Sister Stories


Story Circles & Writing Workshops

Celebrate life with Life Stories sessions to finally trust your voice and tell your stories.wf1_banners_anthony-de-mellow
You don’t need to wait until you are ‘old enough’ to have experienced epic moments in life or to record them alongside ordinary moments that hold meaning and memories. Even if you don’t consider anything about your life to be epic in nature, your life journey thus far is significant and deserves to be signposted in a special way.

This Life Stories service focuses on the telling and retelling of the moments that matter the most to you and your loved ones. Imagine being able to hear your favorite stories of a loved one regardless of how near or far they are. Now imagine your life stories being shared with loved ones during and/or after your lifetime. Sometimes it’s easier to imagine not telling your stories which can leave us feeling sad and incomplete in terms of honoring this one and only life of ours. Getting your stories out is another way to shine our light brighter.

 unnamed-19Who you are today is the culmination of your life’s experiences–and what stories you’ve told yourself about them. Whether we recognize it or not, we all have incredible stories to share. Stories have a way of drawing us in and captivating our imaginations, transporting us back and forth to times and places we might never otherwise have had the opportunity to visit.

Healing Stories (previously Thrive and Shine) offers unique story-sharing and story-making experiences with Mary Rives who merges her love of storytelling with her authorship and deep listening abilities to draw out your unique stories. 

“Sometimes you will never know the value of something, until it becomes a memory.”  Dr. Seussimgres

“The whole story is about you. You are the main character.” ~ Don Miguel Ortiz

Monthly Story Circles for Women

The power of women gathering is immeasurable.

It’s time to Shine!

Whether you are in your power and truth or if you fear visibility, doubt your light, or blame or judge yourself and/or others, Story circles may be for you. Our collectively reactive ways are old and their time is up. The world needs us to step beyond conditioning and out of our inner and outer shackles to find the fullness of our truths, courage, and creativity. Now is the time to shine, and to do it, we need each other’s support and sistering.


  • #MeToo Story Circles are a safe place for women who’ve experienced sexual violation to be seen, heard, and accepted exactly as they are.
  • (While #MeToo circles are healing, they are not group therapy and it’s recommended that each participant have their own support system in place.)
  • #MeToo Story Circles were created in 2018 to share our stories of struggles and triumphs and to support one another in our healing processes.

In our confidential #MeToo Story Circles, you will be:

  • given the tools and opportunities to share your stories
  • celebrated when you have surmounted an obstacle
  • reminded of your brilliance
  • connecting authentically with others in the group

We believe that now is the time for women’s voices to be heard, to bring awareness to our important issues, and to empower ourselves and one another with our stories.
Each story has medicine for other women who are on the same journey–and each woman has a story. We want to hear yours. Here’s how…
Storytelling is a powerful tool when you know how to effectively tell your story. We have a process to guide you through the art of storytelling so that your story touches, moves and inspires others as well as provide insight and healing for you.
We always meet in a safe space as we honor confidentiality, deeply listen to ourselves and each other, and express through verbal sharing, writing, and other creative expressions.
As group facilitators, we guide you to write from your heart and highlight the jewels of wisdom so that weaving your stories helps you to feel truly powerful.


Participate in circle sharing, creative activities, ceremony, and meditations that will leave you feeling grounded, connected, rejuvenated, loved and present. Experience the magic that happens when women gather, take time for yourself and fill your cup.

Have you been looking for…

  • …a place that provides safety to create, love, dance, laugh, cry or just be?
  • …a place where your authentic self is always celebrated?
  • …a place and you can open up to share your stories, desires, thoughts and feelings?

If so, you are invited to reconnect with your wisdom, beauty, instincts, compassion, power, and creativity at our monthly circle gatherings. Sister Circles are offered in person and online.
ind a Sister Circle near you by putting your city into the search bar on the National Sistership Circle website.
The next upcoming circle which will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on January 19th, 2019 from 2 – 5 pm. Pre-registration is required and you may register at the National Sistership Circle website.