Our deepest belief has been that careful dialogue, with a question or intention in the center, agreements for speaking and listening at the rim, and a light social structure for leadership can change how people work, live, and govern themselves.  ~ Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea

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What is The Circle Way?

  • A way of being in the world
  • A structure for deep conversation and wise outcomes
  • A methodology founded by Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea in 1992
  • A growing movement of global practice

What is The Circle Way process?

The Circle Way gathers people into a circular shape with participants at the rim and the purpose in the centre. Each person has a voice and everyone can see and hear one another. Social agreements and practices help facilitate respectful conversation. Circle supports a leader in every chair.


Circle is a group process and lineage that is making essential contributions to how humanity will move forward. In recent years, two lineages of circle have emerged that each bear the same name, “The Circle Way,” that each are committed to the same core value “to reignite the circle in the world.”

Manitonquat Medicine Story’s Circle Way emphasizes practices and resources that use circle to develop clear communication within the self, the home/family, and the community. To see more of this work, please go to www.circleway.org. You can also learn about some other circle lineages here.

The Circle Way represented on this website, streams from the life work and writings of Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea, and is now held as a global network here at www.thecircleway.net. Our focus is to mainstream circle as a collaborative shift in the operating systems of the modern world; to change how organizations and communities function and work together. Please read below to learn more.