Read below what women across the country and world are experiencing in their Syngenuity Circles.

If you have attended a Syngenuity Circle, please email us about what your experience was like or use the form at the bottom of page, and we’ll post your testimonial shortly.

Testimonials from the 11th Syngenuity Circles, in-person, September 8, 2018:

I think for me, this time, and I think it almost happens for me every time, is that something from my past or present, I get to, like you said NyShayla, I have a new insight on it, and it’s helpful insight, and for me this time it was about my perfectionism in the past and what that difference is like now for me. I appreciate the ability for photos to bring that to light, and also usually it’s that other people’s perspectives shape that understanding for me as well, through the various perspectives that are shared. – Christina M-W (MD)

I definitely enjoyed participating, especially because I wasn’t really sure what to expect because I’ve never done one of these before, but definitely, you know, reflecting based off of reactions from the photos. It was eye-opening for me because it made me think of things that I didn’t even really realize that I was thinking about internally, or that was buried in there internally, so I really enjoyed this time. – Stacey M (MD)

I think today’s session was helpful in me kind of reflecting on my past experiences and kind of seeing them in a different way. So even from like my father and kind of as an adult battle with that relationship but also thinking about like my time abroad and how free I felt there, even though I was lonely, it was good to kind of resurface those feelings and kind of refresh my memory on how grateful I am for my past experiences and how they have shaped who I am today. – NyShayla W (DC)

Testimonials from the 10th Syngenuity Circles, online, August 4, 2018:

You know, in our culture, course I grew up before there was a cell phone or a computer, and I didn’t turn on my first computer until I was 39, and I’m 60 next month, and um, I was at a salon today doing a ketones tasting and in the old days, you know, three years ago, people would not be looking at their phones and not interacting with people around them, and today, everybody is on their phones, and they don’t notice people, they don’t notice their inner room, and they could meet their new best friend, they just never know. You know, it’s refreshing to hear and talk with people that are not my age, do something different in life than I do, and, um, so there are times like today in the salon, like I miss that, I miss that. And I love, twenty somethings, I love thirty somethings, I love talking with people that are younger than me, so anyway, it’s fun. – Liz S (MN)

For me it’s, from my experience, it’s also nice looking at the same photographs and just being able to speak about them from completely different experiences, and I think age has a, is a big component of differences there. Yeah, but um, just also talking the time; I found myself getting a little bit um, almost like a little bit ancy of like really digging into this, but that’s almost, that’s like the, where I know the silver lining is coming, when I feel myself not wanting to give the time or really the patience…it’s a process…a way of doing things that has gone, that has become more dilluted with what…with technology all the time, we are like glued to them. So, it was nice taking the time to dive into, I mean taking an hour to dive into four photos that weren’t, that weren’t like super stimulating and in your face. And it makes you really think about like usually you draw meaning and you can think about things and let things soak in and just take time. I think it’s just that, I think it’s, uh, it’s really looking, we can learn so much and draw so much meaning from things that are, that are, seemingly so simple. – Tuli M (DC)


Tuli’s comment really resonates with me, it was definitely a different experience for her, but I did also find myself wrestling with sitting and going deeper, and it was an interesting personal realization. – Miranda L (IL)

Testimonials from the 9th Syngenuity Circles, online, June 2, 2018:

This has been fun. I’ve never done it online. At first, I thought that that’s kinda weird, you don’t get to really see people’s body responses. You don’t get to look at their eyes and see what they’re saying, you know, body language and that. But it’s kinda fun, you’re just actually looking at picture and not looking at people, you know, we’re focusing even more on the pictures than maybe we did when we were in the circle thing. – Tina (CO)

