|Re: Sharing Meetings||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Alison Etter (alison.s.ettergmail.com)|
|Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2009 08:57:51 -0800 (PST)|
Hi Mac - I read with interest you account of Meetings of the Hearts and Sharing Circles. Part of the theory, from what I understand, is that business meetings are easier and quicker because the underlying feelings of many issues have been explored. I wonder if you think that your high attendance at business meetings might be a result of your regular Meetings of the Hearts? We are in the beginning stages of exploring Sharing Cicles here at Roberts Creek Cohousing. So far, we have a small attendance at business meetings. Alison Etter Roberts Creek Cohousing Roberts Creek, British Columbia Canada On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 5:33 AM, Mac Thomson <mac [at] heartwoodcohousing.com>wrote: > > Our Meetings of the Hearts are held every 4th Monday evening. Our > Process & Communication team is responsible for them, which means they > provide a host and possibly a topic, although most of the time it's an > open topic meeting. The host simply welcomes everyone to the circle, > introduces the topic if there is one, and reminds folks of the ground > rules. The ground rules are that we use a talking piece (you pick it > up off the table and hold it when you want a turn to talk) and that > anyone can request that they do or don't want feedback on what they > have to share and whether they want their sharing to be confidential > (not talked about with anyone that wasn't in the circle). > > Our stated purpose of our Hearts Meetings is: To provide an > opportunity for open sharing of values and feelings and for the > community to work on interpersonal relations and group process thereby > creating a greater level of tolerance, respect, empathy, and > understanding amongst members, all of which will help reduce potential > conflicts. > > It's basically an opportunity for us to share on an emotional level so > we can know others and be known by them and connect at a deeper level > -- to build stronger relationships. And then when the the inevitable > challenges and conflicts arise, we'll hopefully be in a much better > place to resolve them because of the closeness we share. > > That's the theory. In reality, it happens to some degree, but our > Hearts Meetings usually only attract between 5 and 15 people, whereas > our Community (Business) Meetings usually attract between 10 and 35 > people. Sometimes the Hearts Meetings are a time of deep emotional > sharing and sometimes they are just sort of chatty. > > We also have Sharing Circles, which are meetings that are NOT > regularly scheduled. Anyone can call a Sharing Circle for any reason > to share feelings around a topic. Those maybe happen once or twice a > year. > > Cheers, > Mac > > -- > Mac Thomson > > Heartwood Cohousing > Southwest Colorado > http://www.heartwoodcohousing.com > > > "Laughter is the Sun that drives Winter from the human face." > - Victor Hugo > ********************************************************** > > > > On Feb 5, 2009, Sharon Villines wrote: > > > >> We call ours the Meeting of the Hearts. > > > > I would be interested in knowing more about this. > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > > --
- Re: Sharing Meetings Mac Thomson, February 5 2009
- Re: Sharing Meetings David Heimann, February 7 2009
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