There are a growing number of The Circle Way trainers and consultants in various parts of the world. These people have been taught by Ann Linnea and Christina Baldwin, have grown their own practices over the years, and have stepped into the work of training and practice. They are available to work as consultants who will facilitate the circle where you live (for planning sessions, events, conferences, etc.), or bring training to your organization or community so that you can learn to host your own circles. A list of our global colleagues is provided below. 

Please note the people listed here represent only a small portion of skilled colleagues. Many people are facilitating The Circle Way circles embedded in organizations or communities and are not available for hired work beyond those situations.

If you are an active practitioner of The Circle Way and want to connect with others doing this work, you are welcome to join our Facebook group The Circle Way Practitioners.

Jan Adam, Netherlands, Europe

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Facilitator, trainer, advisor in the field of development, change and learning. Especially interested in (shared) leadership issues. Authentic, intuitive and creative. More than 20 years experience in guiding group processes. Inspired by nature and its spirituality. After working so long as a facilitator and trainer with groups in so many different ways and methods, The Circle Way is an inspiration and relief. I want to spread the wonderful work of Ann & Christina in the best possible way in the Netherlands and put it together with my good and adept colleague Diana Donselaar. We love to share and teach the benefits and magic of The Circle Way in any social and organisational context, although we are mostly working in a not for profit surrounding at this moment. I may be contacted: 031 6 51049044 or info@thecircleway.nl.

Melissa Bailey-Kirk, Springfield, Missouri, USA

Circle facilitation trainer and host. In addition, I have the capacity to host Open Space, facilitate Non-Violent Communication, and lead groups in processes of discernment and visioning. I am skilled at creating processes and safe spaces that assist groups in acknowledging conflict and shadow, and moving together toward resolutions that serve the unifying intention and purpose of the group. At the core of my work is the belief that each person and group brings unique gifts and skills to their business, staff team, congregation, family, school, and community. Through circle, safe conversation, individual work, and communal work, persons may discover these gifts and begin to offer them with generosity and courage. I enjoy the rich interaction between play and work, laughter and anxiety, light and shadow; all are wise teachers. My special interests include religious communities, spiritual leaders, educators, counselors, caregivers, staff teams. I will travel globally. Feel free to contact me at mbaileykirk@gmail.com or 816-806-1239.

LeAnn Blackert and Ivy Thomas, southern British Columbia, including the Victoria area, Canada

Circle Way practitioners/trainers, spiritual retreat leaders. We have been facilitating and teaching active learners for an accumulated 60 years. Our focus is on building healthy communities of respect, honouring diversity and connecting with spirit as you understand it. We specialize in working with faith communities providing Spirit filled leadership and a grounded foundation to build from. Incorporated into our trainings and retreats are Story-telling, World Cafe, Open Space and Appreciative Inquiry. Contact us at: revleann@gmail.com; ivycthomas@gmail.com.

Matthias zur Bonsen, Germany, Europe

Circle facilitator and trainer. Experienced senior consultant for organizational change and development. Pioneered (since 1994) pathbreaking participative methods for small and large groups in German-speaking Europe. Co-Founder of consulting practice all in one spirit. Author of several books and numerous articles. Spearheaded the translation of The Circle Way into German, and co-wrote the introduction of the German version with his colleagues Jutta Herzog and Myriam Mathys. I enjoy supporting organizations and groups unleashing their untapped potential. I also love to help senior leaders discover ways to achieve more with less effort. I work in German and English. See the websites: www.all-in-one-spirit.de andwww.leadingwithlife.com for a full description of what I do. I may be contacted at zur.bonsen@all-in-one-spirit.de or at +49 6171 56251.

Robin Caruthers, Cleveland area, Ohio, USA

Circle Way practitioner and facilitator. I am interested in helping spiritual seekers and anyone who would like to learn and experience a life-giving way of being in community. I have been hosting and facilitating groups since 2008 and I have a passion for creating safe spaces and promoting self-awareness and authenticity. The Circle Way has been an integral part of my own personal and professional growth and I would love to pass this learning on to those who are looking for a transformative way of working or living together. I can be reached at rmcaruthers@sbcglobal.net or 314.896.1236.

