Thursday, March 7, 2013

Regular Talking Circles on the West Coast of Newfoundland to Address the Systemic Causes of Social and Environmental Injustice in the Province – First Talking Circle (March 17th)

The first in a series of Talking Circles (to rotate between St. Georges and Corner Brook) will be held on Sunday, March 17th starting at 2 pm in the Cultural Centre, St Georges. These circles will be aimed at addressing the systemic causes of social and environmental injustice in the Newfoundland and Labrador.
A talking circle is used as a way to organize group discussions in an egalitarian manner. Group members typically sit in a circle and discuss issues with simple rules: the talking stick, or other object, is passed around the circle, and the person holding the talking stick may speak though the "holder" may allow interjection. It can be a place where people come together for personal healing in search for new directions or to make amends. People participating are there to deal with whatever the subject is and talking stick encourages effective speaking and listening/acknowledging.

A suggested theme of this first talking circle will be "Healing Mother Earth, all her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come."
As Ken (Mutchie) Bennett, the talking circle facilitator states, “Mother Earth is wounded — and it is humans that have wounded her – we have to heal ourselves, our families and communities and mother earth. We start with acknowledging Mother Earth and thanking her before we begin the path of healing."
The Cultural Centre is on the left side of the main road around a half mile past the Museum, the old court house. It is located in a former church building.
ALL ARE WELCOME! However Please RSVP to so we can account for how many people will be attending (Due to the nature of this talking circle 40 people is considered as an appropriate number of participants)!
We hope to see you there!
Facebook Event for the first circle:

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