For me, the kind of shared experience of you know taking in visual images and then sharing that, you know, experience of how you took that in is really a step away or across or from, you know, my everyday experience. I think, I think about going to the movies. You’re sitting next to or in the midst of other people, and yet, you know, you’ve got all of this other visual, sensory stuff coming in, and yet other than a whisper, you never really get to talk about it until after the fact. You never really get that in the moment reaction, and that that sharing in that particular moment was different for me, and lends perspective too; it broadens my set of sort of, you know, I’m not a really good movie-goer, and I understand, in fact I got insight into why I’m not, because I don’t have that shared, and I think God, and I always leave the movie thinking boy I missed a lot. I had, I gained a lot. I had, I gained a lot; the sharing of that visual input was different for me, and expansive in a way that, yeah. – Diane S (DC)

Yeah, I love that, kinda what I shared the last comment I made, that with one picture there can be so many different perspectives and that my listening to that perspective can shape how I then view what I’m looking and that if I do the same thing in my own life, if I’m open to others’ perspectives, I can also shape, and even open to listening to someone who’s different from myself, I can change and shift what my perspective is and start to shape that differently for my own personal experience or for my own assumption of someone else’s experience. – Christina M-W (MD)

Unfortunately, there were technical difficulties in hearing the recording from the testimonials from the 8th Syngenuity Circles, in-person, March 3, 2018, and the 8th online Syngenuity Circle in May did not have recorded responses.

Testimonials from the 7th Syngenuity Circles, online, April 7, 2018:

I guess for me, it was more so as the silence and moments when you gather your thoughts. It’s hard to be silent, it’s hard to just be in a room, or should I say be around other people and it’s just weird, so I really enjoyed it, I like it; it just gave me some peace. – Tanisha W (DC)

I found that sharing a, it sort of combined self-reflection while also building on the experiences and self-reflection of other women is really powerful, so it was, I’m sure what the word is, empowering or, um, I would just say it was powerful to share reflections on these photos with other women, and to sort of internalize that into my own, my own experiences and views and being able to connect with others, it was really moving and powerful. – Keri G (DC)

Yeah, I think one thing for me with this circle experience, or I guess it happens almost every time for me to, is that there is like a new, someone else’s perspective on a picture shifts my own perspective on something in my life, even like if it’s something like in the past, give me a new perspective to see that experience or to think about that experience, to hold that experience. And I think that’s freeing in a sense, it helps me to, to maybe sometimes to heal, sometimes to grow, sometimes it’s helped to, yeah, even to catch, like now I have a photo in my mind when I think about, for me it was specifically thinking about friendships that were lost. And now I have something visual in my mind to remind me of that experience and a new shift of perspective and understanding on it. I appreciate how that happens and how that’s happened for me. – Christina M-W (MD)

Testimonials from the 6th Syngenuity Circles, online, February 3, 2018:

SS – I have a question, so Ms. Christina, as the like founder of this awesome opportunity for all of us, how do you capture this moment as we collectively all come together. CMW – How do I experience it or see it? SS – Yeah. CMW – Yeah, I see it as, uh, I think everytime I experience a circle, I continue to experience my, the, vision, coming to real life, I guess, or coming into fruition. And seeing how the power of the collective, and the power of even differing perspectives can have on uniting each one of us together. And that even in the differences, we can be, have some unity because of even sharing and listening to each other’s differences and differing perspectives, and then gaining perspective. So I think every time, it continues to be the same thing for me in different ways. Every one’s different, every circle is different, because every circle has different people. And so, I enjoy hearing what each woman brings to each circle. – SS Asks and CMW Responds (MD)

I joined last, so I know I didn’t get the full experience, but I would say that even the last couple of minutes doing this is kind of freeing for me because so much of my life is identified right now as mom. And it used to, I didn’t always used to be this way, you know I had a variety of roles, a variety of interests but being a stay-at-home mom, all my friends are moms, I go to mom’s groups, I go to kid’s activities, and this is one thing where I got to talk to women, and I don’t know if you guys are moms or not, you may be, you may not be, but I got to do something that wasn’t about being a mom. And that was kind of nice in a way. – Holly A (TN)

I agree, it was really nice; it was more calming than I initially expected it to be, even though I’ve done one before, um, it’s just been awhile. And so, it was just really nice to like to take a moment, reflect, and listen and hear about everyone else’s perspectives, too, I really appreciate the time.