Sharon Faulds, Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada

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As a facilitator of the Circle Way Sharon designs, teaches and hosts space that invites people into conversations welcoming our differences, sharing leadership, building relationships, and collaboration. Circle process deepens our capacity to listen, slow down, to talk our story and dreams into reality. With over 30 years of experience in health care she is passionate about helping individuals, teams, leaders and organizations in building capacity to thrive in a world filled with chaos and uncertainty. Sharon holds a Masters in Leadership from Royal Roads University, and is a Registered Nurse. She has hosted and taught circle processes in a variety of environments in healthcare, communities, conferences, retreats, learning circles for collecting qualitative data for research and local community woman’s gatherings. See my website at www.sharonfaulds.com and I can be reached at vizsla@powergate.ca

Amanda Fenton, Vancouver area, BC, Canada

Group process artist, skilled in designing participatory gatherings using circle and other methodologies to host and harvest conversations that matter. A carrier and teacher of the Circle Way, and integrator of different modes such as collaborative dialogue, movement and visual facilitation to host space with life and energy. I love working with groups who want to re-claim a better way of meeting and working together, create healthy working relationships, address stuck conversations and conflict, work with complexity, make wiser decisions, embrace diverse viewpoints, and engage hearts and minds. One of my unique abilities is that I am very adaptable to a variety of environments ranging from the informal, to the spiritual, to the business world. My interests range from meetings, strategic conversations, retreats and conferences, to longer-term participatory engagement projects, to circle and participatory process training and coaching. You can find me online at amandafenton.com and I can be reached at amsfenton@gmail.com or 604.802.7498. Will travel globally.

Nancy Fritsche Eagan, New York City area, Jersey City, NJ, USA

Consultant, facilitator/ trainer, Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter steward and practitioner. I am skilled in PeerSpirit’s The Circle Way, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space, World Café, storytelling, project management and other participatory and engagement tools. I partner primarily with public, social sector, socially conscious, community and faith-based organizations to co-design and co-facilitate strategic conversations and interventions. I like to deal with challenges and build capacity through transformative meetings that focus on purpose, process, results, and impact. See my website at www.peoplepotential.org or e-mail me at nancy@peoplepotential.org or 212-233-0043.

Roq Gareau, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Circle practitioner and facilitator, consultant and men’s group leader. I enjoy working in small and large groups, using participatory hosting methods such as The Circle Way, World Cafe, Storytelling and Open Space. My passion lies in working with intact teams who wish to experience a deeper sense of purpose and meaning. I like to help folks have those difficult conversations they would rather avoid, but know they have to get to if things are to get better. I am particularly interested in how hierarchical contexts of command and control co-exist with models of shared leadership within organizations. My website is: centrespoke.com. Drop me a line at roq@centrespoke.com

Deborah Greene-JacobiNorthern California, USA

I am a host and carrier of The Circle Way and facilitator of intentional collaborative conversations in educational, community and wilderness settings. Areas of facilitation expertise include: educational boards, staff, and secondary classrooms, teen and young adult leadership, rural and community leadership, wilderness guiding and apprenticeship training. As an educator and mentor to youth and adults I have over 30 years of experience at the secondary, community college and university levels, and was founder and director of my own private school and educational therapy practice.
I am a member of EarthWays, a collective of wilderness rites-of-passage guides in Sonoma County, California, committed to restoring relationship with the natural world by bringing people into direct connection with the profound guidance of the wild earth. I have trained with the School of Lost Borders and am a member of the Wilderness Guides Council. It is my joy to co-guide the Cascadia Quest with Ann and Christina offered through PeerSpirit annually. I can be contacted at deborah@earthwaysllc.com.

Jeanne Guy, Austin area, Texas, USA

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Jeanne Guy of Jeanne Guy Gatherings is a writer and teacher who has been offering re-story workshops and retreats since 1995 to help people explore and reframe their lives. Her Re-Story Circles rely on the social container of collective wisdom with the objective of inspiring individual growth through the use of reflective writing prompts and deep conversation in small circles. She also uses the Circle process to “help groups draw on wellsprings of insight, information and story that inspire collective wisdom and action” as per the Circle Way. Her sense of humor and her encouraging facilitation style put people at ease and create a safe space for people to explore their lives and their actions. Her website is:jeanneguy.com; and she can be reached via email at jeanne@jeanneguy.com.

