Ashley Berry is a community organizer, Thai bodywork practitioner and participating member of the New England Council Collective, an organization devoted to sharing the talking circle practices of The Way of Council. She holds talking circles at Thrive Integrative Wellness in Florence, MA
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Integrative Community Talking Circle
Talking circles are ancient practices used for community building, healing, and integration.
There will be two talking circles, one on Saturday afternoon, and one on Sunday evening. Through deep listening, reflection and verbal expression, we bring awareness to our own most meaningful moments leading up to and during the festival. We will share our stories about what brought us here, what is moving within us, and what we are taking home. In the circle, we have an opportunity to be witnessed in our story, to witness others as they share their stories, and to witness the unfolding of the larger collective story of our community, within a shared festival experience. In this way, the circle process itself is a key practice to facilitate deeper integration of our individual and collective experiences, and to clarify the role that transformational festivals play in the nurturance of healthy communities, in the interest of returning home with an integrated knowing of the gifts we receive in gathering for festival, and how they can serve and support our purpose in the world.