Finding Renewal with the New Moon

A new moon came back around this weekend, making for an especially dark and spooky start to Halloween celebrations. A new moon is usually not scary, though. For many, a new moon represents the perfect time to connect with nature and each other and re-focus for the next month. Shel Pink, founder of SpaRitual, has taken advantage of new moons to gather with a group of women and collectively set intentions during the last year. “It’s a great way for women to get together,” says Pink. “When women get together on a regular basis, it creates this space of psychological safety and sharing.” According to Pink, each new moon gathering looks a bit different, but it’s a holiday specifically for women and offers them a clean slate. No matter what the theme of the night is, she begins the gathering with food and eating, followed by a candle lighting ceremony. Then, she’s brought in different speakers to guide and teach the attendees on a specific topic, like digital detox or poetry. So far, Pink has hosted gatherings in the comfort of friends’ homes, but she says it would work well in the spa environment too. “Spas have such beautiful environments and such beautiful spaces,” she says. “And I think it could be incredible for them to offer a monthly new moon gathering for their clients.” She recommends pairing the group time with a new moon protocol to complete the renewing experience. “These kinds of experiences bring you back to yourself,” says Pink. “So I just hope that it's something that helps people to connect with themselves, to take sometime to care for themselves, and then to have a deep and meaningful connection with others.” Do you think your spa-goers would embrace new moon gatherings?