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When the world needs us to sit together, listen and connect

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 three types of Circles

  • Open Circles (open registrations)
  • Network Circles (within an existing organization or group, only for target group)
  • Open Network Circles (within an existing organization or group, anyone can join).

Both the Open Circles and (Open) Network Circles can take place in person or online. Here you can find where and when the following circles meet.

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

26May '18

Open Circle Ramadan Molenbeek

  • When Saturday, May 26 at 6:30 pm
  • Where Community Center Maritiem, Rue Vandenboogaerdestraat 93, Molenbeek
  • What This year also, the Circles will be present in Muslim communities in Brussels and Antwerp. Organizations offer an iftar meal to their communities during the month of Ramadan. The iftar meal marks the breaking of the Muslim fast every day at sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. Iftar gatherings are joyous moments of togetherness, with food and drinks being shared, often with a whole community.
    We organize the Circles just before the meal – as a moment of quiet, introspection and togetherness.
  • In partnership with Molenbeek City Council
  • Entrance Free
  • Registration Required
Register now
1Jun '18

Open Cirkel Ramadan Dar Al Amal Molenbeek

  • When Friday, June 1 at 8 pm
  • Where Dar Al Amal, Rue de Ribaucourtstraat 51, Molenbeek
  • What This year also, the Circles will be present in Muslim communities in Brussels and Antwerp. Organizations offer an iftar meal to their communities during the month of Ramadan. The iftar meal marks the breaking of the Muslim fast every day at sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. Iftar gatherings are joyous moments of togetherness, with food and drinks being shared, often with a whole community.
    We organize the Circles just before the meal – as a moment of quiet, introspection and togetherness.
  • In partnership with Le Foyer / Dar Al Amal – La Maison des Femmes
  • Entry Free
  • Registration Obligatory
Register now
1Jun '18

Open Cirkel Ramadan Sultan der Maanden Antwerpen

  • When Friday, June 1 at 8 pm
  • Where Berbertent, Desguinlei 246, Antwerpen
  • What Circle in the context of the Opening of the Festival Sultan der Maanden
  • In partnership with VOEM and Union of Turkish Associations
  • Entrance Free
  • Registration Obligatory
Register now
3Jun '18

Circle Closing event Johan Van Steen Photography Contest Brussels

  • When Sunday, June 3 at 3 pm
  • Where BOZAR, Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussel
  • What an open Circle on the theme of Hope
  • In partnership with CVO-COOVI and Scholengroep Brussel
  • Entrance Free
  • Registration Obligatory
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Past activities

4May '18

Circle Atheneum Antwerp

  • When? 4 May from 8.20 till 10.00 and from 15.00 till 16.40
  • Waar? ATHENEUM Antwerp
  • Wat? Pupils from the 6th grade (highschool) share with each other how they see their future and what all those years at school has taught them.
22Mar '18

Reconnection Ritual with choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez and dervish Osman Catik

  • Whenr? 22 March 8 p.m.
  • Where? BOZAR, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels
  • What? Two years ago Kristin Verellen lost her life partner in the terror attack at Maelbeek station. Circles – We have the choice is her response to this and other forms of hardening, polarising and extreme violence. A citizen’s initiative that uses an age-old ritual – the Circle – in new ways, in places where there is a need for people to stop, listen and connect. In places where cultures come into contact with one another, for example. This Reconnection Ritual, with choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez (Voetvolk) and dervish Osman Catik (Derwish Advisory), is also an encounter between East and West. It is an invitation to form a ‘We’ which embraces the ‘I’ alongside hundreds of fellow citizens and young dancers from all over the world.
  • Entrance? Free entrance
  • Booking? Booking compulsory
21Mar '18

Open Circle BRUSSELS KAAITHEATER in the context of Re:Rite

  • When? 21 march 2018 from 18:30 till 20:00
  • Where? Kaaitheater | Sainctelette Square 20 | 1000 Brussels
  • What? Open Circle followed by a conversation with Jone Salomonson, Koen Vansynghel and Kristin Verellen.
    MOURNING, COMMEMORATION & NEW RITUALS
  • Host? Kristin Verellen
  • Facilitation of the Circle? Stien Michiels & Karen Van Heuckelom
  • More info? www.kaaitheater.be