Healing Circles

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Circle Discussion Questions

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Exploring Values 

  • What value would you like to offer for our space together? 
  • What value do you think would help us have this conversation in a way that causes no further harm?
  • When you are being human, at your best, what are you? (in a word or short phrase)
  • Imagine you are in conflict with a person who is important in your life. What values do you want to guide your conduct as you try to work out that conflict?
  • What is your passion?
  • What do you keep returning to in your life?
  • What touches your heart?
  • What gives you hope?
  • What demonstrates respect? 

Establishing Guidelines 

  • What agreements would you like for our circle to feel so that you can speak honestly and respectfully? 

Getting Acquainted 

  • What brought you to this job? 
  • What do you do to release stress from the job? 
  • Share a funny story from your work. 
  • What do you appreciate about your work? 
  • How would your best friend describe you? 
  • What would you not want to change about your life? 
  • If you had an unexpected free day, what would you like to do? 
  • What is your cultural heritage and what role does it play in your life? 


  • A time when you had to let go of control. 
  • A time when you were outside your comfort zone. 
  • An experience in your life when you “made lemonade out of lemons.” 
  • An experience of transformation when, out of a crisis or difficulty, you discovered a gift in your life. 
  • A time when you had to hear something very difficult from someone and afterward were grateful that it happened. 
  • An experience of causing harm to someone and then dealing with it in a way you felt good about. 
  • An experience of letting go of anger or resentment.
  • A time when you acted on your core values even though others were not. 
  • An experience where you discovered that someone was very different from the negative assumptions you first made about that person. 
  • An experience of feeling that you did not fit in.
  • A time in your life when you experienced justice.
  • An embarrassing moment that you can laugh at now. 

Exploring Issues or Concerns

  • How have you been affected by this situation? 
  • How do you feel about this situation? 
  • What’s been the hardest part of this situation for you? 
  • How have you been affected mentally, physically and emotionally by this situation? 

Taking Responsibility 

  • How have we each contributed to this situation, and how can each of us, by taking responsibility, act differently now? 
  • What needs to happen now to create a healthy workplace? 
  • Does anyone have anything to clear up with someone else in the circle? 
  • What is unspoken in the group that blocks good relationships or possible success? 
  • What do we need to do now to repair the harm that happened and to make sure it doesn’t happen again? 
  • What change would you like to see in your work group? What can you do to promote that change? 
  • In your experience, what supports healing? 

Clarifying Future Expectations

  • What do you expect to do differently as a result of this circle? 
  • What do you expect to be different (in your work unit or in this work relationship) after this circle? 
  • How will you know if things are better? 
  • What follow-up do you want to make sure that the understandings we have reached are working? 

Towards the End of a Circle

  • Is there anything you came with that you would like to leave behind? 
  • What are you taking from this circle that supports your healing? 
  • Where do you see yourself moving forward? 
  • What have you learned? 
  • What can you take away that is useful to you? 
  • How will these insights help you in the next two weeks? 

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