The Power Of Circles with Sedonia Cahill & Charles Garfield

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"No matter how diverse the group of people," says Charles Garfield, "if you push their ancestry back far enough, you'll get to the same place--people sitting around the fire, telling stories." Sedonia Cahill joins Garfield to discuss the power of circles for personal renewal and community healing. Circles are a way to bring ceremony and sacredness to gatherings of friends, family and community; a way to connect on a deeper level without fear of judgment; a place where you can truly be heard. A circle is about commitment, sharing and learning from each other and, as Cahill points out, a place where you are loved, for "It's so easy to love somebody if they'll give us a glimpse inside." (hosted by Michael Toms)


The late Sedonia Cahill was the director of The Great Round, a nonprofit organization dedicated to spiritual renewal.

She was co-author of:

  • Ceremonial Circles (HarperSanFrancisco 1990)

Charles Garfield is a best-selling author, a psychology professor, lecturer, and founder of San Francisco's Shanti Project, the first AIDS caregiving organization in the world.

He coauthored with Cindy Spring:

  • Wisdom Circles: A Guide to Self-Discovery and Community Building in Small Groups (Hyperion 1998)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How to create a circle of your own
  • What are the many different personalities of circles
  • Why circles lack a power structure
  • What are reasons for creating a circle
  • What is the value of circles to corporations
  • How circles help you let go of self-judgment
  • How to form circles that include children and teenagers
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 11/25/1997       Program Number: 2686