Wisdom Circles: A Guide to Self-Discovery and Community Building in Small Groups

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Gathering in small group circles to heal, share, and celebrate has moved from new age workshops and 12-step programs into the mainstream. This practical, inspirational guide shows readers how to use the power of the circle to effect changes in their lives and in their communities Targeted print ads .
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Overview

Gathering in small group circles to heal, share, and celebrate has moved from new age workshops and 12-step programs into the mainstream. This practical, inspirational guide shows readers how to use the power of the circle to effect changes in their lives and in their communities Targeted print ads .
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The idea that a group is more than a sum of individuals is a social science axiom, and this book offers a New Age exploration of that premise. Rooted in gathering traditions, wisdom circles are discussion groups oriented to healing, sharing, celebrating, and other purposes. With his collaborators, Garfield (psychiatry, Univ. of California, San Francisco) outlines the "ten constants" that form the essence of wisdom circles. They provide guidance on how to start and sustain such groups, along with rich case study material on those involving AIDS patients, men, and corporate clients. Some readers might be put off by the book's jargon, e.g., talking stick, and no empirical evidence is presented to show that circles accomplish their lofty aims. However, the material is well organized and applies to diverse circumstances and groups. Inspirational yet practical, this book is highly recommended for public libraries and collections serving social service and other group leaders.Antoinette Brinkman, Southwest Indiana Mental Health Ctr., Evansville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786862764
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: In the Company of Kindred Spirits 5
Pt. 1 The Ten Constants
Ch. 1 Honor the Circle as Sacred Time and Space 21
Ch. 2 Create a Collective Center 31
Ch. 3 Ask to Be Informed 48
Ch. 4 Express Gratitude 57
Ch. 5 Create a Safe Container for Full Participation 66
Ch. 6 Listen from the Heart 81
Ch. 7 Speak from the Heart and from Direct Experience 95
Ch. 8 Make Room for Silence to Enter 113
Ch. 9 Empower Each Member to Be a Co-facilitator 120
Ch. 10 Commit to an Ongoing Relationship 134
Pt. 2 The Wisdom Circle Process
Ch. 11 Calling the Circle 151
Ch. 12 Opening and Closing Rituals 166
Ch. 13 Questions for Rounds 174
Ch. 14 Sustaining the Process 187
Ch. 15 When Coming "From the Heart" Is Hard to Do 201
Ch. 16 Ceremonial Circles 223
Ch. 17 The Circle of Life 234
Summary of the Ten Constants 239
A Wisdom Circle Meditation 243
Notes 249
Suggested Resources 255
Acknowledgments 257
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