My mission is to provide a sisterhood community within which each person can grow individually and together, create meaningful and lasting friendships, and impact our lives and the lives of everyone we come into contact with in a positive way.
Our vision is to become the best versions of ourselves in order to leave the world in a better place.
I'd truly love to connect with you. Please reach out!
Meet Janet & The Sage Sisters Story
Hi, beautiful soul. Welcome. I’m glad you found your way here.
My name is Janet Tamassia and I live in Northern Virginia, about 30 miles west of Washington, DC.
I'd like to share with you a bit about me and why I created The Sage Sisters. I'll also tell you a bit about where we've been, where we are headed, and what my intentions are for us.
The Sage Sisters is an important part of my life purpose, which I discovered in December of 2017 while attending an intense training for a completely different life path I had chosen.
We were given a homework exercise to write who we were -- without limitations, without self-judgment, and not based on the past. "Who AM I?" I still remember my immediate thought: "Well, THAT's going to be a short exercise!" Because I really had no idea, despite the fact that I was 45.
But I had paid a lot of money to be there, and I respected the instructor and found his own story incredibly inspiring, so I took it seriously and sat down with a pen and my journal in my hotel room.
One hour and 45 minutes later I finally looked up at the clock. "OMG! I need to get down to the bar to mingle with everyone! But also, OMG! I am in the completely wrong place, trying to doing something that does not align with who I am."
I had started with the words, "I am a life guide." Interestingly enough, I had written "I am a coach" first, and immediately crossed it out. I love coaches but I intuitively knew coaching wasn't the path for me. I learned recently that a guide listens, supports, asks questions, offers insights, keeps you heading north, and often walks alongside you on your journey. Yeah, that was a better word...
I had never written those words before, and they felt true. But just as easily as I wrote them came the thoughts of doubt. I came home and didn't breathe a word of it to anyone except my intuitive coach. (In fact I believe this is the first time I've shared those words since.)
You see, I had read Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth in 2008 and it changed my life. It gave me an entirely new perspective on a close friendship I had lost 2 years prior and still agonized over. While reading chapter 9 I had an "aha!" moment and knew what was needed for me to find peace. I reached out and apologized for my part, without a need for a response. It felt like a miracle when she called me the next day and we mended our broken relationship.
I was hooked. I knew there was more to uncover. I wanted to better understand myself so that I could improve my relationships and my life experiences. I started to read one personal development book after the next, and LOVED them. I desperately wanted to share and discuss them with other women, but my friends and family weren't interested. I kept thinking that there MUST be women out there who loved these books and topics as much as I did...I just needed to find my peeps!
With my coach's encouragement, in May of 2018 I started a book club. And guess what? I found my peeps! As it turned out, they were looking for their peeps, too. In fact, one member loves to tell the story of how her husband -- lovingly! -- told her to go find some friends. (Thank you, G!) It was universe magic!
The book club met monthly at the local book store. Soon I had to offer two discussion nights, to accommodate everyone who wanted to attend.
In January of 2019 I confidently added additional programs. I knew not everyone loved reading books as much as I did, or had time to do so, and wanted to offer other additional opportunities for learning. I also wanted to connect teachers and tools/techniques for healing to the group, so I invited teachers to present workshops. I also offered a membership opportunity and a members-only circle discussion for monthly support. I loved it all; it filled my soul.
In March of 2020, at the onset of Covid, we didn't skip a beat. I moved all of our events online to Zoom. Soon we had women joining us from across the country and the world -- as far away as New Zealand. Hearing perspectives from outside of our bubble was incredible, while it also proved that we all have so much in common.
In mid-2022 I turned 50 and started craving a new way to interact with the group. I wanted more engagement and learning that could be consumed in bite-sized pieces, in between events. I wanted members to follow their own paths of learning and share more within the group. I wanted to stop offering "one and done" workshops, and bring in the teachers we'd learned from to be a part of the community. Plus, I had several members who had grown into teachers themselves, and it was time for them to be in the spotlight, too!
My coach had also been telling me it was time for me to also start teaching. The thing is, I tend to be drawn to spiritual learning and I didn't want spirituality to be perceived as the main or only focus of the group. I've always wanted those who aren't as focused on the spiritual aspects or path of personal development to feel they could be a part of this group, too. What I realized was that by inviting additional teachers who have a variety of perspectives, beliefs, knowledge, practices, and tools to share, I would feel free to start to teach myself, too. Eeeeek!
As a quick side note -- I do not believe there are any right or wrong spiritual paths and Sage Sisters members are open-minded and accepting of others' journeys and beliefs without judgment because that's a requirement to be a part of the group. To be transparent, my personal beliefs are nondenominational and what a lot of people like to refer to as "woo." That term amuses me. I consider myself a spiritual student!
What I believe most of all is that we are all here to walk our own paths, discover new perspectives, find healing through ideas and practices that resonate with us, and learn life lessons. I want to offer a community where we can all feel free to be curious. I always emphasize that learning something does not mean you have to embrace it. I encourage all members to take what resonates, make it their own, and discard the rest.
Based on a community-wide survey I conducted in the fall of 2022 and my own intuition, I decided that access to all Sage Sisters events and participation in our private Facebook group in 2023 would only be offered through Membership. I also simplified programming to reflect the desires of the group. I invited teachers to join us, and was delighted that most of them accepted.
I invite you to learn more about our programming, including our re-formatted Book Club, and all new events including Chat with the Sages, Sage Teacher Events, and Sage Circles, as well as our private Facebook group.
While there are a bajillion personal development resources available, The Sage Sisters is unique. We are a community of growth-minded women who create a space where everyone feels safe to discuss, share, support, and learn, for our own growth and the growth of one another. Sisterhood and friendships are what Members say is the biggest benefit of being a part of this group.
I'll continue to lead and facilitate the group, do some of my own sharing/teaching, and be by your side as we walk our own growth journeys.
No matter where you live, I hope you decide to join us. While most of our events take place on weekday evenings in Eastern Time, we offer community, connection, and learning within the private Members-only Facebook group, and additional on-demand recorded events and content.
If you believe you'd like to be a part of The Sage Sisters, please reach out to me. I'd love to answer any questions you have and personally invite you to join us!