Authentic Relating Toronto - Changing the world one connection at a time. - Circling Description

Circling, at it's core, is an intersubjective, meditative practice.


Circling is an organic, in-the-moment interpersonal process that's equal parts art form, meditation, and group conversation - all designed to allow a visceral experience of connection and understanding of another person's world, celebrating who and where they are right now.

It's practicing using our genuine curiosity to better understand and become a connoisseur of another person's world though present moment awareness while breaking through the assumptions and projections we have about each other.

Different than sitting on a meditation cushion by yourself, Circling is a relational practice. And though it works exquisitely in intimate relationships of all kinds, it can be applied in ALL areas of life because it's so organic, non-analytical, effective, nourishing and fun.

While Circling is not therapy and the intention is counter to trying to 'fix' anyone; Developmentally speaking, Circling can uncover relational blind spots, result in the feeling of being seen and accepted and through this experience give access to personal transformation(s).

Through this in-the-moment process, we have more choice about how we respond. The more we are aware of our blinds spots, the greater our choice in any situation. The greater our choice, the greater our degree of relational freedom.

Currently there are three 'styles' of Circling being practiced around the world. 'Birthday', 'Organic' and 'Surrendered Leadership'. The default style for our regular public events is Birthday circling, where the groups gravity, that is to say the groups attention is focused on a single person who volunteers to be Circled.

The other styles, ART offers in more committed and/or advanced containers such as our Core Circle Practice Series, Master Circle Leadership Training, Facilitator Labs and various Intensives.

Circling is a very experiential practice, making it difficult to say 'what it is' in a way that all can relate to it. It's gifts are plentiful and varied as are the people who practice it. In many way's it's one of those things you 'have to experience yourself' to get what Circling is for you.
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