Online sharing circle

An opportunity to come together with community, to listen and be heard.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation as the traditional custodians of the land where we live. We pay our respects to their elders past and present and express our deep gratitude for their ongoing care of this land. We celebrate the continuation of Aboriginal cultures and emerging Aboriginal leaders. Sovereignty of this land has never been ceded.

We (Kiri and Melissa) would like to invite you to join us for an online sharing circle. We will be using Zoom to hold a 90 minute space for sharing what is alive for each of us as we turn toward the unfolding climate crisis.

We have gained much solace from the face to face gatherings we have attended in recent weeks. One thing that gives us hope in all this is the way communities have banded together in mutual care and support. We are aware that not everyone has the opportunity to access these kinds of circles and spaces. We hope that offering an online space will give more people a chance to experience the solace of sharing and being witnessed in their feelings.

Our grief for the Earth is part of our love, part of what inspires right action and right relationship. When we come together in community to share the feelings that are alive in us we create opportunities for connection.

We are grateful for the technology that allows us to convene this space and are taking this opportunity to experiment with creating connection and a sense of sacred space online. Thank you for joining us in this experiment.

Sunday 2nd February 2020 7pm – 8.30pm

Registration via the following link essential:

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Grief Circle


We acknowledge that this event will take place on the country of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay deep respect to elders past, present, and emerging.

At this time of ecological and climate crisis, we are opening a space to share feelings. To hear others and be heard in a safe inclusive space. May our feelings guide us toward connection with each other and the Earth as we witness the impacts of climate change.

This event is free but please register (via the Facebook event) as we have limited spaces

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  • Practice strategies for involving staff and stakeholders in decision making,
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