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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

4Jan '21

Online Circle employees Odisee

  • When Monday 4 January 2021
  • Where Online
  • What Circle for employees of Odisee SAW with the theme ‘close by from a distance’.
  • Participation By invitation only
19Jan '21

Online Circle for care givers

When Tuesday 19 January 2021 from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where Online
What Circle for all care providers, care seekers, informal carers, volunteers and students in care. To take care of yourself and to refuel in solidarity in this intense corona period. Initiative in cooperation with the professional association for spiritual carers. More info. Circle in Dutch.
Participation Free
Register via email to beroepsvereniging.pastores@gmail.com stating the date of the circle you want to participate in.

29Jan '21

Online Circle for students of Odisee Aalst

  • When Friday 29 January 2021
  • Where Online
  • What Circle for students of Odisee Aalst as part of a two-day event around the theme ‘connected with yourself’.
  • Participation Only for the students involved

Past activities

16Dec '20

Online Youth Circle • We have the choice

>>> Uplifting each other in lockDOWN <<<
When  Wednesday 16 December from 8 till 9.30 pm CET
There are 3 youth circles planned, you can participate in one or more of them.
These will take place on Wednesday 2, 16 and 30 December from 8 p.m. to 9.30 pm CET.
Where  Online
What 
The 2nd lockdown demands a lot from students and young people. Everyone’s experience is different. Some students rightly sound the alarm. We invite you to stand still together with other young people and give words to how you experience this period and how you feel. Do you suffer as a result of isolation? Enjoying the peace and quiet? Lying awake about finances? Missing a loved one? Doubts about studies? Having fun online? You can share your story in the Circle and get to know the power of listening and being listened to. Giving attention to each other brings peace and strengthens everyone’s courage. This creates a space to stand up for your own choices. Because although we do not always have control over what we experience, we always have a choice in how we deal with it. Students and young people from the age of 16 are welcome! A Circle is a moment of connection and offers space to share and listen from heart to heart. A Circle is not a back-and-forth conversation, not a discussion, everyone can speak, but there is no need to speak. Your presence is enough. The online circle lasts an hour and a half, and is guided by circle facilitators of the non profit organization We have the choice. The online Youth Circles are made possible with the support of high schools, universities and youth welfare organisations: VVS, VUB, KDG, AP, Thomas More, PXL, Tejo, Joker, Cachet, Ideekids and Homaar.
Theme  How are you REALLY doing in these corona times? How difficult or easy is it for you now? What do YOU choose?
Registration  Free participation. Registration is required via this eventbrite. You will receive the link for the zoom call by mail. 

Responses from Youngsters: Connected * Mildness (for myself & others) * Am so glad I was here! * Support and recognition * Heartwarming * Touching * Gratitude from my heart * We will never walk alone * Our shared humanity * So loving, sincere * Warm goosebumps * It is sometimes so alone in my room, happy to REALLY make contact with others

2Dec '20

Online Youth Circle • We have the choice

>>> Uplifting each other in lockDOWN <<<
When  Wednesday 2 December from 8 till 9.30 pm CET
There are 3 youth circles planned, you can participate in one or more of them.
These will take place on Wednesday 2, 16 and 30 December from 8 p.m. to 9.30 pm CET.
Where  Online
What 
The 2nd lockdown demands a lot from students and young people. Everyone’s experience is different. Some students rightly sound the alarm. We invite you to stand still together with other young people and give words to how you experience this period and how you feel. Do you suffer as a result of isolation? Enjoying the peace and quiet? Lying awake about finances? Missing a loved one? Doubts about studies? Having fun online? You can share your story in the Circle and get to know the power of listening and being listened to. Giving attention to each other brings peace and strengthens everyone’s courage. This creates a space to stand up for your own choices. Because although we do not always have control over what we experience, we always have a choice in how we deal with it. Students and young people from the age of 16 are welcome! A Circle is a moment of connection and offers space to share and listen from heart to heart. A Circle is not a back-and-forth conversation, not a discussion, everyone can speak, but there is no need to speak. Your presence is enough. The online circle lasts an hour and a half, and is guided by circle facilitators of the non profit organization We have the choice. Online youth circles are made possible with the support of high schools, universities and youth welfare organisations: VVS, VUB, KDG, AP, Thomas More, PXL, Tejo, Joker, Cachet, Ideekids and Homaar.
Theme  How are you REALLY doing in these corona times? How difficult or easy is it for you now? What do YOU choose?
Registration  Free participation. Registration is required via this eventbrite. You will receive the link for the zoom call by mail. 

Responses from Youngsters: Connected * Mildness (for myself & others) * Am so glad I was here! * Support and recognition * Heartwarming * Touching * Gratitude from my heart * We will never walk alone * Our shared humanity * So loving, sincere * Warm goosebumps * It is sometimes so alone in my room, happy to REALLY make contact with others

22Nov '20

Circle ritual • Time to Connect • theme ‘returning inside’

When Sunday 22 November from 4.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where Online
What We have the choice and Bond zonder Naam and Human Online invite you to a monthly online moment of connection. You can experience authentic human-to-human contact and recharge your battery.  Make sure you have a good WiFi connection, best via computer or laptop with camera. At 4:30 pm We have the choice will guide you in an online Circle Ritual. A Circle offers you the space to stand still, and express which is unprocessed and unspoken. In this way you will find new meaning and resilience to keep on standing and to go for authentic choices. We have the choice. Whatever happens to us, we can always choose how we deal with it. A Circle is no ordinary dialogue, it’s about sharing and listening from heart to heart. Anyone can speak, but there is no obligation to speak. Your presence is enough.
Theme In this Circle we reflect on the invitation of the darkening days to make a movement of retreating and returning inside. In the midst of this second corona wave and all the turbulence, how is it to reconnect with our essence?
Register Free participation. Registration is required via eventbrite. You will receive the link for the zoom call by mail. Login is possible from 16h15 to test the connection. Start Circle at 16h30.

11Oct '20

Circle ritual • Time to Connect • theme ‘Contact’

When Sunday 11 October from 4.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where Online
What We have the choice and Bond zonder Naam and Human Online invite you to a monthly online moment of connection. You can experience authentic human-to-human contact and recharge your battery.  Make sure you have a good WiFi connection, best via computer or laptop with camera. At 4:30 pm We have the choice will guide you in an online Circle Ritual. A Circle offers you the space to stand still, and express which is unprocessed and unspoken. In this way you will find new meaning and resilience to keep on standing and to go for authentic choices. We have the choice. Whatever happens to us, we can always choose how we deal with it. A Circle is no ordinary dialogue, it’s about sharing and listening from heart to heart. Anyone can speak, but there is no obligation to speak. Your presence is enough.
Theme The theme of the circle ritual during ‘Time to Connect’ on Sunday 11 October is ‘contact’. How different or difficult is contact now and how do we experience it? What is the impact of keeping a distance, only seeing half of each other’s faces, living closer together with the same people for longer, wearing mouth masks, dividing people into bubbles, eroding privacy, avoiding physical contact and cuddles, skin hunger… on our lives and our relationship with others? How do we deal with it, how do we remain faithful to ourselves and present to others?
Register Free participation. Registration is required via eventbrite. You will receive the link for the zoom call by mail. Login is possible from 16h15 to test the connection. Start Circle at 16h30.

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