Compassionate Inquiry Circles are interactive, facilitated, experiential group sessions that introduce participants to key concepts and practices in CI, and initiate the process of Self-Inquiry.

CI Circle Leaders will guide groups of 8-18 circle participants through a 10 week series consisting of an orientation followed by 9 sessions focused on a different inquiry each week consisting of key questions. These questions help the client to experience and express what is true for them in the present moment, while simultaneously bringing awareness to what obstructs authentic expression. Participants will be encouraged to reflect and journal each week, and to share their experiences and insights in their group. The Compassionate Inquiry Circles are based on the work of Dr. Gabor Maté, further developed by Sat Dharam Kaur ND.

Participants Receive

  • Access to the Compassionate Inquiry 2-Day Workshop recordings from Vancouver, 2018
  • Transcripts of these recordings
  • Booklet with the CI Circle Weekly Themes and questions pertaining to those themes
  • Ten weeks of CI Circles with a CI Circle Leader

About Compassionate Inquiry Circles

  • The CI Circles are not a webinar or a drop-in group – they are facilitated support groups to inquire into one’s present-moment experience, to identify one’s emotions, somatic state, and beliefs, and to recover from past trauma
  • This is not an intellectual discussion group – it is a deeply experiential support group based on self-inquiry
  • Because of the depth of self-reflection required, the CI Circles are not suitable for individuals in active addiction to substances
  • The CI Circles are not suitable for individuals with severe mental illness

Who May Attend?  

  • Anyone over age 18 is welcome to submit an application to attend a CI Circle
  • It is recommended but not mandatory that you are working simultaneously with a therapist and/or CI Practitioner. 
  • Applicants will fill out and submit a detailed intake and release form
  • Once the intake form is reviewed, if the applicant is accepted, they are invited to register, pay and choose their weekly time slot for their CI Circle
  • Be prepared for a deep experience, that may be triggering and will bring up unresolved childhood issues 
  • Compassionate Inquiry is a somatic-based psychotherapeutic approach – it will be helpful if you are simultaneously engaged in bodywork, breathing practices, yoga or mindful movement practices
  • Self-reflection and journalling are necessary components of the CI Circle experience
  • Please bring a commitment to participate in all 10 group sessions
  • Bring a desire to connect with, listen to, and understand others and their unique experience, as well as your own

Participating in Compassionate Inquiry Circles was a fantastic experience. Safety, attunement and compassion were established very quickly in our group. The safety and holding I experienced enabled me to really embody and integrate the rich content. I found it easy to reach and express areas of my being that had previously been unexplored. I was given all the space I needed to be present with myself and at the same time experience a deep closeness and holding. I can see myself staying connected to all the other participants in my group – maybe with a book club or further study group, or maybe just to connect and chat! Deepest gratitude to my group members and to the Compassionate Inquiry team.

– Kevin

    Cost for Participants

    • Regular price of $800 CAD for ten sessions of CI Circles – 10 weeks in total
    • If you are repeating the CI Circles, without the CI Workshop recordings, the cost is $400 CAD
    • If you are participating in or have completed the CI Professional Online Training or CI Self-Study Short Course, then the cost is $400 CAD

    The Format

    The size of the Compassionate Inquiry Circle groups will vary between 8-18 people.

    Compassionate Inquiry Circles are ten week group support programs. They will begin during the weeks of Jan 1, Apr 1, Sept 1, 2022.

    The Compassionate Inquiry Circles begin with a 2 hour orientation session to get to know each other, and review the guidelines to maintain an environment conducive to healing. For the next nine weeks, the Compassionate Inquiry Circles continue by exploring a specific theme of inquiry each week, consisting of several questions. Each session is 2 hours in length. The format of each session includes individual sharing in the larger group as well as in smaller breakout rooms. Currently the CI Circles are held online, on Zoom and are conducted in English.

    Dates for the January 2022 Compassionate Inquiry Circles:

    • Each 2-hour weekly meeting will be held at the same time every week, depending on your Circle Leader’s availability.
    • Upon registering you will choose a time slot and possible theme provided by a Circle Leader.
    • Some of the circle groups have a particular theme; while others are general and open 
    • All of the groups will work with the same content and weekly questions for inquiry
    • The January program will run over 10 weeks starting the week of January 3-9 (Monday-Sunday), to the week of March 7-14 (Monday-Sunday), 2022.

    Applications for the January, 2022 Compassionate Inquiry Circles will close on December 2, 2021 at midnight ET. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Dec 5.  Registration and payment close on December 10, 2021. Circles begin the week of Jan 1.

    See the CI Circle Leaders and Dates starting Jan 2022

    Apply for the next CI Circle, Starting January 2022

    CI Circle Leaders

    CI Circle Leaders are trained extensively in Compassionate Inquiry and group facilitation. They come from a variety of backgrounds in the health and helping professions and have:

    1. Completed the year-long CI Professional Training.
    2. Completed the 5-month CI Mentorship Program.
    3. Completed at least 6 months of the year-long CI Internship Program. 
    4. Certified as a Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner.
    5. An active clinical practice in Compassionate Inquiry
    6. Attended at least 10 Master Classes with Dr. Gabor Maté 
    7. Participated in at least one round of CI Circles as a participant
    8. Been approved to lead a CI Circle

    You may not engage with your CI Circle Leader for private therapy sessions outside of the CI Circle Group, but you may work with a different CI Circle Leader for private therapy. All of the CI Circle Leaders are certified CI Practitioners. 

    The Weekly Themes

    • Week One:  Safety through Connection
    • Week Two:  Access the Wisdom of the Body
    • Week Three:  Explore Your Triggers
    • Week Four:  Know What Happened to You
    • Week Five:  Express Your Authenticity
    • Week Six:  Address Your Needs
    • Week Seven:  Practice Self-Compassion for All Parts of You
    • Week Eight:  Be Response-Able
    • Week Nine:  Affirm the Possibility in You

    CI Circle Meetings

    Participants are invited to continue to engage with the themes and questions in the weeks ahead, and beyond, through personal practice and journaling. Once you complete one cycle of the CI Circles, you may begin again at a reduced cost.

    How You May Benefit

    • Learn techniques for self-regulation
    • Befriend your nervous system 
    • Experience safety within yourself
    • Understand your behavioural patterns and coping strategies
    • Explore the origin of your emotional and physical pain
    • Learn to work with your triggers
    • Develop self-compassion for all parts of you
    • Discover the wisdom in your trauma and utilize it for growth
    • Accept what happened to you
    • Experience freedom from your reactivity and limiting beliefs
    • Build your capacity to feel and experience your emotions
    • Connect with your inner child
    • Experience the Compassionate Inquiry approach 
    • Reconnect to your true self  
    • Celebrate the possibility that lies within
    • Become comfortable with your vulnerability
    • Connect to a supportive international community

    Apply for the next CI Circle, Starting January 2022