Community Social Gathering

Healing Circles Langley invites you to a community Social Gathering on Monday, December 11, 2017, from 4:30-6:00. Come on in for a glass of wine, conversation, and the chance to meet someone new.

We also invite you to bring a friend from the community who has not yet discovered us and is curious about what we offer.

If it pleases you, bring an hors d’oeuvres,

bring a drink,

bring your partner,

bring a friend!

But definitely bring someone new to Healing Circles Langley.


Small Wonders—the healing power of astonishment

Larry Daloz is a lifelong educator and deep lover of the forest and all that thrives within it. He is an abductee… not by aliens from the outer reaches of space but by the tiny denizens we typically overlook in the innermost spaces of our forests. In Larry’s words: “I like to think that the mosses and lichens whom I photograph have recruited me to make their wonder available to us humans.”

An exhibit of Larry’s images will be on display at the Whidbey Arts Gallery on Second St. in Langley during November. He will use this evening at Healing Circles to share the motivation, insights, and astonishment—and, yes, obsession—behind his photographs and how they contribute to healing in the broadest sense of the word.

By the mediation of a thousand little mosses and fungi, the most unsightly objects become radiant of beauty. —Thoreau

Love & Community: 10 Lessons & 5 songs on the 
Healing Power of Love

This is the next in our series of First Tuesday Community Conversations about “… & Community”.

Please join us as singers Laurie Julian and Yana Viniko support 
Diana Lindsay as she retraces her healing path from a death’s-door-diagnosis 12 years ago and the importance of the community support she received along the way. Stay for a conversation on the healing power of love and how we can best support each other through illness and life.

Diana Lindsay is author of Something More Than Hope and co-founder of Healing Circles Langley.

Volunteer Kick-off

If you’re a current volunteer or interested in becoming one, please come to our Volunteer Kick-Off. We’ll focus on love of self, love of Healing Circles, and love of community.

We’ll offer the opportunity to existing hosts to talk about what’s working and what could be improved. We’ll also offer training for new volunteers.

At noon, we’ll have lunch snacks.

Growing up in a shame-based culture and how not to pass it on

Most of us deal with unearned shame passed on in our family legacies, our parenting styles, and our culture. This Community Conversation for parents, grandparents, and all the rest of us will be an opportunity to recognize this shame, heal it, and most importantly, not pass it to our children.
Discussion will include
  • What is the shame-based culture we’ve grown up in?
  • What are the 7 Rules of Shame?
  • How have they impacted us?
  • How do we break the cycle and not pass it on to our kids and grandkids?
  • How do we clear the path to more loving relationships with ourselves and others?

Connie Dawson, author of Life Beyond Shame: Rewriting the Rules and a chapter of an edited book in press titled “Systemic Humiliation in Families.” Connie co-authored Growing Up Again with Jean Illsley Clarke.

Healing into Life & Death: Discovering what Death can Teach us About Living Fully

Our circle is about “discovering what death can teach us about living fully.” It will include reading, sharing thoughts, questions, inspirations evoked by the reading. It is not necessary to read the book ahead of time. The circle is open, participants come when they can.  The conversations tend to be deep, meaningful, moving, funny, thought provoking–even life changing.

Hosted by Charles Terry, Betsy MacGregor, and Lynn Nelsen.

Meditation and Creative Expression for Teens

Learn how to be present with the practice of mindfulness meditation and allow your creative self to express your meditative experience through drawing or painting. Everyone has a creative part of themselves and everyone can learn how to meditate. This will be a relaxed and fun offering and absolutely no meditation or artistic skills are required!!

The benefits to meditation can be:

  • reduced anxiety and stress
  • getting to know yourself better relaxation
  • decreased depression improved attention/ focus

Offering is on early-release Wednesdays at Healing Circles Langley, from 12:00 – 1:00p.

Soup & Solace

A Circle of Solace is for anyone experiencing loss and going through the grieving process.

We will meet from 5:00-6:30 for a light dinner of soup and gentle sharing.

***Prerequisite – Please contact the host, Kate Stivers at 360 331 7299 or before attending.

Kate Stivers is a counselor in private practice on Whidbey Island, WA. She hosts Write to Heal, Circle of Solace, and Re-imagining Life After Loss at Healing Circles Langley. The intention of all of her work is to call forth the wisdom that allows each individual to feel replenished and empowered.

Spirit & Community: A Conversation with Michael Lerner

How does spirit move in a community like South Whidbey?  What words help us understand what is beyond words?

We’ll explore some of the religious, spiritual and philosophical underpinnings of a concept the reality of which many deny.

 Poetry, as always, will be a mainstay.
Michael Lerner is the President of Commonweal, author of Choices in Healing, and co-founder of Healing Circles Langley.

1:1: Osteopathic Sessions

Retired Physical Therapist John Crane is another of our local practitioners who have generously offered their expertise at no charge for 1-on-1 treatment sessions. These are intended as opportunities for people to try out integrative therapies they’ve been curious about but unable to take advantage of previously for whatever reason.
John has 30 years of experience in using osteopathic techniques for relieving myofascial and joint problems. Please call John at (360) 331-0291 to schedule a 60-minute appointment between 1:00 and 4:00p on Friday, October 13th.