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
NEW SOUTH WALES
Castle Hill: Jay Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffs Harbour: Samantha Howson, email@example.com
Niagara Park: Jay Andersen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sydney: Fiona Weatherhead, 02 9973 1678, email@example.com
Perth: Don Nicol,www.peacefulspirits.net, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ponoka: Rhinda Piche, (403) 783-5338, email@example.com
Kelowna: Rawle James, (250) 863-8071, www.thezenfactor.com,
Kitchener: Cindy Pearce, www.crystalrainbows.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org
Toronto: Jeananne Hanna, email@example.com
Toronto: Rev. Olive Bell-Guy, www.keow.net, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-653-5034
Vineland: John Kanary, email@example.com
David Glah, +233245022944, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mukherjee Ngr: Veena,
Surat: chakradhar frend, 09998638803,
Vadodara: Empty (MT) Kazi, 9909018110,
Vallabh Vidyanagar: BK Vinay Pandya,
Gurgaon: Abhishek, 8010516510,
Mumbai: Salma Udaipur, 09224642330,
Tindivanam: Rama Krishna, 04147222478,
Galway: Sharon Fitzmaurice, email@example.com, 00353874127564
Belfast: Tim Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org, 00442890299609
Londonderry: Michael McCartney, email@example.com, 07749917677
Newry: Steven Hempkin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 02830266520
Kakamega: Jacob Zenega Lukhova, +254724246166, email@example.com
Bikenibeu: David A. Teaabo, 686 22618, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paranaque City: Rosanna Rogacion, 0917-917-4533, email@example.com
Garelochhead: Julie McShane, 01436810688, Julesmcs@hotmail.com
Chiangmai: Philip Wylie, +66 963 48048, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lome: heigmaafterge, 01209 831869, email@example.com
Newbury Berks: Sandra Talman, 0163538003, firstname.lastname@example.org
London: Jan Gayle, 07956873355, email@example.com
Helston: Paul McGahan, 01209 831869, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ilkeston: Julie Mee, 07988445809, email@example.com
Bexhill on Sea
: Anne Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
Basingstoke: Aura Williams, 07979537478, email@example.com
Wandsworth: John Konian, 02088124886, firstname.lastname@example.org
London: Daniel Marcelle, 07944315830, email@example.com
Northampton: Kim Roberts, 01604 519395, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dewsbury: Pat Wood, email@example.com
Chula Vista: Kristen Montgomery, (619) 219-4551, firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Altos: John Francis, email@example.com
Los Angeles: Avinash Bruno Irde, (310) 358-7371
Oakland: Lisa Schoonover, (510) 647-8944, firstname.lastname@example.org
San Jose: Jacqueline Texier-Calhoun, (408) 923-5930
Woodland Hills: Colette Elizabeth, (818) 883-8838, email@example.com
Fort Lauderdale: Robin LaFleur, (954) 303-4160, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hollywood: Suzanne Barnett, (954) 448-2946, email@example.com
Orlando: Joe Entesari, (703) 966-9361, firstname.lastname@example.org
Springfield: Jack Langiano, email@example.com
Lafayette: Lillie Ayro, (337) 212-1273, firstname.lastname@example.org
Detroit: Muthamaki Kimathi, (313) 740-1313, email@example.com
Minneapolis: Rev. AnnaMarie Ronning, (612) 803-3073, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Louis: Meridith Thompson, email@example.com
Norfolk: Lisa Merrick, firstname.lastname@example.org
Las Vegas: John Levine, email@example.com
Bernardsville: Melody Fell, 9087666282, firstname.lastname@example.org
Albany: Albany Gnosis Center, email@example.com
Ithaca: Jalaja Bonheim, 607-351-3363,
Saratoga Springs: Guru Jaswant Kaur, firstname.lastname@example.org
Franklin: Rev. Paulette Cloutier, 828-342-1649, email@example.com
Henderson: Angela Maiello, firstname.lastname@example.org
Roseboro: Darcilla Owens, email@example.com
Wake Forest: Donna MacSwain Santos, 919-453-0351, firstname.lastname@example.org
Athens: Darlene Stube, 740 664 4180,
Portland: Vicky Thompson, (503) 697-8916, email@example.com
Chambersburg: Moonfeather Chastulik, (717) 642-9480, firstname.lastname@example.org
Philadelphia: Tyrone T. Dancy, (215) 248-5180, www.TyroneTDancy.com, Tyrone@TyroneTDancy.com
Van Wyck: Robin Zavada, email@example.com
Maryville: Scarlet Wainscott, 865-235-3738, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chester: Susan Watters, (804) 721-9321, email@example.com
Richland: Kelly Colson, Rik McAoidh, (425) 346-1444, firstname.lastname@example.org
Seattle: Diana Balgaard, (206) 675-2774, email@example.com
Madison: Luis Hernandez, 954-294-3870, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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.
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
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.
Phone number listings are optional (include your phone number below if you'd like it listed on JourneywithSpirit.com).
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