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Spiritual Circles

Spiritual circles offer seekers a place to share ideas and experiences with others on a similar journey. In this respectful and creative environment, resources like author Vicky Thompson's Life-Changing Affirmations, The Jesus Path: 7 Steps to a Cosmic Awakening and spiritual books by other authors provide a springboard for discussion on spiritual topics of interest to you and your spiritual group.

Spiritual Circle Contacts

AUSTRALIA
NEW SOUTH WALES
Castle Hill: Jay Shaw, shawready@aol.com
Coffs Harbour: Samantha Howson, littleblossum78@hotmail.com

Niagara Park: Jay Andersen, india@tac.com.au
Sydney: Fiona Weatherhead, 02 9973 1678, fiona@innervisionbalance.com

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Perth:
Don Nicol
,www.peacefulspirits.net, peacefulspirits@hotmail.com

CANADA
ALBERTA
Ponoka:
Rhinda Piche
, (403) 783-5338, rhindapiche@hotmail.com

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Kelowna:
Rawle James, (250) 863-8071, www.thezenfactor.com, rawle@thezenfactor.com

ONTARIO
Kitchener:
Cindy Pearce, www.crystalrainbows.ca, crystalrainbows33@yahoo.ca
Toronto: Jeananne Hanna, jeananneyh@rogers.com
Toronto: Rev. Olive Bell-Guy, www.keow.net, angelite28@hotmail.com, 416-653-5034
Vineland: John Kanary, jk@johnkanary.com

GHANA
Greater Accra: David Glah, +233245022944, david.glah.79@facebook.com

INDIA
ANDHRA PRADESH
Hyderabad: Nahdi, aan.nahdi@gmail.com

DELHI
Mukherjee Ngr: Veena, meena4820022002@yahoo.com

GUJARAT
Surat: chakradhar frend, 09998638803, vedinformatics@gmail.com
Vadodara: Empty (MT) Kazi, 9909018110, blankspace.me@gmail.com
Vallabh Vidyanagar: BK Vinay Pandya, bkvinay3352@yahoo.co.in

HARYANA
Gurgaon: Abhishek, 8010516510, saiinath.14@gmail.com

KARNATAKA
Bangalore: Anjana, anjana@san-engineering.com
Bangalore: Kavitha, kavitha_light@yahoo.co.in

MAHARASHTRA
Mumbai: Salma Udaipur, 09224642330, Sallu_abbas52@yahoo.com

TAMILNADU
Tindivanam: Rama Krishna, 04147222478, rkpasupuleti36@gmail.com

IRELAND
GALWAY
Galway: Sharon Fitzmaurice, safitzm@gmail.com, 00353874127564

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast: Tim Roberts, tim@timtheweaver.com, 00442890299609
Londonderry: Michael McCartney, healingeye@gmail.com, 07749917677
Newry: Steven Hempkin, deborah.hempkin@hotmail.co.uk, 02830266520

KENYA
WESTERN
Kakamega:
Jacob Zenega Lukhova
, +254724246166, apostlejacobnzmke@gmail.com

KIRIBATI
TARAWA
Bikenibeu:
David A. Teaabo
, 686 22618, david.teaabo@gmail.com

PHILIPPINES
METRO MANILLA
Paranaque City:
Rosanna Rogacion
, 0917-917-4533, imdancingdolphin@yahoo.com

SCOTLAND
WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE
Garelochhead:
Julie McShane, 01436810688, Julesmcs@hotmail.com

THAILAND
Chiangmai: Philip Wylie, +66 963 48048, consultphilip@hotmail.com

TOGO
Lome: heigmaafterge, 01209 831869, kamila@atvclub.msk.ru

UNITED KINGDOM
BERKS
Newbury Berks:
Sandra Talman, 0163538003, stpathwaysgroup@googlemail.com

