Safe Circle

Coming together as things fall apart

Safe Circle is for people who craved companionship in the often lonely world of the Collapse-Aware. These online video support calls were created for people who enjoyed the authentic presence of kindred spirits as we face our predicament-laden world together.

Safe Circle started a few years ago after one of our online symposia for collapse-aware people. After a few weeks of regular connection and the remarkable sharing between of each of us, participants and the guest speakers alike, many of us felt a real missing. We wanted some way to stay connected and rekindle the bonding and support we had experienced in the symposium.

Obviously these bi-weekly, one hour-long, online, video conference calls are not enough connection or direct relationship to fully satisfy our individual need for community and right-relationship in these troubled times. And it has been said a thousand times now, these calls are far better than the alternative… for many there is no connection at all.

It is no small irony that these calls, designed to address the most important and potentially depressing topic in human history, can so often be filled with warm curiosity, deep respect, bearing witness, and even core joy. These feelings are organically blended into the sharing of the more predictable feelings of grief, despair, anger, and the like.

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Schedule

Safe Circle Calls are held the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday of each month, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm PST. There is no obligation or cost to attend. Those who register will receive an email invitation to the Zoom video conference call, usually a couple of days before each call. If a regular dose of this sweet and supportive space is appealing to you, we look forward to having you join us in these nourishing calls. You are also welcome to invite friends and loved ones to join into any given call as well.

Agreements

Confidentiality

You are welcome to share your experience of any Safe Circle Call but not to share any content that somehow reveals the identity or personal concerns or expression of any other caller.

Honoring Boundaries

Each person shall enjoy their own time for sharing. When a person checks-in, shares or checks-out it will not be considered an invitation for response, debate, inquiry, conversation, argument or suggested fixes. Responses will only be appropriate when invited by the person sharing.

Transparency

In this online space it is too easy to stay anonymous in a typical chat environment. In each call we will start and end with a Check-In and Check-Out. In their briefest form this means each person will check-in (or out) stating their name, where they are calling from and perhaps a word or two about how they are doing in that moment. If we do additional, facilitated sharing activities all participants will have the option to “pass” in that activity. The Check-Ins and Check-Outs, however, we do not consider optional.

Loving Kindness & Gratitude

Perhaps the simplest and strongest practice we can bring to each other on these calls is our expression of gratitude and loving kindness. Some days we are better at remembering this than others. We ask an agreement to bring our highest and best regarding, respect, Loving Kindness and Gratitude – to each call.

Responsibility

We ask that each of us express ourselves in a way that the speaker is responsible (to the best of their ability) for their own feelings, experience and reactions as they are shared in the circle. This essentially asks that the circle not be used for gossip, projection, long-winded ranting or lecturing the circle.