Authenticity - Connection - Transformation

Art of Circling – Level 2: Facilitator Training

Flexible Format – Begin Anytime
14 weekend modules taken within 1-2 years

This is an advanced program for those who have taken Level 1 Circling training and want personalized mentorship to take your life to the next level & deepen your Circling or Coaching practice.

In The Art of Circling Facilitator Training, you will…


  • Deepen your personal growth and transformation through Circling and being Circled (and other practices) during the retreats
    • You will be coached and/or Circled by staff and your peers, who will be supporting you in fully embodying BE-ing in every aspect of your life
  • Deepen your capacity for authentic leadership
  • Engage in parts/shadow work that:
    • Continually opens you to welcoming and loving the most disowned parts of yourself
    • Liberates you from shame and self judgment
    • Gives you skills to work with the super-ego/inner critic in all its guises
  • Upgrade your life on every level (health, money, relationships etc.) that:
    • Brings your value, commitment and actions into living integrity
    • Will clear up unfinished business allowing for spontaneity, vitality and freedom
    • Align your actions, values, beliefs and identity with the essence of your being.
  • Develop or deepen meditation & mindfulness practices that are cultivated over the year, through a variety of Eastern and Western perspectives
  • Systematically upgrade the way you show up in all your relationships:
    • Keep the relational pipes clear
    • Initiate courageous conversations with others that opens up unforeseen worlds
    • Be submerged in a practice and context of continually opening your heart and receiving all the love in your life in a way that nourishes and renews you

Professionally (Learning and skills development):

  •  Learn to lead Authentic Relating Games & Practices, Circling Intro Events & Circling Weekend Intensives
    • Be on the hot seat and practice facilitating people who are new to Circling
    • Develop the ability to speak to different developmental stages of listening
    • How to lead gracefully WITH another Circler
    • The art of “Warm Handoffs”
  • Deepen your capacity to work with groups:
    • Working with defensiveness and resistance
    • Skillfully tracking and speaking the group “we-field” as it evolves
  • Deepen your understanding of relevant distinctions and theoretical models
    • For example:
      • Evolutionary/Adult development
      • Parts Work/Voice Dialogue
      • Existential Psychology
    • Gain deeper awareness of the structures of experience and the ability to respond to self and other to encourage evolution, growth and transformation
  • Deepen your skills at each stage of Circling:
    • Become a Master Circler & embody the practice at a more profound level by learning to coach & mentor students in the Art of Circling Practitioner Training
    • Learn to weave Circling into your coaching practice & more ways to elegantly create transformational experiences in your Circling sessions
    • For example:
      • Explorer Stage: Learn new and different ways to see and reveal one’s world
      • Warrior Stage: Parts/Shadow work for disowned aspects
      • Deep Sea Diver Stage: Somatic work; learn how to design and lead exercises from the bottom up
  • Develop your workshop leading and coaching skills, including:
    • Learning the art of enrollment, and how this is essential at every stage of working with people
    • Learning how to set context and present distinctions in front of the room in a way that is relational, engaging, and forwards the experience of the group.

What’s Included in The Art of Circling Facilitator Training:

  • Ten (10) Fridays of Immersion Training – Prior to each AOC Practitioner Training Module in Berkeley, CA
  • Ten (10) Weekend Modules of Level 1 Practitioner Training – with opportunities to staff, coach, mentor & learn the principles & skills at a deeper level. You will continue to receive coaching on your Circling plus coaching/instruction on your facilitation skills.
  • Four (4) Weekend Modules of Level 2 Facilitator Training – held once every quarter where we dive deep into  working on your deepest blocks, edges or stuck patterns that prevent you from showing up in your fullest embodiment in life and as a facilitator.
  • Practice one-to-one mentoring of Level 1 students
  • Practice supervising and coaching in the Level 1 Peer Group Circling
  • Learn to create, design, market & lead Circling & Authentic Relating events – from idea to implementation, including the typical 3-hour Circling intro nights, Games nights, Weekend Intensives or whatever else you wish to co-invent.
  • Peer Group Circling – Practice with fellow advanced students to deepen your skills and receive ongoing support.
  • Supervised Virtual Circling Practice – Practice with your fellow students as the instructors coach you and give detailed feedback once a month.
  • Four (4) individual meetings with instructors – to discuss your progress & individualize your training.
  • Outreach Training – learn to develop & own your voice and speak at events, on social media, webinars, festivals & expos, podcasts, posting videos, blogging, in schools, corporations, prisons and anywhere you are drawn to make a difference.
  • Private Facebook group – Where you can stay in intimate contact with your peers and instructors as you are learning and sharing.
  • Homework assignments, reading materials and popular media references – To deepen your knowledge and skills.
  • Opportunity to create Strategic Alliance with The Circling Institute – with cross promotion and mutual support. This is a potential pathway to working with us more fully in the future as a Co-Facilitator and/or Trainer.
  • Fulfill the prerequisites to take our eventual Level 3 – Course Leader Training – to teach our Level 1 & 2 courses and develop your own unique courses and offerings.

Certification Requirements:

  • Attend & demonstrate proficiency in all facets of the course
  • Ten (10) Fridays of Immersion Training & Ten (10) Weekend Modules of Level 1 Practitioner Training  – within a 2-year period.
  • Four (4) Weekends of Level 2 Training – within a 2-year period.
  • Twelve (12) one-to-one Mentoring sessions with Level 1 students – 3 of which are supervised or recorded. Includes tracking, taking notes, offering support.
  • Assist with creation & facilitation of 18 Circling Intro events or Weekend Intensives, 12 of which you lead or co-lead.
  • Twelve (12) sessions supervising and coaching in the Level 1 Peer Group Circling
  • Record 2 circling sessions and review with course leaders
  • Four (4) individual meetings with instructors – to discuss your progress & individualize your training.
  • Outreach – this is your “thesis in action” – demonstrate initiative & creativity by producing at least 2 of your own offerings from the Outreach Training suggestions above.
  • Vision – generate and write an inspiring vision for yourself and how you will use and/or share circling and your services.

Total Tuition

  • $4,995
  • 6 Month and 12 Month Payment Plans available.
  • Some partial trades may be negotiated – be creative in your value exchange offering!

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Art of Circling Level 1 Practitioner Training Certification Or Equivalent Training (this will require a Certification Testing and possibly taking specific Modules from the Level 1 Training to bolster your existing kills based on your current competency levels).


Berkeley, CA

Apply now to join us for one of the most amazing years of your life! To ask more questions and explore if the course is a fit for you, contact us to set up a conversation: info[at]circlinginstitute[dot]com

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