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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

19Oct '19

Circle after sit-in of Silence for Peace in Leuven

  • When Saturday 19 October 2019 at 16h30
  • Where LivingLei, Lei 15, Leuven
  • What On Saturday 19 October, a silent sit-in by Silence for Peace will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grote Markt in Leuven. Afterwards you can join in the circle of We have the choice and share about how silence touches you. The wonderful new initiative LivingLei welcomes us for this circle.
  • Entrance Free
  • Registration Not required
24Oct '19

Vernissage STANDING STILL/STILL STANDING + CIRCLE at Destelheide

  • When Thursday 24 October 2019 at 19h
  • Where Destelheide, Destelheidestraat 66, 1653 Dworp
  • What The exhibition Standing Still / Still Standing offers a total experience of photographs by Johan van Steen, poems by Kristin Verellen and testimonials by participants of the Circle Rites. This will be done in conjunction with the work of Brussels youngsters from Centre West who, in the summer of 2019, under the guidance of artist Katrien Oosterlinck and supported in Circles of We have the choice, started to work creatively on the Circle theme.
    Through various approaches, the exhibition Standing Still / Standing Standing allows visitors to experience how pausing at a situation contributes to connection with yourself and others, and ultimately to new resilience. Because no matter what happens to you, you can always choose how you deal with it. We have the choice. The exhibition will be opened at 19h with a musical and poetic animated interview with Kristin Verellen and Katrien Oosterlinck. Sigrid Bousset, director of the Herman Teirlinckhuis and Bryce Bettens, a passionate young talent from Beersel, will provide a lively conversation.
    Afterwards, you can discover the exhibition during a festive reception, and get a signed book to support the non-profit cause of We have the choice.
    At 20h30 you will have the opportunity to experience a Circle yourself, guided by We have the choice, in the beautiful setting of the exhibition. Paul J. Simon, a talented musician from the region, brings us in the right atmosphere with some of his new songs
  • More information: www.destelheide.be
  • Entrance: Free
  • Registration: for the vernissage and the circle is necessary – places in the circle are limited.
I want to register
6Nov '19

Solitude belongs to everyone – Circle at WZC Kapelleveld in Ternat

  • When Wednesday 6 November 2019 14h
  • Where WZC Kapelleveld, Kerkstraat 39, Ternat
  • What We all experience moments of loneliness. Young or old, married or single, working or at home, rich or poor, healthy or sick. Loneliness belongs to everyone, regardless of our living conditions and cultural background. We come together in the Circle. Starting from silence, we share authentically about how loneliness touches, challenges and inspires us. No discussions, but listening and speaking from heart to heart. Everyone can speak, but that is not necessary. It is enough to be present.
  • Entrance 4 euros
  • Registration Mandatory
I want to register
20Nov '19

Circle at Moderator and PROS in Mechelen

  • When Wednesday 20 November 19h
  • Where Mechelen – location to be confirmed
  • What Circle of We have the choice in the week of restorative justice on invitation of Moderator and PROS Mechelen.
  • Participation By invitation only

Past activities

27Sep '19

Circle with students from KDG Antwerp

  • When 27 September 2019
  • Where KDG, Campus South, Antwerp
  • What Circle with a group of students from the teacher training program who are working creatively on the theme of Standing still/Still standing. Their work will be exhibited at KDG just before the exhibition of the same name. The exhibition Standing still/Still standing with photos by Johan Van Steen and poems by Kristin Verellen will be presented at KDG in February and March 2020.
  • Participation Only for the students 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
I want to register
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
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