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Circling and Authentic Relating – Marin

January 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Authentic Relating and the practice of “Circling”

Do you crave:
-More fulfilling relationships?
-Conscious & loving community?
-To feel more alive?

Come play, experience and integrate practical skills to:
-Create deep, intimate connections
-Transform ordinary surface conversations into juicy, heart opening, enlightening explorations for personal insights and healing
-Become more present and comfortable in your own skin
-Uncover our “relational blind spots” where we push away the depth of connection and intimacy that’s possible
-Practice listening to someone’s soul essence like a people whisperer
-“Get someone’s world” like a Jedi master
-Tap into the power of your vulnerability that has you more lovable
-Be understood, appreciated and celebrated for the essence of who you are
-Create more love, connection and community in your life and the world

Join us for an evening of authentic relating, practicing profoundly unique skills like getting someone’s world (deep empathy), sharing impact (honesty and vulnerability), and speaking the moment (courage, insight, shared reality, making connection more important than content). This work has been powerful and deeply nourishing for me and I’d love to share it with you. I’ve never seen a practice more adept at melting the distance between two hearts.
~ Jon Cotton

What does circling look like in terms of format?
A group of 4-10 people sit in a circle and put their attention primarily on one person, and, with the help of a facilitator, notice what it’s like being with this person moment by moment, share impact and observations, and co-explore what that person’s experience and world is like, essentially getting into deep relationship with what is most true and alive for that person. A typical evening includes introductions, an exercise to practice authentic relating and 2 rounds of circling – each approximately 30-35 minutes in length.

The experience of “being seen” for who we authentically are is one of the most rewarding experiences we can have as human beings, and Circling teaches us exactly that­, how to see and celebrate each person for the unique flavor they bring to the world.

We don’t give advice or try to fix anyone. Rather, we welcome and stay with “what is”, so we can relax into the truth of our experience, feel supported and know we are not alone.

“Circling is to get in a deep relationship with what is.”
– Guy Sengstock, Founder of Circling

For deeper understanding, check out
6 Things the Practice of Circling Does Really Well…

and/or call Jon Cotton, 510-653-3473 for more information.

$20 cash or check, at the door, or

Location Note:
Just off 101 Bel Marin Keys exit

If late or need directions, text or call:
Edgie Phillips 415-845-0446
Jon Cotton 510-435-5360

Currently we meet one Sunday afternoon per month.
More to come as the community grows.

Your Facilitators: Jon Cotton, Edgy Phillips and Guy Sengstock
Together, they are not afraid to lead with their own humanity, vulnerability and humor to keep it real.

Jon Cotton has been practicing circling for over 6 years. Jon is a personal growth seminar creator & facilitator, psychic reader & healer, nutritionist, natural health expert and UC Berkeley MBA. He has taught workshops for 25 years in meditation, healing, intuition, practical spirituality, NLP, Firewalking – for personal power, overcoming fear & creating what seems impossible, Breathwork, Speaking Circles, intimacy, authentic relating and the Art of Circling and leads trips to swim with dolphins. He creates an uncommon atmosphere of safety, trust & intimacy. Through a loving and compassionate presence he shares how to fulfill our deepest human needs, to create unconditional love and community in our lives.

Edgy Phillips has a Masters degree from JFK University in 2001, in counseling psychology, with a specialization in Somatics (body-oriented therapy). He did the 2-year Hakomi training, along with numerous additional trauma trainings with the Hakomi Institute and several other organizations. Edgy was also involved with Kids Turn since 2000, was a group facilitator for the Coming Home Project, and was trained in mediation by the Redwood Recourse center. He has designed and led numerous personal growth workshops and retreats since 1992. Edgy works with individuals, couples, intentional communities, families, groups and organizations. He’s been circling for 3 years.

Guy Sengstock is the founder and creator of the modality of Circling. He has been facilitating transformation for individuals, groups and corporations internationally for more than 20 years. He has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is the co-founder of The Arête Center for Excellence and the Bay Area Men’s Circle, which is still thriving today. He is an artist, philosopher, poet, body-worker, and visionary.

Many refer to Guy as a genius in both his depth of thinking and in his way of working with clients. His humor, depth and quality of attention allows people to see and hear those things which have always been present yet have never occurred for them. He wakes up every day with an insatiable craving to discover the source of life’s novelty and can’t help himself but to attempt to awaken this thirst in everyone he encounters. You can read more about Guy at


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