First, we sit in a circle. Then, the facilitator will ask if you’ve read the ground rules, and if you have anything you wish to add, change or take away. Once that’s settled, we have two minutes silence to leave our day at the door and get present.
Next is the check-in round, where we answer a list of questions (though you can say “Pass” at any time) to get the basics out of the way (name, age, status etc.) and get a feel for where a person is at and what they’re looking for from the group.
Then we will usually find a common thread among what was spoken about during the check-in - for example, feeling stuck in one’s career, or relationship issues. We’ll delve deeper into that topic, sharing our personal successes and failures, enabling us all to make more informed choices. The group can cover lots of diverse issues in a session, some deep, some funny, generally insightful and empowering.
Finally, we have two minutes silence to end, and then we go home!