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What We Offer

Here in one place you can find a sketch of the range of Jonathan’s Circle’s activities. 


Our Online Circle

Our online circle is a Google Plus Community.  (Jonathan’s Circle Live is our monthly online open conversation—read about it below; our Google Plus Community is private, by invitation only.) We take care to ensure that men who join know our norms and expectations and the ethical code that we abide by. Men are accepted into membership by invitation only.  We require that you have a photo or image on your Google profile (which does not have to be a personal photo or a headshot). Men agree to introduce themselves to the circle within three days if they wish to remain. Requesting membership in the group signifies that a person is a legal adult male of at least 18 years of age. Since the community is for members only, posts are confidential and not accessible to non-group members.  Request to join here, but be sure to have a graphic image on your Google profile before you do.  We’ll ask you a few questions and apprise you of our norms. You’ll be most welcome.


Jonathan’s Circle Live

Join us for one of our live conversations online. We use Google Hangouts as a platform, which allows small groups of up to ten persons to chat on webcam. Dates and topics are announced both in Circling [see below] and on our events page and our registration page. These conversations explore various aspects of the sex-spirit connection, with presentations by members of Jonathan’s Circle and special guests, with ample time for give-and-take among participants. In order to participate, you need to have a Google account, be familiar with the use of Google Hangouts, and have a webcam and microphone. You may connect on desktop or laptop or through an app for your phone or tablet.


Subscribe to Circling

Circling is our periodic e-newsletter that arrives in your inbox about once a month. It is designed with your mobile phone in mind, with brief announcements and links to featured articles, helps, and resources. Each article typically links to one of Frank Dunn’s reflections on integrating sex and spirit, a collection called “Three Sixty.” You’ll also find there a short column of helps and hints called “Men’s Tools.” Retreats and other events are announced, as well as meet-up topics and dates. Updates on this website, including blog entries are frequently linked. The entire message can be digested within a minute or two, and you can always return to it to follow the links to longer articles and news items. Subscribe above in the sidebar.


Brotherhood Circles

Brotherhood circles are groups of 6-10 men who commit to meeting regularly over a period of 4-6 months. All are small be design to promote trust, bonding, learning, and sharing. One, or ideally two, facilitators lead the circle. Meetings are based on designed and tested modules (meeting plans) that both provide structure and allow flexibility. To see what a typical brotherhood circle covers in four to six months, click hereGenerally, circles meet twice a month for 2-3 hours. If you are interested in forming brotherhood circle, contact us to find out the process of becoming a certified facilitator


Meet-ups

Meetup.com is an international network of affinity groups literally covering every imaginable interest and topic.  People join meetup.com and then select groups according to their own needs and interests.  Jonathan’s Circle has three meet-up groups, one in the Washington, DC metro area, one in Los Angelesand a third in Fresno, CA. Join meetup.com for free and learn about us.  We’ll help you start a meetup in your area. 

Meet-ups differ from brotherhood circles in that they are never the same group. They are one-off circles that typically include men who regularly attend, some who don’t, and some who never have come before. Still, a level of trust  and intimacy is built up through exercises that engage body, mind, and spirit, just as happens in our brotherhood circles (described above).

Men come from as far away as Hagerstown, MD and Philadelphia to participate in our Washington, DC, meet-ups. Only those who register through meetup come, although you may join the meetup group without committing to attend any meetups at all. Any meetup is likely to include first-time attendees as well as those who come regularly or occasionally. 

Some meet-up topics include “Encountering the Sacred Masculine,” “Living Sensually,”  “The Boy Within,” “Men in Our Lives,” “What is ‘Masculine’ Anyway?” Because meet-ups, unlike brotherhood circles,are not continuous within a time frame, the topics vary widely. 

Meet-ups, like every other Jonathan’s Circle group, are neither discussion groups nor sex parties. Read more about us on our meet-up site. 


Retreats and Workshops

Jonathan’s Circle both sponsors retreats, both residential and non-residential, for members and networks with other organizations and individuals who lead retreats. Topics vary from bodywork to meditation, from traditional silent retreats to weekends for hanging out. Check our events page to see current and upcoming retreats and workshops.

 

Training

The quality of an experience in Jonathan’s Circle directly depends upon the competence, trustworthiness, and openheartedness of whoever is leading the circle. We are committed to providing safe spaces for the critical and deeply personal work of integrating sex and spirit. Facilitators are leaders of Jonathan’s Circles whom we train to guide the men who participate. 

While we believe that men are fully capable of meeting in small groups and taking responsibility for themselves and their own growth, our organization is invested in leadership development. 

We offer periodic online and personal training in the form of coaching, feedback, and support. Training is held at various locations around the country when there is a need for it.  While time frames are flexible, training events are generally overnight experiences preceded by advance preparation. For a full description of training and for further information on Frank Dunn’s background as a coach, counselor, and trainer, visit his website, thesoulinyou.com. Other credentialed trainers participate in developing excellent leaders in Jonathan’s Circle. Contact us here.


Courses

Designed especially for men who have participated in a circle and who want to reflect more deeply on the connection of sex and spirit, we will soon be announcing courses that can be taken online as well as in local groups. Watch our website on this page, and subscribe to Circling to stay abreast of learning opportunities as they occur.


General Information

Jonathan’s circles are always small groups, ideally of eight to ten men. Six is a viable number, and a total of twelve suggests two groups of six. Our retreats and occasional weekend events are the only exceptions, but even ion ithose settings we endeavor to maximize personal interaction within the overall design. 

The size of a group is quite important, because bonding, trust, and depth of relationships are all integral to the experience. And experience is key. Jonathan’s Circle is not a discussion group, where men do what men do so well:  stay in our heads. It is about experiencing in our bodies, often in the simplest ways, the power that exists in our depths—power frequently layered over by the tremendous burden of having to prove ourselves to our parents, our wives and lovers, our children, to other males, and to our society.  

Each Jonathan’s circle organizes itself according to a set of common guidelines, within the context of which a group is free to set its own agenda, establish many of its own norms and habits, and select its own membership. We are consistent with the goals and parameters of the overall organization while exercising as much flexibility as possible in encouraging each group to meet the needs of its individual members. Jonathan’s Circle is guided by a code of ethics to ensure the integrity and safety of each group, its facilitators, and its individual participants.

Brotherhood Circles, Meet-ups, and weekend events all build upon thematic modules that are program designs that we test and use. We have approximately fifty such designs covering a broad range of topics. Each of them addresses some aspect of the process of integrating sexual experience and spiritual life. All are experiential, involving body, mind, and spirit. Get a better idea of how a circle operates here.


Questions or concerns about any aspects of Jonathan’s circles? Just ask.

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