Basic Circle Training

Basic Circle Training – with Gwen Jones and Sayra Pinto

Date And Time: Tue, Jun 4, 2019, 9:00 PM –Thu, Jun 6, 2019, 4:30 PM

Location: Minnesota Alliance With Youth, 2233 University Avenue West #235, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114

Cost: $300

In this 3-Day Circle, participants will experience the power of sharing space with deep intentionality. Circle is part of an indigenous way of being, communicating and building and maintaining relationships. Participants will explore relationship, building rapport and seeing the whole human in self and others. They will discuss who they are as people, their own values in relationship with others, and look again at how they can honor others whom they touch in their lives. Participants will who have expereinced circle training before will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding.

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Gwen Jones – Gwen received her first Circle training in Yukon with Dahka T’lingit First Nation Circle trainers Harold Gatensby and Phil Gatensby in 1997. Sher served as the Director and Coordinator of the Frogtown-Summit University Community Circle Initiative for many years. The Science Museum of Minnesota hired her to hold a series of Circles during their groundbreaking exhibit on “Race” in 2007, and she has continued to be invited to hold Circles in the different cities where the Race Exhibit has traveled since. Gwen has also been invited to hold a workshop on Circles at Harvard University.

Sayra Pinto – My circle practice emerges from twenty years of learning, testing, implementing, and evaluating this work.  Our teachers include John Mohawk, Donna Bivens, Colleen James, Harold & Phil Gatensby, Gwen Chandler Jones, Beverly Little Thunder, Toni A. Gregory, Peter Senge, and Humberto Maturana-Romesín.  In addition, much of my thinking has been informed by other luminaries I have never met such as Ward Churchill, Vine Deloria Jr., Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Bernice Johnson Reagon, and Barbara Smith…

(In Partnership with Dispute Resolution Center and Minnesota Alliance with Youth)