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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


8Jul '19

Closed circle during project week in Destelheide

  • When 8th of  July 2019
  • Where Residential Centre Destelheide
  • What We are planning a circle at the start of the project week with youth from Brussels. The youth will work around the theme of  ‘Standing Still/Still Standing’ under the guidance of an artist. The circle will create a safe space to express unprocessed emotions and to give meaning to it. The artistic results of this week, will form part of the exhibition which will take place in Destelheide from October 2019 onwards.
  • Participation Limited to the participants involved
9Jul '19

Closed circle at vzw Jong

  • When 9 July 2019
  • Where Jong vzw, Ghent
  • What Vzw Jong is a youth welfare organisation in Ghent. Within the framework of a possible cooperation, we plan a circle with the youth workers of their various services.
  • Participation Only for the youth workers involved
24Jul '19

Open circle at BlinkOut during the Gentse Feesten

  • When Wednesday 24th July at 14h00
  • Where BlinkOut, Vlaanderstraat 53, Ghent
  • What BlinkOut organises the programme ‘Laden en lossen’ (‘Loading and releasing’) and thus creates space for silence during the Gentse Feesten. The theme of this circle within the framework of  ‘Loading and releasing’ is: ‘What needs to be released?’. The circle creates a safe space within which we can share what moves us, emotions and experiences that are unexpressed or unprocessed. In this way, a new space is created where emotions and experiences can be given meaning and authentic choices becomes possible. The circle is a modern-day ritual which can mark a watershed moment in your life, or in society. We have a choice wants to participate in building a culture of inclusivity and understanding, transform powerlessness into agency, and connect people heart to heart. As an extension to this circle, Silence for Peace is planning a short sit-in, at a venue close to BlinkOut. Anybody is most welcome to join.
  • Entree Free
  • Booking Preferred
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Past activities

1Jul '19

Closed Circle with facilitators of Ligand

  • When 1 July 2019
  • Where Ligand, Kortrijk
  • What Ligand facilitates activities and training sessions on working towards restoration and restitution
  • Participation Limited to the facilitators involved
24Jun '19

Closed Circle with final year students at the Atheneum of Antwerp

  • When 24th of  June 2019
  • Where Atheneum Antwerp
  • What We’ll be doing a circle with all the final year students of the Atheneum of Antwerp. This circle ritual serves to mark the transition to a new phase in their lives and creates the space to reflect on what that means.
  • Participation For final year students of  the Atheneum of Antwerp only
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
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