The Beginning

Circle started around the cook-fires of humanity’s ancestors and has accompanied us ever since. We remember this space. When we listen, we speak more thoughtfully. We lean in to shared purpose.
Christina Baldwin & Ann Linnea, The Circle Way

Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth, that around every circle another can be drawn.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We have the opportunity in circle … to heal our old stories and to make new stories that lead to different actions and create a different world.
Christina Baldwin & Ann Linnea, Nursing Leadership for Healing Circles

The Evolution of Healing Circles Communities

Healing Circles Healthcare is a result of the rich heritage of those who came before, a line of Healing Circles communities – each with its own history – that continue to offer Healing Circles and services worldwide:

  • 1980


    Commonweal, located in Bolinas, CA, was established more than four decades ago, and has more than two dozen programs in health and healing, education and arts, and the environment and justice.

  • 1992

    The Circle Way methodology was founded by Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea.



  • 2015


    Healing Circles Langley was started in a small rural community in Washington state, initially based on Commonweal’s Cancer Help Program.

  • 2016

    Harmony Hill was established in Washington state as an expansion of Commonweal’s Healing Circles Cancer Help Program.



  • 2016


    Healing Circle Houston, developed as an expansion of Commonweal’s Healing Circles Cancer Help Program, demonstrated that this concept could be applied in a large urban setting.

  • 2016

    Healing Circles Global began in 2016 as an umbrella organization of several sister centers:  Callanish Society (British Columbia), Healing Circles Langley (WA), Harmony Hill (WA), Smith Center (Washington, DC), and Revadim (Jerusalem). 



  • 2018


    Healing Circles Healthcare  By 2018, the Healing Circles Global retreats held at Commonweal had grown to include representatives beyond Israel and BC to Europe, India, and more.  Several interest groups emerged from these retreats. Healing Circles Healthcare was one of those groups, formed by a team of visionary nurse leaders. The mission was set, To bring the power of Healing Circles to each other, healthcare and the world.  They started by hosting in-person Healthcare Healing Circles in all Healing Circles communities.  

  • 2020

    Healing Circles HealthcareIt soon became clear in 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, that the need for Healing Circles for nurses and all healthcare workers was reaching critical levels.  Healing Circles Global quickly expanded its access and reach by offering Healing Circles online worldwide. Since then, the demand for Healing Circles training and support in organizations has climbed. And we are responding.    



  • 2022