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

by Charles Garfield, Cindy Spring, Sedonia Cahill

Hyperion, 1998. ISBN 0786883634.
Reviewed by Susan Wittig Albert
Posted on 02/23/2001

Nonfiction: Life Lessons

Story Circle is founded on the concept of the circle, so we are always delighted to find a book that further defines the circle process. Wisdom Circles was written, the authors say, to help people call a circle—"a safe space within which to be authentic, trusting, caring, and open to change" The book offers "Ten Constants" for circle work. When we come to a circle, we honor its processes and purposes as if they are sacred; we create a "safe container" and a "collective center" (transforming "I" into "we"); we speak and listen from the heart, with gratitude; we invite silence; we commit to and empower one another through a continuing relationship. Wisdom Circles also helps us to improve our practice of circle work by offering ideas for opening and closing rituals, sustaining the process, and meeting challenges. If you are facilitating or working in a Story Circle, you will find this book both helpful and inspiring.

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