Circles are groups at the Summer House where guests can feel safe raising feelings among folk who might share similar life experiences. Several community members have kindly volunteered to host such circles and I fully support that people have stepped forward to provide something they feel was absent and would be of benefit to some guests.
The concept may not be to everyone's taste but it is intended for those who really need that service. Circles will be entirely optional and will not in any way replace the mixed “pods” that we encourage everyone to join each day.
We haven’t yet found the perfect timings but our hope is that the Circles will not be mutually exclusive: as people’s experiences and identities intersect, some guests may wish to attend more than one.
We ask that our community members don't disrespect the intention here, which is to provide safer spaces for specific groups of people: so obviously if you're white, please don't go to the Black & POC group. And we trust that there won’t be any policing of suitability: we want people to feel welcome in the groups that fit their gender regardless of how they present.