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.
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.
This learning experience will be held at the unique and beautiful Aldermarsh of Whidbey Island, Washington, USA.
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 Aldermarsh grounds include three houses, two cabins, and The Marsh House (the meditation hall, which we will use as our main learning space). There is also a cordwood sweat lodge/Kiva, outdoor Japanese soaking tub, beautifully maintained gardens, and acres of wetlands.
Aldermarsh is a relaxed, creative, and comfortable environment with mostly shared occupancy and bath. There is plenty of space for solitude as well as interaction.
When: August 14 - 19, 2019
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.
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.
August 14 - 19, 2019
Whidbey Island, Washington
2019 registration and cost information coming soon.
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.
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.
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.