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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

29Sep '18

Open Circle at ‘Leven en/of Dood – Polariteiten ontmoeten elkaar’

  • When saturday 29 september 13h30
  • Where SINT-BAAFSABDIJ, Voorhoutkaai 43 (entrance Coyendanspark), Ghent
  • What We live in a society where everyone feels uncomfortable at the difficult moment of death, we prefer to outsource death professionally and take little time for mourning. ‘Leven en/of Dood – Polariteiten ontmoeten elkaar‘ wants to invite people to consciously reflect on the existential and vulnerable theme of life and death, in dialogue with each other. Life and death have their own value and are at the same time inextricably intertwined. On saturday september 29th you can join a circle of We have the choice at the event.
  • Entrance Free
  • Registration Obligatory
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29Sep '18

Network Circle – Study weekend Sint-Jozefsparochie Sint-Niklaas

  • When Saturday 29 September 2018 at 4.30 p.m.
  • Where Oude Abdij Drongen
  • What Every year about 60 people from the St. Joseph parish go to the Old Abbey in Drongen for a study weekend. Each time an important moment for their community. This year they will be working on the theme ‘Seeing with new eyes’.  In the 2 circles we organize there, the participants explore the theme together. 
  • 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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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

Past activities

11Sep '18

Network Circle – Meeting evening NVAGT

  • When Tuesday 11 September 2018 at 19h30
  • Where PTC Gentbrugge
  • What A meeting evening with Kristin Verellen and Gestalt therapists (NVAGT – Dutch Flemish Association of Gestalt Therapy and Theory). They make a Circle and exchange experiences and see how they can integrate rituals such as a Circle into their work.
  • Participation On invitation only
1Sep '18

Network Circle – Orchard conversations with dr. Boydens

  • When 1 September 2018 at 2 p.m.
  • Where Droomgaard, Broechem
  • What In the Droomgaard, an apple orchard in Broechem, Dr. Eric Boydens accompanies people who are affected by burn-out. He organises inspiring sessions so that people can reconnect with what they really want to create. Tormented by Kristin’s story and the way she showed how movingly beautiful and difficult inner choice processes can be, Eric Boydens decided to invite her to organize a Circle together.
  • Participation On invitation only
24Aug '18

Open Circle at ‘Sufi Tales – Round Table’

  • When Friday august 24th 20h
  • Where DE FOYER – ATELIER M, Werkhuizenstraat 17, 1080 Sint-Jans-Molenbeek
  • What Sufi Tales – Round Table‘ is a round table discussion with Dr. Nour Kabbani, a renowned Sufi teacher from the USA. The purpose of this event is a cross-fertilization between organizations acting from the heart. It will be an opportunity to connect and research mankind and the new social paradigm that wants to emerge. You can participate in an open circle of We have the choice at 20h. The event starts at 18h.
  • Entrance Free
  • Registration Obligatory
13Aug '18

Network Circle with FeMENism II – theater voor gelijkheid

  • When 13 and 18 August 2018
  • Where Destelheide Dworp
  • What FeMENism II – theater voor gelijkheid’ is an international youth exchange and is the continuation of ‘FeMENism’, a project organized by La Ligue de l’enseignement in Marseille in the autumn of 2017. The aim is to examine the relationships between men and women and to work together towards gender equality and inclusion. Through a theatre workshop, gender identity and gender stereotypes are investigated by 24 young people between the ages of 18 and 25, from 4 countries. We organize a circle at the beginning and at the end of the work process.
  • Participation On invitation only