Bonnie Mennell

Bonnie Mennell

Bonnie Mennell

Council practice finds fertile ground in Bonnie’s work whether the setting is a classroom, a non-profit’s retreat, a coaching/mentoring session, or a spontaneous gathering around a campfire where the yearning to go beyond the casual to the richer core of what moves us, fuels us, carries us is felt. As a council carrier, she has been offering council trainings since 1996 in California, on the east coast and at the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro where she is an adjunct faculty member.

Bonnie’s work as an educator for the last 46 years has centered round the creating of inviting, vital, collaborative, inclusive “containers” for experiential learning in partnership/community with both the human and other-than-human worlds. Awareness of self, of others, of the communication and group dynamics patterns that contribute to and detract from the type of work relations/human relations/nature relations we all long for--blossom in--are fundamental to the way she works.. Her work as a visual artist using found-objects, and the stewardship with her partner Paul of beautiful hilltop land in Vermont inform her work for and in the world. A weekly Council Walk has been a central and life-giving part of their 36-year relationship, as have long distance pilgrimage walks.