(2nd share after CMW shared) I mean it’s kind of you said it already, but it’s like, I don’t know, getting the opportunity to talk to a bunch of other women from different backgrounds, I think I’ve been like super anxious about politics recently, and just like been struggling to understand how other people could think the way they think, and it’s just nice to like get to talk to a bunch of different women, and just remember how similar we are, and just that we’re all human. (SS responds – that was so beautifully said)  – Natasha S (WA)

I believe that this is a great opportunity. One, again, this is my first time, and I’m so excited, and I was totally thrilled to hear everyone’s perspectives, but, for me, I’m I’m taking it in the whole experience, not just looking at the photos and being able to identify how best I can relate or how best I can mirror my life experience or lens, and on honing in on someone else’s gift. Like when I see these images, I’m like wow, this is this artist’s gift, the photographer’s gift to capture life in real time while we’re all existing. It’s so beautiful; it’s so much greater than ourselves, so to speak. It’s just my lens on just absorbing the moment to take appreciation of a moment that was captured from a true person who saw it worthy of us being able to acknowledge. So, whoever it was all the photographers, I just want to be able to say that good job, and great work, and being able to come together collectively as one is always powerful. Being able to collectively be able to take a pause on a time to reflect a snapshot of a photosynthesis lens that will allow us all to hone in on is priceless. So again, thank you for having me. – Samantha S (MD)

Well for me, it was really cool listening to others. I feel like I have a lot that I want to say, but I loved listening to others too. And so, although it’s like moments of silence, I always felt like I wanted to say something but I also wanted to prompt others to say more because I just love listening to what others have to say cuz I think that all around helps us to be better people and be better listeners and just be better women in general..listening. I just really loved hearing different perspectives. – April S (NB)

Testimonials from the 7th Syngenuity Circles, in-person, January 6, 2017:

I think for me the, for me being the photographer sometimes hinders and helps the process for me because I have like full knowledge of everything about the picture as well as why I took it, or what I saw in it. But I enjoy talking about pictures, but I think when you made your comment about the bird, the crane, I think that was, I think was like oh, I didn’t look at it that way, that was really helpful. So I think having that experience of a different perspective affecting my perspective, which it happens all the time, but I think maybe because it was more personal…and I didn’t have that perspective at all. – Christina M-W (MD)

For me, I’m someone that likes to really talk things through in my head when I get an idea. I don’t usually see something or think of something and then right away speak on it, so it was different to see something and speak on it without kind of developing the idea kind of from beginning to end or really think about how I want to say or express what I’m thinking. So that was a challenge.

(after Cristina’s second share) Well, and when I first saw the pictures, there was only really one that I was drawn to, so, especially with the group being so small, I was like, well, I hope someone has something they want to share because it’s going to be a long 45 minutes. But it is neat to bounce ideas off each other and you know, especially for me with the butterfly picture, that was kind of the one I was drawn to, but we did kind of spend a lot of time on that one, and I think, for me, a lot of that, on my end, was because you two were able to talk about things that it made you think of, or you related to, which made me think about it on a different level or see it in a different perspective than I would have otherwise. – Brittany C (MD)

I think for me sometimes you don’t really, you think things that you don’t really talk about (or internally… (couldn’t hear it on recording)). It takes something to abstract or something that is so simple yet captivating like a photograph to help you bring out those thoughts and make sense of them…(I couldn’t really understand the rest).

