Welcome to The Peloton
Where women come together to talk
What's The Peloton?
It's a community of women who benefit from coming together to talk, listen and share. The groups and sessions vary in size and nature, but at the heart of every Peloton conversation is an understanding that we're sitting together in a confidential and respectful space where we're mindful of each other and likely to make new friends.
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 cycling peloton has their place and everyone belongs. It’s an empowering, positive and supportive thing to be part of.
None of the Peloton sessions actually involve sitting on a bike - but we do sit together for a bit of a cycle through life, being mindful of each other as we go.
Is it for me?
The concept might be simple but Peloton Sessions can be beneficial in many ways: they might boost your mental well-being by helping you feel more connected, more valued and less tangled; they might help you make new friends; they might encourage you to explore the things that really matter to you or open your mind to other people's experiences; they might help restore a sense of belonging, raise your self-awareness; and they 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') and 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 through conversation or talking therapy, and that’s really what I'm offering during the Peloton sessions.
Although I organise and facilitate the groups, there's an expectation on every member of the Peloton community to create spaces which are 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)