Following are a list of books, audio broadcasts and videos that we feel are great educational and informational resources for women. Feel free to scroll through the book selections (click on the cover to order). To go to the Audio and/or Video resources use the "Jump To" menu above.
THE MILLIONTH CIRCLE: How to Change Ourselves
and the World
—The Essential Guide to Women's Circles
by Jean Shinoda Bolen
An extrapolation of Rupert Sheldrake's Morphic Field Theory, this book proposes nothing less than the visionary possibility that women's circles can accelerate humanity's shift to post- patriarchal era. With principles on how to form a circle, with whom, and how to anticipate and resolve potential conflicts, Bolen provides the tools and inspiration for women to create new circles or deepen and transform existing circles into vehicles of societal and Circles as Vessels of Healing and Transformation psycho-spiritual change.
URGENT MESSAGE FROM MOTHER:
Gather the Women, Save the World
by Jean Shinoda Bolen
"Gather the Women, Save the World" is a message from Mother Earth, Mother Goddess, Mother archetype. The words evoke an intuitive recognition, a wisdom whose time has come. Women as a gender, not every woman but women generally, have a wisdom that is needed. This is a call from the Sacred Feminine to bring the feminine principle which most women and some men embody into consciousness and culture. When there is a critical mass and the tipping point is reached, gender balance ends patriarchy, and peace becomes possible.
At a time when the news is bad and many of us feel powerless to affect change, the inspiring story of two grandmothers who stand in the park to save the world offers hope. At first the women stand alone, "not speaking, not looking at squirrels, not munching on coconut candy -- in actual point of fact, not anything at all." But soon they are joined by other women, then many other women. Their simple act of gathering has the power to transform the world. Together, these women discover that great things are possible -- even, and especially, peace.
CALLING THE CIRCLE:
The First and Future Culture
by Christina Baldwin
This book that serves as the foundation stone for PeerSpirit work. It grounds the universality of circles in past culture and teaches readers ways to practice calling the circle at home, in community, and in the workplace. Circle work is a dynamic field: this new edition is extensively revised from the 1994 original.
WOMEN CIRCLING THE EARTH:
A Guide to Fostering Community, Healing and Empowerment
by Beverly Engel
Beverly Engel, author of many self-help books, presents the history of circles and the women’s circle movement. Through interviews, she provides an overview of the many kinds of circles that can be created and presents specific guidelines for creating: PeerSpirit circles, Wisdom Circles, Empowerment Circles, Simplicity Circles, Peacemaking Circles, Crone circles, Shamanic Circles, Women's Spirituality Circles, Medicine Wheel Circles and others. This resource gives substantial information on rituals and ceremonies, and is a guide to creating women’s sacred circles.
How Sitting in Circle Can Transform Your World
by Tej Steiner
This is a must have book for all who want to start circles and provide convincing reasons why circles can transform the world. Tej is a gifted circle facilitator and expert on group dynamics. His how-to information is clearly presented for you to start a Heart Circle and to apply his ‘How to Create a dynamic Heart Circle’ to whatever circle you want. He starts this gem of a book with a convincing chapter on how Circle can bring you peace and joy using the Abraham/Hicks teachings which states that what we give our attention to is what we attract to us. Through these lessons you can attract others in helping you start a circle of your choice.
Traveling with the Turtle can help you unleash the power and share the wisdom that you possess deep within, in order to make peace with yourself and others. This 13-part group process, created for women’s circles, uses ritual, exercises and life practices to empower you in your peacemaking journey. For more information visit: turtle.paceebene.org
A Guide to Self-Discovery and Community Building
by Charles Garfield, Cindy Spring and Sedonia Cahill
This give an in-depth understanding of circle called Wisdom Circles. In Wisdom Circles, a topic is presented -often in the form of a question-and all members of the circle take turns responding to it. Wisdom Circles offers examples of such questions and guidelines for determining which questions to ask as well, as presenting a set of guidelines called the Ten Constants.
CIRCLES: A Guide to Creating Your Own
Women's Spirituality Circle
by Robin Deen Carnes and Sally Craig
This book is for women who want to create and sustain a women’s sacred circle where each member can explore and deepen their spirituality. The authors have written through their own personal experience with being in a sacred circle, providing definitions, principles, stories, ideas, rituals, and a wealth of activities and resources that help the reader to start a circle. They also give suggested topics and activities for a focus, and practical advise on nurturing circles.
THE WAY OF COUNCIL
by Jack Zimmerman
and Virginia Coyle
The authors provide a method of communication taken from Native American and Buddhist wisdom teaching. This comprehensive book illustrates the methods used in both profession and nonprofessional training at the Ojai Foundation. It provides basic communication skills and illustrates the use of council in schools, communities, business, family and intimate relationships.
Rediscover the Transforming
Power of Converstaion
by Linda Ellinor and Glenna Gerard
Linda Ellinor and Glenna Gerard, cofounders of their consulting firm, The Dialogue Group, draw upon their combined 50 years of experience in organizations to show how Dialogue can change the way we work by widening information arteries so that employees at every level begin to think along "leadership" lines and take responsibility for how their actions affect the whole organization.
