our mission

To offer circle training, education, and practices designed to cultivate compassion and healing through relationship, with the audacious vision of changing the world, one circle at a time.

We believe that we are hurt in relationship and we are healed in relationship.

 
 
 

our story

In 1993, Linda Wolf and K. Wind Hughes came together to write a book to help their daughters and other girls navigate their teen years.

To collect data, they formed the first Girl's Circle with teens from Bainbridge Island and Suquamish, WA. The 21 girls in this original circle insisted that they continue beyond the initial 10-weeks and circled for 2 more years. This became The Daughters Sisters Project. After the release of Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun: Young Women and Mentors on the Transition to Womanhood, hundreds of people wanted to know how to start a circle in their community. To meet this demand, we held our first Facilitator's Training in 1998 and officially became Teen Talking Circles in 2001.  Since then, we have trained more than 500 adults, bringing effective circling to communities across the country.

Given the state of the world today, we felt compelled to expand our offerings and broaden our reach even further to help break down the barriers that keep us divided. Circle in Truth is that evolution. We hope you’ll join us in cultivating the community, belonging, and acceptance necessary for true healing to arise.


about the founder

 
 
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Linda Wolf,
Founding Director

Linda Wolf founded Teen Talking Circles, formally Daughters Sisters Project, in 1993. She is the co-author of TTC's books including Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun: Young Women and Mentors on the Transition to Womanhood (New Society Publishers, 1997); Global Uprising: Confronting the Tyrannies of the 21st Century; Stories from a New Generation of Activists (New Society Publishers, 2001), and Speaking and Listening From the Heart (dsistas Press, 2004). In addition to her work with CIT, Linda is a photographer with 50 years artistry moving seamlessly through photojournalism, fine art, street, portrait, and rock & roll photography. Her work is part of numerous collections in institutions, libraries and museums worldwide.


I never experienced depression in high school. I think it’s because being a part of a talking circle allowed me to express my feelings and feel understood and unashamed of what I was working with. I also created incredibly deep relationships with my friends with whom I was in group—friendships that remain into my 30s. It gave me the tools of relationship that so many folks never learn—how to communicate in a way that opens others up instead of shutting them down. I’m eternally grateful for my time in circle and for the way it has shaped my life as an adult.
— Nora Harrington, Circle Facilitator and Participant ‘95-98