The Magic of Circles

The circle has always been an important symbol, known for representing infinity and wholeness. So What Else adopted a practice called Dialogue or Restorative Circles, into our youth programs, to create a safe space for healthy communication. Dialogue circles are when our students and instructors come together to form a circle of discussion.


Whether its to check-in at the start a session or end an activity, we have always used Dialogue Circles to help us create a culture of inclusion for the youth in our programs.


Using a Dialogue Circle allows participants to…

…gather with intention.

…face each other directly, instead of facing the front of the room or the instructor.

…have the space and time to share, with the use of a talking piece.

…come together to share their work.

….re-center during transitions.

….ask the tough questions they feel intimidated to ask their parents or guardians.

…give constructive feedback.


We have found in our programs, that by using dialogue circles consistently with our youth, we see a boost in collaborative attitudes and overall respect of the space and others.

Share how you think you can use Dialogue Circle’s in your own life?

Tips on how to lead your own circle:

  • Arrange chairs, or sit, in a circle.

  • Give shared ground rules of respect and patience within the circle.

  • Use a talking piece when diving into a session where all youth are sharing.

  • Revisit the circle at different times during your time together.

  • Warm-up with a gratitude share.

Thanks for reading!

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