Linette Harriott, Melbourne, Australia

Senior Consultant, Synergistiq. Linette’s client engagement, project and meeting design and facilitation skills have been built over 28 years of working in community and not for profit sectors. Her work focuses on ensuring every voice is heard and decisions supporting profound and sustainable change are made using innovative forms of facilitation and inquiry such as storytelling, World Cafe, Open Space and Circle. Linette‘s passion is exploring the intersections of power and control in relation to gender, age, sexuality, ability, culture and class through a human rights framework to support structural change. You can contact her at linette.harriott@synergistiq.com.

Holger Heller, Vienna area, Austria

Circle practitioner and trainer, transformation consultant, facilitator and coach. Experienced also in participatory leadership and the art of hosting, systemic organizational development and change, I enjoy working with organizations and individuals who want to explore and unfold their full potential, to clear their purpose for themselves and for their contribution to our earth and its people and/or to pass transformation journeys mindfully. I also love to apply the circle practice in organizational development processes as well as to reshape meetings and conferences to give new meaning and make them spaces of powerful collective intelligence. Special interests: hosting, facilitating and coaching organizations, networks and individuals being open to walk new paths for exploring their quest. You may contact me at: www.cokon.at, office@hheller.at or +43 664 44 075 99. Will travel European wide and globally.

Jutta Herzog, Germany, Europe

Circle facilitator and trainer. Experienced senior consultant for organizational change and development. Co-Founder of consulting practiceall in one spirit. Produced two movies featuring groundbreaking large group methods and supported my partner Matthias zur Bonsen writing his books. I have passion for assisting top level leaders bringing to life their deepest wishes for their organizations. As well I love to work with small and large groups by being aware that leadership is in everyone. I want to help grow authentic and inspired communities. See our websites: www.all-in-one-spirit.de and www.leadingwithlife.com for a full description of what I do. I may be contacted at j.i.herzog@all-in-one-spirit.de or at +49 6221 168344.

 

Myriam Mathys, Switzerland and Germany, Europe

Circle facilitator and trainer. Experienced senior consultant for organizational change and development. As a former senior manager, I am committed to bringing this method and attitude to communicate to each other especially into the business world. It´s marvelous how leading teams can transform their meetings to a place from where much more efficiency and effectivity results, after they have been trained how to reach high quality dialogues in Circles! I am also a facilitator and trainer for World Café, Open Space Technology and Dynamic Facilitation. I am convinced of the need for a holistic leadership development, and I am passionate to support leaders, teams and organizations in companies and organizations on their ways to unfold their full potential. See my website www.all-dimensions.com orwww.leadingwithlife.com for a full description of what I do. I may be contacted at info@all-dimensions.com.

Dianne McCoy, MA, PCC, Manitoba area, Canada

Circle facilitator host and trainer, coach and consultant. I am also experienced in hosting World Café and Open Space for meaningful dialogue. I am a storycatcher and understand the power of story to heal, align, and envision. I enjoy the opportunity to partner with others which adds value to the meaningful work we can do with clients, teams and communities. Special interests: government, education, nonprofit organizations and boards in building leadership practices. See my website:www.spiraleffects.com for a full description of what I do. I may be contacted at: spiraleffects@mts.net or 204-885-1586. Will travel globally.

Kristie McLean, Seattle, Washington USA

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I am a circle practitioner, coach, documentary photographer and writer who creates safe sanctuary, deep taproots and beauty within challenging environments and communities who are largely overlooked. I am actively engaged in hosting work (circle way, non-violent communication, emotional and cultural intelligence, appreciative inquiry and multimedia storytelling) in the Washington State prison system and with Obstetric Fistula patients in Ethiopia. My passion for building bridges between complex social and humanitarian issues and sustainable, transformational change has led me across 6 continents. To explore local or global partnerships, please visit www.travelpoet.com, or contact me at Kristie@travelpoet.com.

Marjeta Novak, Slovenia, Europe

As collaboration facilitator, I use circle and other circle-based methodologies (Bohmian Dialogue Process, Open Space, World Café, Pro Action Café etc.) for surfacing a variety of perspectives so that wise solutions can be co-created from the center – be it in corporate, public sector, NGO or community contexts. As a Certified Professional Facilitator and CNVC-certified Nonviolent Communication trainer, I enjoy supporting people to reconnect with their deepest hopes for themselves, for one another, and for the greater whole – organisation, business, family, community, the world; while acknowledging the various gifts and contributions they each bring to the whole. I work in English, Slovenian (mother tongue) and related languages (Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian). More about me:www.humus.si. I am reachable at marjeta.novak@humus.si.

