Circles are a place to experience the profundity of humanity, to connect to the mysteries and beauty within every heart. Simply by sitting in a circle, sharing your truth and being witnessed by your peers, can provide a radical transformation in your life. When we sit in a circle, we are unplugged from our screens which allows connection to one another in a meaningful way. We get to create a utopian moment.
There is a wisdom greater than ourselves that is revealed. The circle speaks and reminds us that all things and all people are connected. Given the opportunity to hear someone else's story, we realize that we are not alone with our questions, struggles or triumphs. The false assumption that we all carry - that we are so different or so flawed -simply melts away into the center of the circle. Empathy, compassion, and connection blossom in a circle.
Circling enhances our intuition as we get to listen to our authentic inner voice. As we practice deeper listening to our inner guidance system, our awareness and ability to “read signs” expands. We become more self-aware. We get to know ourselves and experience an increase in self-esteem, self-empowerment, and overall expansiveness. We become centered in self and practice courage as we learn to speak more confidently with others. Circles are a place to remember who you truly are. Simply by being witnessed, held and supported, radical transformation is possible.
Founder - The Art of Circling, Circle Facilitator, Way of Council Carrier, Mindfulness Coach.
Andrea "Dré" Bendewald is the founder of Art of Circling in Los Angeles. After moving from New York to Los Angeles, she fell in love with the power of circling. Since that life-changing experience 25 years ago she has been advocating for its purpose and power.
Today, Bendewald is a renowned circle facilitator and people around the world have been drawn to her work. The Art of Circling can be experienced through retreats, private sessions, as well as workshops. Bendewald’s circles attract a worldwide audience, including the c-suite of Fortune 500 companies and the Hollywood stars. Bendewald and the Art of Circling have been featured by publications such as People, Hollywood Reporter, New York Times and Self Magazine.
“From the very first circle I sat in, I was blown away by its powerful impact. My self-esteem and entire spirit was lifted by the circle. The first circle was with a group of Hollywood, self -empowered women and I was struck by how comforting it was to hear them share. Their stories were as complex as my inner emotional landscape. Successful actors, singers writers, and producers sitting across from me, all had the same fears, hopes dreams and challenges as I did. I instantly felt at home and less alone. In that moment my life was transformed. I was so scared to share, but when I did, I experience something profound: That to be seen, heard, and witnessed, in a safe and sacred way, is more healing than anything else I have ever experienced. I fell in love with the art of circling at that moment, and haven’t stopped circling ever since.”