(after Brittany shared) Yeah, it’s very open-ended. There’s no prompt. It doesn’t come to…just your thoughts, what you’re feeling, … so it’s very open-ended. That could be, for me, a little nervewracking sometimes because I want to analyze it in a way that…. – Cristina G (DC)

Testimonials from the 5th Syngenuity Circles, online, December 2, 2017:

I agree with what the last person said (Christy Q). – Ainsley T (MD)

I really like that I got to see different views and hear different thoughts about what each photo meant to each person, because some people had different ideas and thoughts and some people had the same thoughts. It was interesting being able to see the diversity in what we all thought about. – Christy Q (DC)

I think what would make the conversation more interesting is if we were able to add a photo of our own, I think it would be interesting to see how other people view what your perspective is. And I think it would kind of interesting to share in that dialogue because we were talking a lot about, you know, perspectives and understanding everyone’s ideas and we’re all looking at the same thing and everyone is taking away from it in a different way, sometimes similar, but I feel like it would be more personal in a way too to kind of feel how people perceive the things that you view in a different way. It might be like an opportunity to be more vulnerable and kinda grow together. – Aasiya S (DC)

Testimonials from the 6th Syngenuity Circles, in-person, November 11, 2017:

Yeah, I enjoyed the conversation. As far as the images, um, I mean basically what I said during our conversation, I mostly just challenge myself not to make any assumptions about what I’m looking at, because I’m clear that I instantly decided I knew what was going on so it was uninteresting and kind of the way I got more engaged was to think what don’t I know about that picture, what’s not being shown that I’m assuming is happening, you know. Um, and that made it more fun for me and whimsical and just kind of my thing, so. But I think it’s neat, yeah, I just think the the flow of conversation of you start on one thing and easily leads to these other things and how it’s so intertwined in the way that we manage relationships, everyday with all kinds of people and even with ourselves, so. So, I think it’s great to be able to share. Obviously, the more diversity in this space with the and everyone having a voice is the more you’ll gain as a participant. – Rachel K-P (MD)

Well, I found that, yeah, the photos kind of spark the initial conversations, but we always, I assume that most people just get off into their own conversations. I think just one of the most important things is to just talk with people, get life experiences, listen to new things. I learned something new from you that you mentioned and the don’t and the positive and the negative and what triggered your mind to remember the positive side of things. And just hearing other people’s experiences, because I think that is, to open up the dialogue, that is one of the most important things you can do with other people. I’ve been, I used to participate in these kinds of things in high school, in college; I haven’t done it since then, and it’s nice to kind of join that and to be completely comfortable in women, with just women, so you don’t have to feel like you’re being judged or anything like that. And just share your experiences, which I think is phenomenal. – Sophia T (MD)

The photos didn’t actually resonate with me at all, much more it was the conversation, and you know shared, like lived experiences, I’m also very practical and very down to earth, so you know, to maybe a fault sometimes, so you know without context, you know my brain is working overtime to try to, to your point to try to put it together and make it make sense and then at some point I realize that that wasn’t going to happen and I check out at that, so something that was more concrete, if it was the statue of liberty, would have evoked I think more, because there are some very clear connections I can make with that vs. the abstract which I just know I’m not very good with. But the conversation was great, so you know I mostly wanted to hear other people’s perspectives and experiences. – Joy K-P (MD)

Testimonials from the 5th Syngenuity Circles, in-person, October 7, 2017:

It was very different. I’m just used to whatever’s in my brain but like what I’m reflecting on, so having like constraints, constraints that, I don’t know, still allows you to be really creative….I feel like it was really challenging for me, but I appreciate it, like the structure. – NyShayla W (DC)

I think I, you know, learned a little bit more about each and every one of you and it wasn’t so direct. I think if I would have experienced the circle with a little more people, I might have been a little more shy, but I thrive, you know, at least my comfort, um, I think this size group is perfect for me, I think to begin with because I do notice myself become more quiet if there are more people in the room, so I really appreciated your it happened to be that. – Cristina G (DC)

I think it was um, for me, every time I’m surprised, just how helpful, and like just to feel like you’re a part of a community or other people are going or have gone through the same things you’re going through and that it’s ok, and finding time to connect with others is so important. Yeah, I feel thankful that you are doing this. Having a space where you are not interrupted, and you can actually let your mind go where it wants to go is special. – Tey M (VA)

Yeah, I think each time I’m in a way blown away by the connections that can happen across something as simple as a photo, and the reflection that happens and the spaces that are entered because of that I think are unique, unique in that it’s not the same every time, it’s not even the same people every time, unique to this time, and you and I women. – Christina Martinez-Williams (MD)

