Miriam van Groen

Miriam Aletheia2013“My journey into this practice started when I was shaken to my core during my first encounter with it. Some of the main obstacles holding me back from being happy and expressing myself fully began shifting as a direct result of being circled. This seemed quite paradoxical, since the aim was to NOT change anything. I continue to be touched by its powerful simplicity every time, and I am passionate about the potential that this practice holds for us personally and collectively.”

Over the last years Miriam has worked and trained extensively with two of the main organisations that brought Circling to Europe: Circling Europe (see also the beautiful short video on their home page) and Authentic Europe. Participants appreciate her balance of masculine and feminine traits, which make her able to be both structured and gentle, to provide piercing insights and soft but firm hugs, and to lead from her own vulnerability.


  • Creating a safe environment
  • Gently mocking herself
  • Showing all of what is going on for her

If you are curious to experience Circling in your area for an evening and/or weekend, I truly invite you to send me a message so we can explore the options!

Residential facilitators

Although I am the owner of Catalyze, I work with many great Circlers, both experienced and in training. They either live in the area of the workshop and host me, or travel with me. It is a true blessing to have such support available to me, and mainly of course to you as a participant.


Berbel Alblas

BerbelBerbel is currently enrolled in Circling Europe’s 6-month training (SAS). It was love at first experience during her first weekend in June 2014. Since then she has been Circling her life upside down. Recently she started giving workshops with Miriam. Her ability to mirror the Circlee’s experience, especially physically, is already second to none.



Philipe Andriessen


Philipe is also a certified Circling facilitator, from the same SAS-cohort as Miriam. He has a great love of meditation. His enthusiasm for what happens when people really see each other is highly contagious.


 Guest facilitators


Foreno van der Hulst (NL)


Foreno has been involved with meditation and personal development for years. His strong bond with Miriam and his growing interest in Circling led him to start leading workshops with her. His enormous calm and acceptance of each moment give any Circle he’s part of a solid foundation of openness. He is currently travelling the world with his beloved Erin, teaching workshops that bring their unique blend of insights (e.g. about successful relationships) to more people.

Ellen Waenink (NL)


Ellen and Miriam became fast friends through Circling together on various weekends. Together with Philipe, Jayne, Louise and 6 other pioneers, they were part of the first European intensive Circling training. She is both warm and clear, feels herself and others really well, and chooses the path in the circle that will lead it to its deepest possible place.

Erin Michaela Brandt (US)


Erin is a highly skilled and experienced (men’s) coach, group facilitator and masseuse. Her passion is to bring men more in touch with their authentic masculinity, and to make their communication with women easier ( She is capable of combining her encyclopedic knowledge of various practices and therapies with extraordinary warmth and attention.



Rob Macleod (D/Canada)


Originally from Canada, Rob was drawn to Circling after hours on a meditation cushion didn’t bringing the authenticity to his interactions with others he desired. His heart has been touched by this work and he feels excited helping to provide the experience for others. He works as a school teacher by day and is carefully applying the principles of Circling in his work with kids.

Jayne Jones (UK)


Jayne has been inspired by this beautiful practice since first experiencing Circling in Amsterdam in 2013. She has since travelled to Europe and the USA to develop skills and experience in leading circles and is now excited to be working with Miriam to bring Circling to her home city of Hull. Her background is in art practice and tutoring.

Louise Birch (UK)


Over the last two years, Louise has been developing her skills and experience in leading Mindfulness and Circling workshops and now runs regular workshops at the Centre for Integral Health in Shrewsbury. She is deeply moved by the way the practice of Circling has enabled her to develop richer and more meaningful connections with others in her every day world and how this has enabled her to bring new and fresh perspectives to what this challenging and beautiful art of living is all about! She is excited to be working with Miriam and passionate about bringing more Circling to Shrewsbury so that others can also experience how this beautiful practice has the potential to transform the way they experience themselves and how they relate to others.



Lucas Forstmeyer (D)


Lucas is a modern mystic and love researcher. He offers workshops and coaching for people on their path to more depth and truth in their life and self. He works with his own vision of Circling. If you understand German, check out his website at

Deborah Scherz (B)


Deborah learned about Circling at Venwoude, a community and venue for personal growth work near Utrecht. She was immediately touched by the practice, so much so that she organised the first Circling weekends in Belgium together with Circling Europe. She is now participating in their 6-month training together with Berbel and Lucas. With her powerful, feminine presence she invites you to come home in yourself and the world more and more. 

Stephanie Lisa Kelly (B)


Steph has a background in psychology and facilitation, is a budding coach, and blogs at She now leads regular Authentic Relating evenings in Brussels and is interested in any practice that brings more authenticity to our relationships.