Back in December, we forecasted women's spaces would be an essential wellness trend in 2017, providing the time and space for women to come together as a community. This new brand of togetherness is somewhere in between group fitness, talk therapy, and lamaze class: come as you are, share an experience, leave feeling lighter, but also more connected to yourself, your inherent womanhood, and to others on the basis that our experiences aren't as unique as they feel. We're in this thing together, as women.
The resurrection of women-only spaces are, without a doubt, an outward acknowledgement of both the healing that takes place in a sharing circle and the need for this type of collective support. In culture that's increasingly digital, the desire for analog connection is potent and real.
Perhaps the rise of these special spaces is also a reflection of what was already happening in our digital lives. On social media, there's a drive to share authentically and while that can be therapeutic in and of itself, it's the sacred space that exists because of the sharing—not the fact that it's digital—that facilitates healing. A digital-first (analog to follow) women-helping-women movement was quickly growing roots, as if we knew this year would be a very important one.
But the trend goes beyond just women-only spaces. They're a physical manifestation of a cultural shift that's more important now than ever: women helping women. Here are five ways we're helping each other, and ideas on how you can get involved.