Welcome to Part 3 of How to Host a Healing Circle.

During this session, you’ll learn about the last two parts of the healing circle:
the harvest and the close. 

In the first video on the harvest, you’ll learn to reflect on what transpired during the course of a healing circle. Your analytical mind is invited back in. You’ll ask yourself: What do I know now that I didn’t know before? How can this experience serve me and others?

If we think of a healing circle as a ritual, it becomes obvious that the beginning, middle, and end form an important arc. We connect with each other in our vulnerability, but when we close, we want to feel “put together” again, ready for whatever the world may hold.

In the blog post “Asking open and honest questions,” author Jeanne Strong offers 10 tips that can help you form questions to use in healing circles.

In “Holding space for challenges within circles,” author Christina Baldwin writes about shadow, conflict, and sabotage, which can sometimes show up during healing circles.

In your journal, reflect on the following questions:

  • What is the purpose of harvesting?
  • What do you need to consider when you design harvesting questions?
  • What are the hallmarks and the value of a good question?
  • What is the importance of the ritual of closing the circle?

If you’ve already downloaded the journal, you don’t need to do it again.

During this third Zoom session, the second host/guardian team will practice. They’ll have designed all four phases of the circle, paying particular attention to the harvest and close. This team will have chosen a personal, pre-planned, or real-time harvest and a close that will help us transition from in-circle to after-circle time.