Grow New Roots and Blossom – Spring 2015

We’ve blogged before about Deborah’s Palm. They offer a wide variety of classes, and groups for women experience challenges throughout their lives, in addition to an open place to come relax and enjoy a cup of tea. Deborah’s Palm is now offering a  support group just for you!Growing new roots (spring2015)

Grow New Roots and Blossom, a support group for women who have recently moved to the Bay Area,  is being offered by Deborah’s Palm and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Ildiko Ran. I was lucky enough to sit down with Ildiko this week to learn more…

Ildiko herself is a ‘trailing spouse’. Born in Hungary, she has spent the past 20 years following her husband across Europe, Asia and the United States. With five children in tow, and a passion for her career, it hasn’t always been easy. Ildiko recalled a challenging period spent in China, while heavily pregnant with her second child; From doorways too small for her stroller, and a seemingly impossible language barrier, it was a struggle that made her stronger. Ildiko has made the most of challenging experiences, and embraced her international life. She recognizes the huge loss that one experiences when they move away from family and life-long friends. She has learned to cope, and dedicated her career to helping others overcome similar life challenges. Ildiko is looking forward to meeting and supporting other women who are creating a new life in the Bay Area as a trailing spouse.

“You may have moved here from a different country or state, and are lacking your previous support system from your multi-generational family members and life-long friends. This group is aimed to share and mourn that loss and find new meaning in connecting with others, as you create a new life for yourselves and your families. We will look at both sides of the coin: verbalizing the loss, which is so often unspoken and discouraged, but also celebrating the potential and strength that we carry, as we nurture and create a life for ourselves in this new culture where we need to be flexible yet grounded.”

We are starting a new session of  “Grow New Roots and Blossom” at Deborah’s Palm (555 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto) It will be a bi-weekly group March through May.

Meeting dates are: March 10, 24, April 7, 21, May 5, 19
Tuesdays 7-9PM
Fee: 25$/week ($150 for 6 weeks)

Format of group: We will be offering a helpful variety of activities to create bonds of friendship and learn together. We will have guest speakers, art projects and teaching times to encourage you.


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