How do they work?
Each Circle has 7-12 participants who meet monthly to meditate and to share thoughts, feelings, and experiences related to their own spiritual life. In some communities, groups like these continue for 10 years or more. These Circles have proven to be fertile ground for growing caring, durable connections while strengthening spiritual development. Newcomers to meditation and experienced practitioners are all welcome.
Circles typically meet once a month for 2 hours, daytime or evening depending on participants’ availability. Groups choose whether they will meet in-person or via Zoom. Members rotate facilitation. Each session has 2 co-facilitators who develop the session plan and oversee the agenda. (see sample agenda in right column)
After meeting for 6-12 months, some Circles might also begin volunteering as a group or in subgroups – e.g. helping with a Dharma Refuge volunteer need or doing something in the broader community. This is not a requirement – just an option that some might enjoy.
Requirements to participate
Newcomers to meditation and experienced practitioners are all welcome. To best support the continuity of the group, we ask that participants be Members of Dharma Refuge. Learn more about Membership at Dharma Refuge.
Learn more. Join a Circle.
To join a Circle or get more information, email Jane Bleeg, Practice Circle Coordinator.
What does a typical Practice Circle look like?
While each group can create its own format, a typical agenda might include:
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