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Marti Beddoe is founder of Designs for Peace, SoulCollage® Facilitator, Peer Spirit Circle Practitioner, Meditation Teacher and leads retreats and workshops to teach practices for sustaining lives of Meaning, Joy, and Beauty.
Coaching SoulCollage® Facilitators
in Circle Way Practices
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT: My Circle Way and SoulCollage® Story
Circle as a Way of Life
I have been a PeerSpirit/Circle Way Practitioner since 2000. Since then circle has become a way of life for me, a way to create clear communication and more intimacy in all my important relationships. Circle practice has met my deep need for autonomy, interdependence, authentic connection, fairness and justice, and for celebrating the many gifts of people who are different than me.
Circle practice allows for an orderly council where respectful listening and heartfelt speaking can happen. Unlike many social situations or business meetings where the one who is loudest or most outgoing dominates, when we gather in circle, all voices are honored, all Neters (parts of one’s soul) are witnessed respectfully.
Synergy of SoulCollage® and Circle Way Practices
I learned the Circle Way from my beloved mentors Ann Linnea and Christina Baldwin who are among many leaders around the world who have brought the ancient practice of Circle into our modern era. (Their work, originally named PeerSpirit Circling, has evolved into the legacy known as the The Circle Way, a global network of Circle Practitioners.)
Circle Way practice is much more than chairs arranged in the round. Circle Way invites each one who sits in those chairs to be a leader, to be open and to take responsibility for the reason the group has gathered. It is authentic democracy in action. We modern people who sit in those chairs are sparked by something familiar in our collective memory when we pass the talking piece while listening respectfully and speaking intentionally about our shared purpose. Perhaps we share an ancient memory of the deep satisfaction that comes from collective original thinking and problem-solving.
When I first encountered SoulCollage® in 2005, it was natural to call a circle of my friends to share and explore this wonderful new experience together. Now, 12 years later, we still meet monthly to learn, share, and celebrate our lives using SoulCollage® and Circle Way practices. We rotate leadership and, although I am the only SoulCollage® Facilitator and Circle Way Practitioner, each of us has taken responsibility for learning both practices. Our peer circle has become a special sanctuary for us to witness each other as we say YES to SoulCollage®’s invitation to Discover Your Wisdom. Change Your World.™
Organizing Projects Using Circle Way Practices
I served as Co-chair with Anne Marie Bennett of the 2011 SoulCollage® Facilitators Conference. When faced with the daunting prospect of how the Planning team members, all in separate cities across the country, would communicate via telephone and email for 18 months, Circle Way practice seemed a natural way to organize ourselves. Circle Way practice was then introduced at the Conference as a facilitating tool.
After the Conference, Facilitators asked me for help starting a peer circle or in using Circle Way to teach their SoulCollage® classes. It’s a joy to witness the powerful synergy that occurs when these two beautiful ways of being in the world come together!
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Peer SoulCollage® Circles
Are you looking for a way to create your own peer SoulCollage® circle where leadership and responsibility are shared equally, where everything is not resting solely on your shoulders? A circle where you feel safe to relax into a deeper level with your own process trusting that confidentiality will be honored?
Perhaps you just haven’t had the energy to take on one more “to do”, yet you know in your heart of hearts that self-care and creating your own circle community will enrich your personal and professional life. If you would like to learn more about the specific benefits of integrating Circle Way practices into your own new or existing circle,
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Using Circle Way Practices to Facilitate SoulCollage® Classes
Since becoming a SoulCollage® Facilitator in October 2007, I teach all my classes within the safe container of Circle Way practices. Students are quick to adapt to its structure and are relieved to have their personal boundaries honored in a clear, neutral way. This approach enriches the SoulCollage® practices of card-making, “I Am One Who…” sharing, and readings.
Circle Way practices offer the Facilitator a process for establishing clear agreements that gracefully help students honor personal boundaries and guard the SoulCollage® process. They provide guidelines for inviting students to join you in taking responsibility for their class experience and for creating a sanctuary environment where sacred space is the norm.
I have experience coaching many SoulCollage® Facilitators in using circle practice to enhance their own teaching or to deepen their peer support. They report a renewed joy and lightness of being as they approach their work. Each situation is unique. Together, we can create a plan that fits your special situation.