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Circles

Circles are meaningful encounters with a group of people to reflect on what happens to each of us in this age of hardening and extreme violence.

They provide a safe space to share between people what this does to you, how you feel about it and what you want to do with it. Without pressure and where being silent is also accepted.

Healing circles. They allow the indivisible to be shared. To transcend pain, sadness, anger, fear, guilt and shame. They create openings for new meaning, connection, joy, solidarity, and well-being.

There are two types of Circles

  • Open Circles (open registrations)
  • Network Circles (within an existing organization or group, participation only on invitation)

Both the Open Circles and Network Circles can take place in person or online.

Would you like to organize a circle with our support?
Would you like to offer a location for a circle?
Would you like to become a Circle facilitator yourself? Please contact us

A Circle is not a therapy group. Looking for psychological support or a therapist?
Here ​you will find information that can be of help : www.bipe.be

Upcoming

25May '19

Circle on day of inspiration on art, care, rituals

  • When Saturday, the 25th May 2019 from 10h00
  • Where Domain Menas, Blekkervijver Street 20, Aalter
  • What On the 25th of May, Barbara Raes will be hosting ‘Geneeskunst‘, a public ‘day of inspiration’ around art, care and rituals. Our lives turn around intentional and unintentional rituals. Some rituals source their strength from a rich history; others originate from modern needs and longings. How can old and new rituals in 2019 contribute to health and well-being? Are artists the new ritual creators? Or do the new ritual-makers come from the healthcare and welfare sectors? ‘Geneeskunst‘ is a ‘day of inspiration’ with lectures, walks, performances and visualisations to share experiences on new ritual practices  as it pertains to the care sector. This day is a warm-up and introduction to the nocturnal fire ritual ‘Uit handen  geven’ of Beyond the Spoken and Amenra. We have the choice will also conduct a Circle at this event.
  • Entrée All info can be found here. Tickets cost 20€.
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29May '19

Circle for youngsters ‘I have the choice’ in Ghent

  • When Wednesday 29th May 2019 at 14h00
  • Where BlinkOut, Vlaanderen Street 53, Ghent
  • What We have the choice is organizing a circle for young people between 16 and 25 yrs at BlinkOut in Ghent. All young people are very welcome. This circle is, like a modern-day ritual, a moment in which we reflect on the choices  that we want to make, on the direction we want to take in life, our choice of studies and careers, and whether it lines up with our talents and missions in life.  The theme if this circle is ‘I have the choice’. We are making film clips on Instagram, of whoever feels like sharing something about his/her choices #ihavethechoice.  After the circle, you can access a free coaching session, utilizing the choice compass, by Catherine De Kesel of The Future Generation
  • Entree Free
  • Booking Essential
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30May '19

Circle at the Ramadan festival Sultan der Maanden in Antwerp

  • When Thursday 30th May 2019 at 20h00
  • Where Sultan der Maanden, Desguinlei 246, 2018 Antwerp (parking PIVA) – in the Berbertent
  • What We have a choice will facilitate a circle at the Ramadan Festival Sultan der Maanden. We will be sharing what moves us and what connects us as citizens within a multicultural society. We reflect on the choices we are making. After the circle everybody can share in the Iftar meal.
  • Entrée Free
  • Booking Not required

Past activities

19May '19

Open circle at d’Yserpasserelle

  • When Sunday, the 19th of May 2018, from 08h00 to 12h00
  • Where d’Yserpasserelle Centre, Linde Street 17A, 8691 Alveringem (between Ieper and Veurne)
  • What ‘Breakfast at the farm’ is a warm moment to gather at the farm, where the guests, after an extensive breakfast made with farm products, and a tour of the farm, will make time for reflection and personal growth. Sunday, the 19th of May has special meaning for Siska, the initiator. The themes for the morning will be hope and despair, love and saying farewell, letting go and keeping dreams alive.  We are planning a circle, a moment in which we can share something about our inner life and life experience with each other. Each person does it in his own way. A circle is not a debate; rather, it’s an invitation to become quiet, and to listen to yourself and each other.  Being present is the most important thing. Anybody can speak, but nobody is obliged to.
  • Program
    08h00 – 10h00: Extensive breakfast with regional and farm products
    10h00 – 10h30: Tour of the farm with Siska, initiator and host, sharing parts of her personal life journey
    10h30 – 12h00: Circle
  • Entrance 35 euro/pp (max 25 participants)
  • Booking Book via mail with Siskainfo@dyzerpasserelle.com or 0497 93 12 88
17May '19

Intercultural circle for youngsters and men during the Ramadan at The Foyer in Molenbeek

  • When Friday 17th May 2019 at 20h00
  • Where The Foyer, Werkhuizenstraat 17, Molenbeek
  • What We have the choice, in association with De Foyer will be facilitating a circle during Ramadan. We will be sharing what moves us and what connects us as citizens within a multicultural society. We reflect on the choices we are making. After the circle everybody can share in the Iftar meal. This circle is limited to adult and young men from different cultures and origins.
  • Entrée Free
  • Booking Essential
15May '19

Circle at IIRP Europe Conference on well-being and resilience

  • When Wednesday to Friday 15th-17th May 2019 (circle on Wednesday 15th May from 14h20 – 15h50)
  • Where Buda Island, Kortrijk
  • What We have the choice is a guest on the three-day conference IIRP Europe Conference on well-being and resilience in Kortrijk. On Wednesday 15th May in the afternoon, visitors can participate in a Circle. Kristin Verellen will co-launch the conference at 09h00 in the morning.
  • Entree All information regarding entrée to the conference can be found here.
10May '19

Intercultural women’s circle during the Ramadan at The Foyer in Molenbeek

  • When Friday 10th May 2019 at 20h00
  • Where The Foyer, Werkhuizen Street 25, Molenbeek
  • What We have the choice, in association with De Foyer will be facilitating a circle during Ramadan. We will be sharing what moves us and what connects us as citizens within a multicultural society. We reflect on the choices we are making. After the circle everybody can share in the Iftar meal. This circle is limited to women from different cultures and origins.
  • Entrée Free
  • Inscription Essentiel