The Centre for Spirituality at Work



The Circle:
Ancient Wisdom~Modern Application



Monday, November 15, 2004
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
University of Guelph, Ontario


Is each person's voice heard at your meetings? Is the discussion taking place at the water cooler rather than in the meeting room?The Circle, with its ancient wisdom, offers in its modern application a powerful tool to find spirit, strengthen teams, build relationships and re-energize respectful conversation. In a natural rhythm, everyone present shares responsibility for the quality of the gathering. Using the Circle can inspire, renew, and replenish those at your meeting as they enter stillness and experience respectful listening. In this workshop, learn about and reflect on Self-Care in the Circle and the Ten Components of the Circle as you practise the three forms of council (talking piece, conversation and silent reflection). Participants will have an opportunity to explore their vision for Circle leadership in their workplace and community.

Mary Ann Moore is the founder of Flying Mermaids Writing Circles & Retreats ( ) and The Circle: Creative Community Building. She has facilitated circles in classrooms, at retreats, for caregivers, at conferences and as a Creative Mentor for Spark of Brilliance, a community-based initiative. As a poet, writer and book reviewer, Mary Ann has contributed to many publications including Vox Feminarum, Taddle Creek, The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Vitality Magazine and Story Circle Journal. Her poetry was recorded on CD, When My Heart is Open. Mary Ann will be one of the workshop presenters at the Living Well Dying Well Conference in Waterloo, October 22 to 23, 2004. You can reach Mary Ann at

To Register: $30 received by Wednesday November 10 or $40 following. If you cannot manage the full fee at this time, please register and pay what you can before the 10th.

Send your name, workplace, address, phone number and e-mail address to To pay by VISA , send the name embossed on your card, the number, and expiry date. For security reasons, you may want to divide the card number into two separate e-mails or leave it in a message, 24/7, at 416-482-9175. Seeds of Hope is the transaction that will appear on your statement. Or mail cheques or VISA details to: Centre for Spirituality at Work, Box 100, 162 Spruce St., Toronto M5A 2J5. Cancellations: You may substitute another person for no additional fee.

Location: University of Guelph, in the Conference Hall just inside the main doors of the University Centre building. This large grey building is northeast of Gordon St. and Stone Rd. From Gordon St. turn east into the campus at South Ring Rd., the first traffic signals north of Stone Rd. The University Centre is prominently the end of a small road that runs north. Gordon St. is the continuation of Brock Rd. northbound, which is the exit from Hwy. 401. Parking is free.

You're welcome to bring your brochures and business cards for the networking table.

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Last updated July 15/04