Learn about 2021 trainings sponsored by Jonas Philanthropies

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare workers labored in challenging environments. Now, the complexity of responding to the pandemic has added many new dilemmas: fears about infection for self and loved ones, concerns about access to medical supplies and personal protection, increased workload demands and, most important, witnessing the intense suffering of others, including patients, families, and fellow staff.

How does one hold the entirety of this? For many, a key is to gather with a circle of companions who understand our struggle and share our strong intention to find healing.  

Healing circles:

  • Honor the therapeutic value and healing potential of human connection, comfort, and support.
  • Provide an opportunity to deepen the capacity to heal, alleviate suffering, and find meaning in work and daily life.
  • Align with the values that led many nurses into the profession initially and facilitates reconnection to the profession
  • Benefit nurses in a unique way as a safe haven, offering the core nursing skills of therapeutic presence, and deep listening to nurses themselves.
  • Provide a space for practicing self-awareness, trust, skillful communication along with compassion and support for each other.
  • Offer the art of nursing to nurses to ease their suffering and promote healing.

We do not have armies fighting COVID—we have deeply committed, courageous public health workers unprepared for the scope and intensity of the response and its traumatic impact on their lives. For the last six months, I have sat in weekly healing circles with them, nurses and epidemiologists and leaders. The simple clarity of the circle method has been profoundly helpful in allowing these exhausted people space to return to the present moment, to feel what they feel, and to emerge from isolation into the matrix of shared burden and care for each other. They don’t need an expert; they need each other, and a path to speak honestly and listen with compassion and curiosity.

Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC, executive director of The Jung Center |

What people say

Healing circles have forever changed the way I teach. The intentions, agreements, and structure provide a framework for creating safe and healing spaces in the classroom.

Sara Horton-Deutsch PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF

Gathering in community reminded us of the power of the circle and helped us regain a sense of self and a renewed passion for our beloved nursing profession.

Joanne Turnier DNP, RN, ACNC-BC, HN-BC, HWNC-BC

Learning the structure and premise of healing circles has helped me, as a nurse practitioner, listen to and encourage the inner wisdom and strength of the patients I serve.

Leslie Heron MN, ARNP, FNP-BC, NC-BC

What happened in the first circle was nothing less than amazing. The invitation to share from the heart created an energy in the circle that touched the hearts of all of us.

Patti Wolfrom BSN, NC-BC, EAMP

Reflections from our community

Please note

Healing circles are groups of peers who support one another through deep listening and compassion. Circle participants abide by agreements, including agreements around confidentiality. The volunteers who host healing circles do not provide medical or psychotherapeutic advice or treatment. Participation in a healing circle does not replace the care provided by a qualified healthcare professional.

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

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For more information about trainings

Thanks to Jonas Philanthropies, we can offer training at no cost to five organizations in 2021. Contact us now to make sure yours is one of them.

Training faculty

  • Lindsay Espejel, BSN, RN—Project Coordinator
  • Leslie Carveth, MN, RN
  • Susan Cooley, PhD, RN
  • Catherine Dodd, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Leslie Heron, MSN, RN, APRN, FNP-BC, NC-BC
  • Erica Hooper-Arana, DNP, RN, PHN, CNS, CNL
  • Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF
  • Jackie Levin, MS, RN,  AHN-BC, NC-BC, CHTP
  • Ann Nichols, MSN, RN
  • Charlie Pieterick, MS RN, ANP-BC
  • Jane Ugochukwu, DNP, RN, NE-BC
  • Judy Ulibarri, RN, HWNC-BC
  • Ann Webster, RN, HC-BC, NC-BC, ADS