Intrigued by OakBamboo? Some technical information:

Is There a Curriculum? What’s the Content?

Each circle has an emergent structure: its content and features emerge from the collective interests, needs, and wisdom of the people who participate. There are some reliable norms, however: inclusion, commitment, and confidentiality. We’ve learned that these norms support healthier functioning for the time that we’re together.

So What Can I Expect?

Expect to show up fully for each meeting. Expect full presence from your peers in the circle. Expect to learn, to teach, and to be silent. Expect to reveal yourself. Expect some strong disagreements. Expect to move beyond common debate to something much more interesting, much more difficult to describe, and much more substantial. Expect to co-create community.

What Do I Need To Know Before Our First Meeting?

Learn more about this model by checking out M. Scott Peck’s The Different Drum. Chapter 3, The True Meaning of Community, describes it in more detail and will give you a sense of what participants need to create together for each circle to succeed.

How Often Will We Meet?

60- and 90-day circles meet synchronously at least twice a month, and more often at their discretion. 30-day circles meet synchronously at least once a week.

When’s the Next Formation?

The next 60-day circle forms in September 2013 and will close at 7 participants. Location isn’t important, but web access is. We’ll use private blogs, chats, and web video conferencing to stay connected synchronously and asynchronously. I’ll moderate the first synchronous meeting.

How Can I Join?

If you’d like to join this circle, please contact me.

The opportunity is ideal for human oaks open to stretching and for human bamboo willing to ground.

Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. — Alice Walker