Heather Plett, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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Heather is a facilitator, teacher, and coach who works with groups and individuals locally and internationally. Her specialty lies in the art of holding space - offering people deep listening and intentional support that will allow them to find their own way forward. She hosts meaningful conversations and uses creative methods such as group storytelling and art-making to engage people in growth and healing. She is a skilled practitioner of The Circle Way and The Art of Hosting and is the founder of the Holding Space Coach/Facilitator Program. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and is happy to travel for the right opportunities. Her website is: heatherplett.com, and her email is heather@heatherplett.com

Jude A. Rathburn, MC, MBA, Ph.D., Milwaukee, WI, USA

I am a circle host, facilitator, teacher, writer and carrier of The Circle Way. As a senior lecturer in the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I incorporate The Circle Way, World Cafe, Open Space Technology and other active learning processes in my work with undergraduate business students, as well as practicing managers enrolled in our Executive MBA program and other executive training programs. For the past 25 years, I have been teaching others how to think more strategically, be more effective leaders and how to be more authentic and compassionate human beings in organizations. I am looking for opportunities to assist other faculty who want to incorporate circle processes into face-to-face, online and blended/hybrid learning environments. I am also available to consult with non-profit and for-profit leaders (anywhere in the world) who want to use circle methodologies to support authentic connections, meaningful dialogue, conflict resolution and problem solving in their organizations. I can be reached at drjuderathburn@gmail.com.

Tatiana van Rijswijk-Koot, Netherlands, Europe

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As coach and trainer, therapist and entrepreneur and author of the Personal Development Game, it is important for me to be able to contribute to the development of people and organizations in a way that is well-founded both practical and theoretical. To me, it is essential to show my clients the honest attention and interest they deserve. The Circle Way has become a way of life in my work because that is where the essence of attention, interest, listening and personal leadership creates the art of changing, the art of developing. I can be reached at tatiana@innervida.nl or 0642230545. 

Steve Ryman, American Abroad/Europe/China

Who am I? That is a rich question that deserves the opportunity for a good conversation, not something that I am comfortable answering in a few written words. My life and my work are about discovering deeper answers to powerful questions like this through authentic conversations and about supporting others in developing the capacity to design, call and host meaningful conversations. These conversations take place with individuals, groups, organizations and with nature throughout the world and they utilize practices including The Circle Way, Flow Game, and the Art of Hosting. I am pleased to offer my gifts in the spirit of the gift economy, freely offered without expectation of compensation and to practice gratitude for the gifts that I receive in return. I am a global nomad, willing to travel anywhere in response to an invitation to be involved in meaningful work. I can be reached at sryman@gmail.com.

Pamela Sampel, SPHR, Washington USA

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Experienced senior leader with 20+ years of service in executive, strategic, and operational management and HR/OD consulting. Special expertise in collaborative leadership and team development, emotional intelligence coaching, retreat and meeting facilitation, and change management. My specializations are the development of innovative, passionate and unique global cultures that attract and allow creative people to thrive and produce extraordinary results in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. I’m a clear communicator with a proven ability to inspire, motivate and lead others and myself to pursue higher purposes and actions that create outstanding personal and organizational results. I’m skilled at The Circle Way facilitation, MBTI consulting, leadership coaching, and career/life transition coaching. I have both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and am also a Benedictine Oblate at St. Placid Priory in Lacey, Washington. In addition, I have an irreverent sense of humor and love laughing out loud. I can be reached at pjsampel@gmail.com.

Beth Sanders MCIP RPP, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Host, leader, consultant, professional city planner. I create learning habitats for city systems to see themselves and organize for wise decision making and action. The Circle Way is an essential element of my work to create the conditions for social habitats that more fully support the work we long to do (the force that regenerates our cities) and our physical habitat. I enjoy working with the tension that comes with diversity and conflict, as these are necessary journeys to grow healthy cities and communities. I love to dig into the undercurrents, to tease out what’s really going on, and I love a good laugh. Special interests: wilderness and weaving together the systems of cities and community – citizens, community organizations, public institutions and the business community. See my website: www.populus.ca/plan for a full description of what I do. I can be reached at beth@populus.ca or 780-886-0354.

