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Amanda Fenton worked in the co-operative sector for nearly seventeen years with thirteen of them in Human Resources, including HR consulting, leadership and organizational development, change projects and collaborative strategic planning processes. She is skilled in designing participatory gatherings using circle-based methods such as The Circle Way, Open Space Technology, World Cafe, Collective Story Harvest and others to host and harvest conversations for thoughtful change, working with non-profits, churches, schools and other organizations and networks. Learn more about her at


Tenneson Woolf is a facilitator, workshop leader, speaker, and writer. He designs and leads meetings in participative formats. To help people be smart together. To get people interacting with each other — learning together, building relationships, and focused on projects. To get deeper to the heart of what matters. From strategic visioning with boards to large conference design. He has been a practitioner of Circle and other participative forms for 20+ years. His lineages include The Berkana Institute, The Circle Way, and The Art of Hosting. Living systems, self-organization, and emergence inspire his work. Learn more about him at


Amanda and Tenneson have been fortunate to learn, teach and work with Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea as they have been on their pioneering journey bringing circle back into modern application as The Circle Way. Together they are deeply committed to spreading the introduction, application and evolution of circle work more widely into the world. They are experienced practitioners of The Circle Way and have taught circle at home and internationally.


This workshop is based on the teachings from the book The Circle Way – A Leader in Every Chair, by Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea.

The Circle, or council, is an ancient form of meeting that has gathered human beings into respectful conversations for thousands of years. 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.