The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention.

Rachel Naomi Remen

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Circles of two

As humans, we are happier and healthier when we have someone to talk to when we need it.

If you simply want to connect, are newly diagnosed, or at a turning point, come in for a cup of tea and a circle of two. We’ll listen, help you in whatever way we can, or assist you in finding additional community resources. We can offer an attentive ear to whatever your day’s concern is—whether physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual.

There are three ways to connect:

  • Simply drop by Monday through Friday from 10 am to 2 pm.
  • Call and leave a voicemail at 360.221.4101 or send an email via this website and leave your name and phone number. A volunteer will get back to you.

Our volunteers are trained in peer-to-peer methods such as active listening and clear reflection. Circle hosts do not offer medical or other advice or therapy. The same circle agreements apply in circles of two: confidentiality; listening with compassion and curiosity; honoring each others’ respective paths; and pausing for a moment whenever necessary to catch our breath and bearings.

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Coming Together circles

Coming Together circles meet our deep need for human connection and are organized around our shared humanity. Topics arise organically from the group’s experience.

Our current Coming Together circles include:

Coming together

This open circle always has room for more. It’s a safe place to explore whatever’s on your heart today and to bear witness to the courage of others as they do the same. Excitement, anxiety, joy, grief, optimism, relief, or something you’re still trying to describe are all welcome. For more information, please see our online calendar or contact Elin for more information.

Men’s Circle I & II

These circles are currently full. If you’d like to be added to a waitlist, please contact James.

BIPOC Grannies

This circle is currently full. If you’re interested in joining, please contact Elin.

Learning circles

In learning circles, we share ideas and experiences around specific themes.

Would you like to learn how to host and guardian a circle?

Healing Circles offers a two-part training on how to fulfill the role of a circle host or guardian. For more information, please contact Elin.

Circle of Agreements & Practices

A learning circle designed to delve into the daily impact of living our five agreements and 3 practices. If you’re interested in co-hosting a circle in the future, this is a wonderful training opportunity. For more information, please contact Lynn.

Is there a topic you’d like to explore with others? Please let us know.