Poiema: Women's Gathering No. 001.
A room full of laugher. Clincking glasses of mimosas. Heartwarming food. A time between sisters.
The first women’s gathering happened back in February 2019. What it started as a way to leave aside the pressure and the unfair expectations of Valentin’s Day for single women (I knew that many women found the holiday difficult) and to create a space for us to focus and celebrate our worth has become now a monthly gathering for women of all ages and all marital status to nurture ourselves celebrating creativity, femininity and sisterhood.
We had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Meltem Salb - who has now become a dear dear friend of mine- who beautifully documented the day , as well as Fanny Maillefer who had a makeup bar to highlight the natural beauty of all the attendees.
As a little gift, I had Nadia Zimmerli make tote bags for all the ladies with the message " You are altogether BEAUTIFUL my darling, BEAUTIFUL in every way"
Anna from Corcortez Floral gift us her beautiful plant-dyed silk ribbons to add to our bouquets. Such a beautiful little detail!!
At the end, everyone left feeling refreshed, inspired and pampered up, after a day full of creativity and conviviality! I couldn't have asked more for a first gathering!!!
For 2021 we want to take these gatherings a step further and be able to offer a few spots to refugee women, to those who have been trafficked or are getting out of prostitution, or women in difficult situations, so that they can enjoy a safe time to rest and receive love. I am still trying to figure out how to do that, in a dignified way for these women, so that they may come and gather as they are, without carrying visible labels.
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Photography: Meltem Salb
Design, Catering and Floral Workshop: Avodah Living
Make up: Fanny Maillefer.
Tote Bags: Nadia Zimmerli for Avodah Living
Ribbons: Corcortez Floral