Awakin Circles

Gathering Locally

In living rooms around the world, people come together to sit in silence for an hour, share some inspirational moments for the second hour, and often have a light meal afterward. No teachers, no agendas. Circles are all volunteer-run and independently organized, with a simple wish for greater awakening of awareness and compassion, in kinship and community with one another. That’s Awakin.

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UPCOMING VIRTUAL CIRCLES

Date Time Event Name
Dec 4, 2021
Saturday
09:30AM GMT

Circle of Gratitude (Virtual)
Namaste! You are warmly invited to join our Gratitude Circle on Saturday 4th December. We will open with a short guided ... 2021-12-04

Dec 4, 2021
Saturday
09:00AM

Awakin Call With James Gordon
Trauma comes to all of us, and its consequences can be terrible. That’s the truth and the bad news. The ... 2021-12-04

Dec 4, 2021
Saturday
07:30PM PST

Teen Awakin Circle
Welcome to the Teen Awakin Circle hosted from San Jose, California! We start at 6:30 PM Pacific Time on Saturday ... 2021-12-04

Dec 7, 2021
Tuesday
05:30PM PST

Awakin Oakland
Inspired by Wednesdays and the selfless work of our ServiceSpace family in Santa Clara, few kindred spirits in the East Bay community ... 2021-12-07

Dec 8, 2021
Wednesday
07:00PM IST

Awakin Circle in Ahmedabad
Inspired by Awakin Circles and the spirit of community, we gather every Wednesday to sit in silence for an hour, ... 2021-12-08

Dec 8, 2021
Wednesday
06:30PM PST

Awakin Circle, Santa Clara
Awakin Santa Clara circle this week has moved to a virtual space!  Based on Santa Clara County's guidance around Coronavirus risks, ... 2021-12-08

LOCATIONS

Prior to the pandemic, Awakin gatherings were hosted in 104 locations in 34 countries around the world. Since then, different cultures have responded uniquely. To engage, you can explore the map below or explore our alphabetical listing.

**Note: Each Awakin Circle is independently organized by the host. Awakin Circles are inspired by the design principles of ServiceSpace and Awakin.org, but hosts and particular circles are not verified or monitored live. Concerns? Reach out to Care @ Awakin.

To learn about hosting a circle locally, please check out our guide below.

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ABOUT AWAKIN CIRCLES

Awakin gatherings are rooted in silence, community, and service.

The first Awakin Circle emerged in 1996 when three friends got together to sit in silence, every Wednesday, in an ordinary living room in Silicon Valley. After the first hour of meditation, they shared some personal moments in the second hour and ended with a home-cooked meal together. There were no teachers, no brand, no marketing, no commerce, no agenda. Just a humble space for anyone to enjoy.

Instead of closing the door, they left it open ... to all. What emerged was totally unexpected -- and yet, so perfectly right. For over a decade, it was known simply as 'Wednesdays'. Over the years, more than 20 thousand people have walked into that initial living room (and that original circle still continues today), many of whom were friends who wanted to start "Wednesdays" in their own local community.

Today, Awakin Circles have touched countless lives across hundreds of locations around the globe. Each circle has its own flavor and context, is independently organized, and stays active as long as conditions are ripe. All circles are entirely volunteer-run, non-commercial, and labor of love offerings.

You can learn a bit more of its history here. (See also: Six Lessons From my First Awakin Circle)

"Meditation is a process of lightening up, of trusting the basic goodness of what we have and who we are, and of realizing that any wisdom that exists, exists in what we already have. We can lead our life so as to become more awake to who we are and what we’re doing rather than trying to improve or change or get rid of who we are or what we’re doing. The key is to wake up, to become more alert, more inquisitive and curious about ourselves." --Pema Chodron

Thank you for your resonance with our shared values. We are grateful to be in connected in the spirit of service, and look forward to planting a few more seeds of compassion together.

**Note: Each Awakin Circle is independently organized by the host. Awakin Circles are inspired by the design principles of ServiceSpace and Awakin.org, but hosts and particular circles are not verified or monitored live. Concerns? Reach out to Care @ Awakin.