Nina and Cynthia

Healing circles hit the road

Nina Burrowes and Cynthia Ellis have taken healing circles on the road, where they visit survivor networks and places of healing in the UK. Nina says: We've chosen to use circle as a way of holding space around a painful, raw, and important…
Gabi, Barbara, Diana, Stefan, Ulrike, and Susanne

First Annual European Host Gathering: From Zoom Room to Ballroom

When we started offering services through Healing Circles Global in March of 2020, just after the declaration of the global pandemic, we had no idea that we’d be meeting so many cool people from all over the world. On Zoom, no less!
Map and game pieces

A healing circle for Europeans

The global pandemic, combined with widespread adoption of video conferencing, has provided both the opportunity and the need to offer circles to a global audience. Today, in addition to the many circles in the United States, circles have…

Year-end letter from Michael Lerner

greetings friends -- so good to be with you. it's an honor to have this time together. i want to take my brief minutes to say a few things. first, how grateful i am to be with you after a life-saving surgery for an abdominal aortic…

Some assumptions about grief

The experience of grief is unique for each of us. While we can make some general assumptions, there's no template that describes the experience for everyone. Grief is cumulative. That is, each time loss is grieved, the grief encompasses the…

The guardian: noticing and sensing

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Circle started around the cook-fires of humanity’s ancestors and has accompanied us ever since.  We remember this space.  When we listen, we speak more thoughtfully.  We lean in to shared purpose. Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea, The…

The roots of circle

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The circle is a common first culture that is indigenous to all peoples, including the white tribes of pre-Roman Europe. Campfire rings in Africa and the Nile Delta date back more than 100,000 years. Evidence of these long-cooled ashes of culture-building…
elephant sitting on bench

Dying without an elephant

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Toward the end of my brother’s life, he spent every waking hour in a faux-leather armchair by his living room window. He was companioned by the puff-puff-puffing of an oxygen concentrator, a walker with a basket full of pills, a laptop that…

Let the Sacred Festivities Begin

Christina Baldwin was the "sacred emcee" at Kelly Lindsay's celebration of life. What follows is her introduction, which makes more sense if you kept up with Kelly's CaringBridge blog. Christina and Ann Linnea are founders of The Circle Way…
Veins of a leaf

Poems and Essays Written in Honor of Kelly

Gathering by Gary Vallat (written after a massive circle for Kelly that took place at Soundview Center) For Kelly and Diana Lindsay The crowd enters the sanctuary milling about appreciating the beauty of the place, anticipating the…