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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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Ensoulment Through Movement 8-week course starting 24th May

Led by

  • Bjarte Hiley

Timing of the sessions

  • May 24, 2022 07:00-09:00 PM CEST (13:00-15:00 EDT)
  • May 31, 2022 07:00-09:00 PM CEST (13:00-15:00 EDT)
  • June 7, 2022 07:00-09:00 PM CEST (13:00-15:00 EDT)
  • June 14, 2022 07:00-09:00 PM CEST (13:00-15:00 EDT)
  • June 21, 2022 07:00-09:00 PM CEST (13:00-15:00 EDT)
  • June 28, 2022 07:00-09:00 PM CEST (13:00-15:00 EDT)
  • July 5, 2022 07:00-09:00 PM CEST (13:00-15:00 EDT)
  • July 12, 2022 07:00-09:00 PM CEST (13:00-15:00 EDT)
A deep-dive into the foundational elements for living a life aligned with soul. Ensoulment Through Movement is designed to build right relationship to your body across several contexts from the bottom up. The assumption we'll be working with is that the body is fundamental to listening for and aligning with Soul.
Soul seems to ask something of us in each moment. It is never absent, but rather gives us prods and pokes of increasing intensity as we stray from intimacy with it. "Aligning with Soul" seems to be analogous to "moving with Soul"
This course will take you through a progression of practices and skills which will help you cultivate a deeply nourishing relationship with each of the Three Dimensions of Movement (3DM), and facilitate easier access to Soul aliveness and alignment.
Three Dimensions of Movement:

Capacity (it): The capability of your body to enter into and out of ranges of motion, and coordinate in space.
Sensitivity (I): Your access to felt sensation and internal state, and ability to act upon it adequately.
Expression (we): Where inner meets outer, where you meet reality. How transparent the boundary between you and reality is.
These each build on each other, and work in concert.
This course is Led by Bjarte Hiley who has been working closely with Circling Europe over the last 7 years and his movement based approach has added to the practices of Circling and Surrendered Leadership and supported practitioners to go considerably deeper into their bodies and expression.
8 x 2-hour video calls where the content will be taught and we will engage in solo, partner and group practices.
Access to facebook group to ask questions and connect with other participants.
You can expect to spend 5-30 minutes a day on the practices which will be taught in the course.
More details in this video here. If you have any questions about this course feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]