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What Is a Talking Circle?
In many cultures, a Talking Circle is formed when a community wants to discuss an issue, or a number of issues, at a public gathering. The participants form a circle, usually in the centre of a room, or around a fire. Each person in the Talking Circle shares their perspective on an issue, while the others listen respectfully.
At the beginning of each Circle, everyone stands in a circle around the Talking Stick. One person takes the Talking Stick and begins with a ritual opening phrase.
The Talking Stick is passed to the next person. Each member of the Circle repeats the words of the opening phrase until the Stick has made it around the Circle. There are times when the talking stick doesn't go in round, but to the center, when somebody has spoken. Whenever another member of the circle feels moved to speak, he/she picks up the stick again.
Individuals are then invited to make comments to the group. As each one speaks, he/she holds the Talking Stick and each person in turn speaks his or her truth.
When the comments are over, the group sits down, and the Talking Stick is placed on its table in the center of the Circle.
At the end of each Circle, all members of the Circle stand in a circle, and all are invited to make comments to the group. As each one speaks, he/she should take the Talking Stick. When the comments are over, the Talking Stick is placed back on its table. Everyone gathers around the Talking Stick and reaches in to touch it. Then the eveerryone says a ritual closing phrase.
Talking Circle RulesThree general rules
Talking Circle Guidelines
Here are some general guidelines for conducting a Talking Circle.In the simplest form of a Talking Circle
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