How to Lead a Development Circle
- Setting up the circle. Strategic considerations: the who, what, when, where, why, and how, of organizing a development circle. You will learn about various circle types, to help you design one that suits your leadership style, nurtures your circle members, and provides a harmonious environment for everyone involved; for example, whether open or closed, frequency and duration, ideal settings, a purpose for the circle, and persons and personalities to include and the functions that they will serve.
- Primary instruction. That which is developed in the "development circle" depends on the circle's purpose, such as expanded consciousness, compassion, or the unfoldment of intuitive/psychic/mediumistic abilities. You will learn core instructional activities, practices, and exercises that foster spiritual development that is illuminating, inspiring, and empowering for all kinds of circles.
- Meditation. An essential component of a development circle, meditation (in and out of the circle) is the key to your participants' spiritual growth. You will learn meditations that are integral to many development circles, including progressive relaxations, breath meditations, focusing meditations, guided visualizations, spiritual journeys, and "sitting in the power" meditations.
- Message work/coaching practice. Another primary component of many development circles, message work is how your participants apply the skills and knowledge that you have shared. You will learn ways to coach circle participants in receiving and sharing intuitive, psychic, and mediumistic messages for themselves and others.
- Demonstration/practicum. As part of this course, you will design a development circle of your choosing, from concept to execution. During our sessions, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your facilitation skills in one or more core components of your circle, such as leading a meditation, an instructional exercise, or coaching of message work.