The Circle Way

Kreisarbeit als sozialer Container für eine neue Kultur der Zusammenarbeit
Circle work as a social container for a new culture of cooperation

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(Der Kurs wird in englischer Sprache sein. Übersetzung ist verfügbar.)

Für Prozessbegleiter, die eine neue Dialogkultur entdecken und in ihre Arbeit integrieren möchten. Für Führungskräfte, die auf der Suche sind nach einer neuen und anderen Haltung, die Lösungen und Gespräche ermöglicht, die weit über die Erwartungen hinausgehen. Für Organisationsberater, Multi-Stakeholder-Moderatoren, Streitschlichter, Projektmanager, Kommunikations-Profis, Facilitator – die bereit sind, die Idee von „A leader in every chair“ Ansatz zu erkunden und erfahren möchten, wie geteilte Verantwortung von Anfang an zu mehr Engagement, Freude und nachhaltigen Lösungen und Entscheidungen führt.

For facilitators who want to discover a new culture for dialogues and integrate it into their work. For executives who are looking for a new and different attitude, for better solutions and for the capacity to enable conversations that go far beyond the expectations. For organizational consultant, multi-stakeholder, moderators, mediators, project managers, communication experts and Change Facilitator – who are willing to explore and learn more about the idea of „A Leader in every Chair“ approach, such as shared responsibility from the beginning on to achieve more commitment, joy and sustainable solutions and decisions.

What is The Circle Way?

Circle is a process created by Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea based on a common heritage that is part of every culture and that can be cross-culturally used with powerful impact in organizational and community settings. Circle is about presence, participation, and accountability; about self-governance, quality conversations, and effective leadership.

What’s special about it?

Since ancient times, people have formed a circle around the fire to share knowledge, experiences, and stories and to care for and organize themselves. The circle has become a place where people can listen, be heard, think, and create together.

In this lineage – metaphorically speaking – people sit together in Circle Work as equals, slowed down and held by the shape of the circle as a social container strong enough to bring meaningful conversations to the surface. The action is more formal than in casual conversation. The actual content may be the same, but the patterns of engagement – who speaks when and how people listen, how interaction unfolds and what is expected after the Circle session is finished – are influenced greatly by the Circle structure.

Content of the training

  • You will explore an introduction to the the Circle Way, the principles, the practices and the agreements which built a major part of the structure of The Circle Way for meaningful conversations
  • You will have the opportunity to experience and practice The Circle Way, so you can use it in your own work with clients, Collegeages, families…
  • You will have the opportunity to experientially deepen your trust in the potential for co-intelligence in a group, while also deepening your capacity to offer Presence and support a self-organizing process.
  • You will benefit from the experience and practical examples of Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea who bring The Circle Way around the world in a variety of business and community contexts.


Your trainers

Christina Baldwin, MS, Educational Psychology, comes to circle facilitation and storycatching with four decades experience as a writer, seminar presenter, and community leader. She began her national career as a founder of the journal writing movement in 1977 and wrote the classic, Life’s Companion, Journal Writing as a Spiritual Practice in 1991/ rev. 2006. Her work on the nature of life narrative led to writing Storycatcher, Making Sense of our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story in 2005. Her understanding of the need for places to speak authentically and listen ourselves into wisdom led to her book, Calling the Circle, the First and Future Culture (1998) and to co-authoring with Ann Linnea, The Circle Way, A Leader in Every Chair (Berrett-Koehler, 2010).

Ann Linnea, M.A.T. in Education, comes to circle facilitation with over 40 years experience in the field of earth stewardship. During her child-rearing years, she co-authored the award-winning book, Teaching Kids to Love the Earth. In 1992, to mark her own mid-life passage, she successfully circumnavigated Lake Superior by sea kayak (an 1800 mile journey). The insights and adventure of this trip are related in her memoir, Deep Water Passage, A Spiritual Journey at Midlife. Ann recently completed Keepers of the Trees, a Guide to Re-Greening North America (Skyhorse Publishing, 2010), a series of vibrant profiles of various individuals who have dedicated their lives to the stewardship and appreciation of trees and forests.

Since 1994, Christina and Ann have maintained their own educational company

PeerSpirit, Inc. ( dedicated to introducing circle practice and rotating shared leadership into mainstream settings. They offer circle practica for facilitators and other professionals, trainings, consulting, and a variety of seminars from their home on Whidbey Island, WA, across North America, and around the globe. Their co-authored title, The Circle Way, A Leader in Every Chair (Berrett-Koehler, 2010), draws from their experiences working with a variety of groups and organizations.


Your hosts

Roswitha Vesper and Holger Scholz are directors of the Kommunikationslotsen, IAF Certified Professional Facilitators and authors of the new Learning Map No. 9 on „the Circle Way“. Both are practitioners of The Circle Way as well as trainers of the Facilitator Curriculum. Hosting means a lot to them and they are looking forward meeting Christina, Ann and all participants as hosts at Seminarzentrum Beuerhof.




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