• Deepen access to your present-moment experience
  • Become more aware of your emotions, somatic state, and beliefs
  • Heal from past trauma
  • Connect with others through a facilitated weekly support group

Registrations for the April 2024 CI Circles are open

CI Circles is a somatic-based psychotherapeutic 10-week series focused on a different inquiry each week. Each inquiry consists of key questions which participants will be encouraged to reflect upon and journal; discuss with group members; and explore further during the week. Some of the themes addressed in the weekly sessions include: finding safety within one’s body and nervous system; processing a trigger; expressing authenticity; expanding into possibilities and much more.

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Circle leaders:

CI Circles are led by highly skilled CI Circle Leaders who are all certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioners.

Explore the schedule of the April 2024 cohort led by the Circle Leaders here and also access their profiles.

Themes for the weeks:

Recording of Week 4 Circle Session

  • Week 4 Circle Session may be recorded or observed for safety and nurturing
  • This is to uphold best practices and standards for Circle Leaders
  • Circle Leader may record or invite a Circle Steward to observe
  • Participants can choose between these options provided
  • The practice also provides regular supervision to the Circle Leaders

Attendance Requirements for Circle Participants

  • To build and maintain the safety of the group, participants are required to attend at least 8 of the 10 meetings.
  • If three meetings are missed, the participant will be removed from the Google Calendar invite and the Zoom invite. If you wish to repeat the course after missing three sessions, you will be able to do so at a 50% discount.

After the start of the program, it is not possible for the participants to switch groups, so please be mindful when choosing your time slot.

In CI Circles you will explore:

CI Circles are for

  • Anyone above the age of 18
  • Individuals who can commit to participate in all 10 group sessions
  • Individuals who want to increase their self-awareness
  • Individuals prepared for a deep experience, that may be triggering and may bring up unresolved childhood issues
  • Bring a desire to connect with, listen to, and understand others and their unique experience, as well as your own

Because of the depth of self-reflection required, CI Circles are not suitable for:

  • Individuals in active addiction to substances
  • Individuals with severe mental illness

Meet Dr. Gabor Maté:

Dr. Gabor Maté is a retired physician, bestselling author, an internationally renowned speaker and the creator of the Compassionate Inquiry approach to psychotherapy.

Dr. Maté evolved his therapeutic approach over the course of a 20-year personal journey. It emerged as a synthesis of his work with patients in family practice, palliative care, and addiction rehabilitation. He later developed the system further while facilitating integration workshops focused on healing trauma through the use of psychedelics.

CI Circles Cohort Details

  • Begins three times annually – Start of January, April and September
  • A 10 week series, with weekly sessions of 2 hours each
  • The number of participants in each group ranges from 10 -18
  • Currently CI Circles are available in English, Spanish, and Romanian

I spent my entire life searching for that feeling, that feeling of comfort and acceptance. I finally found it with compassionate inquiry. I’m learning to never look back and keep moving forward. I owe it to myself, my children and my family to keep on my healing journey. I know that’s my purpose in life.


The Compassionate Inquiry training was a deeply rewarding (and often challenging) experience that has given me greater insight into who I really am and helped me find more freedom, ease and joy in my life. The training provided me with the skills to confidently guide others into that process of self-inquiry in a very efficient, effective and most importantly, compassionate way.

~ B. J., Coach and Yoga Teacher, Montreal, Quebec

For all the many therapies, courses and trainings I’ve done, all of which I’m grateful for, it’s been CI that’s taught me what self-love requires. Now, I’m in my integrity to pass on this gift, professionally.

~ M. R., Group Facilitator, London, UK
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For CI Circles Discount

Please email [email protected] to request the discount link. It is not possible for the participants to switch groups, so please be mindful when choosing your time slot.

Discount Eligibility

  • You have already completed one cycle of the Compassionate Inquiry Circles and would like to attend again
  • You are currently enrolled in or have completed the Compassionate Inquiry Professional Online Training
  • You have paid for and are registered for the Compassionate Inquiry Self-Study Short Course
  • If you fit one of the above categories, please email [email protected] for the discounted payment link

To qualify for the discount, please send proof of course payment to [email protected]
Your email will be answered within 48hrs, during the office working days, Monday to Friday.

If you are an organization interested in enrolling individuals in Compassionate Inquiry Circles?

Please fill out this form to apply as an organization. You may contact [email protected] for additional questions.

One of the gifts of group processes is the connections within a community which shares the same values and intention towards healing. Though we may live in different communities, the issues we navigate are similar. Feedback we received from you was that you valued the sense of belonging in the CI Circle, which we would like to facilitate further through creating a regular space where we can hold one another in compassion and understanding.

You are invited to join the membership when you have completed your participation in the Compassionate Inquiry Circles. By purchasing the membership, you will get access to CI Circles Monthly Follow-up Zoom Meetings.

Date of starting: January every year

Number of meetings: 10

Frequency: Monthly

Duration of each session: 2 hours


To understand the CI Approach we invite you to attend our

CI Live Demo held on March 2, 2024

CI Circles Cancellation Policy

This is an experiential program with a limited number of spaces available. Since a space is reserved for you when you register and pay, there are no refunds available for this course 14 days prior to the start date, and thereafter. No exceptions. If you request a refund 15 or more days before the start date, it will be granted, minus a $250 CAD admin fee. (To convert to your local currency, click here)

Course Withdrawal

Compassionate Inquiry Inc reserves the right to deny acceptance to a Compassionate Inquiry Circles applicant and to withdraw a participant from the Compassionate Inquiry Circles at any time if the Compassionate Inquiry Circle Leader or the admin team determine that a participant’s behaviour, attitude or views could negatively impact the quality of the Circle experience or group, or if the participant is not a good fit for the program. Compassionate Inquiry Inc, in its sole discretion, may terminate a participant’s participation at any time. If this should occur, Compassionate Inquiry Inc will refund the tuition paid for the training.