(Extract from the Circling Guide. See also the Library page and History page for other historical resources and commentary. Also check the article Inner Relationship Focusing, a modality that I have found to be deeply complementary to Circling)
Below you will find links and resources relating to Circling and the Authentic Relating movement. This section should also give you some ideas about where to start, and ideas for starting your own groups, in person or online.
For finding a group in your area, your best bet is to look at the communities map at https://www.authrev.com/worldwide-connection/. You can also look for compatible groups on Meetup.com, such as NVC.
In addition to local communities, all of which offer either Circling intros or Authentic Relating Games nights, the organizations below offer advanced training in Circling, at different locations and/or online.
Lineage Circling schools
The three “primary lineage” schools of Circling are as follows (in order of creation):
- CIRCLING INSTITUTE (San Francisco CA, Asheville NC, Washington DC and other places), www.CirclingInstitue.com. Led by Guy Sengstock and team.
- INTEGRAL CENTER (Boulder, Colorado), http://integralcenter.org/. Pioneered by Decker Cunov and today led by Robert MacNaughton, with contributions from Michael Porcelli, Josh Levin, Jess Nichol, and many others. (Update February/2018: The physical location of the Boulder Integral Center is shutting down. T3 program will continue. Other activities are currently under discussion).
- CIRCLING EUROPE (Amsterdam & Western Europe/Norway, New York City, Austin TX, and other places), www.CirclingEurope.com. Led by John Thompson, Sean Wilkinson and Jordan Myska Allen
Other Circling and A/R Training Organizations
- AUTHENTIC REVOLUTION (Austin TX, Boston, and other places). Led by Sara Ness and team. This is the most active “non-lineage” school running training in both A/R Games facilitation, high-level circling skills, and community gatherings in the Austin area.
- THE CONNECTION MOVEMENT (New York City and online). Led by Amy Silverman and team.
- ART INTERNATIONAL Led by Jason Digges and Ryel Kestano, and offering A/R leadership facilitation in New York City, North Africa, and other places.
- THE SCHOOL OF CIRCLING WIZARDRY (Los Angeles, California, and online),Led by Josh Stein.
You join online circling with a computer equipped with a webcam, or even on your phone. Online Circling and A/R games are surprisingly effective and highly recommended.
- Circle Anywhere (circleanywhere.com). A product of Circling Europe and operating since 2015. CircleAnywhere is the largest online circling community, with 20+ sessions every week, skilled facilitation and relatively small group size (limit is 18 participants per circle, which translates into two breakouts of 9 people). And at $50/mth for unlimited circling, the price is a steal (compare to the cost of therapy, which may not even be as effective!)
- Authentic World (authenticworld.com) is currently the hub of online circling, online A/R games, and cutting-edge circling theory for the Austin & Boulder Integral crowd. It’s not as active as CircleAnywhere, but the price of $25/mth is also a steal.
Books, articles and podcasts about Circling
There are a few books on Circling, listed below, and a lot of podcasts that cover similar material.
- The Art of Circling: 37 Practices for Deepening Your Relating Skills, by Bryan Bayer. Published September 2014 on Lulu. 105 Pages, $24 USD.
- The Art of Getting Someone’s World + Guide to Soul-Bending, by Sara Ness. Self-published at https://www.authrev.com/circling-resources/. 33 Pages, Price by donation. The website has other great resources and interviews as well.
- Cohering the Integral We Space: Engaging Collective Emergence, Wisdom and Healing in Groups. This is a collection, of which Chapter 15: We-Space Practice, the Future, Circling and All There Is is an article by Sean Wilkinson and John Thompson, founders of Circle Europe. Available on Amazon and Kindle from $10 USD.
- Millennials, Here’s Why You’re Dissatisfied At Work. Article in Forbes with Sean Wilkinson, John Thompson, and Jordan Myska Allen. See also the Unconventional Life podcast (unconventionallifeshow.com) interview with Sean, John and Jordan.