Convening Conscious Conversation Circles

Conversations that MatterDr. Paul Ward has been convening conscious conversation circles, in-person and via video conference, for more than ten years. As a master facilitator and Art of Convening graduate, Paul creates safe and intimate conversation circles of people who want to consciously explore their inner and outer journeys through dialogue. 

Conscious Conversation Circles are typically gatherings of six to ten people, who come together regularly to explore topics of shared interest, to share wisdom and experience, and to support each other on journeys of collaboration and transformation. Building on Parker Palmer’s teaching around Circles of Trust, these Conscious Conversation Circles allow participants to hold space for each other, creating containers for deep listening and gentle speaking in an environment of stillness and conscious awareness, allowing us to be alone together in powerful relationships with others. 

Examples of Conscious Conversation Circles include:

  • Spiritual circles
  • Leadership Circles
  • Soul Circles
  • Social impact Circles
  • Ecological Circles
  • Environmental Circles
  • Elder Circles 

Conscious Conversation Circles may adopt different models such as wisdom circles, case clinics, or mastermind groups; the circles may follow a lightly structured curriculum or be open to what emerges. Each gathering will be consciously convened and gently guided to allow all the voices to be heard without judgment. Buddy conversations between the group sessions may enhance the experience.

“Gentle but firm, Paul guides you through a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment that leads to a new way of looking at the world. A lot has changed in my life from this experience and I am so very grateful!”

Pam Gionfriddo

CEO, Florida

“As a member of Paul’s Soul Circle, I was struck by the intimacy this group achieved in such a short time. Paul’s open and receptive style made the flow of our group very welcoming.”

Penny Andrews

Chaplain and Retreat Leader, Wisconsin

“I am still thinking about and sharing with others what I experienced at your workshop last week. You have a wonderful gift for moving people along without “directing” but with kind solicitude.”

Susan Schefflein

Writer and Artist, New York

For more information about
Conscious Conversation Circles,
please contact Dr. Paul Ward