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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

25Mar '19

Circle at the ‘Mysterie van Onderwijs’

  • When Monday 25 March 2019 from 17h to 21h
  • Where Mysterie Hub Antwerp, Theatergarage Borgerhout
  • What Together with the Mysterie van Onderwijs we explore how circles can be used in change processes in schools and which collaborations are possible.
  • Participation By invitation only

Past activities

21Nov '18

Circle at Thomas More High School in Antwerp

  • When Wednesday, 21st November, 2018
  • Where Thomas More National Campus, Antwerp
  • What During the diversity weeks, we will be doing a circle with the Applied Psychology students at Thomas More High School. This circle is meant to be a moment of quiet reflection, in a week that would be, for them, filled with emotions, impressions and experiences.  It would be a moment, spent together in a meaningful way, encountering each other as people. The circle aims to create, for the students, the opportunity to re-connect with themselves, and with fellow students.
  • Participation For students only
20Nov '18

Open Circle at the Sleutelbrug in Bruges

  • When Tuesday, 20th November 2018, at 19h30
  • Where Sleutelbrug, Beenhouwerstraat 1, Bruges
  • What Open Circle in the liberal centre, De Sleutelbrug in Bruges within the framework of the 11.11.11.-actie ‘Allemaal mensen’.This year the main theme is diversity. The idea is to connect people with each other, despite prejudices and fears. Citizens are often sceptic about refugees and migrants. They have often had extremely traumatic experiences before they arrive in Europe, only to run into a wall of suspicion when they eventually make it here. This is an invitation to climb over the obstacles and to get to the understanding that we are all really, merely people.
  • Entrance Free
  • Registration Mandatory via brugge@demens.nu or via facebook
20Nov '18

Circle in the Atheneum of Bruges

  • When Tuesday, 20th November 2018
  • Where Atheneum Bruges
  • What Circle with pupils from the 4th Secondary year of the Atheneum in Bruges within the framework of the 11.11.11.-actie ‘Allemaal mensen’. This year the main theme is diversity. The idea is to connect people with each other, despite prejudices and fears. Citizens are often sceptic about refugees and migrants. They have often had extremely traumatic experiences before they arrive in Europe, only to run into a wall of suspicion when they eventually make it here. This is an invitation to climb over the obstacles and to get to the understanding that we are all really, merely people.
  • Participation Only for pupils
10Nov '18

Circle at Gestaltcongres in Rotterdam

  • When 10 november 2018
  • Where Rotterdam
  • What We are facilitating a circle at the Nederlands-Vlaams Gestalt Congres  in Rotterdam with the theme ‘Courage within, courage on the outside’. We want to build a culture of inclusive togetherness and dialogue that serves to heal, creating a renewed sense of connection, vitality, meaning and progressive engagement. By listening with an open heart to ourselves and to each other, and by communicating person to person – separate from our conventional roles – awareness and a sense of community can grow. It makes it possible to free ourselves from prejudices and dogma’s, and to make authentic and socially responsible choices. This demands courage. It takes courage to question ourselves as therapists. Circles are healing, but they are not group therapy. How can we start a self-healing movement in our society? This is a movement which does not limit itself to the therapy space, but that extends itself into the real-life spaces outside in society. We invite you to be part of this movement.
  • Participation On invitation only