How Ubuntu Circles Work

A healing circle is a group gathering in a safe space where participants feel free to explore ways of coping with illness, pain, and loss. Healing circles are a special kind of group that involves sharing, listening and silence, and allows each person the time and space he or she needs to help them on their healing journey.  The circle gives equal value to each participant. Within this receptive and nurturing environment, the conversation can reach deep layers of experience.

We treat each other with kindness and respect

We listen with compassion and curiosity.

We honor each other’s unique ways of healing and don’t presume to advise or fix or try to save each other

We hold all stories shared in the Circle confidential.

We trust each of us has guidance we need within us and we rely on the power of silence to access it.

Circle facilitators and organizers are supported by Commonweal, a center near San Francisco where support programs for people with cancer and their families have been implemented for the past 40 years.

Based on the Commonweal experience, satellite centers have been established in other parts of the United States and in Canada. These centers are community oriented and configured around healing circles. Our initiative is the first of its kind bringing healing circles to Israel.

What does it take to be a member of a healing circle? Listening with attention and speaking with intentio

Healing circles are built of the host and guardian. It begins with:

  • Introductions which are done by the host and guardian and a shared pledge of absolute confidentiality.
  • The program of what activities will take place.
  • Using the Talking Stick participants will open up and share their emptional journies.  The only person allowed to talk is the one holding the stick.  Participants will be sharing, learning and healing. 
  • Laughter, friendship and perhaps a few tears.

Realization that there is more to learn from each other perhaps than previously thought.

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