Practicum hosts Amanda Fenton and Tenneson Woolf are deeply committed to spreading the introduction, application, and evolution of circle work more widely in the world. They have taught locally and internationally, and their lineage in teaching includes pioneers Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea. They are delighted to partner with Kelly Poirier to offer this practicum hosted in unceded ƛaʔuukwiiʔatḥ territories at Tofino, Vancouver Island.
Amanda Fenton worked in the co-operative sector for nearly seventeen years with thirteen of them in Human Resources, including HR consulting, leadership and organizational development, change projects and collaborative strategic planning processes. She is skilled in designing participatory gatherings using circle-based methods such as The Circle Way, Open Space Technology, World Cafe, Collective Story Harvest and others to host and harvest conversations for thoughtful change, working with non-profits, communities, churches, schools and other organizations and networks. She is a host and teacher of the Circle Way and the Art of Hosting and enjoys integrating different modes such as dialogue, improv, movement and graphic facilitation to host space with life and energy. Learn more about her at amandafenton.com.
Tenneson Woolf is a facilitator, workshop leader, speaker, and writer. He designs and leads meetings in participative formats. To help people be smart together. To get people interacting with each other — learning together, building relationships, and focused on projects. To get deeper to the heart of what matters. From strategic visioning with boards to large conference design. He has been a practitioner of Circle and other participative forms for 20+ years. His lineages include The Berkana Institute, The Circle Way, and The Art of Hosting. Living systems, self-organization, and emergence inspire his work. Learn more about him at tennesonwoolf.com.
Local caller and logistics host, Kelly Poirier, has an in-depth understanding of First Nations' arts and culture, having grown up on Tseshaht territory and attended Haa-huu-payak School. She learned song, dance and language studies from elders Carrie Little and Cathy Robinson. Kelly continues to develop her understanding of Nuu-chah-nulth and West Coast First Nations' culture, organization and politics, which unearths further knowledge of protocol and cultural appropriateness. Her vision is to bridge the gaps between disparate interest groups, and economic and cultural sectors within communities. Learn more about her at whiteravenconsulting.ca.
There are a mere handful of people in the world with whom I would ever host a circle that demanded deep presence, humour, attention to beauty and a fierce holding of the container. Tenneson is one of these few whose gentle and inviting demeanour belies a strong commitment to human beings working together past fear, ego and division. Being hosted by Tenneson makes me grateful to be in this field, as a host, as a colleague, and as a friend.
Global Art of Hosting Steward
Principal, Harvest Moon Consultants, Ltd.
Contributing author to Dialogic Organizational Development
The Circle Way practicum was a special experience for me on many fronts. It had a timelessness about it that allowed me the space for deep reflection. The power of the Circle was demonstrated again and again. Watching Amanda and Tenneson host the Circles was an enormous learning experience - they are Masters!
QC, Principal, Restorative Solutions BC
The world has never needed circle process more than today. Circle is so much more than sitting in the round and passing a talking piece. When guided by a deft facilitator, this ancient and powerful form of conversation brings out our best selves, stimulates respect and collaboration, and results in better decisions. I’ve seen circle applied in a variety of situations and cultures, from friendly discussions to heated conflict, but to lead this process effectively requires training from a practiced expert such as Amanda Fenton. I’ve always enjoyed sitting in circle with Amanda and have learned so much from her about how to help bring people together, help them listen and and learn from each other, and make the world a better place as a community.
Director of Creativity & Engagement
HCMA Architecture + Design
From the warm welcome to the closing on the last day, the Practicum was a masterfully designed and artfully facilitated learning experience. The attention to every detail, the responsive and supportive learning facilitation and the creation of a safe, caring and sacred space for learning and discovery far exceeded my expectations. I departed with enhanced skills and confidence in calling circle and with a greater appreciation for the "magic" and power of The Circle Way. Thanks Amanda and Tenneson.
The Circle Way Practicum is a 20+ year tradition. That tradition continues with a dream team: Amanda Fenton and Tenneson Woolf are two wise, witty, creative and skilled circle hosts and facilitators. We learn from them all the time, we know you will too. We are delighted to support them in carrying on The Circle Way. Don't miss this opportunity!
Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea
Founders of PeerSpirit Inc. and The Circle Way