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On completion of the Shift course, most participants find that that alongside the pillar practice of meditation, their experience of sitting in Circle has also had a profound (and sometimes unexpected) impact.

This unique experience of connection is one that most Shift participants want to continue. 

Developing  Circle participation as another pillar practise becomes the next natural step on their Shift journey.


So how do you embed and deepen your Circle experience?
How do you sustain a powerful and effective Circle?

The Circle (container) Program

We have personally sat in Circle for almost 20 years and have supported the initiation of hundreds of Circles in Australia and abroad.  We know what it takes to build a powerful, impactful and enriching Circle, and are inspired to create a vehicle to share our passion and our expertise. 

The Circle Program builds on the Circle experience in your Shift course, providing access to tools, resources, processes and structures to enable a deep understanding of this unique gathering. 

The Circle Program will support you to sustain your Circle as a pillar practice that makes a marked difference in your ongoing growth and development. 

Outline of the Program You’ll be guided on a range of elements essential to creating and nurturing the Safe container that we know as the Circle.

Creating a safe space

the foundations of a successful Circle. Creating clarity around the guidelines, the structure, the processes, the agreements and the rules of engagement that ensure a powerful and safe Circle experience for all participants. Some of the concepts covered include:
  • Punctuality
  • Consistency
  • Timing
  • Agreements
  • Opinions vs Judgements

Sharing and feedback

a training in creating a unique conversation between Circle participants. Being able to share openly and authentically, and being able to give and receive effective feedback, are skills that can be developed. Some of the concepts covered include:
  • Listening into the unsaid
  • Where to speak from
  • Why it’s a unique conversation
  • Use of language
  • Expressing oneself clearly
  • Story vs Sharing
  • Reporting vs Authenticity

Be a contribution to others and be contributed to

An opportunity to explore areas of our lives that challenge us as well as championing each other through the victories. This session explores how to support each other on a deeper and more meaningful level.

Some of the concepts covered include:

  • Feeling like it vs commitment
  • Accountability and support
  • Serving and being served
  • Victories and challenges
  • Friendships,
  • Sustaining pillar practises

Sustaining and Refining the Circle

The life cycle of each individual circle. Every Circle has it’s own rhythm and it’s own ebbs and flows. Explore how to manage  confrontation and uncomfortable moments, mixed agenda’s and anything else that might affect the Circle’s natural phases. Some of the concepts covered include:
  • Rules, Guidelines, Agreements
  • Handling conflict and different personalities
  • Introducing new members
  • How to manage members exiting Circle
  • Introducing new practises
  • Ongoing support

The circle program

The circle program is designed to support circle attendees to navigate and deepen this unique conversation. 


The Circle Program is created by Brett Churnin and Michael (Sherpa) Britton

Together they have almost 40 years of experience in circle work. They are also the creators of the Men’s Circle Field Guide – a framework for running circles used by thousands of people across the world.

They are supported by a team of Sit facilitators all of whom are passionate about Circle and are regular attendees of circle


The goal is that each circle becomes self led after a period of 12 – 18 circle gatherings

Each circle is led by a different member on a rotating basis. 

The person leading the circle attends a mentoring session in the week leading into circle 

Circle-Leadership and Mentoring sessions are offered live and online. 

Circle Composition

Circle is held fortnightly for 2 hours

Each Shift graduating cohort becomes a circle and attendees are given the choice as to whether to continue or not 

Over 90% of our Shift graduates continue in Circle 

A minimum number of people required to create a circle is 4 and we recommend that a circle is no bigger than 8-10 attendees

Circles are held both online and face to face and are gender specific 

The commitment to being in circle is a serious one


Circle is part of our Container offering. 

The circle fee is $285. This can be paid up front or in instalments 


Sit facilitator visiting the circle 3 times

3 mentoring sessions for each participant 

Access to the circle field guide

Access to the circle portal 

monitoring and support with all group comms

Access to a Sit facilitator as required to answer any circle questions or concerns  

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