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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

25Aug '20

Circles at youth camp of Cachet

  • When 25 and 28 August 2020
  • Where Destelheide-Hanenbos, Dworp
  • What At the start and end of the youth camp of Cachet we guide a circle. The central theme is ‘I have the choice’, for which choice do I want to stand. For these young people this camp is the start of a guided living trajectory.
  • Participation Only for the younsters involved.
30Aug '20

Time to connect • Online Circle Ritual • Theme: loss and mourning

When Sunday 30 August 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 of this Circle Ritual is loss and mourning. Who and what have we had to let go of in the past period? What wants to be felt and seen. How do we keep standing when life shows its raw side? What choice do we make from this place?
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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26Sep '20

Circle at meeting of signatories ‘Declaration 30 November 2019’

  • When Saturday September 26th
  • Where Broechem
  • What Prison director Hans Claus took the initiative to formulate the ‘declaration of 30 November 2019’ together with people active in various social domains. The Declaration brings cohesion and strengthens people’s commitment. Through the outlines they know they are connected in the pursuit of a common goal, in writing a new collective story, which, as always, rests on the shoulders of older stories. We have the choice accompanies a circle ritual at the meeting of the first signatories of this Declaration.
  • Participation By invitation only

Past activities

22Mar '20

Online ritual of commemoration and connection • 22 March 2020

  • IMPORTANT CHANGE: THE RITUAL ON SUNDAY MARCH 22ND WILL TAKE PLACE ONLINE DUE TO CORONA PREVENTION.
  • When Sunday 22 March 2020
    2 pm – 4 pm: ONLINE Eye Gazing Experiment: You can participate via this link: www.human.online. You can easily create an account.
    4:30 pm – 6 pm: ONLINE Circle ritual of We have the choice. You can participate via this link: https://zoom.us/j/519436079. You can login online from 16h15 so you can test the connection. Start Circle at 16h30.
    Make sure you have a good wifi connection, preferably via a computer or laptop with camera.
  • What Four years after the attacks in Brussels and in the midst of corona prevention actions, we are nurturing trust in each other. We have the Choice and Bond zonder Naam invite you to a special ONLINE ritual of connection. Welcome between 14h and 16h to participate in the ONLINE Eye Contact Experiment. Where is the connection between people? Look 1 minute into the eyes of a stranger to find out. One minute eye contact means making real contact with someone else. Without (preliminary) judgements and expectations. Beyond the words. By being in silence with each other in this way, we can experience our shared humanity. Every year people in more than 300 cities worldwide participate in The Eye Gazing Experiment. Bond Zonder Naam joins this international movement as a statement for the importance of deeper human connection in times of polarization. Afterwards you can participate in an ONLINE circle ritual from 16h30 to 18h. The Circle offers you a ritual space to find and share words on your personal experience. The circle helps to stand still, connect with others, become conscious about what is important for you, and to find the force to make authentic choices. Whatever happens, we always have the choice to choose love instead of falling into fear and hardening. The Circle is not
 a usual dialogue, it is about sharing and listening from heart to heart. Everyone can speak, but there is no need to speak. The quality of your presence is enough. The Circles of the voluntary initiative We have the choice create since the attacks of 2016 spaces for standing still and connecting in various intercultural contexts, to promote a sense of community and to prevent further radicalization and violence.
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9Mar '20

Circle with pupils of Sint Victor in Beersel

  • When 9 March 2020
  • Where Saint Victor School, Beersel
  • What Circle among the pupils of the 4th secondary school on the occasion of the theatre performance a Jihad of Love.
  • Participation Only for the pupils involved
6Mar '20

Circle with pupils of Lyceum Aalst

  • When 6 March 2020
  • Where Lyceum Aalst
  • What Circle with the pupils of the sixth grade in the context of the theme of interfaith dialogue.
  • Participation Only for the pupils involved
28Nov '19

Corporate Circle in collaboration with SPES Forum and Etion

  • When Thursday 28 November 2019 at 18h
  • Where Archipelago, Remylaan 2b, 3018 Leuven
  • What The Corporate Circle is a circle of ambassadors around We have the Choice. Members of the Corporate Circle are entrepreneurs and business leaders who endorse and propagate the vision and values of the organization. Twice a year, We have the Choice organizes a Circle Ritual for members and managers who are interested in becoming a member.
    This fast-moving world brings great challenges, especially for you as an entrepreneur. In the Corporate Circle you can share how you deal with these challenges. This authentic sharing creates a personal and close-knit network. At the same time, you are inspired to initiate initiatives around connection and inclusion in your own business environment.
  • Participation 40 euro/pp ex VAT
  • Registration Organisational leaders and entrepreneurs can register

Program

6 p.m. – Reception with fine sandwiches
18h45 – Presentation of the social project We have the Choice
7 p.m. – Circle ritual Still Standing – Standing still. How do I stand up? What does standing mean to me?
20h45 – Exchange
21h15 – Drink
22h – End

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