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EMERGING DOMAIN OF WE-PRACTICE
CIRCLING

ALEXIS SHEPPERD

In this interview hosted by Christina Tonan, Alexis Shepperd discusses her work over the last 15 years in developing We-Space practices through co-creating two bodies of work: the first Circling training (a year-long curriculum) and the Authentic Woman Experience (AWE) approach to integral feminine consciousness. Alexis recounts the process of figuring out how to teach Circling, which transformed it from something ambiguous and experimental into a distinct relational practice and method of facilitation, and resulted in a style of training designed to deepen multiple developmental and relational capacities. She also explores aspects of integral group facilitation, including her experience of tracking the dynamic matrix of the unfolding moment—in the individual, in the group, and beyond. Together, Christina and Alexis explore the elements of AWE and Circling that often lead to healing, growth and connection, and share the personal impact this work has had in their lives.

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GUY SENGSTOCK

In this 2-way circle between Guy Sengstock and Mike Blas, they uncover what works to help people effectively get beyond the limited horizons of the separate, conditioned self or their egoic consciousness in the We-Space. As a doorway into this We-Space, they begin by going through the guiding principles and distinctions of “Circling” and how this process can allow for going past pre-conceived or arbitrary limitations within oneself.Stage by stage, they dive into how the structure of a “self” can shatter its individualistic shell and then re-forms in relation to another or a group. They delve into how this happens and elucidate the nature of the core elements at play here amidst this process of shifting from an I to a We. As the conversation gets going, they move into a deeper inquiry: What is a self? How does it form in relation? In what sense are we prone to creating a mistaken identity? How can our self adapt and reform its structure to more effectively function in the We-Space? All this and more are uncovered in this circling conversation.

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ALEXIS’ CIRCLING PANEL

ALEXIS
SHEPPERD

MARENKA
CERNY

SARA
NESS

CHRISTINA
TONAN

RYEL
KESTANO

MICHAEL
BLAS

In this panel, Alexis hosts a discussion about the practice of Circling with former students and experienced practitioners applying Circling across a broad array of contexts including: schools, jails, psychotherapy, cross-cultural communication, and their own lives. We explore many themes pertinent to the We-Space, including trauma and relational wounding, desires for contact and conflict, the shift in consciousness from “I-it” to “I-thou”, and shadows in Circling related to privilege and power. We also discuss the principle of “welcome everything” and the complexity of holding unconditional acceptance while simultaneously welcoming the ever-changing conditional preferences of the egoic self. Most significantly, the panelists interact relationally, doing the practice as we explore! This offers a fascinating example of the connections possible when the We-Space is included and listened to as a participant in the conversation. Ranging from moments of awkwardness to deep connection, this is a rare and humanizing conversation about what it means to apply Integral consciousness in the world and between the panelists at each moment in time.

CIRCLING INSTITUTE PANEL

PRAVEEN
MANTENA

GUY
SENGSTOCK

MICHAEL
BLAS

In this 3-way circle Guy Sengstock, Praveen Mantena and Michael Blas dive into using “Circling” to share and muse on what it is like inside the We-Space. Being with each other in this way, they explore noticing, naming, witnessing and calling forth the qualities of Eros as they experience it among themselves and how this informs their sense of evolution from the inside-out. They dive straight into how the emerging collective allows for our edges to be explored and informed in a manner than can only happen in relationship to others, particularly in the realm of communication and sharing our feelings. They explore how this often brings up material that is scary or ripe for possible transformation. In their conversation, they probe further into how the evolutionary impulse of life itself emerges when the group can give space and flexibility to holding, being with and relating to each other and the field as a whole in this more profound way. Join these guys for a rich conversation into Circling in the We-Space as they explore the contours of what unfolds for each individually as well as collectively, both philosophically and experimentally in the moment.

ORIGINS OF CIRCLING EUROPE

SEAN
WILKINSON

JOHN
THOMPSON

TINA
SVINGERUD

This intimate dialogue travels into the origins of Circling Europe. Co-founders, Sean Wilkinson and John Thompson, with senior leader Tina Svingerud, share the very personal journey that led to the blossoming of a We-Space practice community across the world. Listen as they re-tell the story of how two friends, with a passion for consciousness, came to bringing a pioneering vision of presence and interconnectivity in dynamic groups. From Hong Kong to Italy, Integral Theory/Practice to Collective intelligence, they recount the inspirations and challenges that led to an enactment of transformation through the WE. They guide you into the deeper narrative of their evolution through Circling, into the deeper wisdom of Surrender Leadership. This was a movement from radical interpersonal authenticity and presence fostered in Circling (that truly blew their world’s open); into a transpersonal way of being, that holds and galvanizes the dynamic polarity of a deep listening/acting surrender and a discerning/decisive leadership from the We-Space.