Holger Scholz, Germany, Europe

Facilitation trainer, change facilitator and process consultant. I am experienced in large and small group interventions, Organizational Change and cross-sector collaboration (e.g. Future Search, Appreciative Inquiry Summit, World Café, Open Space, Whole Scale Change, Dynamic Facilitation, The Circle Way, Dialogue). I believe in positive attitude, meaningful conversations and a philosophy of (change) emergence. Special interests: family, extended family, wilderness skills, campfire, walkabouts, visual facilitation, unconference. See my website: www.kommunikationslotsen.de for full description of what I/we do. I may be contacted at: holger.scholz@kommunikationslotsen.de or+49 (0)221 – 98 93 68 63. Will travel globally.

Lisa Smith, Central Nebraska, USA

Circle host and trainer, with emphasis on educational systems. I use Circle and related structures to teach and support educators and educational systems to develop inclusive, dialogue-driven, participatory, and inquiry-based classrooms and schools. Working with emerging, novice, and practicing educators who serve students of all levels–Kindergarten through post-secondary—has revealed the potential for learning communities strengthened by the practice of Circle. In addition to teaching with and about the Circle process, I host community groups for people who seek a collaborative means to achieve their goals. I am in service to a diverse range of people at a global level. Please contact me via email at collaborate2create@gmail.com or by phone at 402.469.7195.

Diana van Donselaar, Netherlands, Europe

Senior facilitator and coach for individuals and teams. Helping them to show mastery in personal leadership, work from their passion and heart and showing the best version of themselves in a dynamic environment. For this I use the following qualities: energetic, refreshing, simple and effective. I love to connect recent Western development methods with old Oriental and Shamanic wisdom. For example, Appreciative Inquiry and Systemic Constellations with the wisdom coming from Taoism, Shamanic work, Martial Arts and Yoga. For me ‘The circle Way’ is an inspiring and powerful example of such a combination. It invites people really to speak from their heart and center. As the Circle starts, it is astonishing to feel the power and depth of old wisdom, beautifully transformed into daily and present use and conversation. I feel honoured to spread this great work and will do this as sincerely and authentically as I can, together with my dear colleague, Jan Adam. You can contact me through diana@beproud.nl or 0031015501717.

Roswitha Vesper, Germany, Europe

Facilitation trainer, change facilitator and process consultant, mediator and coach. I am experienced in large and small group interventions, Organizational Change and cross-sector collaboration (e.g. Future Search, Appreciative Inquiry Summit, World Café, Open Space, Whole Scale Change, Dynamic Facilitation, The Circle Way, Dialogue). I believe in positive attitude, meaningful conversations and a philosophy of (change) emergence. Special interests: yoga, integration of body, mind and soul, nature, family and friends, Doppelkopf games and Kölner Karneval. See my website: www.kommunikationslotsen.de for full description of what I/we do. I may be contacted at:roswitha.vesper@kommunikationslotsen.de or+49 (0)221 – 98 93 68 63. Will travel globally.

Katharine Weinmann, Alberta, Canada

Companion to the inner life.  Teacher-Practitioner of The Circle Way.  Writer of life’s rescued moments. I work in partnership with kind and skillful practitioners, training and hosting multi-generational circles where story, uncertainty, and complexity are embraced, and shadow is illuminated, for resiliency, creativity and wisdom to emerge. Special interests: public education, community development, teaching, supporting leaders. To learn more about me, please visit www.katharineweinmann.com or contact me at panache@interbaun.com, or 780-467-9541. I’d enjoy seeing the world, working with you.

Tenneson Woolf, Utah & Washington state, USA

I am a facilitator, workshop leader, speaker, and writer. I design and lead meetings in participative formats (primarily circle, open space, world cafe, appreciative inquiry). To help people be smart together. To get people interacting with each other — learning together, building relationships, and focused on projects. From strategic planning with boards to large conference design. Living systems, self-organization, and emergence inspire my work. In 1993 I began working with Margaret Wheatley and through The Berkana Institute, a group of global friends and practitioners working to bring forward new leadership forms. It was there that I began practicing circle and other engagement forms that are now at the heart of all of my work. I think of these forms as supporting a wholeness consciousness in the world and in myself. My lineages include The Berkana Institute, The Art of Hosting, and The Circle Way. I am based in Lindon, Utah and Seattle, Washington. I work and practice locally and globally. Special Interests and Skills: Faith Communities, Large Conference Design and Hosting, Community Networks, Healthcare Systems. A full list of clients and what I do is available on my website www.tennesonwoolf.com. I can be reached at tenneson@tennesonwoolf.com and 801 376 2213.