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.
New healing circles
Supporting the Neurodiverse Community
This circle is a place where neurodiverse adults can find community in a safe and gentle environment. Participants have an opportunity to listen and share their experiences and challenges and to celebrate neurodiversity. We encourage you to do what feels best for you. Stimming, self-soothing, and unmasking are welcome here. While everyone has an opportunity to share, there is no pressure to do so. Listening, witnessing, and being present is also a form of participation.
Neurodiversity Together: Supporting family and friends
This circle supports the family and friends of neurodiverse people. It is a safe and loving place of healing where participants can share their personal experiences, feelings, needs, and greatest hopes.
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.
Reflections from our hosts
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.
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.
Co-founder, Healing Circles Houston