SURRENDERED LEADERSHIP PANEL

JORDAN
MYSKA ALLEN

SEAN
WILKINSON

MARYSIA
PSTROKONSKA

Join us as we explore the innovative nature of Surrendered Leadership. Marysia Pstrokonska guides Jordan Myska Allen and Sean Wilkinson to share the deeper nuances of their approach to We-Space practice. They detail how they navigate the complexity of theory and practice in leading groups with simple, koan like, principles. This includes a deeper outline of the principle, “Commitment to Connection.” They also run us through how Surrendered Leadership is about radically trusting emergence and collective intelligence in combination with empowered individual leadership. From here they start to describe what kind of community of practitioners has been created in the furnace of this practice. Also hear examples from their recent experience in working with young math geniuses and, also, from their day to day life. In the end the attention turns to Jordan as we start to Circle him on one of his own inner struggles for an unexpected demonstration of theory and practice.

CIRCLING IN BUSINESS PANEL

JORDAN
MYSKA ALLEN

JOHN
THOMPSON

ELLEN
WAENINK

VALERIE
DANIEL

This panel dives into how Circling Europe integrates Circling and Surrendered Leadership into its own business model. In the dialogue they describe how, in the furnace of real business environments, they continually adhere to principled listening/acting from immediacy. In their organization, they have dissolved the boundary between practice and work, which comes from a more radical trust in higher WE consciousness. This has led them to an exciting phase of organic growth as well as allowed them as leaders to continually inquire and enact what is most deeply guiding them as individuals and as a collective practice community. In this dialogue, they outline examples of working with companies; and the challenges and successes of bringing a non-compromising stance to conscious connection and interconnectivity in the We-Space.

SURRENDERED LEADERSHIP IN ACTION

SEAN
WILKINSON

JORDAN
MYSKA ALLEN

JOHN
THOMPSON

KATHRYN
PIPER

MARYSIA
PSTROKONSKA

In this panel, experience the We-practice of Surrendered Leadership in action! Join Sean Wilkinson, John Thompson and Jordan Myska Allen in a live session with some of their Senior Leadership team. In this session, they invite Summit viewers into a deeper listening that welcomes all layers of your embodiment, emotional, mind/meta-mind, and deep awareness in this intimate setting. This event sets a context from the emergent intelligence within their field as they explore surrendering into the We-Space together. Both watch and be in the inquiry together, as they navigate the dynamic balance of empowering an individual authentic leadership alongside a deeper allowing into the source of being together. As each individual and the group consciousness unfold together, they explore the deeper potentials of this way of coming together from a beginner’s mind and heart. In this circle, join these leaders as they explore the subtleties of spontaneous emergence through the various personal, interpersonal and transpersonal levels as they collectively explore surfing the space between unconscious chaos and truly emergent structure.

SARA NESS

How can the We-Space create truly amazing communities and organizations? Sara Ness of Authentic Revolution gives an engaging download on creation, group formation, and the delight of being in presence together. Tapping into what is there between us through Authentic Relating and Circling, she shares how this takes place through a whole assortment of practices. Very early into the conversation Sara shifts into relating directly with interviewer Kan Yan by naming the feelings, perception of what is unfolding and how this is experienced in their We-Space. Sara brings the We-Space alive by both experiencing and narrating it in terms of how we process our relationship to ourselves, one other, and the reality between us.  She then dives into powerfully modelling a way of connecting through to the actual experience (i.e. ways of putting our attention on it and slowing down to see what is happening) that form a shared emergent We-Space. As she explores with Kan, Authentic Relating and Circling serve as powerful everyday tools of connection that strip away our persona and projections by helping us open our potential for creativity, presence and developing into expressions of awareness, empowered vulnerability and happiness that might just save our world. Throughout the interview, Sara beautifully melds theory with experience, sharing inspiring and touching stories of entering the relational We-Space with clients, family, strangers, even a cat (in a real-time example). Prepare for a revelatory journey of fascination and discovery of Sara’s work and world.

