A group is like a magnet.
Once I join a group I feel a doubly strong pull to do my work.
I have the pull from The Work itself—my own motivation to find peace. But I also have an additional pull from the group. I want to move with the group. And I want to learn from what others are working too.
Because I’m motivated to keep coming back to the group, I end up doing my work consistently over time. And for me, consistency is what makes The Work come alive. Not only does the practice deepen over time, but with ongoing practice I have time to question many, many facets of my thinking.
It’s never overwhelming this way. I put less pressure on myself as I work. I just keep showing up, and my work keeps getting done. Occasionally I look back and notice that issues that used to be big for me no longer bother me. That’s the power of steady practice for me.
If you really want to do The Work, this ongoing practice group called “Inquiry Circle,” is where you can do it day after day, month after month, year after year.
Inside the Inquiry Circle forum, you will be a part of a group of people that is doing The Work together in written form and spoken form. It is open 24/7 for you to do your work and read what others are doing.
It’s also a place where you can ask a question about The Work any time of day or night. This is where I do my work, and I read and comment on the work that others are doing.
Here are the sub-forums of Inquiry Circle:
1. The Work Forum – where we all do The Work in written form using templates provided.2. The Lounge – where all announcements, spoken-work partner pairings, and other sharing is posted3. Questions About The Work – where you can ask your questions and deepen your understanding about anything related to The Work4. Private Areas – in case you want to do The Work privately (alone or with another person or small private group)5. Library – where support articles and videos as well as other resources for doing The Work can be found (you’ll also find all of the assignments from The Work 101 there to redo at any time)
The prerequisite for joining Inquiry Circle is completion of The Work 101 online course that I offer—no matter how much experience you have doing The Work. The Work 101 is the starting point for everyone joining Inquiry Circle.
If you haven’t taken The Work 101 yet, you will find the same support for going deeply into your work in The Work 101 as we have in Inquiry Circle. In fact, you will find more support in The Work 101 because it is a structured class. Once you have completed The Work 101, then you are welcome to join our ongoing practice group, Inquiry Circle.
Once you complete The Work 101, then you can start a free, trial month in Inquiry Circle to see if you like it. During your trial month, you’ll work with a welcome guide who has been in Inquiry Circle for a while. Your welcome guide will help you get oriented, find a routine that works for you, and he or she will also be reading your work regularly as you post it. And you’ll be reading their work as well.
The first month is a trial month. There is no cost for Inquiry Circle during your trial month. Your welcome guide is a volunteer and will be supporting you without charge. If you find that Inquiry Circle is a fit for you, then you can continue after one month by getting an annual membership.
Dues are paid annually with a recurring credit card subscription: CAD $560/year (approx. $422 USD, €405 EUR, £354 GBP, $625 AUD). Each year, around the time of your renewal date, you will get a chance to review your experience in Inquiry Circle and renew, or discontinue. You can always return to Inquiry Circle later if you decide to take a break.
As long as you continue in Inquiry Circle, your annual membership fee will remain locked in at the price when you signed up, even if the price increases for new members. If you discontinue Inquiry Circle and come back later, your rate when you return will be the current new member price.
Scholarships and payment plans are available for those who want to participate but are unable due to financial reasons. Please contact me if you would like to apply for a scholarship.
I have been doing my work here in Inquiry Circle since 2013. It has been a constant support for me to keep showing up day after day to do my work. As a participant, you are also welcome to read what I am working on, and you can ask for support from me or others in Inquiry Circle at any time.
This is not only a great place to practice The Work, but to be in a community of people who are practicing The Work of Byron Katie on a regular basis.
Each month at the beginning of the month, we hold a Zoom seminar just for Inquiry Circle members. During these sessions we discuss how to do The Work on a particular subject area. We also share “show and tell” any insights or new experiences from doing The Work over the past month.
We then break up into partner pairs within Zoom and do The Work in spoken form for an hour. Finally, we come back to share our experiences and answer any questions. These monthly seminars are a great way to share The Work together.
Every quarter (winter, spring, summer, and fall), we hold a weekend virtual retreat just for Inquiry Circle members. These virtual retreats allow us to go deeper into The Work.
Each weekend has 6 two-hour sessions (total of 12 hours). And each session is offered twice. This allows people from different time zones to participate in all 6 sessions. In fact, you can attend all 24 hours if you really want to!
Topics vary. Most often we work on what is coming up for each of us, though sometimes there is a theme for the retreat. Some people rent a room for the weekend so they can make it a real retreat while connecting virtually to the group.
These virtual retreats cost CAD $200 (approx. $151 USD, €145 EUR, $223 AUD). They are an optional part of Inquiry Circle, and the cost is not included in the Inquiry Circle annual membership. For those who need financial aid, we have a very generous scholarship program for Inquiry Circle members.
All members participate in a “confidentiality handshake” and agree not to share anything that they learn about the other person outside of Inquiry Circle. Everyone who participates is here to do their own work. I think you will find it to be a very supportive place to do inquiry.
You may request that your posts be deleted at any time.
If you’re interested in doing The Work on an ongoing basis, I encourage you to give Inquiry Circle a try. If it’s not a fit for you, you can discontinue at any time. And if you are dissatisfied in any way, just ask me for your money back and I’ll be happy to give it to you. Fell free to try it out with no risk.