BUSHEY
London:
Jan Gayle, 07956873355, jan_gayle@hotmail.com

CORNWALL
Helston:
Paul McGahan, 01209 831869, paul@mcgahan.fsworld.co.uk

DERBYSHIRE
Ilkeston:
Julie Mee, 07988445809, hauntmee13@hotmail.com

EAST SUSSEX
Bexhill on Sea :
Anne Jones, awake_as1@yahoo.co.uk

HAMPSHIRE
Basingstoke:
Aura Williams, 07979537478, aurawilliams33@yahoo.com

LONDON
Wandsworth:
John Konian, 02088124886, johnwestler@aol.com

MIDDLESEX
London:
Daniel Marcelle, 07944315830, daniel168@live.co.uk

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
Northampton:
Kim Roberts, 01604 519395, crystalkim437@hotmail.co.uk

WEST YORKSHIRE
Dewsbury:
Pat Wood, pat_wood@o2.co.uk

UNITED STATES
CALIFORNIA
Chula Vista: Kristen Montgomery, (619) 219-4551, kmontysandiego@hotmail.com
Los Altos: John Francis, johnf153@yahoo.com 
Los Angeles: Avinash Bruno Irde, (310) 358-7371
Oakland: Lisa Schoonover, (510) 647-8944, lisa_schoonover11@yahoo.com
San Jose: Jacqueline Texier-Calhoun, (408) 923-5930
Woodland Hills: Colette Elizabeth, (818) 883-8838, syzygy_64@yahoo.com

FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale: Robin LaFleur, (954) 303-4160, robinrx1@yahoo.com
Hollywood: Suzanne Barnett, (954) 448-2946, suzannebarnett1@aol.com
Orlando: Joe Entesari, (703) 966-9361, entesari1@yahoo.com

ILLINOIS
Springfield: Jack Langiano,
gioglam75@yahoo.com

LOUISANA
Lafayette: Lillie Ayro, (337) 212-1273, lillie_ayro@yahoo.com

MICHIGAN
Detroit:
Muthamaki Kimathi, (313) 740-1313, benn7702004@yahoo.com

MINNESOTA
Minneapolis:
Rev. AnnaMarie Ronning, (612) 803-3073, annamarie@askawoman.com

MISSOURI
St. Louis:
Meridith Thompson, mthompson1@maryville.edu

NEBRASKA
Norfolk:
Lisa Merrick, rhiannonisis@hotmail.com  

NEVADA
Las Vegas:
John Levine, doomsday_od@hotmail.com  

NEW JERSEY
Bernardsville:
Melody Fell, 9087666282, massageforsoul@aol.com  

NEW YORK
Albany: Albany Gnosis Center, gnosis.albany@gmail.com
Ithaca: Jalaja Bonheim, 607-351-3363, www.instituteforcirclework.org, jalajabonheim@gmail.com
Saratoga Springs: Guru Jaswant Kaur, amyrosen@nycap.rr.com  

NORTH CAROLINA
Franklin: Rev. Paulette Cloutier, 828-342-1649, pcpc13@aol.com
Henderson: Angela Maiello, amaiello@touchnc.net
Roseboro: Darcilla Owens, darcilla2002@yahoo.com
Wake Forest: Donna MacSwain Santos, 919-453-0351, donna-ms@hotmail.com

OHIO
Athens:
Darlene Stube, 740 664 4180, dcstube@gmail.com

OREGON
Portland: Vicky Thompson, (503) 697-8916, spiritualcircles@journeywithspirit.com

PENNSYLVANIA
Chambersburg: Moonfeather Chastulik, (717) 642-9480, moonfeather66@gmail.com 
Philadelphia: Tyrone T. Dancy, (215) 248-5180, www.TyroneTDancy.com, Tyrone@TyroneTDancy.com 

SOUTH CAROLINA
Van Wyck: Robin Zavada,
endeavorsfarm@yahoo.com

TENNESSEE
Maryville: Scarlet Wainscott,
865-235-3738, scarletwainscott@yahoo.com

VIRGINIA
Chester: Susan Watters,
(804) 721-9321, susanw22@earthlink.net

WASHINGTON
Richland: Kelly Colson, Rik McAoidh, (425) 346-1444,
km_colson@yahoo.com
Seattle: Diana Balgaard, (206) 675-2774, thestarlady@earthlink.net

WISCONSIN
Madison: Luis Hernandez, 954-294-3870, rajelmoon@yahoo.com


Each spiritual circle is a unique expression of its members and is not affiliated with JourneywithSpirit.com. Life-Changing Affirmations and The Jesus Path may serve as a starting point for discussion in the circles, with many other spiritual books and resources chosen by each group. 

Thoughts on Spiritual Circles

During a spiritual journey, you will experience both internal and external times of focus and growth. Spiritual groups can support you when you are focusing externally on learning new spiritual ideas through the energy and power of a group setting.

At other times during your journey, you may wish to focus solely on your internal spiritual connection. Itís okay to let others know when you need time alone to go inside and explore your soul. Spiritual circle membership may change, reflecting the unique needs of the individuals who make up the spiritual group.

Most of your spiritual growth will occur during times of personal inner contemplation. Spiritual group work should enhance your personal inner work, not replace it. 

Creating a Spiritual Circle

Each spiritual circle reflects the unique interests and contributions of its members. Here are some general guidelines for setting up your own spiritual group.

Meeting times and places: You may wish to share hosting responsibilities by creating a calendar of hosts/home addresses. Circles also may choose to meet at a local coffee shop or other public venues. Based on group needs and desires, meetings may be held as often as the group decides (i.e., monthly on the first Thursday or biweekly on the first and third Mondays).

Spiritual circle meeting leadership: Based on the needs and desires of the spiritual group, decide who will lead each meeting. If you share hosting responsibilities, the host could serve as leader of that particular meeting. It may serve the spiritual growth of the group to have different leaders for each meeting.

Ground rules for respectful interactions: Your group may wish to agree upon rules for discussion, finding common ground for respectful interactions. During brainstorming meetings, you may wish to create a list of ground rules that can be included with your spiritual group's calendar materials. Your group may wish to have a motto of We agree to disagree, always respecting the right of others to their beliefs. The meeting leader may wish to remind the group of the motto when members do not agree on issues. The primary goal of the group should be to have respectful interactions that inspire and support the spiritual growth of the group.

Refreshments: Based on the needs and desires of the group, decide if you would like to have members bring refreshments to the spiritual circle. Hosts could provide simple beverages only or members could bring snacks as well.

Membership outreach: You may wish to post flyers for your spiritual circle at local bookstores, health food stores, yoga centers or other businesses in your area. You also may wish to submit information on your meeting to the calendar section of your local newspaper.

Spiritual Circle Meeting Format

Brainstorm with your spiritual group about creating a consistent format for meeting activities, which may include having an opening meditation or prayer, group discussions, book discussions, guest speakers or a closing healing prayer circle. Based on the unique make up of your group, create activities that serve as meaningful parts of a spiritual journey.

Visit the meditation, prayer, affirmation, and tool kit sections for ideas to share with your spiritual circle. Walk with me to an overview of all do-it-yourself spirituality tools.

 

Opening prayers: Based on your group's desires, you can create opening prayers that reflect the topic of each meeting (i.e., for a meeting on hope and spirituality, the meeting leader could find or create a prayer about hope). Or your group may wish to use the same prayer each week to set the intention of the group for the meeting.

Meditations: The spiritual group may wish to do group meditations. You can use guided meditation CDs, play music while the group focuses on their breathing or an inner state (i.e., focus on the power of love flowing through you while listening to music), or have the meeting leader guide the group in meditation.

Group and book discussions: The group may brainstorm topics for discussion at upcoming meetings. You also may wish to use books to generate discussions by agreeing to read and discuss a book at a particular meeting. You may take ideas from the books to create prayers and meditations for the meeting.

Guest speakers: Your spiritual group may wish to bring in guest speakers or you can ask members of the group to serve as group speakers on certain topics at meetings. Speakers from the group may wish to bring in books and other resources on a topic to share during their discussion. Find out the interests and talents of your group and pull from your own circle as well as guest speakers from the community to inspire the group.

Closing Healing Prayer Circle: Your group may wish to end the meeting with a healing prayer circle. You may wish to stand in a circle and hold hands. The meeting leader may ask that the group pray for certain individuals who need healing, giving each member an opportunity to request prayers for themselves and others.

Start a Spiritual Circle in Your Area

If you would like to start a spiritual circle in your area, please contact us using the form below. Your name, email address, city and state will be added to the list of spiritual circle contacts at JourneywithSpirit.com. 

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