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THE CIRCLE WAY PRACTICUM

AUGUST 23 - 28, 2017

WHIDBEY ISLAND, WASHINGTON

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Join Us


THE CIRCLE WAY PRACTICUM

AUGUST 23 - 28, 2017

WHIDBEY ISLAND, WASHINGTON

 

creating powerful conversations

improving communication

leaders in every chair

 

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The Tradition Continues


The Tradition Continues


The circle is an ancient dialogue practice

that can assist us today to engage in

high quality conversations

 

This Circle Way Practicum is a residential retreat based on the book The Circle Way, A Leader in Every Chair by Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea. The twenty-plus year tradition of teaching and learning The Circle Way on Whidbey Island, Washington has entered its next generation.

Together we will:

  • Explore what is The Circle Way and how it works – the agreements, principles and practices that give it strength.

  • Practice circle participation and hosting.

  • Apply circle infrastructure to real and challenging situations in work or personal life.

  • Learn how circle can be used as a primary organizational operating system.

  • Discover how understanding The Circle Way can take your hosting of other participatory processes such as World Cafe and Open Space Technology to a much deeper place. 

 

 

 

THE CIRCLE WAY IS A MODERN METHODOLOGY THAT CALLS ON THIS ANCIENT TRADITION AND HELPS PEOPLE GATHER IN CONVERSATIONS THAT FULFIL THEIR POTENTIAL FOR DIALOGUE, REPLENISHMENT, AND WISDOM-BASED CHANGE.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CIRCLE WAY HERE

 

 

We cannot change the world by a new plan, project, or idea. We cannot even change other people by our convictions, stories, advice and proposals, but we can offer a space where people are encouraged to disarm themselves, lay aside their occupations and preoccupations and listen with attention and care to the voices speaking in their own center. ~ Henri Nouwen

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Who is Invited?


Who is Invited?


Everyone who cares for the quality of conversations and the quality of relationships is warmly welcome to attend. This circle practice particularly supports people...

  • Who are ready to discover a new culture of communication in organizations,

  • Who are looking for better team solutions and for the capacity to allow collective intelligence to emerge,

  • Who are willing to explore the “Leader in Every Chair” approach in order to achieve more commitment, ownership, joy and sustainable solutions and decisions,

  • Who work as leaders, managers, supervisors, project leaders, youth leaders, educators, board members, youth and family workers, faith leaders, organizational developers, and those working in fields such as health care, government, health care, the social sector, education, organizations, healing and trauma work, parent groups, restorative justice, social innovation and corporate teams. 

Previous experience in group facilitation and leadership is helpful.

 

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When & Where


When & Where


When: August 23 - 28, 2017

Our learning experience begins Wednesday with supper and a brief opening circle after dinner.

From Thursday to Sunday our program runs the full day as well as some of the evenings. On Monday we will end shortly before noon (1/2 day session).

The number of days, five spread over six, is deliberately chosen to encourage retreat, deep learning, and a lasting  integration of circle applied to your respective work

There is spacious time for rest, reflection, hikes, walks, going to the beach, visiting the town of Langley, and body work (cost for body work is extra).

Julie Gersten, a wonderfully skilled massage therapist, will be available for massage in the free time during the workshop. Sessions are self-pay. You’ll get a chance to meet her early in the week, and there will be a signup sheet for massage sessions.

 

Where: The Whidbey Institute

This learning experience will be held at the unique and beautiful Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island. Located 30 miles north of Seattle, Whidbey Island provides a delightful retreat setting for this practicum. We will be housed in the lush green stillness of the Maxwelton valley in a facility of gardens, nooks and crannies, great food and the support of tall trees. Full travel information is available upon registration.

The Whidbey Institute grounds include two residential-style homes plus several cabins, a conference hall, a woodland sanctuary, gardens, as well as a 100 acre trail network and outdoor stone labyrinth. Meals are lovingly prepared using fresh and organic ingredients. The Institute is a relaxed, creative, and comfortable environment with a variety of room arrangements, mostly shared occupancy and bath. There is plenty of space for solitude as well as interaction.  

 

 

There is an inner core of preparation that serves us in this work. The more we are each able to listen for a sense of guidance, rather than pulling our responses to situations out of our habitual thinking, the more readily we prepare to receive the wisdom that lies waiting in any gathering of people.

~ Christina Baldwin & Ann Linnea, The Circle Way

 

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Schedule


Schedule


Our learning experience begins Wednesday with supper and a brief opening circle after dinner.

From Thursday to Sunday our program runs the full day as well as some of the evenings. On Monday we will end shortly before noon (1/2 day session).

The number of days, five spread over six, is deliberately chosen to encourage retreat, deep learning, and a lasting  integration of circle applied to your respective work.

 

During our time together we will live and work in circle to learn circle.

We teach circle by talking about it, demonstrating it along with other circle-based dialogue methods, and inviting people to take leadership during the practicum. This creates an intensive, experiential learning experience that leads to significant skill development. Participants leave primed to practice and apply circle in their own work, life and community.

 

We will explore: 

  • The different components of circle practice that help create a strong container for our stories and important conversations.

  • How circle works – the principles, practices and agreements.

  • How to create conditions for better listening and intentional speaking.

  • How to apply various aspects of circle process to enhance our conversations and meetings.

  • Our own hosting in small circles with real questions and issues.

  • Working with energetics, shadow, conflict and sustaining healthy circles.

  • The special contributions of story and appreciation in circle.

  • The capacity of circle that allows collective intelligence to emerge, and how the “leader in every chair” approach can achieve more commitment, ownership, joy and sustainable solutions and decisions. 

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Register


Register


August 23 - 28, 2017

Whidbey Island, Washington


To Register

Note: we are currently accepting applications for the waiting list. Should a space become available we will contact you.

Please fill out The Circle Way Practicum Application Form and email it to amsfenton@gmail.com. After receipt and reading, we will talk with you by phone. The registration fee will be due after your application process has been completed.

 

Registration is limited to 20 participants

Cost Information

Your fee includes all meals and lodging, the full cost of the practicum and materials.

  • $1,370 US Early Bird until May 17, 2017 ($550 Tuition + $820 Accommodation, Meals, Materials)

  • $1,570 US Regular after May 17, 2017 ($750 Tuition + $820 Accommodations, Meals, Materials) 

  • $1,370 US Group rate, 2 or more ($550 Tuition + $820 Accommodations, Meals, Materials Per Person) 

 

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Some scholarships are available.

Please see The Circle Way.

 

Generosity circle: If you can offer a little more to support others who can’t afford to pay the full tuition please make a contribution through the circle way. Your gift helps us welcome and include more of the diversity of our world-wide community.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel more than 30 days before the practicum begins, we will return your payment minus a $100 administrative charge. If you cancel within 30 days of the practicum start date, any refund is contingent upon our ability to fill your space in the practicum. 

 

 

A circle is not just a meeting with the chairs rearranged.
A circle is a way of doing things differently than we have become accustomed to.
The circle is a return to our original form of community as well as a leap forward to create a new form of community.
~ Christina Baldwin, Calling the Circle
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The Time Is Now


The Time Is Now


Our deepest belief has been that careful dialogue, with a question or intention in the center, agreements for speaking and listening at the rim, and a light social structure for leadership can change how people work, live, and govern themselves.  

~ Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea