In profound ways, the global pandemic is teaching us about our need for refuge and deep healing. It’s next to impossible to do this alone. We need the loving accompaniment of others and the experience of how profoundly interdependent we are as human beings. 

Healing Circles is a safe place to bear witness to it all. And now, we can join circles from anywhere, healing ourselves and our planet.

Spotlight events

Whole person cancer care: Where are we now?

with Donald Abrams and Michael Lerner

As Commonweal celebrates the redesigned and renamed CancerChoices website, a treasure trove of information about healing cancer through conventional and complementary medicine and self-care, integrative oncologist and professor Donald Abrams joins Michael Lerner for a conversation about the state of whole-person cancer care.
  • Friday, July 8
  • 10 am to noon PDT
  • Register here

Companionship in aging

Let’s come together and share the pleasures and perils of our experience as we seek understanding beyond the ageism of the dominant culture. Our circle will be a blend of sharing and silence, compassion and curiosity as we cultivate our own visions of eldering. We will honour honesty and openness as we delve deeply into this transformative stage of life; a pioneering life that can include a conscious equanimity that allows us to be with the way things are…beyond preference. Our Healing Circle will nourish co-creating a safe space allowing our own unique paths to unfold and flourish.

Exploring eldering for women over 65 living on their own 2

First and third Tuesdays beginning July 5
4:00PM to 5:30PM Pacific Daylight Time
noon Denver | 1 pm Chicago | 2 pm New York | 8 pm Paris


Join a healing circle

Healing circles help us step out of ordinary time into a safe and accepting environment in which we can explore our healing.

Together, we explore ways of deepening our capacity to heal, alleviating our suffering, and finding meaning in both challenge and joy.

So for whatever is on your heart today, we invite you to join an online circle. Our circles are small, confidential, and free of charge.

Host a healing circle

Healing Circles is a growing learning community of people who enjoy the sense of belonging and meaning that comes from being of service to others.

We offer training for those who would like to learn how to host a circle and ongoing support to those who hold circles. We invite you to join us in whatever way you can.

What people say

The deepest work of a healing circle is to allow each one of us to be fully and completely ourselves. Being fully seen and listened to in a circle has the potential to heal deep hurts, be it a physical pain or a deep sorrow of the heart. When we are received by others who have the capacity to hold our pain with a loving, non-judgmental acceptance, we can start to believe that we are whole, that we have something to give, that our contribution to life doesn’t depend on us being healthy or even being of sound mind. A circle member can offer a genuine presence that can be deeply healing and helpful to another person.

Janie Brown
Executive director and co-founder of Callanish

I come to this work from the loss of two wives to cancer and the profound transformational experience of the Cancer Help Program at Commonweal. But it’s accessible to only a few. The whole idea of Healing Circles is to make that opportunity accessible to everyone without charge or very limited. We decided to offer this through deep partnerships with churches and organizations in Houston. I’ve seen amazing things happen in a healing circle. To me, this work is about making magic, changing lives, making a difference.

David Spaw
Co-founder, Healing Circles Houston