Empathy Circles
engaging with life topics in a space of care and safety

An empathy circle is a place where we can come together around life topics and exchange our experiences, curiosity, doubts, challenges, celebrations and mourning while being held in an empathic presence. The topics I choose are related to the topics I work with and change accordingly to what is most life serving in that moment. 

 

Empathy

To me, empathy is the purest form of listening. A way of listening that makes me feel safe and at ease, that meets my needs for understanding and presence. When facilitating themed circles, I intend to stay in a place of empathy. This way I aim to create a safe space. If you want to read more about empathy and Nonviolent Communication, you can follow this link.

Upcoming circles

Pregnancy

You are welcome to join the circle at any stage of pregnancy. Partners are welcome.

The next circle is on Monday, June 14th

15:30 - 17:00 (CEST)

Birth

You are welcome to join the circle at any moment (one day to sixty years) after you gave birth. Partners are welcome.

The next circle is on Monday, June 21st

15:30 - 17:00 (CEST)

Pregnancy Loss

You are welcome to join the circle at any moment (one day to sixty years) after your pregnancy loss. Partners are welcome.

The next circle is on Monday, June 28th

15:30 - 17:00 (CEST)

Intimacy & Sexuality

An open space to engage with your intimate and sexual life in a safe space.

The next circle is on Monday, July 5th

15:30 - 17:00 (CEST)

Where

The circles are being held online using Zoom. Before the start of the circle, you will receive practical information about how this works.

How

This circle starts with a moment to arrive in the space and check-in with yourself. Every circle I intend to create an opportunity to go into break out rooms to connect in couples or small groups. We always close the session together in the circle.

Group

The circle will be limited to 16 participants *. In my experience, this group size can be an intimate and safe space to share our authentic and vulnerable self. The circle will be held in English. However, when there are people that speak your native language, we can check if you can go into a breakout room together.

* In case there are less than 8 participants for the circle I will cancel the circle no later than 24 hrs before the circle is planned to start. In that case, I will refund your contribution within 2 weeks of the cancellation announcement.

Materials

- Before starting the course, you will receive an email with practical information. I aim to send this maximum of 24 hrs before the circle.

- The sessions will be recorded for training purpose and will not be available for participants.

- There is no required reading before the course. However, I encourage you to come to one of my workshops if you want to learn more about empathic listening and Nonviolent Communication.

* I am in the process of becoming a certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication and I will use the recordings for my own learning and discuss them with my assessor. The recordings will not be shared with anyone else for privacy reasons. If for any reason you don't want to be recorded, please let me know before the session starts. 

Costs

My intention is to be inclusive. Aligned with that, I offer this circle using a sliding-scale fee based on income and free choice from €15 - €30 *​

 

* I wouldn’t want money to prevent you from being part of this circle. Asking for money is my way to care for the sustainability of my contribution to the world. I want to have a sense of mutual giving. The money supports me energetically to be balanced and keep my heart open and increase my capacity to give. Also, it helps me in meeting my practical stability (money). If the contribution I ask would prevent you from joining, I strongly encourage you to contact me to look for a strategy that works for both of us.

Register

To register for the circle, please follow the steps below:

 

1. Send me a payment * of choice via Paypal. When making the transfer, please mention your "full name" and "Circle + Date" to help me easily identify you. You can use the following ways to make the payment:

Paypal account:  message@tamaracatharina.com (Tamara Catharina)

* To register, I ask for a non-refundable payment. If you don't have the financial resources and want to join the circle, please let me know in your registration email.

**If you don't use Paypal, please contact me for other options.

2. Send me an email at message@tamaracatharina.com with the following information:

 

- First name 

- Last name

- Email address

And let me know if you have any questions or things you would like me to know before the circle starts.