Circle Of Friendship

The Circle Of Friendship Program, funded by The Big Lottery Fund, aims to help visually impaired young people and their sighted peers form deeper connections with themselves, others and the environment.

Our 10 day program is based on significant natural changes during the seasons of the year.

Creative activities

Creative activities relate to significant points of the seasonal cycle in the year, often corresponding to internal archetypal feelings and cycles of relating.

The delivery of the sessions are experiential, person centred and non directive.  Counsellors, eco- therapists and social workers work together to meet the emotional needs of the young people at Sensing Friends.

Sessions

Each session offers the young people a chance to experience a deeper connection with an important point of reference within the changing year, exploring archetypes and feelings within themselves and having the chance to share these with each other. Sharing common ground based on shared archetypal points of reference helps to break down barriers of relating and facilitates a deeper shared experience of each other throughout the course of the year.

 

There are a total of 9 sessions including an initial introduction session.  In between these sessions there are opportunities for building  connection and deeper friendship in the form of evening drop ins where family and friends are welcome.

The Sensing Friends yearly program is based on Jungian and Gestalt theraputic models.

1. Awakening/ Sensing.
2. Awareness and Recognition of ourselves, environment and others within it .
3. Motivation and Mobilisation of ourselves relating to our awareness and recognition of others and environment.
4. Power and Action, our own presence and involvement within the bigger picture
5. Abundance and Sharing together
6. Experiencing gratitude and satisfaction together.
7. Reflection/ looking within, relating to our past and roots.
8. Stillness and finding internal sanctuary within.

Our cycle focuses on self reflection and self awareness. It also highlights that our internal patterns, relationships and relationship to our environment are not linear and puts emphasis on our own instincts to move through life in a cyclical fashion, often returning to a rejuvenated place after self reflection or withdrawal.

As well as providing an opportunity for the young people to form deeper connection with themselves, their peers and their natural environment our  sessions also offer vital respite for parents and carers, allowing them to recharge and feel rejuvenated which helps to facilitated more rewarding family relating and connecting.