In profound ways, the global pandemic is teaching us about our need for refuge and deep healing. It’s next to impossible to do this alone. We need the loving accompaniment of others and the experience of how profoundly interdependent we are as human beings. 

Healing Circles is a safe place to bear witness to it all. And now, we can join circles from anywhere, healing ourselves and our planet.

Healing Circles Global events

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Thursday, October 20, 27 | November 4
10:00AM to 11:30AM Pacific Daylight Time
11 am Denver | noon Chicago | 1 pm New York | 7 pm Paris


Commonweal events

A retreat for white folks

with Victoria Santos and Robin DiAngelo

$550. Space is limited to 30 people. Scholarships available for those in need.

Friday Oct 22nd, 10 am-5 pm | Saturday Oct. 23rd, 9 am-5 pm | Sunday Oct 24th, 9 am–1 pm. PDT

In this retreat, we will cultivate ways to embody anti-racism.

Within a supportive container, we will engage in both experiential body-based practices as well as teaching, conversations, and emergent dialogue aimed at transforming patterns of internalized white supremacy.

Participants will deeply explore anti-racist analysis and practice, strengthen their ability to challenge white complicity, and engage in awareness and somatic practices, including practices based in the Realization Process®.


with Edwin Cleophas, Victoria Santos, Resmaa Menakem, Robin DiAngelo, Leticia Nieto, and Nova Reid

by donation

Saturday, October 30, 2021 10am-12pm PST

Panel Discussion. While the institutionalization of white supremacy originated in the U.S., it now circulates globally. The Black Lives Matter movement also originated in the U.S. but galvanized antiracism movements worldwide. This panel will address the similarities and the differences across cultures and countries, the challenges and opportunities of this particular moment, and how we might move forward at the local and global levels.

Join our panel of international racial justice leaders for a deep and multifaceted look at where we are now and how we can advance healing and cultural transformation.


Partner events

Smith Center: Expressing Yourself

with Gayle Danley and James Pennebaker

by donation | October 20, 6 pm to 7:30 pm Eastern Time | Register

Gayle Danley: Soon after crushing the competition at Asheville’s National Poetry Slam in 1994, Gayle entered America’s classrooms teaching thousands of children how to access their emotions through the force of words. Gayle was recently named Maryland Library Association Poet of the Year.

Jamie Pennebaker and his students discovered that when people were asked to write about emotional upheavals for three to four days for 15-20 minutes a day, their physical and mental health improved compared to controls. More than 1,000 studies on expressive writing labs around the world continue to show the value of this method.

Join a healing circle

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

Together, we explore ways of deepening our capacity to heal, alleviating our suffering, and finding meaning in both challenge and joy.

We offer training for those who would like to learn how to host a circle and ongoing support to those who hold circles. We invite you to join us in whatever way you can.

Host a healing circle

Healing Circles is a growing learning community of people who enjoy the sense of belonging and meaning that comes from being of service to others.

We offer training for those who would like to learn how to host a circle and ongoing support to those who hold circles. We invite you to join us in whatever way you can.

What people say

The deepest work of a healing circle is to allow each one of us to be fully and completely ourselves. Being fully seen and listened to in a circle has the potential to heal deep hurts, be it a physical pain or a deep sorrow of the heart. When we are received by others who have the capacity to hold our pain with a loving, non-judgmental acceptance, we can start to believe that we are whole, that we have something to give, that our contribution to life doesn’t depend on us being healthy or even being of sound mind. A circle member can offer a genuine presence that can be deeply healing and helpful to another person.

Janie Brown
Executive director and co-founder of Callanish

I come to this work from the loss of two wives to cancer and the profound transformational experience of the Cancer Help Program at Commonweal. But it’s accessible to only a few. The whole idea of Healing Circles is to make that opportunity accessible to everyone without charge or very limited. We decided to offer this through deep partnerships with churches and organizations in Houston. I’ve seen amazing things happen in a healing circle. To me, this work is about making magic, changing lives, making a difference.

David Spaw
Co-founder, Healing Circles Houston