Sep 16th, 2017 - Sep 23rd, 2017
How do we remember all our relations, embrace differences, and find our own voices, all while opening to others? It seems more than ever an essential moment in our nation and in the world, to awaken this deeply relational heart/mind.
Council is an ancient way and a modern practice whose roots are within the natural world, spanning diverse cultures and spiritual practices. Here we remember and learn to listen to the whole: the people and the place, earth, water, fire, air…the spirit in all. This practice elicits an experience of true community, recognizing that each voice has value, every person and being has a gift, a story to share, a piece of the whole.
Council offers a way of communicating that encourages attentive listening, as well as honest, heartfelt, compassionate expression. There is room for new insights and understandings, wisdom in decision-making and healing, and of course, paradox. It is a model in which initiative, responsibility and leadership are shared by everyone. As a personal practice, a group process and a life-path, council is an essential ingredient of education at any age and especially important for guides, teachers, therapists, caregivers, and one whose work involves groups.
In this 8-day training, we introduce a variety of uses and forms of council appropriate to different situations. By sitting in council and exploring the four directions through alone time each day in the beauty of the Eastern Sierra, participants will explore what it means to live in council and work with what arises. One may leave as a carrier of council, inspired to initiate council in every facet of like. May we all return home a little more awake to the moment, to the connection of all beings, to the impact and potential of our actions and our words, and even of our silence.
Location: Owens Valley, near Big Pine, California. “Base Camp” in a local campground, with solo walk-abouts in surrounding area.
Prerequisites: Letter of Intention; completion of at least one Council training, and/or equivalent experience working with Council in different arenas.
Reading: The Way of Council by Virginia Coyle and Jack Zimmerman. (Available through Lost Borders Press.)