The circle as a way of gathering is as ancient as humankind and cannot be branded or owned by anyone. We are simply remembering and reclaiming what our ancestors knew how to do centuries before us. 

In 1991, Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea were two of those people who began their return to the circle. First sitting together in a writing retreat circle convened by Christina, they soon recognized that what they were doing was more significant than simply rearranging the chairs. Both had been inviting people into circle (at writing workshops and wilderness adventures) for many years and had a growing awareness that the use of the circle was creating a different kind of experience for both teachers and participants. Teaching from within the rim had a profound impact on the depth of learning. The circle transformed groups of people into participatory learners and leaders.

People participated in ways that surprised them. They heard themselves speak wisdom, make commitments, and understand ideas or issues at a synergistic level. Out of that realization, emerged Christina’s first book on circle, Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture.

Christina and Ann formed a small educational company that they called PeerSpirit, Inc. to carry forward their belief that the circle was needed in mainstream culture. They began training people in circle process and learning together many of the deeper insights and practices that later appeared in the book they co-authored, The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair.

Thousands of people have now been trained by Ann and Christina in The Circle Way. They have traveled around the world offering workshops and consulting with organizations and communities who want to adopt The Circle Way practices. Learn more about their twenty year pioneering journey bringing The Circle Way back to help us move forward in the below video.

In recent years, Ann and Christina have begun to realize that it is time for them to step into the role of elders. They serve as mentors and guides to those people who have fully embraced the practice and now offer training on their own. This website is emerging out of that transition. It is a place where the next generation of practitioners and trainers are gathering to offer their wisdom and understanding of circle into the world.