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If it touches the heart, if it helps guide us on our path, it’s a Healing Circle.
What are Healing Circles?
Healing Circles help us step out of ordinary time into a safe and accepting environment in which to explore our healing.
, we explore together ways of deepening our capacity to heal, alleviating our suffering, and finding meaning in both challenge and joy.
, we access our own inner guidance to understand where the greatest healing—in body, emotions, mind and spirit—can occur.
What agreements protect a circle?
We treat each other with kindness and respect.
We listen with compassion and curiosity.
We honor each other’s unique ways to healing and don’t presume to advise or fix or try to save each other
We hold all stories shared in the Circle confidential.
We trust each of us has guidance we need within us and we rely on the power of silence to access it.
What are the practices of a Healing Circle?
Listen with attention.
Speak with intention.
Tend to the well-being of the whole Healing Circle.
What are the Circle roles?
Every member of the circle has an equal voice and is responsible for the leadership of their own healing.
3 roles can help the circle flow smoothly:
The Host convenes and pays attention to flow of the circle.
The Guardian watches time, holds the bell, and protects the agreements.
A scribe can keep notes if the circle chooses.
When a Circle has done its work, the Host should know how and when to end the Circle well.
How do I prepare to host a Healing Circle?
Create a beautiful welcoming space—clean, well-lit, comfortable chairs
Create a center for the Circle – candle, flowers, or shared object.
Allow a time for social interaction—refreshments, warm welcome, casual conversation
Create a smooth transition from welcoming time to Circle time.
What’s a simple, sample Healing Circle?
Entering the Circle – silence, candle, and optional (poem, music, etc.)
Check in/Heart sharing – talking stick mode – can be more than one round
Harvesting/Learning – learn from collective wisdom in room or outside resources; can be done in conversational mode.
Close/ Leaving the Circle
Note: Importance of social time before and after Circle
What are other types of Healing Circles?
are safe environments for those with a common condition to share their experiences and harvest collective wisdom.
are for those who like to process whatever they are facing through a specific form of creative expression.
are for those who share an interest in a topic or wish to develop a healing skill.
support those who care for others, including family, friends, professionals, and volunteers.
How do we deepen our Circle work?
By creative expression
– Examples: Ritual, art, poetry, music, and movement
By addressing soul
– Examples: Meaning & purpose, grief, fear, and uncertainty
By energy work
– Examples: Healing touch, healing intention, and sensitivities to subtle energies
Deepening our own personal work
– Examples: Love, trust, compassion, and gratitude.
By humor and laughter
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