PeerSpirit Downloadable Gifts
These are documents created by PeerSpirit and authored as noted. They are offered for sharing with the understanding that their origin, authorship, and link back to this website will be cited in their use. Let us spread word of the good work with integrity and generosity.
Basic Circle Guidelines: We offer these basic guidelines to anyone who wishes to call people into council. These guidelines are excerpted from the book Calling the Circle, the First and Future Culture (Bantam, 1997) by Christina Baldwin and from the ongoing work of PeerSpirit, Inc. Please honor the lineage of the circle and PeerSpirit methodology as you use this gift. Circle guidelines are currently available in five languages:
- Basic Circle Guidelines (English)
- Basic Circle Guidelines (German)
- Basic Circle Guidelines (Spanish)
- Basic Circle Guidelines (French)
- Basic Circle Guidelines (Chinese)
- Basic Circle Guidelines (Swedish)
- Basic Circle Guidelines (Greek)
- Basic Circle Guidelines (Finnish)
- Basic Circle Guidelines (Italian)
- Basic Circle Guidelines (Slovenian)
Circle in the Heart of Stone: Originally a meditation in the first edition of Christina's circle book, this brief reading is a favorite for closing circle experiences. It can be passed from hand to hand and read paragraph by paragraph in many voices.
Meeting a Tree: Linked to Ann Linnea's earth stewardship, she wrote this meditation for her work in vision questing and writing with nature seminars.
Be a Storycatcher: For truths about story, as well as how to become a Storycatcher, we offer this downloadable flyer based on the book, Storycatcher, Making Sense of our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story (New World Library, 2005) by Christina Baldwin.
Storycatcher Discussion Guide: We have created Storycatcher reading group guidelines in order to provide a framework for people to get together and experience meaningful exchanges of their own stories using the book as a chapter-by-chapter conversation starter. Potential settings include: book groups, writing groups, neighborhood groups, church groups, work teams, conversation cafes, libraries, neighborhoods, potluck suppers and living-room circles with friends and families.
Seven Whispers Discussion Guide: Seven Weeks with Seven Whispers – This study guide, an introduction plus seven pages of week-by-week facilitation suggestions, is designed to follow the chapters of The Seven Whispers, A Spiritual Practice for Times Like These, by Christina Baldwin (New World Library, 2002). The intention is to provide a framework for people to get together and experience a meaningful conversation about their own spiritual insights and practices using the book as a chapter-by-chapter conversation starter.
Article: The Story in Place—How to change your city by changing its story: The story of a place is constantly evolved by the people living in cities and smaller communities. This piece, developed by Christina for a National League of Cities seminar in March 2008, shows a more business-oriented application of Storycatching and is the foundation for ongoing consultative work.