All life is a circle. – Rolling Thunder, Cherokee
Circles of Balance provides education and Circle facilitation based in First Nations Indigenous understanding of equality, non-interference, respect, balance and interconnectedness.
Circle-keeper/Facilitator Kim Hanewich began exploring the Circle/Medicine Wheel world view in 1973 to understand her maternal Wendat/Anishinabe heritage.
It is a native tradition to sit in a circle and talk –
to share what is in your heart.
– John Peters (Slow Turtle), Wampanoag
Kim uses her extensive experience in traditional teaching and ceremonial Circles to facilitate:
All things are contained within the Medicine Wheel and all things are equal within it. The Medicine Wheel is the total universe. And for those who seek Understanding, the Circle is their Mirror.
– Hyemeyohsts Storm - Cheyenne
Circles of Balance offers lectures or workshops exploring the history and philosophy of Indigenous Sacred Circle and the practical value of implementing circle use to impact current social, economic and political issues.
Kim is also an able speaker and educator on 4 Directions Teachings, 7 Grandfather Teachings and areas in Aboriginal history.
*When applicable people may participate in a unity building Circle to learn skills in equitable, cohesive group interaction and respectful, noninterference generated understanding using Indigenous Circle methods.
But each of us must find out for himself or
herself what their gift is, so that they can
use it in their life. – Jimmy Jackson - Ojibway
As an accomplished artist, Kim is able to inform individuals about enhancing right brain creative capacity and communication, today’s most effective individual adaptive skills.
She explains right and left brained focus to show how the majority of people are suffering common effects of left brained bias. Kim then explores steps in the creativity generation process and the value of implementing these skills in personal, employment or educational environments.
*Where applicable participants may engage in a process to implement creativity skills development.
Both art and Circles are creative.
Art develops personal voice. In Circles people use their voice to make connections with others.
Throughout her thirty-year visual arts practice and extensive experience in art education, Kim has come to understand the power of the First Nations tradition of Circle interaction. Drawing on extensive experience in traditional teaching and ceremonial Circles, she facilitates Circle interaction and provides workshops and lectures that explore the application of these traditional methods to many areas.
In combining Traditional Circle-Keeping, creativity and Family Court experience with being an Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM) Accredited Family Mediator Kim is also able to offer respectful, confidential Family Mediation services.
Kim's credentials include:
In addition to her own artistic practice, she has worked as an educator in practical oil, drawing, printmaking and watercolour skills.