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.