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Following is a list of circle related books that we highly recommend. 
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Millionth CircleTHE MILLIONTH CIRCLE: How to Change Ourselves and the World —The Essential Guide to Women's Circles, by Jean Shinoda Bolen (Conari Press, September 1999)

An extrapolation of Rupert Sheldrake's Morphic Field Theory, this book proposes nothing less than the visionary possibility that women's circles can accelerate humanity's shift to post- patriarchal era. With principles on how to form a circle, with whom, and how to anticipate and resolve potential conflicts, Bolen provides the tools and inspiration for women to create new circles or deepen and transform existing circles into vehicles of societal and Circles as Vessels of Healing and Transformation psycho-spiritual change.

Urgent Message from MotherURGENT MESSAGE FROM MOTHER:
Gather the Women, Save the World by Jean Shinoda Bolen
(Conari Press, September 2005)

"Gather the Women, Save the World" is a message from Mother Earth, Mother Goddess, Mother archetype. The words evoke an intuitive recognition, a wisdom whose time has come. Women as a gender, not every woman but women generally, have a wisdom that is needed. This is a call from the Sacred Feminine to bring the feminine principle which most women and some men embody into consciousness and culture. When there is a critical mass and the tipping point is reached, gender balance ends patriarchy, and peace becomes possible.

Calling the CircleCALLING THE CIRCLE, the First and Future Culture,
by Christina Baldwin
(Bantam, 1998)

This book that serves as the foundation stone for PeerSpirit work. It grounds the universality of circles in past culture and teaches readers ways to practice calling the circle at home, in community, and in the workplace. Circle work is a dynamic field: this new edition is extensively revised from the 1994 original.

Women Circling the EarthWOMEN CIRCLING THE EARTH: A Guide to Fostering Community, Healing and Empowerment, by Beverly Engel
(Health Communications Inc, 2000)

Beverly Engel, author of many self-help books, presents the history of circles and the women’s circle movement. Through interviews, she provides an overview of the many kinds of circles that can be created and presents specific guidelines for creating: PeerSpirit circles, Wisdom Circles, Empowerment Circles, Simplicity Circles, Peacemaking Circles, Crone circles, Shamanic Circles, Women's Spirituality Circles, Medicine Wheel Circles and others. This resource gives substantial information on rituals and ceremonies, and is a guide to creating women’s sacred circles.

Circle Gathering GuideThe Circle Gathering Guide: For effective and collaborative meetings at work, at home and in our communities
by Nuccia Morelli
(AATMA Evergreen, 2006)

This book is a simple, concise, and easy-to-use,  step-by-step handbook for both circle facilitators and participants  alike. The Circle Gathering Guide provides you with: Essential Elements of a Circle Gathering, Centering Tools, Communication Tools, Checklists and Templates, and A 7-Step Training Module for groups to learn the circle process together. This is a guide  that contains all the tools needed for you to improve communication,  facilitate circle meetings and create healthy communities.

Heart CirclesHeart Circles: How Sitting in Circle Can Transform Your World
by Tej Steiner (Interactive Media Publishing 2006)

This is a must have book for all who want to start circles and provide convincing reasons why circles can transform the world. Tej is a gifted circle facilitator and expert on group dynamics. His how-to information is clearly presented for you to start a Heart Circle and to apply his ‘How to Create a dynamic Heart Circle’ to whatever circle you want. He starts this gem of a book with a convincing chapter on how Circle can bring you peace and joy using the Abraham/Hicks teachings which states that what we give our attention to is what we attract to us. Through these lessons you can attract others in helping you start a circle of your choice.   


Traveling with the TurtleTraveling with the Turtle: A Small Group Process in Women's Spirituality and Peacemaking by Cindy Preston-Pile and Irene Woodward  

Traveling with the Turtle can help you unleash the power and share the wisdom that you possess deep within, in order to make peace with yourself and others. This 13-part group process, created for women’s circles, uses ritual, exercises and life practices to empower you in your peacemaking journey. For more information visit:

Wisdom CirclesWISDOM CIRCLES: A Guide to Self-Discovery and Community Building, by Charles Garfield, Cindy Spring and Sedonia Cahill (Hyperion, New York, 1998)

This give an in-depth understanding of circle called Wisdom Circles. In Wisdom Circles, a topic is presented -often in the form of a question-and all members of the circle take turns responding to it. Wisdom Circles offers examples of such questions and guidelines for determining which questions to ask as well, as presenting a set of guidelines called the Ten Constants.

