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Mothers in Our Community: Rest + Restore at Our Soul Session!

by in Identity on 11th December, 2020



“I advise everyone to attend because it is empowering and refreshing…attending made me feel like I wasn’t alone in this world.” – previous Soul Session attendee.

About This Event

Mothers in our community, we see you.

Gather at the last Soul Session of this year for Rest and Restoration, the Motherhood Edition, facilitated by Aliyah Hasinah + Selina Bakkar.

An Amaliah Soul Session is a place for sisterhood to come together to speak, share, acknowledge and listen. Soul Sessions thrive on dialogue: we discover new perspectives, share experiences and find common ground. These have been led by you, the Amaliah community, and have proven to be powerful spaces of healing. This space is there for you to use, as you need.

This year has confirmed what we always knew about community – that there is healing in coming together, in having a village to turn to in good times and bad. As the curtains close on 2020, we want to take a moment to regroup and recognise the mothers in our community. This one is all about Rest and Restoration.

We see you. Your constant hustle, your silent struggles, your highs and your lows, your learning curves. You’ve juggled endless video calls, mealtimes and indoor activities. It has been intense and when all is said and done, when the counters have been wiped down (or not) and the kids have been tucked in, it’s time to put your feet up and process it all – you have persisted.

So gather at this Soul Session to experience the unique healing, strength and energy that comes from the Amaliah sisterhood. Bring your heart and soul, share your wins, your struggles and hurdles, your moments of celebration, the little and big things that uplifted you this year. Process the year this has been and manifest your hopes for the months to come by sharing with sisters who can relate and hold space for you. Bring a cup of tea and yourself, we’re weaving a quilt, combining our individual motherhood experiences into one cozy piece of catharsis.

This session will be facilitated by Aliyah Hasinah with up to 20 participants in each group. Each session is 2 hours long, and the nature of soul sessions is participant-led, where you are free to share on your own terms. You do not have to share if you do not want to and are free to just listen. We appreciate that there may be some moments that you need to turn the camera off, however, we do require video participation. This is in order to build trust as the nature of Soul Sessions is that some may share confidential information. We understand that there may be little people in your life who may want to look in and welcome this, we would recommend headphones during participation just in case the language or topics are not age-appropriate.

Come as you are and use the space in whatever way uplifts you the most – share your stories, your joy and your grief or take it all in silently. Your presence is felt and celebrated because showing up is an achievement in itself. Let’s crossover into 2021 rested, restored and together.

About Previous Soul Sessions

“I advise everyone to attend because it is empowering and refreshing… attending made me feel like I wasn’t alone in this world.”

“I loved the sisterhood and the space to share, be heard and learn.”

“This session was one I didn’t know I needed as much as I did. I felt safe and secure to share my thoughts.”

“It made me so happy to feel like there’s a space where I could fit in…I also learned a lot about myself.”

– previous attendees

About Soul Sessions

Earlier this year, we launched a pilot of new Soul Sessions, facilitated by Aliyah Hasinah with the theme of reset and reflect. You loved it and Aliyah so much that we’ve decided to bring it back for the end of this year with the theme of Rest and Restoration.

Soul Sessions have been a way for the Amaliah community to come together and hold a space for us to be. In the past, we have held soul sessions in response to feeling a sense of collective grief or mourning. We have run soul sessions in response to New Zealand Attacks, The General Election and more recently in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.These have been led by you, the Amaliah community, as a space for you to speak about how you feel, relate to others and also hear different perspectives. The aim has been to feel seen and to be in a space that centres you as a Muslim woman. We recognise the space is powerful, a space of healing and gives many of you an outlet.

About Aliyah

Aliyah Hasinah is a curator, writer, and filmmaker whose work focuses on decolonial approaches to history and the present day. Aliyah’s practice centres love and care, so we can envision and awake new possibilities for ourselves and others, as she believes that’s where the true innovation lives. You can find out more about the work Aliyah does here.

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