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


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 circles

14Mar '18

Open Circle in BRUSSELS on March, 22

  • When? 22 March 2018 at 17:30 till 19:00
  • Where? BOZAR, Salon royal | Rue Ravenstein 23 | 1000 Brussels
  • What? 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. After the Circle you can join us for the “Reconnection Ritual” with choreographer Lisbeth Gruwez (Voetvolk) and derwish Osman Catik (Derwish Advisory) in the Horta Hall. CAUTION, for this part you have to book on the website of BOZAR.
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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.
  • Host? Kristin Verellen
  • Facilitation of the Circle? Stien Michiels & Karen Van Heuckelom
  • More info? www.kaaitheater.be
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
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Past circles

9Mar '18

Circles Zinnema Brussel

  • When? 9-10 march 2018 at 20u30 and 11 march 2018 at 15u30
  • Where? Centrum voor Amateurkunsten Zinnema in Brussel (Anderlecht)
  • What? Two Circles in the context of ‘Aline’, a theatre play (in Dutch) written and directed by Stien Michiels, addressing issues of vulnerability, authenticity and connection. In collaboration with CGG Brussels Lila. (Centre for mental health).
  • Registration? Registration via Zinnema.
18Jan '18

Open Circle

  • When? 18 January 2018
  • Where? 3E, Kalkkaai 6, 1000 Brussels
  • Supervisors? Kristin, Stien & Johan
9Sep '17

Network circle

  • Where? 09 September 2017 – 19h00
  • When? Kerkhove
  • Supervisors? Dora, Jean & Hilde