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EMERGING DOMAIN OF WE-PRACTICE
PRESENCING

DYNAMIC PRESENCING IN THE WE-SPACE

WILLIAM
WALKER BIGGS

In this fireside conversation, leadership professor Olen Gunnlaugson delves into his recent research and work in Dynamic Presencing with coach and consultant William Walker Biggs. Soon into the call, Olen invites the listener to join him and Will on an experiential-led inquiry through the four life worlds of Dynamic Presencing. Olen illustrates how uncovering the deeper ground of presence that directly informs the We-Space opens up a powerful inroad for practitioners to access a deeper dimension of the We together. In this narration, Olen and Will grab the presencing bull by the horns and direct the conversation straight into the core territory of the Real, the Witness, Essence and finally Source. This conversation is for those practitioners who are interested in exploring the deeper nuances of presence as a gateway into a more robust, embodied and lived into understanding of the We-Space that implicates one’s deeper being and ultimately identity. This call was recorded to serve those practitioners who are interested in a vertical immersive process into the creative regions of the We-Space. This two hour inquiry gives a taste of what is possible when collectives, groups and teams take this greater journey into presencing mastery, leadership and flow. Learn more about Olen’s upcoming book on Dynamic Presencing at www.dynamicpresencing.com

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PRESENCE AT WORK PANEL

MELISSA
O’MARA

JANE
WEBER

MIKE
ABRAVENAL

In this PresenceAtWork Summit panel, Jane Weber (co-founder) and Melissa O’Mara (US leader), share a powerful we-oriented vision of leadership development with practical offerings to support learning in teams. Leaders are becoming increasingly aware that collective leadership allows for greater wisdom and strengths to emerge. Yet, organizations and teams face numerous challenges as they shift from more individualistic forms of leadership to collective leadership approaches in the We-Space. In this panel conversation, discover how PresenceAtWork has helped teams build powerful We-Space awareness and collective leadership practices based on 3 key principles: 1) Focus on the “Being” as opposed to the “Doing” of Leadership, 2) Leading by capitalizing on collective intelligence in the We-Space, and 3) Leading from the future as opposed to learning only from the past. Also, learn about the practical offerings of PresenceAtWork, such as the body-based Leader Being Strength Indicator (LBSI), that help teams identify their individual and collective strengths in order to thrive.

RIA BAECK

In this conversation with Anne Pare, Ria Baeck begins by sharing her collective presencing journey with the evolution of the group Women Moving the Edge that took place through thirteen gatherings over a six-year period. Ria makes the distinction between these two levels of We-Space. First, the Circle of Presence, where you learn to become fully present in the collective space. And secondly, the Circle of Creation, when you are able to move into generative action from presence. She then reflects on the key transition to a Circle of Creation and what it means to live from this new paradigm. Ria goes on to reflect on the feminine and masculine qualities in a We-Space, and the need to bring into synergy the subtle sensing that is linked with source from the felt, sensed and interior dimensions of our experience. She points out the deeper insight of the need to integrate these deeper qualities of the feminine into the U process as a means to keep a deeper continuity with Source and the presencing space. From this place, Ria goes further with Anne into collective presencing as a generative process in her relations, with her garden and her long awaited upcoming book on this subject. Here is a woman whose love for life and the generative process is once real and felt.

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COLLECTIVE PRESENCING PANEL

RIA
BAECK

HELEN
TICHEN BEETH

LUEA
RITTER

JUDY
WALLACE

GRIET HELLINCKX

ANNE
PARÉ

In this panel call, we have representatives of Women Moving the Edge joining us in the field to explore further into their practice of collective presencing. The conversation begins in the depths of their field, which exudes a rare strength, coherence and a deeper creativity to which they are all enfolded into and that is held collectively among them. As an offering, Ria Baeck, Judy Wallace, Griet Hellincks and Luea Ritter join Anne Paré in offering us a beautiful window into their collective presencing practice. As each woman moves into the collective field on the call, they each in their way exemplify their embodiment and lived expression of the practice of collective presencing as a new emerging way of being. Early into the conversation they share through the depths of silence a subtle sensing and alignment that takes place through the silence as their sensing and presencing-led inquiry opens the field further. In their willing to let go of preconceived ideas, we witness a genuine collective openness to connecting with what is emerging in the group, and the trust that unfolds in the practice in the field and with the unknown. As they share their virtual talking piece, we witness their unique diversity in the We-Space as these women powerfully and gracefully move into imparting their process with listeners.

NEW WORKPLACE PANEL

ANNE
CASPARI

JOHANNE
ENTZ-VON ZERSSEN

MUSHIN
SCHILLING