Sacred CirclesSACRED CIRCLES: A Guide to Creating Your Own Women's Spirituality Circle, by Robin Deen Carnes and Sally Craig
(Harper Collins, 1998)

This book is for women who want to create and sustain a women’s sacred circle where each member can explore and deepen their spirituality. The authors have written through their own personal experience with being in a sacred circle, providing definitions, principles, stories, ideas, rituals, and a wealth of activities and resources that help the reader to start a circle. They also give suggested topics and activities for a focus, and practical advise on nurturing circles.  

The Way of the CouncilTHE WAY OF COUNCIL,
by Jack Zimmerman and Virginia Coyle
(Bramble Books, 1996) 

The authors provide a method of communication taken from Native American and Buddhist wisdom teaching. This comprehensive book illustrates the methods used in both profession and nonprofessional training at the Ojai Foundation. It provides basic communication skills and illustrates the use of council in schools, communities, business, family and intimate relationships.


Art of Original ThinkingThe Art of Original Thinking: The Making of a Thought Leader
by Jan Phillips
(9th Element Press, August 2006)  

The Art of Original Thinking inspires us to become creative leaders who think and live out of the box. It is filled with success stories of corporations that have increased their profits while tending to the needs of people and the environment. It brings solutions to today’s problems related to the poor and the planet. The principles of a Thought Leader found in this invaluable book can be used by everyone. They bring spirit-filled values for success at work, family and local and global community. It is a book of hope and inspiration.  

Open Space TechnologyOPEN SPACE TECHNOLOGY: A User's Guide,
by Harrison Owen
(Abbot Publishing, 1992)

Open Space Technology is a process for organizing that uses circle wisdom. Taken from observations of how a village in Ghana, West Africa, organized for a community event, this detailed “how to” can be used by all who are willing to give up control and let the simple techniques and principles be the guide. It works in many settings both large and small and all ages. It provides space and time for full participation and creativity.

Hesselbein on LeadershipHESSELBEIN ON LEADERSHIP
by Frances Besselbeing
(Jossey-Bass, 2002)

Frances Hesselbein, former CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, describes how she transformed the Girl's Scouts structure from an outdated hierarchy organization that was out of touch with today’s girls and volunteers to a vital interactive circular structure--concentric circles of functional positions. Her circular organizational chart put management in the center with no top or bottom. She combines leadership qualities and skills with a circular structure; a rare and true resource treasure.

WomenPrintsWOMENPRINTS: A Detailed Plan of Action for the New Millennium, by Ann Smith, Lucy Germany, Helena Marie, Nancy Grandfield (Morehouse Publishing, 1997) 

This book gives the history and carries forward the spirit of the world's largest recorded gathering of women, the UN Fourth World Conference on Women, 1995, in Beijing, China. The Twelve Issues of the United Nations Platform for Action are brought to life through stories about women and girls. The section on Power documents the importance of women’s circles and circle structures for both small groups and organizations.


StorycatcherStorycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the
Power and Practice of Story
by Christina Baldwin

In this book Christina explores the art, the practice, the importance of telling and re-telling stories in our lives. Using her own stories she instructs, enchants and inspires the reader about the critical nature and importance of the individual stories of all of us.

Emotional IntelligenceEmotional Intelligence
by Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman's brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our "two minds"—the rational and the emotional—and how they together shape our destiny. Through vivid examples, Goleman delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence, and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well-being. What emerges is an entirely new way to talk about being smart.

Practicing the Art of Sacred ListeningPracticing the Sacred Art of Listening
by Kay Lindahl

The Sacred Art of Listening offers practical, easy-to-follow advice and exercises to enhance your capacity to listen in a spirit-filled way. Using examples from her own life and her work as a teacher of the sacred art of listening, Lindahl explores the nature and use of silence, reflection, and divine presence as foundational qualities of listening and shows you how you can apply these in your everyday life.

NonViolent CommunicationNonviolent Communication: A Language of Life
by Marshall B. Rosenberg

This book offers insightful stories, anecdotes, practical exercises and role-plays that will dramatically change your approach to communication for the better. Discover how the language you use can strengthen your relationships, build trust, prevent conflicts and heal pain. Revolutionary, yet simple, NVC offers you the most effective tools to reduce violence and create peace in your life—one interaction at a time.