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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

26Oct '18

Network Circle – in collaboration with EAGT

  • When Friday 26 to Sunday 28 October 2018
  • Where Berlin
  • What In many parts of the world, therapists support people who are fleeing war or other political, social violence. They ensure the protection of their personal integrity and the application of human rights. They give space to encounters and contribute to a process of integration into the new community. Under the title Yes we care! Supporting human dignity in a collapsing field, a three-day conference of theEuropean Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT) is taking place in Berlin for therapists and people working in the field. Kristin Verellen and Jean Verstraete, who are part of the core team, will be invited as speakers. 
  • Participation On invitation only
6Oct '18

Open Circle – Woman in the world with Koleuren Gazette

  • When Saturday 6 October at 2 pm
  • Where Kunstacademie Geraardsbergen
  • What De Koleuren Gazette is a quarterly online newspaper with interviews and articles about and with newcomers from Geraardsbergen. The conversations and collaborations give rise to new initiatives that bring together people from different religions, cultures and ages. In the autumn, the Koleuren Gazette will start a women’s organization ‘Woman in the World’. Together we are organizing a Circle around ‘Being a woman – our talents’.
  • Entrance Free
  • Registration Obligatory
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