In 2015 I started inviting people to be part of a series of Circles of Wisdom on a regular base. Each cycle consisted of 5 meetings. We met in person and literally sat in circle. The lockdown in spring 2020 had us move online for the first time. We made the experience that the online version also allowed us to have deep and inspiring conversations. So, as I was scheduling new dates for the second half of 2020, I decided to offer both an online and an offline cycle. This offered people who do not live near Witten (Germany), but had heard about the Circles of Wisdom the opportunity to join. People from other regions in Germany, as well as from Switzerland, Austria and Romenia have since joined. Offering an English-spoken online format seemed to be the next logical step.
In a Circle of Wisdom you will meet people who are motivated to look at life from a spiritual perspective. Ideally people come from different spiritual and/or religious traditions, which creates the necessity to do without their own vocabulary and concepts and really be present and connect with their own understanding and wisdom.
We start with half an hour of silent meditation. And also during the rest of our meeting there is time and space for inner listening and silence. We use a virtual talking stick to slow down the conversation. We keep the principles of collective presencing in mind as they were formulated by Otto Scharmer and Ria Baeck: an open mind, an open heart and an open will. Trust as well as a consciously cultivated heart connection create the foundation for an inspiring and uplifting exchange. Each meeting is centered around a theme.
To mark the beginning of this new phase I launched a website dedicated to Circles of Wisdom. The blog entries of this blog page have been embedded. The url for the English version is https://circlesofwisdom.net/ and for the German version https://circlesofwisdom.org/ .