Testimonials from the 4th Syngenuity Circles, online, September 9, 2017:

For me it was a collective experience, um, cuz in my everyday life, I’m just always going, going, going, and I never really have time to sit down and actually spend time…and actually any amount of time for something I want, focus on myself, my goals, what is it I want to do, my next steps and like Cindy, I felt the same you did, you know, with 45 minutes to look at the pictures and I was like you know how can I possibly spend that on one photo. But again, similar to Cindy, it was nice getting to express my initial thoughts about a picture and have actually have a chance to think about those thoughts and build on those thoughts and connect it back to my own thoughts, you know, how do these pictures impact me as a woman, um, and having the opportunity to listen to someone else to gain an understanding of how they’re conceptualizing the pieces. Yeah, so it was really reflective for me and afforded me the opportunity to just sit and be present in this moment, you know, allow my mind to just focus on what’s going on in the moment vs. thinking about…the other things I need to take care of in life, so I guess it was reflective… – Allison G (MD)

Well when you first described what we were going to do, I was kinda like ok, we are going to look at some photos and reflect on them and think about it, and then you said 45 minutes, and I was kinda like, what, wait am I going to see different sets of photos or just looking at these four for that entire time, and having roughly 15 minutes to reflect on each one. So it took a lot of time to start off with because I was like, oh, I look at them and I’m done, but I think just as we had the dialogue and we were each able to look at each one at the same time, on our, you know separately how we did it, just to kind of be able to see each other’s perspectives, I think it really, I think the longer we did it, the more I enjoyed it, because it was kinda like ah, I didn’t see that the first time, oh, I can see that idea, and it’s just about how much we can learn from each other, because again how much, that last part about there’s a change, a shift, if someone’s changing our perspective, sometimes we can’t do that by ourselves and we need other people to speak into that and to hear reflect and hear their reflections on it to kind of say oh wow, I definitely can see that, I can relate to that, I can understand that vs just taking it at face value and thinking, you know, I saw this picture, I knew what it was, I knew how it spoke to me, and I’m done, but really hearing how it speaks to other people, how they, essentially how we breathe life into that and how we can receive that from each other, so it was actually, the longer you did it, you kind of realized ok, there’s more to this than just my thoughts and really hearing from other people and beginning to see things that I didn’t see before so that was really a fun experience but also just a very informative experience as well. – Cindy M (AZ)

 Testimonials from the 3rd Syngenuity Circles, online, July 8, 2017:

I think that piece that you said Cindy, that sometimes to see a new perspective, well often, that we can only glean so much by ourselves, and the value of taking time to sit back and reflect deeper on something that, like you said Allison, when we look at it we don’t think that we can see much more or we think that there’s not so much to spend time on, but then when we take time to sit and reflect and be quiet with ourselves and with people, that we see more. – Christina M-W (MD)

For me it was a collective experience, um, cuz in my everyday life, I’m just always going, going, going, and I never really have time to sit down and actually spend time…and actually any amount of time for something I want, focus on myself, my goals, what is it I want to do, my next steps and like Cindy, I felt the same you did, you know, with 45 minutes to look at the pictures and I was like you know how can I possibly spend that on one photo. But again, similar to Cindy, it was nice getting to express my initial thoughts about a picture and have actually have a chance to think about those thoughts and build on those thoughts and connect it back to my own thoughts, you know, how do these pictures impact me as a woman, um, and having the opportunity to listen to someone else to gain an understanding of how they’re conceptualizing the pieces. Yeah, so it was really reflective for me and afforded me the opportunity to just sit and be present in this moment, you know, allow my mind to just focus on what’s going on in the moment vs. thinking about…the other things I need to take care of in life, so I guess it was reflective… – Allison G (MD)

I appreciate how convenient it is, just that you just go online, sign-up, and whoof, you’re there. You don’t have to borrow a car, figure it all out; it’s just one link and you’re connected. – Ainsley T (MD)

