Nine people sit down and relax into their seats at the beginning of the tarot class. I light a candle, then all of us read aloud the sentences that remind us how we’ll spend time together in a respectful manner. Each person speaks hir name and how s/he feels as we enter class time. We really get to know everyone in this brief and deep exchange. At the end, we restate our names and what is most alive in us after that particular class session. We remember so much better what was done and discussed after hearing these statements. This has been a good circle.
In the middle of the dining table, my partner Cyrus and I place a photograph of us, a candle, and a rattle. We light sage and allow the smoke to wash over us as a reminder that we’re entering something more than casual conversation. Cyrus holds the rattle to indicate that it’s his turn to talk. When he’s finished, I offer brief feedback about what I heard him say. Then, we change roles. I speak what’s in my heart and on my mind and he lets me know what he’s heard me say. We learn much about one another and ourselves. Our relationship deepens as we sit in circle together once every three weeks.
In what group, organisation, or relationship could YOU use more intentional speaking, attentive listening, and sense of connection and collaboration?
CONVERSATIONS THAT CONNECT: An Introduction to Circle Process
with James Wells
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Circle process (council) is a highly adaptable conversational methodology applicable to any gathering of people: professional, personal, spiritual, educational, creative, and community. Its roots in ancient wisdom grounds it while its use as a contemporary leadership tool keeps it fresh and vital.
During this afternoon session, you’ll learn good circle basics, then experience a council first-hand. You’ll leave the session yearning to use the principles and practices of circle out in the world right away!
This gathering will take place in James’s space in Toronto (address provided upon registration).
There’s a sliding-scale fee for the afternoon:
$20 to $50 (your choice)
The registration fee needs to be pre-paid by PayPal, cheque, or cash.
Limited to 12 participants, pre-registration is required.
Contact James Wells directly at firstname.lastname@example.org