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Circle Practicum
Whidbey Island WA USA
August 13-18, 2014
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PeerSpirit Circle Training

The practica and trainings are based on Christina and Ann's co-authored book, The Circle Way - A Leader in Every Chair, and on a line of PeerSpirit booklets authored by Christina, Ann, and a range of co-authors. The Circle Way is required reading prior to attending these trainings.

The Circle Practicum
Advanced Circle Practice

  • How would you like to change the meetings you attend or lead?
  • What support do you need to host challenging conversations?
  • What do you believe is possible when people speak honestly and listen sincerely?

circle trainingIn participatory leadership-- 

  • We sit down within a group, become part of the process, lead from the rim, and hold the social space.
  • We name and safeguard the infrastructure of participation.
  • We initiate questions, suggestions, allow divergence and convergence, and watch for insights that emerge from collective synergy.
  • We harvest our learning as a group and take responsibility for next directions.

As participatory leadership becomes more widely accepted and diverse modalities are introduced, people return again and again to the foundational stability of PeerSpirit Circle Practice.

PeerSpirit, Inc., trains a broad spectrum of leaders, facilitators, and educators to host dynamic conversations that lead to informed action.  In the past five years we have worked across North America, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

cpPeerSpirit also offers private circle trainings for organizations and groups and follow-up mentoring to support people's ability to integrate circle practice into their lives and career paths.


The Circle Practicum

We have been training continuously since 1995 and have evolved this contribution alongside the global conversation movement, the Art of Hosting network, World Café, and Restorative Justice.

The PeerSpirit Circle Practicum gathers small groups of people at retreat centers for four-and-a-half days of intensive, experiential learning that blends council time with significant skill development.

Each day the Practicum focuses on:

  • Social infrastructure of conversation: what holds us together;
  • Energetics of interaction: creating a vital interactive container;
  • Challenges to process: situational challenges and acts of reconciliation;
  • Vision, reality, and intention: setting the course to bring circle into real life.

"My experience of the practicum was very powerful and positive. I'm coming back to work energised and excited, in no small part due to the increased sense of purpose I gained from the practicum."
–Dr. Stephen Duns,
Circle Practicum participant
Previous experience in group facilitation and leadership is helpful. An application process helps us create a fine mix of people for the training.

NEXT SCHEDULED TRAININGS ARE:

June 2014: The Netherlands
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August 13-18, 2014: Whidbey Island, Washington USA
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Advanced Circle Practice

cpThis training helps practitioners of participatory leadership take circle practice to the next level of their work.

The seminar is designed around three central areas of study:

  • How to use circle space as an arena of safety to clear issues of unconscious shadow, conflict and miscommunication so that healthy interaction is the norm;
  • How to introduce circle into organizational settings and embed circle as a process that guides professional goals;
  • How to work with the important practices of energetics and ceremony that support the learning process and honor transformational moments.

This is a dynamic learning field. People will be asked to bring specific intention for their participation, stories of circle application, their urgent questions and teaching tales.

Previous experience in group facilitation and participatory leadership is required. An application process helps us create a fine mix of people for the training.

NEXT SCHEDULED TRAININGS ARE:

November 5-9, 2014: Whidbey Island, Washington USA
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