Re: Sharing Circles
From: Ken Collerman (kcollermwindsong.bc.ca)
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2001 00:28:01 -0600 (MDT)
I think it would be helpful to first agree on what a sharing circle is.

We've had meetings at Windsong which we called sharing circles, however,
they may have been significantly different from other communities.

Ken Collerman
Windsong Cohousing
Langley, BC

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Becky Schaller" <bschaller [at] theriver.com>
To: <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org>
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2001 7:12 PM
Subject: [C-L]_Sharing Circles


> I'd like to know what kinds of experiences other communities have had with
> sharing circles.  We seem to be having some problems getting very far off
> the ground with them.  At a recent general meeting, we agreed to have them
> about one Sunday a month.  Since  that time we've had one which I thought
> went well even if it was a bit short.  It was on children's issues.   We
had
> at least one before we made the decision to have them monthly.  It was on
> work participation issues.  I thought that went well also.  I am writing
> because I think there is some resistance to sharing circles.  I won't go
> into the details of what that resistance looks like, but unless there is
> someone focused on these happening; various someones find reasons not to
> have the sharing circles.  Attendance at both sharing circles was
relatively
> low, (10 and 12 people) which was discouraging for some. I thought it was
a
> decent beginning, but that discouragement certainly affects morale.  My
> thought is that if we just continue to have them, people will learn that
> these circles can feel satisfying and perhaps people will look forward to
> coming.  I don't see anyone trying to sabatage these circles.
>
>
> So I'm curious as to what kinds of experiences other communities have had
> with sharing circles.   Has it been easy or difficult?   Was it hard to
get
> started?
>
>
> Does the community as a whole decide what the topic will be?  If so, how
is
> the decision made?  Within a general meeting or another way?   Or do
> individuals within the community post a topic and date and then welcome
who
> ever shows up?  Or do you do something else?
>
> I appreciate any insights you can give me.
>
> Thanks,
> Becky Schaller
> Sonora Cohousing
> Tucson, Arizona
>
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