Circles follow the lead and needs of their surrounding community. Like the fires that we’ve gathered around for millennia, each circle gathers around a shared intention. These intentions can be as diverse as the people within the circles.
Four types of circles have emerged:
- Healing circles are safe environments in which those who are impacted by a condition or circumstance can share their experiences and harvest collective wisdom. They are the foundation on which other circles are built.
- Discovery circles are for those who want to gain insight into whatever they are facing through intuition, inner exploration, and creative expression. The people within them share a common way of processing life but may not share a common circumstance.
- Learning circles are for those who share an interest in a topic or wish to develop a healing skill.
- Caring circles support those who care for others, whether as a family member, friend, volunteer, or professional. They can also include experiences for caring for ourselves.
Often form around things such as cancer, chronic illness, chronic pain, aging, end-of-life issues, grief and loss, trauma and resilience, addiction, parenting, race- and gender-related issues, and other shared conditions or circumstances.
Embrace expressive arts such as:
Foster activities such as:
Explorations of a specific topic/theme
Support the care of others as well as the self.
Caregivers of others
Healing Circles hosts
Caring for the self
In circles of one
In circles of two
Through contemplative practice
Through movement and walking
Through social connection
Healing Circles Langley
For an example of multiple ways to access healing, view the calendar at Healing Circles Langley, which serves South Whidbey Island, a community of 20,000 people. The population of Langley is 1,000. Nevertheless, Healing Circles Langley supports 29 ongoing circles, which is evidence of the many ways people enjoy coming together in pursuit of a richer, healthier life.
Healing Circles Houston
Located in the fourth largest city in the U.S., Healing Circles Houston serves a much larger community of 2.3 million. Through collaborating partners, it offers circles that meet different needs, including:
- Grief and Loss
- Trauma and Resilience
- People in recovery
- Parents of children with special needs
- Survivors of sexual abuse
- People going through divorce
For the latest offerings, view the Healing Circles Houston calendar.