Author: Jalaja Bonheim, Ph.D.

Jalaja Bonheim, Ph.D. ( is an author and teacher who works with leaders and peacemakers around the world. Bestselling author Marci Shimoff calls her “the voice of the essential feminine wisdom without which we cannot heal our planet.” She is internationally known for her groundbreaking use of circle gatherings as a tool for peacemaking and her work with Jewish and Palestinian women in the Middle East. She has trained circle leaders from around the world and is the founder and director of the Institute for Circlework. Her fifth book, The Sacred Ego: Making Peace with Ourselves and Our World, was published by North Atlantic Books in 2015.

Meeting the Women of Palestine

Invisible and oppressed—that’s our stereotype of Arab women. But here I am, leading a retreat in the West Bank for forty Palestinian women who seem every bit as powerful as any of my Western sisters. Most are Muslim, a few are Christian, and the four of us who have come from the US are Jewish. …continue