TO ONE ANOTHER
Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future
by Margaret Wheatley
“I believe we can change the world if we start talking to one another again.” With this simple declaration, author Margaret Wheatley proposes that we use the increasingly popular process of conversation and dialogue as the means to develop solutions for the societal changes that need to occur both locally and globally.
Circle of Stones draws us into a meditative experience of the lost Feminine and creates a space for us to consider our present lives from the eyes of women's ancient culture and ritual. Incorporating the most ancient symbol of spirituality-the circle of stones-Duerk weaves stories, dreams, and visions of women to lead each reader into a personal yet archetypal journey, posing the reflective question, "How might your life have been different if ...?"
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The Dream – Reaching the Tipping Point: The Millionth Circle, Worldwide
with Jean Shinoda Bolen – Justine Willis Toms
Susan Boyle’s inspiring song, I Dreamed a Dream brought millions together on YouTube – touched by her voice, vision, and success. In this program, Dr. Jean Bolen, Justine Toms, and Joan Kenley share their dream – Reaching the Tipping Point: identified as reaching The Millionth Circle worldwide – to raise consciousness all around the world and manifest a positive change for our planet through Women’s Circles, Men’s Circles, Men & Women Circles, Couples Circles, Intergenerational Circles – all involved in personal, social, cultural, and psychospiritual transformation. You will hear about:
• why circles around the globe can create a morphic field for positive change
• what time-honored guidelines add value to circle gatherings
• how various circles have personally affected our lives
• the Millionth Circle Initiative and its Conveners circles that are connecting and influencing many cultures
Gathering Women Can Save the World
Listen to Isabel Allende, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Joan Kenley (radio host) and Justine Toms discuss:
- how gathering women creates community, accountability and integrity
- what Jean Bolen's book, "Urgent Message from Mother" means for all
- why Isabel Allende creates her female heroines based on real life women
- how Justine Tom's global broadcasts address "the history of the future"
- the ways women are affected by patriarchy and hierarchy
Tune in every Saturday to the Joan Kenley Show
INTO THE CIRCLE
Justine Toms interviews Jean Shinoda Bolen
Circles are fertile ground for changing our hierarchical, patriarchal culture to one of communication, support, and growth. A circle may be a dialogue group, prayer or meditation group, support or project group, but whatever the agenda, its members can create "soul connections" for each other that become "agents of sociological change." Explore the potentials and possibilities of circles, their history, their structure, their ultimate purpose and significance when members uncover "reciprocal revelations" that lead to "sacred dimensions" of their voices and their souls.
Other New Dimensions' radio programs specifically about circles:
The Power of Circles with Sedonia Cahill and Charles Garfield, hosted by Michael Toms (Program #2686)
The Power and Promise of Young Women with K. Wind Hughes and Linda Wolf, hosted by Justine Willis Toms (Program #2749)
Into the Circle with Jean Shinoda Bolen, hosted by Justine Willis Toms (Program #2803)
Circles of Conversation with Vicki Robin, Juanita Brown, Leif Utne, hosted by Michael Toms (Program #3032)
Collective Creating Through Conversations with Juanita Brown and David Isaacs, hosted by Michael Toms (Program #3106)
Urgent Message, Gather the Women with Jean Shinoda Bolen, hosted by Bec Kageyama (Program #3101)
Alternative Structures: Transforming Hierarchy to Interactivity
This online video, written and produced by Dr. E. Margaret Fulton, presents a dynamic 3D animation that visually demonstrates how our society and consciousness is changing from a vertical, hierarchical model to one that is more creative and better fills the needs of a pluralistic society. It visually represents alternative structures to patriarchy and challenges the limitations this linear, vertical structure presents. As we listen to Fulton's narrative we are treated to a brilliantly conceived visual interpretation of her ideas.
Seeding Circles DVD featuring Barbara Marx Hubbard, Jean Shinoda Bolen, and Jean Houston in eight to ten minute segments that could jump-start significant conversations and seed circles. The DVD could be viewed all at once, but its best use is over three meetings. It comes with an informational booklet “Gather the Women: DVD Salons Facilitators’ Guidelines” which has suggestions about creating a circle with a center, what to say, and how to facilitate discussion with questions that follow each segment. Seeding Circles is an effective how-to about the need, potential and power of women’s circles. To order send a donation of $25.00 plus postage and handling of $3.00 U.S. (tax deductible) or more to: Gather the Women c/o Marilyn Nyborg 14480 Craig Lane, Grass Valley, CA 95945
to be one of the most important documentaries of our time. It brings
together women of diverse age, ethnicity and background as they listen
deeply to each other, and begin to create the new story and its consequences.
As the rise of women to full partnership with men in the whole domain
of human affairs is perhaps the most critical event in history, this
documentary, stands as witness to the nature and meaning of this world
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