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We have the choice

We have a Choice has grown out of a voluntary citizens’ initiative by Kristin Verellen – who lost her life partner in the attacks of Maelbeek on 22 March 2016 – and a circle of friends. In a world where harshness, polarization, extremism, blind violence and terror lead to traumatizing situations, we want to build a culture of inclusive togetherness inclusion and dialogue.


The Circles, guided by professional facilitators, offer a qualitative moment in which we become still and quiet, then share with each other in words or in silence what is going on inside of us.

In addition “We have the choice” also develops other projects to support its mission.

Autumn Circles

“We all contribute to the greater whole”, wrote Gerlinde Flo to Kristin Verellen. She articulates beautifully how we like to put the Circles in the world: as healing rituals that contribute to a society where we know ourselves as connected with each other. You are very welcome to participate in the Open Circles. Here you find the circles for the autumn.




“Thank you for this space to think about our love, our loss and all that we share… It was a moment to come down from our busy-ness, to allow ourselves time and space to reflect and feel, and to share both laughter and tears…. Suzy”

“I treasure these moments of stillness together in the circles.  I feel connected with myself, with the others, with the world.  I can welcome the emotions, stories and reflections that we share in the group, through silence and through words. I return home with more clarity. Dorothy”

Circles & activities

21Nov '18

Circle at Thomas More High School in Antwerp

  • When Wednesday, 21st November, 2018
  • Where Thomas More National Campus, Antwerp
  • What During the diversity weeks, we will be doing a circle with the Applied Psychology students at Thomas More High School. This circle is meant to be a moment of quiet reflection, in a week that would be, for them, filled with emotions, impressions and experiences.  It would be a moment, spent together in a meaningful way, encountering each other as people. The circle aims to create, for the students, the opportunity to re-connect with themselves, and with fellow students.
  • Participation For students only
20Nov '18

Open Circle at the Sleutelbrug in Bruges

  • When Tuesday, 20th November 2018, at 19h30
  • Where Sleutelbrug, Beenhouwerstraat 1, Bruges
  • What Open Circle in the liberal centre, De Sleutelbrug in Bruges within the framework of the 11.11.11.-actie ‘Allemaal mensen’.This year the main theme is diversity. The idea is to connect people with each other, despite prejudices and fears. Citizens are often sceptic about refugees and migrants. They have often had extremely traumatic experiences before they arrive in Europe, only to run into a wall of suspicion when they eventually make it here. This is an invitation to climb over the obstacles and to get to the understanding that we are all really, merely people.
  • Entrance Free
  • Registration Mandatory via brugge@demens.nu or via facebook
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