Council Circle – New group for 2024

We are excited to share details about an upcoming initiative scheduled to commence early next year—the Council Circle group, which will take place face-to-face in Dublin.

The Council Circle represents an ancient tradition that unites individuals in a circular setting, fostering genuine sharing and authentic connections. Participants commit to taking turns expressing personal narratives and experiences rather than expressing opinions. Meanwhile, they engage in non-judgmental listening, creating an environment conducive to mutual understanding.

The act of sharing and listening to universal stories encompassing themes such as love, loss, fear, triumph, challenge, and hope allows participants to recognise shared human experiences despite diverse backgrounds. The council approach acknowledges the presence of each individual, directing our focus toward common stories, values, aspirations, and the emerging collective wisdom within the group.

Through promoting mindful listening and authentic expression, the Council Circle cultivates positive relationships, mitigates hierarchical or systemic inequities, and nurtures a profound sense of community. It encourages an acknowledgment of shared humanity and interconnectedness, providing a platform for individuals to articulate their stories, fostering mutual respect, responding compassionately to conflicts and anger, and enhancing emotional well-being and resilience.

Date and time TBC.

The Council Circle would involve participants sitting in a circle, taking turns sharing personal stories and experiences related to their struggles, challenges, and triumphs. Each person listens without judgment or interruption, focusing on understanding rather than offering advice or opinions. The emphasis is on mutual support, empathy, and connection, as everyone recognizes their shared human experiences. The facilitator ensures that the conversation remains respectful and inclusive, encouraging active listening and genuine expression. Through this process, participants feel heard, validated, and supported, fostering a sense of community and emotional well-being within the group.

If you are keen to participate, please reach out via email to insightgroups@fightingblindness.ie or give us a call at 01-6746496.