We are often asked, "What is Circling?"
as people are naturally curious as well as cautious.
In truth, it is best to try the practice to get a best sense of it. However, we also want to explain and describe as best we can to you, so there is an article link and a film below aiming to achieve this.
One useful source is this great article
from experienced Circling and Authetic Relating practitioner in the USA, Michael Porcelli.
Authentic Relating (AR) is widely acknowledged to be a sibling, or even parent, practice to Circling, where Circling structures are particular contexts within which we can enhance various elements of authentic relating to each other. Many activities we run start from a basis of wanting to relate authentically, primarily. Practicing then extends, often in Convercircling or Semi-Circling naturally in how practitioners relate. So, we encourage people to use skills developed in Cirlcing structures to enhance authentic and vulnerable communication before, during breaks and after the events, as well. Therefore, Circling structures are useful for us to enhance the requisite skills to do this effectively, as well as build belonging, compassion, empathy, community, connection in the way we nurture people in the practice.
Porcelli's article is particularly good because he uses straight-forward language to express complex feelings and ideas, he is explicit about his own motivations and experiences, then explains a little about the self-transformation he made through practice.
This can be translated to / re-applied for other people’s experiences and motivations, even if they aren’t the same as Porcelli's. As a reader, we hope that you will find it useful to apply his experience to your own when reading the article.
Moreover, this montage of experiences where we have been able to collect images of Circling and related activity in terms of joy, belonging, authenticity, compassion, empathy and connection that is available will, we hope, go the rest of the way to inspire you to join us
at one of our events!