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Peer Spirit Circles

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

PeerSpirit offers free guidelines in 10 languages for convening circles. “..By rotating leadership, sharing responsibility,and attending to the spirit of shared intention,  small groups of ordinary people are able to align themselves with social awareness, spiritual values and  respond to the pressing needs of the earth, its people and creatures.”  Structured conversation circles characterized by thoughtful speaking and deep listening are ideal for older adults harvesting the wisdom of their years and supporting plans for the future.

The Circle Way Pocket Guide by Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea

This booklet provides easy access to the structure of The Circle Way for those who need a quick reference guide or want to provide basic knowledge to a group, and is based on the book The Circle Way. Without embellishment in essay or story, it informs readers how to set intention, call a group together, make agreements, define purpose and set the circle in motion. There is a section for sustaining the circle and responding to the circle in trouble. Available to download for free here. Once the page has loaded, right click and choose Save as to download. A donation is invited and deeply appreciated as your contribution helps make this resource freely available – donate here.

DEVELOPED BY:

PeerSpirit, Inc., an education consortium based in Washington state, USA, consisting of Christina Baldwin, Ann Linnea, and teaching colleagues, including Cynthia Trenshaw, who specializes in aging issues .

WEBSITE:  www.peerspirit.com

STARTED:  1994

OBJECTIVES:

To advance the use of circle process.  “Life and Leadership through Circle, Quest, and Story.”

TARGET POPULATION:

People open to use of the circle process in community, organizational, professional, and personal settings

BENEFITS/OUTCOMES:

Following PeerSpirit’s guidelines for calling a circle transforms informal socializing and opinionated discussion into an environment circle is an all-leader group that can be adapted as a sustainable Wisdom Circle or Learning Circle or Positive Aging Circle as long as the ten components of the Circle Way, refined over 20 years of global experience, are respected.

PROGRAM GUIDE:

Basic Guidelines for Calling a Circle can be downloaded from the home page of www.peerspirit.com (choice of 10 languages)

OTHER SUPPORT MATERIAL:

Many targeted publications are available for a cost via the PeerSpirit website or phone orders, including A Harvest of Years: A Peer Spirit Guide for Proactive Aging Circles, by Cynthia Trenshaw

COSTS/FUNDING:

No cost for use of online resources.

TRAINING:

PeerSpirit offers seminars, consulting, and adventures seeking renewing and sustainable lives

PROMOTION:

Sign up for monthly newsletter at the website. Both Baldwin and Linnea offer seminars, workshops, keynote addresses and consulting.

POLICIES FOR REPLICATING:

Materials may be copied via the website for non-commercial use.


Please complete our online Program User Form if you are interested in trying out this program and need more information. You will be contacted shortly by a member of the Pass It On Network team after you submit the completed form.