€650,00 EUR

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Welcome to Circling Europe!

Circling and Surrendered Leadership are practices that involve looking at and being intimate with the structures of one’s personal reality, which includes how we make sense of experience, individually and collectively. We find these practices to consistently deliver deeply meaningful experiences, and believe a few clarifications now will likely make this more accessible to you. 

Because Circling is unique, carrying over assumptions from other practices can lead to misunderstandings about who we are, what we do, and how you are invited to engage. It is our intention to make it as clear as we can what Circling is and isn’t.


  • We see you as a free agent capable of honest self-assessment and responsible choice
  • This is an invitation to take responsibility for:
    • yourself and your experience
    • choices you’re making about what you’re accepting as true and significant
    • how you’re participating in and helping to sustain your situation
    • the beliefs and choices you’re bringing to the situation (wittingly or unwittingly) that are informing your experience.
  • We refer generally to the willingness to take responsibility in these terms as “owning your experience.”

Not Psychotherapy

Circling and Surrendered Leadership as we practice them lead to transformational growth, but we do this through surrender, self-leadership, and interconnection rather than aiming for healing outcomes directly (like many modalities do). While honouring a wide variety of wisdom and psychological discernments from many schools of thought, we do not follow a therapeutic model of diagnosis and treatment. Our method is educational. Our emphasis is connection.

Circling Europe’s leaders and coaches are guides in a journey of presence, connection, and aliveness. We do not prescribe choices or actions. We do not see you as being in a therapeutic relationship with our facilitators. We work in the present moment, assuming wholeness that can include greater wholeness, exploring connection, staying mindful to notice the cost of reality choices and labels that too easily lead to misunderstanding or pathologizing. We bring a fresh set of eyes to what is happening, with the aim of understanding how updating our beliefs about what is happening can update our reality.

Circling and Surrendered Leadership:

  • Are practices of connection and meditation
  • Focus on the present moment.
  • Maintain a non-goal orientation that is encapsulated in the principle of “being with the other in their world.”

The Structure and Expectations of Leadership

You may have specific expectations about what a leader should do, or what a practice group should look like and include. We may not follow these expectations, partially because we may not know what they are (and you may not either!). Some examples are:

  • Telling people what to do
  • Stating the “right way” to act
  • Making sure everyone gets along
  • That the internal experiences of the leaders are not part of the process
  • That the leaders will provide a clear interpretation of what is happening, why it is happening and the way it is happening.                       

In lieu of these, we adhere to the precepts of “Surrendered Leadership,” inviting you to “lead” yourself in any way you feel is right for you—taking a bathroom break whenever you need, for example, asking a question—and to “lead” the group in full acknowledgement that others are practicing the same sort of self-leadership and to consider their responses as feedback to that leadership, in the context of the moment. This invitation to listen to the voice of inner direction follows the principle of “trust your experience.”

Is this Right for You?

Our workshops can be intense. People encounter places, states, emotions, beliefs, and sensations in themselves and others that are sometimes unfamiliar. We explore the unknown, the volatile, the ambiguous, as well as welcome emotions many deem as “negative” or “inappropriate” such as feelings of inadequacy, anger, sexuality, and joy. We refer to the willingness to feel difficult and uncomfortable truths as the “commitment to connection,” which of course includes a willingness to set appropriate boundaries, and speak a desire for space, distance, and non-contact. By attending our events you take responsibility for choosing to leave the practice or participate in any given moment—which might include getting intimate with these kinds of experiences.

We will often explore multiple sides of seeming opposites at once, such as independence and interdependence, chaos and order, agreement and disagreement. We believe this can reveal an underlying unity of the immediacy of experience.

If the above description of our workshops sounds potentially overwhelming or destabilizing for you, if you have mental illness or significant emotional challenges that you feel may be exacerbated by this type of transformational environment, or if you are not sure that you can be self-directed in taking care of your needs during the event, then we advise you not to enroll.

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Circling & Tai Chi Retreat Norway 28th August - 1st September


  • Wednesday, 28th August 12:00 - Sunday, 1st September 17:00


This retreat is a deep dive into the art of embodied relating through the practices of Circling and Tai Chi.

The retreat is an intimate experience for maximum 12 participants and takes place in the beautiful archipelago of Southern Norway.

The effortless being and action found in both Circling and Tai Chi (as described above) is a common thread throughout the retreat.

The week will be structured with Tai Chi practice every morning followed by Circling & Surrendered Leadership. The programme will be weather dependent as we want to give time for exploring the beautiful surroundings and relaxing by the water. You can expect 7 hours of organized programme every day. Some of the themes we will explore are:

  • The Yin and Yang in Circling and Surrendered Leadership
  • Deeply listening for the innocence of the other
  • Allowing impact while setting boundaries
  • Embodiment as a way of showing up

During the unstructured time, there will be organized fishing trips, oyster safaris, island explorations, mushroom picking and expeditions to the local bronze age settlement. Swimming, sun bathing, forest walks and bike trips to local, scenic villages are among the other possible options.

Read more about the venue and the facilitators and see pictures from earlier retreats here.

Course Leaders: Peter Munthe-Kaas, Senior Leader at Circling Europe and Ronja Lofstad.

Food and accommodation (€200-€1000) is reserved separately on this link.

This retreat will be a unique chance to go deep in the practice of Tai Chi, Qigong, Circling and Surrendered Leadership. These practices have shaped my life in profound ways and have opened for new understandings of truth, freedom and love.

With this retreat we want to invite you into an exploration of body and mind, moving toward effortless being and action. 

The retreat is held at one of the most beautiful places I know of. You are invited into the heart of my childhood for an all inclusive retreat, surrounded by nature and the sea. We will share three meals a day of healthy, delicious vegetarian/pescatarian food made from home grown vegetables, self caught fish and berries and mushrooms from the local forest.

We want to have the retreat at this venue to create an intimate, personal and most of all real setting for exploration of what it means to be human.
Peter Munthe-Kaas

Interested in summer circling retreats? Circling by the Sea will be led by Peter and Ronja on 19th-25th August.

"Circling Europe are in many ways standing head and shoulders above the rest of the circling community. If you want advanced training, they are unearthing some of the most dynamic and impactful trainings I’ve seen.”
– Rob McNamara, Teaching Fellow Harvard Graduate School of Education, President Performance Integral, Author of the 'The Elegant Self'.