You are invited to a Community Circling Night facilitated by Brandi. Attendance will be limited to 7 people, so please update your RSVP if your plans change, even if it is last minute. A wait list is not possible due to technical constraints; please keep checking in to see if a space has opened.
What is possible between us when we reveal ourselves in the present moment?
Circling is an exploration of who we are and how we can connect moment-to-moment in a safe, loosely-facilitated group environment. As a personal and relational meditation practice, circling provides opportunities to:
- Experience connection
- Cultivate presence and self-awareness
- Develop communication skills
- Practice authentic relating
- Explore deeply-held beliefs about self and other
- Feel seen, heard and understood
Up to 7 people gather in a circle for about an hour, with group’s attention shifting organically from one person to another based on what feels most “alive” in the room. The person being circled receives the group’s full presence and is invited to speak authentically to their own experience of the present moment. The group listens and responds with reflections of what they’ve heard, the emotional impact of what was said, and deepening questions arising from their own genuine curiosities. The facilitator helps orient the discussion, holds space for the group, and may offer general guidance on the practice.
Individual / Birthday Circling:
Up to 7 people gather for about an hour, with the intention of offering their full attention to a single person for the duration of the circle. The person being circled is invited to speak to their own authentic experience of the present moment. The group listens and responds with reflections of what they’ve heard, the emotional impact of what was said, and deepening questions arising from their own genuine curiosities.
In either format, what often emerges is a meaningful, spacious group conversation that taps into our hidden emotional landscapes, the depths of our shared humanity, and the rich potential of each emerging moment. Participants often leave feeling seen, heard and understood, energized, connected and renewed.
It's like being roped into a psycho-social corral of potential - Maxx
I find it miraculous that we can come together as strangers and, through this process, leave as loved ones. - Maria
Circling has also been described as:
- Emotional “yoga” to nourish our hearts and minds
- A celebration of what makes us human
- A powerful tool for self-discovery
- The opposite of small talk
Doors will open at 6:15pm and event will begin at 6:30pm. Please make arrangements to arrive and be settled by 6:30pm. Doors will be closed for entrance, promptly, at 6:35pm.
We request a contribution of $10 for Authentic Portland's expenses, and a portion of this goes to facilitators in appreciation of their efforts. $2 is Meetup's processing fee. A refund is available only for cancellations more than 24 hours in advance of the event. Please send the host a message that you cancelled, as soon as you cancel, to receive your refund.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but in the interest of transparency, please talk to us ahead of time if you have trouble paying.
If you wish to expressly reward us for our time and facilitation, if this is of value to you, and if you have the means, please give any amount beyond $10 that feels good to you, at the event itself.
We ask that all participants refrain from using personal fragrances prior to the event so those with chemical sensitivities can participate.
PARKING & LOGISTICS: Parking is on-street (there's no dedicated parking lot for this building). Please come early enough to find a space to park.
TO REGISTER: Please RSVP on Meetup to confirm that you are coming, and please change your RSVP if your plans change!