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For more than two decades Berkana has worked in friendship and partnership with people around the world discovering that there is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about. In 2012 the Institute made a decision to enter into a period of hibernation. Emerging from this time of reflection, we offer a simple experiment called Gathering Friends. Berkana will be a catalyst for the creation of self-organized circles of friends simply willing to offer steadfast support for one another. We know that gathering with friends is a powerful way to strengthen our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. With this strength and confidence, we can do the work that is ours to do and stay available to those we aspire to serve.

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An Authentic Call

Phil Cass, one of our Berkana board stewards recently wrote a blog post for Confluence Unlimited about his experience with the "authentic call." How does a true and magnitizing call bring people together? What is the role of the caller once something becomes more collaborative? Phil's words offer us a great deal to reflect on as we bring together our groups of Gathering Friends circles. Read more.


Sign up for Gathering Friends

Sign up
today to start a Gathering Friends group of your own. Berkana is acting as a catalyst for the creation of self-organized circles of friends who are willing to offer steadfast support, consolation, companionship, and delight for one another. When you sign up you will receive a welcome letter from Meg Wheatley and a small packet of resources to inspire and sustain your group. Learn more about Berkana's role in Gathering Friends.


Stop By Sometime

The Berkana Institute offers some minimal support for initiating and sustaining a Gathering Friends circle. When you sign up to create a group we will send you and your group a small packet of resources to inspire and assist you. For now, we offer an excerpt from Margaret Wheatley’s book So Far From Home: Lost and Found in a Brave New World which speaks to the power of being there for one another in the day-to-day. Read more.


Berkana on Facebook

As a way of sharing our learning from the Gathering Friends experiment we’ve created a private Facebook group for those participating in these self-organized cohorts for support and companionship. We'll invite you to this group when you sign up to start a circle. For everyone else, you may like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.