Virtual Gatherings

We recommend one of two options: either Skype (which uses the computer to connect members and can provide audio and visual particpation) or phone conferencing (which uses the phone and provides audio only.) Both options are free to use. Please read below for more information and pick the option that suits you best.

Skype

How to use Skype to open up your gathering to those who want to attend virtually:

Equipment/Software Needed by host and virtual participants:

Note: Please be sure to go through the installation process in advance of the gathering. It will take a few minutes to get Skype set up on your computer before you can use it for calls.

How to create a Group in Skype:

  • Sign in to your Skype account
  • Go to the contacts drop down box at the top of the page; it will say “Add a Contact.” Add the name, email address, and skype ID for those who have contacted you and requested participation.
  • Click the “Create a Group” icon (located just below your contacts list.)
  • Follow instructions for adding members to the group
  • Give your group a title of your choosing

Tip from Jayne, the South Australia Pod lead: “We are just using the free version of Skype. This allows us 24 lines. I created a skype group called “conversation.” People send me a skype request and then I add them to the group. The group shows up on my dashboard and all of the options for changing who is in the group from month to month.”

To Make the Call:

  • On the day of your gathering, login to Skype
  • Hosts: Click the group under your contacts list
    • Click the phone icon to place the call to the entire group.
  • Attendees: You should hear the sound of a telephone ringing and a floating call window will appear on your screen. Click on “Answer” to accept the call.
  • Hosts can end the call and attendees can leave the call by clicking the red “Hang up” button.

Phone Conferencing

If you prefer to use a phone rather than a computer, here’s another option: FreeConferenceCall.com

You can conduct audio conference calls anytime without a reservation, plus you have the added benefit of recording your conference calls for free.

With this option, only the host need register. As the host, you must notify your callers by giving them the date, time, dial-in number and access code. All parties will use the same dial-in number and enter the same access code.

Meeting Structure

Wondering how to structure the meeting? It’s really not much different than an in-person meeting: intentionally connect to the GD quantum field, focus on human-divinity and self-love, and play!

But to get you going, Jayne Mason, the South Australia Pod lead, generously shared a sample agenda:

  1. Call in and check our mic settings.
  2. Start with introductions
  3. A group meditation
  4. Individuals Share highlights since the last call & what are they currently working on.
  5. Activity – (for example, the next call we will be exploring the Golden Dolphins Cards created by Barbara Evans)
  6. Open Group Conversation
  7. Thank you’s and well wishes – end the call