom to discuss progress. Being able to share deep thoughts that are hard to speak up and feeling the love from the circle gives me a sense of acceptance never felt before. Each week was perfectly planned and there was great flow one week to the next. Working toward my goals the previous weeks led me straight into awareness in such a natural way. It was like an awakening, really incredible. I would encourage others to join the circle also!
Recently, for the first time, I offered my transformational life coaching program in a group setting. Twelve participants joined me for a six week experiential learning process that offers a step by step approach to what I consider the "foundations of fulfillment." This series was born out of years of refining my own understanding of what it means to be a powerful creator and how to make art out of the whole of our lives and tap into the essential desires that are seeded within the heart. My work with individuals over the course of the last 5 years has centered around this conversation of what it means to cultivate a vision for our lives, how to define success on our own terms as well as confront the particular ways that we remain in limiting patterns; unable to move forward.
I feel I really benefited from this series and it was even better than I hoped or expected. My self-selected area of improvement for this six weeks was “stress mastery." This moment, along with the rest of our time together in this course, told me that I am alright; that I need to focus on the present moment and stop worrying about things that may or may not ever happen and certainly aren’t interfering with my life today...to celebrate my life. I gained deep, new connections with members in our group and experienced feelings of empathy, compassion, celebration and empowerment as we shared our personal journeys. It was wonderful to have this scheduled time for self reflection and self improvement…I often intend to do this, but don’t make it a priority. I appreciated Jenny’s gentle wisdom and inquisitive spirit leading us through this process.
The circle space was the perfect container for this kind of self-discovery. In a very short time these individuals became incredibly close and a natural support system developed. Everyone genuinely wanted to see the others succeed. By the end of the six weeks, solid connections were made and deep friendships developed. Each circle holds its own beauty and together we create something that can never quite be predicted but it is always magical. That's because the intention of circle is to show up authentically as yourself and hold the space for others to do the same. We see that we are more alike than we are different; that we each have stories of pain and triumph that have carved the distinct contours of our lives. In this sacred space we can truly appreciate and celebrate ourselves and each other perhaps for the first time.
My experience with this circle was amazing. I have been told that circles have power. And I am now a believer. I felt like my intentions of gaining insight and tools for my life and the lives of those I am blessed to work with were fulfilled. It confirmed so much of what I have learned over the last few years. I felt validated. The way the materials were presented was so well thought out and simple to follow. I gained so much support from the souls inside the circle and I gave a ton of support to them. That was also my personal intention for class. My experience was life changing. Jenny has changed my life for the better MANY times through her work and healing. Thank you Jenny Clarke.
I have never connected this deeply and quickly. The circle invites your truest self—your Soul—to be seen, heard, understood, just LOVED. My favorite exercises were the six levels of change and ‘soul feeds/soul drains.’ They really helped me focus on reality and not just my story. I believe we need the circle once a week forever. It changed me and I miss it everyday.”
If you have been struggling to find direction in your life or resist making changes that will catalyze forward movement and are looking for effective tools that will support you in your personal growth journey, this series delivers what it promises. However, it requires that you SHOW UP for yourself and the dreams that you have been given. Each week offers a different theme with a teaching on how to implement specific practices that you will tailor to your heart's desire with regard to an area of your life where you'd like to create a shift. I follow up each class with an e-mail to recap what we learned, additional supplemental material such as videos or articles and a homework assignment to complete before the next week. The weeks learnings are cumulative, building on the knowledge and experience gained in the previous classes.
The series was an experience like none other! What was covered and how was truly impressive. Our group of participants were amazing – a small intimate, non-judgmental group. As a domestic violence survivor, I have participated extensively in many avenues of self-awareness and growth; individual cognitive therapy sessions for years, specialized group therapy sessions, read many books, am part of online groups and researched endlessly many self-growth and psychological disorders and topics online. I’ve done a lot of this work on different levels but this series really encompassed everything I have worked on and more in one workshop in 6 weeks. It put it all together (plus more) in an easy streamlined way. I was able to start to understand that I am my own life expert and I realized that I was seeking external advice or validation instead of listening to my own inner compass. I liked having a partner and the group circle. We did some hard inner work and I think sharing with others cultivated acceptance and moving forward. The group created a non-judgmental space that welcomed this. The struggles shape us into who we are. I was presented with the opportunity to give and receive support. It was interesting to hear others perspectives of me. I realized I do not see what they see in me (strength, courage, openness etc.) and that has stuck with me. Because of this, I realized I need to be easier on myself. I can’t wait for the next circle!
In a word, this series was enlightening. I thought I was a very self-aware person and as it turned out I had a lot to learn about myself. Each week brought a different vibe and new challenges, both enjoyable and difficult at times. I think my favorite exercise was honing in on my values in a way that became tangible and applicable to my creative process. The subject matter is what challenged me to speak in circle. Allowing others in and myself out about some of the more personal topics was something I grew more comfortable with as we built trust amongst the group. My partner nicknamed me “Tolerant Tom,” because it seemed as though I had an “impressive ability to tolerate (or accept) life’s challenges and continue to move forward and thrive.” I never really acknowledged or gave myself credit for taking on these challenges and whatever anyone throws at me. I improved at awareness and wakefulness during the series.
This was a true learning experience of the Unconscious vs. Conscious. We are all on a “cyclical journey” and there is more to ME to be experienced in this life I am living. Every week was a truly “authentic” week with so much to learn. It was comforting to hear stories from others and realizing we all have weaknesses and past hurts. We all seek acceptance, love and healing through our journey of life and it is okay to “ask for help”. I could listen to Jenny teach all day. She has an amazing gift of wisdom.
Receiving all of this wonderful feedback is, for me, deeply fulfilling. I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to share what has been a true calling in my life: to help others awaken to their highest potential and align with greatest purpose for their lives.
I invite you to join me for my next round of this series coming this September at One Yoga and Fitness. Stay tuned for more details.
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