What we're about
If you sometimes find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the demands and pace of life today, this group offers you the chance to step off the treadmill for a short time to rest and reflect on your life, and the things that matter deeply to you.
Based on the work of writer/teacher/activist Parker J. Palmer, the Circle of Trust approach creates space for you to (re)connect your inner truth with how you show up in your outer life and work. For those who work in the caring professions, this work offers an opportunity to explore your sense of vocation or calling to your work. It offers a unique approach to professional development, as it is based on the idea that the most important thing we bring to our work is ourselves. It blends personal and professional development. You can find out more about the approach at http://www.couragerenewal.org I am looking to organise meetups with people interested to learn more about this work, to offer them the opportunity to experience the approach for themselves. From time-to-time I will organise programs and retreats, which may include book clubs, one-day and weekend retreats.
In a Circle of Trust we draw on insights from poems, images and other evocative things to help us in our reflections, and so I offer this poem by Mark Nepo ….
An Open Hand
The mind is not a storeroom
with mirrors where we retreat
to convince ourselves
that we exist.
The mind is a living room with
windows and more than one chair,
so friends can come and look out
and discuss what they see.
Not a fortress where we frisk and
strip others of what they believe
in order to share our secrets.
More a porch with birdfeeders
and coffee or tea where before
hello, you have to share a story.
Pull the curtains! Open the
windows! Brew the coffee!
Put out a sign: Other Views