Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear from the founders of leading circle organizations, including Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea of The Circle Way, Parker Palmer of the Center for Courage and Renewal, Michael Lerner of Commonweal, Diana Lindsay of Healing Circles Global, and others.

This series is a fundraiser for Healing Circles Global, which offers training and healing circles to participants from all over the world at no cost.


We rely on financial contributions to make this series, as well as and the work of Healing Circles Global, available for free. If you are able to donate, please consider a $20 contribution per session (or $100 for the whole series). You can donate when you register. Or you can donate here.


You can learn about and register for each session individually below or register for all five sessions here.



Calling the Circle: A Leader in Every Chair

Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea

April 2, 2021

10:30 Los Angeles | 11:30 am Denver | 12:30 pm Chicago | 1:30 pm New York | 7:30 pm Paris

Join host Diana Lindsay in conversation with Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea, co-founders of PeerSpirit and The Circle Way. Christina and Ann trained thousands of people in The Circle Way around the world. They consulted with organizations and communities who want to give more voice to everyone around the circle, whether the conversation takes place in a board room, a nurses’ lounge, or a community.

In this conversation, we’ll explore:

  • How the circle is common first culture, one of the building blocks that allowed us to become social beings—from the campfire to the council fire and onward
  • Why cultures developed a “neutral” structure of circle that could be adapted to different uses by different peoples
  •  Stories of how the structure of circle becomes a foundational tool for personal, local, and global change


Circles of Trust: A Hidden Wholeness

Parker Palmer

April 9, 2021

10:30 Los Angeles | 11:30 am Denver | 12:30 pm Chicago | 1:30 pm New York | 7:30 pm Paris

Join host Michael Lerner in an intimate, wide-ranging conversation with Parker Palmer, accomplished writer, teacher, activist, and community organizer, as well as founder and senior partner emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal. Their rekindled friendship provides rich territory for embracing the challenge of becoming whole over the course of a lifetime.

In this conversation, we’ll explore

  • Why “no fixing, no saving, no advising, no setting each other straight”
  • Creating circles of trust to sustain the journey to an undivided life
  • How to value ignorance in search of a life of love and service


Intentional Healing: Transformative Retreats for People with Cancer

Michael Lerner and Janie Brown

April 23, 2021

10:30 Los Angeles | 11:30 am Denver | 12:30 pm Chicago | 1:30 pm New York | 7:30 pm Paris

Join an intimate conversation with Michael Lerner, co-founder of Commonweal and the acclaimed with Janie Brown, founder of Callanish Society, a grassroots non-profit organization in Vancouver, BC for people living with, and dying from, cancer.

In this conversation, we’ll explore:

  • The personal impact of intentional healing in removing obstacles and supporting healing in every possible way
  • How to set the conditions for healing in the retreat setting
  • How radical acts of love can promote healing up to the moment of death


Healing Circles Global: Healing in Community

Diana Lindsay and Oren Slozberg

April 30, 2021

10:30 Los Angeles | 11:30 am Denver | 12:30 pm Chicago | 1:30 pm New York | 7:30 pm Paris

Join Oren Slozberg and Diana Lindsay, co-directors of Healing Circles Global for a conversation on the beginnings of Healing Circles and how it has evolved into a global resource for healing, social connection, and meaningful service.

In this conversation, we’ll explore

  • The ideas from Christina Baldwin, Ann Linnea, Parker Palmer, Michael Lerner, and Janie Brown that deepen the work of Healing Circles Global
  • Offering welcoming, safe, and nourishing circles for healing and connection for anyone from anywhere at no to low cost
  • Providing meaningful experiences of learning, service, and belonging for our global community of healing circles volunteers
  • Creating a sustainable, loving, global community for healing circles work


Moving Forward: Circles for Healing and Coming Together

Michael Lerner, Parker Palmer, Christina Baldwin, Diana Lindsay, Lisa Simms-Booth, and Rahmin Sarabi

May 1, 2021

10:30 Los Angeles | 11:30 am Denver | 12:30 pm Chicago | 1:30 pm New York | 7:30 pm Paris

We are transitioning into a post-COVID world with challenges on many levels, from our own health, national polarization and the global polycrisis. Facing these challenges, the need for healing and circle work is as important as ever, maybe even more. Moderated by Oren Slozberg, executive director of Commonweal, an intergenerational panel with Christina Baldwin, Parker Palmer, Michael Lerner, Rahmin Sarabi, Lisa Simms Booth and Diana Lindsay will reflect on circle work in our new unfolding world.