Circle work demands a blending of deep intentionality with simple design. Amanda and Tenneson came impeccably prepared not just for the specific work they wanted to teach, but equally prepared to immerse themselves right alongside each one of us. They made the incredible credible by their attentiveness to what the group needed. Sometimes it meant a gentle reminder of our agreements, at others a bit of wisdom floated out to catch the moment. They lived the pause - to seek better wisdom, to refocus, to provide respite from the hard work. Their gentle ways of relating to each other and to each of the participants fostered an environment of kindness and joy. We learned "The Circle Way," but we came away knowing that this work is a sacred calling for each and every one of us.
Which may be why my new tagline says: Striving to experience life through the lenses of curiosity and compassion.
From the bottom of my heart - thank you!
I felt like I met new members of my tribe at the Circle Practicum - folks who, like me, want to make a difference in the world in each of our own ways, both big and small! We learned a process that is infinitely transferable to difference situations and groups and we learned it in a way that grew me from the inside! I feel more confident now to host a circle, to use the tools and principles, to take up my space and share my stories and to pause, both to hold space and to celebrate! The location was beautiful and contributed to our reflective learning in a major way. The instructors were amazing, sharing their human-ness in ways that enabled us to learn simply by being in their presence. I'd do it all over again tomorrow!
Conflict Management Practitioner for the Yukon Government, Canada
Tenneson and Amanda collaborate in an almost seamless fashion to provide participants with an introduction to the Circle Way process. They challenge each individual to reach deep and discover what they have to offer. While lesson plans were detailed and well organized, Tenneson and Amanda, were willing to use the dynamics of the group when a different learning experience presented itself. Their open minds and hearts allowed each individual to share their voice.
Cheryl A Principi
Participating in and being deeply immersed body, mind, and spirit with the Circle Way Practicum was and continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. Hosts extraordinaire Tenneson Woolf and Amanda Fenton seamlessly interweave the Circle Way processes with precision, expertise, and the greatest of compassion.
Retired Educator & Educational Consultant
I left the Practicum with the experience of discovering what is underneath the decisions to be made in myself and others, that every communication is practicing the new culture we want to see in our teams.
Jonas David Hunter
The Circle Way Practicum on Whidbey is a 20 year tradition. This summer, that tradition continues with a dream team: Amanda Fenton and Tenneson Woolf are two wise, witty, creative and skilled circle hosts and facilitators. We learn from them all the time, we know you will too. We are delighted to support them in carrying on this training. Don't miss this opportunity!
Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea
Founders of PeerSpirit Inc. and The Circle Way
There are a mere handful of people in the world with whom I would ever host a circle that demanded deep presence, humour, attention to beauty and a fierce holding of the container. Tenneson is one of these few whose gentle and inviting demeanour belies a strong commitment to human beings working together past fear, ego and division. Being hosted by Tenneson makes me grateful to be in this field, as a host, as a colleague, and as a friend.
Global Art of Hosting Steward
Principal, Harvest Moon Consultants, Ltd.
Contributing author to Dialogic Organizational Development
Amanda epitomizes hospitality, generosity and creativity at every stage of the circle process from process planning through to closure. She brings magic and a very special warmth to her roles as facilitator, teacher and co-learner. I love learning with Amanda...I feel honoured, supported and expanded.
Dr. Kathy Coyne
Faculty, Community Leadership and Social Change Program at Capilano University
Tenneson is an exceptionally skilled teacher and facilitator of conversational leadership. Not only does he get the specific skills and practices needed, he’s able to do that within a shifting paradigm from control to collaboration. If you want to discover new ways of working with others to create sustainable solutions, Tenneson is your person. His creative and welcoming style transforms complex challenges into intentionally simple constructs that invite sustainable change.
The Human Rights Education Center of Utah
I didn't just gain the knowledge and skills to comfortably start hosting my own circle gatherings, I returned home with a full heart and a desire to simply be a better human being. I am practicing speaking with more intention, listening with attention and looking after the whole in various aspects of my life. Amanda and Tenneson are inspirational facilitators dedicated to their craft. The practicum was spaciously planned and had the right elements of structure and play. I highly, highly recommend.
I am completely enamored with The Circle Way. This methodology brings to groups what coaching does for my clients in the co-creative healing. Many thanks to Tenneson and Amanda for their powerful teaching. This was one of the strongest connections with a group during, and apparently after, I have attended. This is a game changer for me. I have already had several opportunities open to me and I am accepting!"
Life Energy Coach
Tenneson and Amanda did a fantastic job leading us through the practicum. Kind, patient, wise and vulnerable, they taught and guided us in a real human way.
One Circle, LLC
The Circle Way practicum was a special experience for me on many fronts. It had a timelessness about it that allowed me the space for deep reflection. The power of the Circle was demonstrated again and again. Watching Amanda and Tenneson host the Circles was an enormous learning experience - they are Masters!
QC, Principal, Restorative Solutions BC
Tenneson and Amanda are compassionate teachers and highly skilled at “holding space”. They provide an open and rich “container” for learning. The Circle Way Practicum was one of the very best personal and professional development opportunities I have had.
Instructor, facilitator, mediator
More than anything, The Circle Way affirmed I am relevant when I speak my truth and share my vulnerabilities in a setting where trust is established and protected. What a lovely thought to end a day, a year, even a life.
From the warm welcome and pickup at the ferry terminal to the closing on the last day, the Practicum was a masterfully designed and artfully facilitated learning experience. The attention to every detail, the responsive and supportive learning facilitation and the creation of a safe, caring and sacred space for learning and discovery far exceeded my expectations. I departed Whidbey Island with enhanced skills and confidence in calling circle and with a greater appreciation for the "magic" and power of The Circle Way. Thanks Amanda and Tenneson.
I found the course inspirational and practical. I highly recommend Tenneson Woolf and Amanda Fenton as instructors and The Circle Way as a path to meaningful conversations and participatory leadership.
We worked with Amanda at Collingwood Neighbourhood House for a Circle Way workshop as part of our strategic planning process. I so appreciate the Circle Practice workshop, and have been so interested to hear how people are incorporating it into their work. The idea of inserting a pause, as necessary, (and in many different ways, be it in a conversation, a work-day, a meeting etc) in particular resonated for me and for a few others. After the all-staff session using a circle approach to gather staff input into the strategic planning process, one of our staff approached me with tears in his eyes and said it was the most meaningful activity he'd ever experienced at the Neighbourhood House. Thanks for bringing it to us and thanks for providing such wonderful training – such a wonderful experience.
Executive Director, Collingwood Neighbourhood House
I have been deeply privileged to know Tenneson for a number of years and to more recently to work with him in his world of mastery — bringing forward the wisdom of the group. His magic is so subtle that it’s hard to name. He is at once deeply and lovingly present, authentic and humble, completely trusting of what unfolds in the moment, with an uncanny capacity to see, weave and illuminate unseen patterns of authentic truth from whatever emerges.
Principal, New Moon Rites of Passage
The world has never needed circle process more than today. Circle is so much more than sitting in the round and passing a talking piece. When guided by a deft facilitator, this ancient and powerful form of conversation brings out our best selves, stimulates respect and collaboration, and results in better decisions. I’ve seen circle applied in a variety of situations and cultures, from friendly discussions to heated conflict, but to lead this process effectively requires training from a practiced expert such as Amanda Fenton. I’ve always enjoyed sitting in circle with Amanda and have learned so much from her about how to help bring people together, help them listen and and learn from each other, and make the world a better place as a community.
Director of Creativity & Engagement
HCMA Architecture + Design