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Activities 2021

22Mar '21

Online Circle ‘Loss & Love’ • 22 March 2021

We are much more interconnected than we thought. We are discovering this today in the current pandemic as we did 5 years ago during the attacks in Brussels. Both then and now, we are living in a fragile period. We risk losing some of the things that are precious to us. Our loved ones and friends, our ideals of a stable future for ourselves and our children, our trust in a safe and healthy planet.
Who and what have we lost or need to let go of? We reflect on what is still unspoken and unprocessed. What is it like to lose loved ones suddenly or at a distance? How do we grieve or not? How do we stand when life shows its raw side? What can still give us meaning… and what do we choose?
The Circles are a contemporary, creative form of an ancient ritual to celebrate, honour, commemorate, mourn, deepen, meet on a deeper level. The Circle is not a discussion. We share from heart to heart about what really touches us as human beings. Just being present and listening is also fine.
We have the Choice was born out of a civic initiative by Kristin Verellen – who lost her life partner Johan Van Steen in the Maalbeek attacks on 22 March 2016 – and a circle of friends. We have the choice has grown into an organisation with more than 50 volunteer circle counselors. Since the attacks, We have the choice has been guiding Circles, both on location and online, in different contexts at key moments, in collaboration with partner organisations.
  • When  Monday 22 March 2021 • 17h – 18h30
  • Where  Online
  • Participation  free
  • Registration mandatory
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
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.

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


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Participating in a Circle is free of charge.

You are registered when you have received a confirmation by e-mail.  If you are coming with more than one person, please register each person individually.

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​Good to know:
In a Circle you can speak your own language. The facilitators speak Dutch, French and/or English depending on the people present. Even if you do not understand everything everybody says, we see time after time that listening in a Circle takes place on many levels. The language of silence and connection is universal.

Principles in a Circle:

  • What is shared in a Circle is confidential.
  • Each participant agrees to participate authentically and respectfully, and treats the others as equivalent.
  • We speak from human being to human being. This means that nobody speaks in the capacity of a role, function or rank.
  • No press, no pictures, unless all participants have expressed their agreement explicitly.
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