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 with your hosts Amanda Fenton and Tenneson Woolf.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.