Welcome to The Peloton

Where women come together to talk

What's The Peloton? It's a place for women to come together to talk. We meet in groups and sessions which vary in size and nature, but at the heart of every Peloton conversation is an understanding that we're sharing a confidential space in which we'll be respectful and mindful of each other in our talking, listening and sharing.

 

Why 'The Peloton'? Well, a peloton is more commonly known as a group of cyclists who make moving forward easier by working together and paying careful attention to each other. Everyone in the peloton has their place and everyone belongs. It’s an empowering, positive and supportive thing to be part of.

 

- Only one of the Peloton groups will actually involve bike riding (hopefully coming soon!), but for the most part the concept is pretty simple: women sitting down together for a life cycle - agreeing to be respectful and mindful of each other while they talk, listen and share in a confidential space -

 

Why should I become involved? The concept might be simple but joining a Peloton group can be beneficial in many ways: it might boost your mental well-being by helping you feel more connected, more valued and less tangled; it might help you make new friends; it might encourage you to explore the things that really matter to you or open your mind to other people's experiences; it might help restore a sense of belonging, raise your self-awareness; and it might help to boost your self confidence and self belief.

 

Where are the groups and sessions held? At the moment, all are based in the Stirling area.

 

Who's behind The Peloton? I'm Jane, 'the lifeCyclist'. You can learn more about me here. I'm an active member of a growing movement working towards putting our mental health on an equal footing with our physical health. We think nothing of doing things to keep our physical health in check, like going to the gym or watching our diet, but we're not so good at doing the same for our mental health. And, there aren't many things that are better for our mental health than talking, and feeling heard. There's a growing need and desire for more in the way of face-to-face connection and that’s really what I'm offering during the Peloton sessions with the creation and facilitation of confidential spaces that are claimed for conversation.

 

Although I organise and facilitate the groups, there's an expectation on every member of the Peloton to make the spaces we share friendly, welcoming, respectful and confidential. 

‘What happened to a world in which we can sit ... and have slow conversations about the state of our heart and soul, conversations that slowly unfold, conversations with pregnant pauses and silences that we are in no rush to fill...? When I ask, “How are you?” that is really what I want to know... I want to know how your heart is doing ... tell me. Tell me your heart is joyous, tell me your heart is aching ... have that conversation ...tell me something about your heart, and awaken my heart ...

(Omid Safi, 2014)

 

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