Testimonials from the 3rd Syngenuity Circles, online, July 8, 2017:

I liked the opportunity to have art as the focal point. I’ve participated in a lot of sister circles and art is rarely incorporated, let alone being the focus, and what sparks conversation, so it added this layer of spontaneity and true, things truely happened organically as a result of the art being the focus because it speaks so differently to different people, so that was very interesting to me. – Tiffani R (DC)

I think going back to the clock and the conversation about time, it was definitely helpful to be still and to have a sister circle to express my experiences and also hear others, especially as we heard so many different perspectives about time; it definitely challenged me to think about how I use my time and how I can use it more wisely and even with the social media aspect and then as I go back into the classroom as a teacher or how I can use my weekends and the time I have on the weekends to hang out with my family, so it definitely gave me new perspective and new ways to think about time. And I liked that the silence and the time to just reflect was accepted; it wasn’t forced or rushed or we felt like we had to say something for the sake of saying it but that all the comments were very meaningful and built on everyone else’s comments. – Kamilyah H (GA)

Testimonials from the 2nd Syngenuity Circles, online, May 13, 2017:

I enjoyed listening to different perspectives, and it felt safe, you know just like you set the norms in the beginning, but it really did feel that way, felt safe to just share, whether it came out right or not, and hearing the different voices. And like I said earlier that even with the silence, that sometimes you know can be very awkward, but it was, felt natural, felt, it just felt comfortable…. – Yolanda J (DC)

Like when you’re sitting in a museum and the little art person comes over in the corner, and you glance at a picture, and then he starts telling you the history of the picture and then you really look at it. – Ainsley T (MD)

I like how the longer we look at something or I look at something the more I see, or the more I wonder, and even sometimes the more I clarity something becomes or it even starts to stand out even more, and I didn’t even notice it before. Like that perspective on pictures but just in general, I think that’s like when someone gives me a perspective or when I learn something new, that it gives, it opens up that experience of that person or of people that are similar or of a situation or my own situation, it gives me a new perspective. – Christina M-W (MD)

Testimonials from the 2nd Syngenuity Circles, in-person, April 1, 2017:

I guess I would like to share that I agree with that [what LaSean H said]. You go through it and you see, you have your initial perception of the photo, and then you hear different perspectives and then you can kind of meet somewhere in the middle or completely change your perspective to what you orig-initially thought. And, it’s sort of, opening, opening your mind a bit, expanding your mind, not just being focused on what we see and that’s it. – Mary B (VA)

To appreciate, for me, it’s to appreciate someone else’s point of view because they see it differently than I did, yeah, it is eye-opening to see other viewpoints, and enlightening. – Tey M (VA)

I think what I liked about each one of us sharing what’s in a photo goes to show, and I think we may have touched on this, but as individuals, you know, we kind of put blinders whether we want to admit to it or not, but things are kind of looked at our way. When someone brings a different perspective, you know you did you can take it or leave it, but I think what we did here was that we looked at a photo and the first thing you saw you would express and then when someone else shared, you know as the sister over here was like, wait a minute, I didn’t even see that, you know, so it kind of expands, you know, your bond, your vision, your perspective of what you think about you saw in the photo, and it took us back, you know, to our childhood, or you know for us who have children, or where you lived or where you’re from from, so I think this was a great experience, you know, something that’s fun, but you know I love for my mind to be expanded, right? So the more I heard speak about what you felt or what you saw in the photos, I was like wow, I didn’t see that, and it took me from where I was to put me where you are. – LaSean H (MD)

I think, too, I appreciate that perspective [LaSean, Mary, Tey], because I think then the thinking abstractly about what just happened is what I want to happen, people wise, too, that people from differences and divides that our society has created, can come together and see a different perspective and now put themselves in that place and understand and hear that perspective. So, kind of also how we look symbolically at some of these photos and then literally but doing that same exact process with women together and having that kind of like transfer even though maybe we’re conscious of it and maybe we’re not, but that’s my hope is that we’re, all these circles are happening across the country, that they can produce that kind of experience that then can be transferred into whether that actual experience within the women that were in the circle and then once they leave, oh, they saw something different, I wonder if that person that I just had a negative assumption about or prejudice or a stereotype about or have a bias against, now maybe I need to rethink what their perspective might be or what perspective they might be coming from. So, I’m glad that that’s what’s being experienced. – Christina M-W (MD)

