When we switched our group to a new host and facilitator, I had some expectations that the entire group would stick together during the transition. That assumption proved to be false. There were several reasons why only half of our “old” group stuck together to form the “new” group and they can mostly be synthesized to the concept of culture.

Our old group had developed routines and patterns that developed into a group cultural expectation. When we moved the new group to a new locale, those routines were changed. The group dynamic that kept us together even when we sometimes did not feel like attending was removed. In essence, we had permission to stop.

It has been 6 months since that change and I feel that the new group is just now hitting its stride. It makes me wonder if the concept of changing groups every year (as some practitioners suggest) is such a good idea.