What are the elements you’d like to include that will make up each circle? Let your mind run free, and open yourself to many possibilities.
If you’re contemplating starting a circle, most likely you have many skills you can bring to your leadership. Don’t underestimate your potential!
You may have expertise as a yoga teacher in leading yoga poses, guided visualization, chanting, and/or meditation. You might have other relevant experience, such as training in coaching, journal writing, sacred dance, spiritual direction, art therapy, massage, mythology, storytelling, music making, gemstones, Ayurveda, the 5 elements, puja and ritual, wicca and seasonal ceremonies, non-violent communication, public speaking, transformational learning, women’s spirituality, or more!
You name it ~ each of these skills can enhance your circle, and make the experience you offer uniquely yours.
The Goddess is wide and wild, and she loves your circles to have a good dose of basic elements (like movement, sharing, and simple ritual), and always some new, playful ones!
There is no one right way to lead a circle, and there is no one standard formula for what must be included. In a future issue, I’ll tell you the elements I include in mine (and the time allotment I give to each) but for now, let’s throw the doors open wide to what YOU want to include.
Start by gathering the resources you have to bring to the circle ~ like an inventory of your assets. When I’m brainstorming, I like to gather the hands-on materials that would make a circle fun, and also consider the internal assets (such as yoga poses I know, group exercises I know how to lead) I can bring to the circle.
After gathering physical materials, take out a piece of paper and make a list of additional ideas for what you might integrate into your circle.
Here are some materials and ideas to gather: