Calling All Circles
Wisdom Advisory Circle

The circle evangelists listed below have agreed to serve on a Calling All Circles Wisdom Advisory Circle. All of them have years of experience in leading, teaching and/or writing about the power of circle.

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Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst and an internationally known author and speaker. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a former clinical professor of psychiatry at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, University of California Medical Center and a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the International Transpersonal Association, and the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. She is the author of thirteen books in over one hundred foreign editions.  She is a NGO Permanent Representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women from the Women’s World Summit Foundation (Geneva), also represents Pathways To Peace, The Millionth Circle, Earthchild Institute, Women’s Perspective, and the International Public Policy Institute. She is in three acclaimed documentaries: the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film “Women – For America, For the World,” the Canadian Film Board’s “Goddess Remembered,” and “Femme: Women Healing the World. Visit JeanBolen.com for more information.

Ann Smith
Ann Smith

Ann Smith is a circle evangelist, consultant, speaker, author, co-creator of circle events and resources and circle facilitator with forty years of experience working globally and locally.  She has participated in 54 global events learning from diverse cultures and bringing the power of circle as a concept and practice for healing and empowerment and a self-organizing tool for communities, organizations, networks and circles. She served as the Director of Women’s Ministries of the National Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion and Global Education Associations. She served as NGO consultant to the United Nations.  She is Co-Convener of The Millionth Circle, Gather the Women Regional Coordinator, Co-leader of Happehatchee Chapter of the Companions of the Holy Cross and Co-Creator of the newly forming Green Tent Circle that supports local circles worldwide in caring for one another and Mother Earth.  She, with hundreds of others worldwide, co-created and facilitated women’s circle leadership programs, training of circle facilitators, circle events, workshops, and publications. 

 

Ann is co-author of Stories from the Circle: Women’s Leadership in Community; Women Prints: A Detailed Plan of Action for the New Millennium; Women’s Uncommon Prayers: Our Lives Revealed, Nurtured, Celebrated.  She is co-creator of the unique Women’s Round Calendar that is both solar and lunar with moon phases that connects women’s bodies, minds and souls to nature’s natural rhythms and cycles. Her passion is to inspire and help women start and nurture sacred circles bringing a tipping point that replaces patriarchy and hierarchy with sacred circles.  Her dream to connect sacred circles for collaboration, resource sharing and storytelling is coming true with Calling All Circles Network.

Ann lives in Naples, Florida, on a nature preserve with husband Whitney and cat Brownie. She can be found on websites of www.greententcircle.com and www.millionthcircle.org.

Tej Steiner

Tej Steiner

Tej Steiner is an American Spiritual seeker/teacher, author, artist and coach. In 1988 while living in Toronto he studied group dynamics with Dr. Ross Laing, a pioneer teacher whose medical practice was primarily getting his clients to sit in circle together and be present with whatever happened to arise emotionally.  In 1990 he moved to Detroit Michigan and founded “Men in Circle” facilitating men’s circles with mostly white men who also had angry/absent fathers and were thus looking to get back into their bodies. In 2000 he moved to Ashland, Oregon, where he created the Heart Circle model after having facilitated thousands of circles in many different parts of the world. Heart Circles are now popping up everywhere around the world because people are hungry for connection and community. 

 

He has authored two books: Waking Up with Everyone Around Us, a ground-breaking book on the relationship between personal awareness and transformational group dynamics; and A Dangerous Work of Art and other Poems. Today, he continues to teach, write, coach, facilitate Heart Circles, and consult with businesses and organizations in group dynamics, all with an understanding that the dramatic personal and collective issues we face today require greater individual awareness and stronger co-operative communities: that our survival depends on this. You can visit his website at: tejsteiner.com

Sharon Riegie Maynard

Sharon Riegie Maynard

Sharon Riegie Maynard is the founder of the Sacred Ground Collective Community. In 1971, teachers from the spiritual world began answering her question, "What is the Cause of recurring pain cycles in which humanity is trapped?" Their answers are the foundation of the TAG, Galactic System of Transformation and Healing. She writes of her journey in the books, Remembering Earth Mission, from The Ancient Ones, Keepers of Galactic Secrets, and Heeding the Cries of Your Children, The Ancient Ones Give Warning

 

In 2012 she hosted the Women's Grassroots Congress womensgrassrootscongress.org/ to explore the values they wanted for their families, their children and their world and is now watching how the new movement of women indicates the Awakening of the Divine Missions of both Female and Male. For several years, she interviewed many amazing individuals on her online radio show, Weaving the World. 