Testimonials from the Launch Syngenuity Circles, February 4, 2017:

It was a little awkward in the beginning. And I think for me because I’m a person that’s always going, you know, school, working part-time now, 2 kids, projects, this, that, life, and just being in a space where I really don’t have to think and its more so what am I feeling from, you know, seeing this. But as we went on, it got a little bit easier. It’s something that, you know, I think that everybody should have an opportunity to do, because society is so busy, we’re all busy with life, and just having those moments where we can, you know, like you said, those feelings, they’re very real, and we should feel them, instead of, you know, stuffing them in a box because, you know, the kids are over here getting ready to kill each other, or dinner needs to be cooked, and we have to take care of, you know, other people, but just having that moment where we can sit and actually take care of ourselves, even if it is to just feel these things, you know, and talk about them. I liked it, though.

I think that, to piggy back off of that [other participants’ sharing], it shows how different our experiences, you know, our experiences give us different light to certain things, you know, whereas you saw this grandiose waterfall that you’re used to seeing, but, you know, what we were talking about was so much smaller, you know, than what you’re used to, but at the same time, you know, your experience brought something to this where, you know, I didn’t even think about, you know, maybe that’s not a permanent waterfall, maybe there isn’t the dry period for it not to be there, but based on your experience growing up on an island, waterfalls are permanent, they’re always there, but in other places, they happen in monsoon season maybe, and, you know, in the summer they dry up, or, you know, it’s just a run-off from somewhere else, but, it, yeah, you know, having your experience and how you grew up coming into the group, you know, it shed some light for me, like, oh, ok, I didn’t look at it that way. So, it kinda, you know, it helps, I like the group because it helps see things from another person’s perspective, so I think that’s a great part of this group. – Ta-Keisha S (MD)

Before kids, and when I had free time, I would to just go to the museum, especially an art museum, and just, you know, look at the pictures, and absorb it, what do I feel, you know. Not having to really have a lot on my mind, just to kinda unwind, and I feel like I can do that here, you know, and just I really, I don’t have to feel anything, just how does this affect me. And, to actually say it out loud, thank you.  – Mary B. (VA)

Testimonials from the Host Dry-Run Online, January 28, 2017, for the Launch Syngenuity Circles

I think it went well, and it was just neat to hear different people’s perspectives. It’s just symbolic of how our lives are as well. People have different perspectives on all kinds of life issues, and we don’t often talk about them or come together to share where we are and how we’re feeling and be willing to abide by the values of the Syngenuity Circles; so it’s nice to have a safe space. I thought that the quiet times were a little bit awkward too, but I’m not sure if they would be more uncomfortable or less uncomfortable in person, but it’s ok to be uncomfortable. – Stacey M. (CO)

“It was a really positive experience for me, so I just really appreciated the time to just kind of reflect and think about things. And, I’m looking forward to hosting one in person so that I kinda can see each other’s faces and give that nonverbal feedback.” – Natasha B. (WA)

Testimonials from the Pilot Syngenuity Circle, January 8, 2017:

It’s wonderful to have a place to meet other women in my community that is so welcoming. I had a great time sharing and connecting with the ladies in our group. Having the images as the focus made sharing easier even with the ladies I had just met. – Tey M. (VA)

I attended my first gathering of Syngenuity and it was like a breath of fresh air. Meeting with other women and connecting with them was an experience I truly enjoyed. I meet some nice and interesting women for the first time and felt comfortable discussing with them issues that I felt were relevant or things in my life that I felt necessary to express. The bond among women is unique from other bonds in that we tend to see the value in talking about things to reach an enlightened frame of mind. I look forward to the next meeting. – Mary B (VA)