Safe Space Sessions were borne out of the desire to provide a space for Muslim women to comfortably and freely discuss topics that are close to the heart and often difficult to talk about, free of judgement. With the aim to share + connect, Safe Space Sessions are where real conversations can be had, tears can be openly shed, and women can be completely heard without being shut down.
Safe Space Sessions are entirely free of charge*
and open to Muslim women of any religiosity level.
*a £5 desposit is required to confirm your place, and is fully refunded when you attend.
Founder of Evolve & Emerge
As a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner, LaYinka assists heart-centered Muslim women to live with intentional purpose as their authentic self.
Founder of The Visual AgeAs the brainchild behind The Visual Age, Qudsiyah brings self-development and creativity together to produce handcrafted gift items and infographics inspired by faith, positivity + prayer.
What to Expect
Safe Space Sessions are engaging and intimate,
and are your avenue to share comfortably and freely, and be fully heard.
We open up sessions with a mindfulness exercise, then LaYinka shares a story with the group, which warms us up into a light discussion. We use randomly selected prompt questions to engage our heart + mind and provide a comfortable space to share.
Each attendee is encouraged to bring a specific issue you’d like to get off your chest during the session, in relation to the theme, so you can leave the session feeling lighter than when you arrived.
When + Where
We plan to hold safe Space Sessions several times a year, inshaAllah, and each session has a set theme attendees explore through conversations, open questions, and reflections.
Date: Sunday 23 September 2018
Time: 11:00am – 1:30pm
Location: Barbican Centre, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS
Theme: Overcoming Self-Doubt
Session #1: Bloom Where You Are Planted (24 March 2018)
Session #2: Holding onto Hot Coals (8 July 2018)
Session #3: Rising after a Fall (19 August 2018)
Got some questions about Safe Space Sessions? Here are some commonly asked.
Are Safe Space Sessions a form of group therapy?
Safe Space Sessions aren’t therapy sessions, they are a space for Muslim women to talk openly about their experiences relating to each session’s theme. The sessions aren’t a place where solutions are given, but are a place where you can be heard and given support by other women who understand how you’re feeling.
Can I just turn up to sessions?
We ask that interested attendees book a space by making a deposit of £5 so that we have a definitive number, which we can better manage. Deposits are refunded to those who attend.
Are sessions only for people with mental health issues?
What topics do you cover during sessions?
Are there any guidelines I need to follow if I attend?
We’re so glad you asked!
Here are a few short guidelines that help make session beneficial for everyone:
- Respect what other people share and their confidentiality by keeping everything discussed in sessions within the sessions.
- Be kind to other people, especially where you might disagree with what they’re saying, and most certainly be kind to yourself.
- Listen with the intention to give others the room to be heard, rather than listen to provide a solution. Please refrain from interrupting someone when they’re speaking.
- Be free to share as much as you’re comfortable with. We’re here to listen.
Safe Space Sessions are free.
There are maximum of only 10 spaces available, so we can maintain an intimate and cosy environment. To secure your place, please follow BOTH steps below.
Step 1 — RSVP
Step 2 — Pay Your Deposit
Click the button below to pay your £5 deposit which is fully refunded when you attend the session booked. (This helps us know how many people seriously plan to attend, and to prepare accordingly.)