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Corrina McFarlane

Corrina McFarlane is president of Great Questions Foundation 501(c)3, a founding member of WomenRise for Global Peace, and serves on the 1,000 Hummingbirds cross-creed Women’s Council; All Women, All Nations for the Waters of the Earth. Corrina earned a Peabody award [2022] for her role as a podcaster for World Without Oil Alternate Reality Game, was the TV host/moderator for the fourth annual Santa Cruz Industrial Hemp Expo, and longtime moderator for workshop presenters at the annual Ecological Farming Conference at Asilomar, Pacific Grove, California.

 

Certified in Conflict Resolution, she has served in her community on the Santa Cruz Probation Department's Restorative Justice board for first time offenders (nationally acclaimed initiative). She currently serves on the board of Center for Wise Democracy 501(c)3 <www.wisedemocracy.org/>, working with the founder of this participatory democracy model, Jim Rough., one among an ever-growing number of passionate 'democracy doulas.' Corrina is a human potential counselor, death doula, creator of ‘spirit songs,’performing weddings and other rites of passage, large and small, since 1991.

Born in the British Isles of Scots-Irish lineage, she has resided in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 31 years.

Dawn Gandalf

Dawn Gandalf

Dawn Gandalf is the Matrix Convener for Gather the Women Global Matrix <gatherthewormen.org>, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that connects women through Circles, creating safe space to share our true selves. In Circles, we find our voices, reclaim our power and remember our self-worth. We celebrate our unique diversity as well as the rising of the Divine Feminine, leading to personal and planetary transformation. We know that the circle is the most ancient way for human beings to come together.  In circle, there is no hierarchy and no separation. With a vase of colorful flowers on a beautiful scarf in the center, or some other object of beauty or meaning, we create a focal point. In very large gatherings, we use our ingenuity to create the sense of connection and intention that circle brings.

Within GTW, we come together to examine our beliefs and their origins. We help each other recognize who we are now, and who we would like to become. Together, we explore changes we would like to effect in the world. The possibilities are infinite when women are inspired and encouraged by each other.  We also find support and renewed energy in circle for what we are doing in our lives.

 

A GTW circle can be involved in the bigger picture of activism, but there does not have to be a specific agenda, other than to be inspired, affirmed, and/or empowered.  The circle can also simply be a safe place for renewal. GTW encourages gathering in circles for the betterment and empowerment of ourselves and all women.

Shannon Thompson

Shannon Thompson

Shannon Thompson, founder & Visionary Director of Shakti Rising, has over 30 years of experience with holistic innovations in addictions, mental health and trauma informed recovery. Her education in community building, social work and public health is blended with extensive training in nutrition, yoga, energy medicine, expressive art therapy and herbalism. Shannon consults and trains worldwide in strategic planning, emergent design, community engagement, and policy and practices for trauma recovery.  

Shakti Rising is a women-led, women centered social change organization cultivating the health, financial resilience and emergent leadership of women & girls across the country and around the globe. Our work actively promotes community well being, creating woman & child friendly societies that are safe, healthy, vibrant, diverse, sustainable and culturally alive. We do this through a feminine/feminist framework that is holistic, sustainable, trauma informed, creativity & community based and leadership oriented. Our 3 core programs: 

 

Shakti Feminine University:  liberatory grassroots learning

Transformational Recovery:  soul recovery

Alchemical Leadership:  coaching, consulting & training 


Curious? Check out the Heart of Shakti to learn more of our why, how & who.

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Paul Cheatham

Paul William Cheatham founded No Enemy WWW.NOENEMY.ORG on September 11, 2001 to spread a symbol of peace on organic cotton and hemp clothing and wood surfboards handmade in California. After getting a masters in Social Work with a focus on the potential for healing relationships with meditation Paul expanded the No Enemy organization to provide guidance for people interested in meditation.