FAQ for Organizers
1. What is the ideal size of a Resilience Circle?
Start with 15 – 25 people, and expect a few to realize it’s not a good fit. Ending up with 8 – 15 is ideal.
2. What is the right frequency for meetings?
It’s important not to let too much time pass between meetings in order to foster group cohesion. Meeting every other week is a good routine for the first seven sessions. Once your group has completed the curriculum and has established some cohesion, you might drop down to meeting once per month.
3. Should we integrate food into our meetings?
The short answer: Yes! Session 2 specifically invites people to bring a dish and/or a recipe for an inexpensive, healthy meal. Many groups find this potluck experience really enjoyable and continue having one at every Session. (If you go this route, to keep sessions to two hours or slightly more, try eating while doing the “go-round.”)
A note of caution: be sure everyone understands that they are not required to bring food. Some people may not feel up to this and so decide not to attend a meeting. Do you best to assure folks they can come empty-handed and have a “lucky” potluck; i.e., a free dinner.
4. How wide of a geographic area should a circle draw from?
The smaller the better. This way, folks will be able to gather more spontaneously for circle meetings, social gatherings, and mutual aid projects. But if you can only attract a group of interested folks from a wider area, you might still try going through the curriculum together and see what develops.
5. What does this cost?
Nothing! All our materials are free and “open-source.” We hope you use and adapt them as you please.
6. How many groups continue to meet beyond the seven initial sessions?
If a group works through the entire curriculum together, at least some participants almost always decide to stick together beyond it.
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