Below are listings of events hosted by certified Council Trainers affiliated with Center for Council. Trainings, gatherings and workshops listed here are offered independently, however, and not under the auspices of Center for Council. Listings are intended to highlight and promote the work of affiliated Council Trainers. Please contact the event organizers directly for more information.
This extended training is intended for leaders and change-agents, caregivers and caretakers, and those longing for and creating community. It is intended to support and inform those working with young people and elders, as well as guides using Council with rites-of-passage. It offers guidance for Council Carriers introducing circle work into other cultures and challenging places. We will explore different forms, formats, exercises and ways of sharing council in intimate relationships, families, schools, businesses and communities.
The eight-day arc of this training gives us time to explore the circles of our days and the seasons of our heart. We will use the universal map of the Four Directions as our compass to guide our way through the wilderness within and without. We will be asked to cross threshold after threshold into the wholeness of our lives. The questions you are living and the experiences you bring with you will shape our time together, as will the shadows following you here. Here in the Connecticut River Valley in Southern Vermont, weather and wildlife as well will influence our moods and movements.
Facilitator Path Accelerator Venice, CA Are you council-trained and wondering what to do with it? Do you get tongue-tied when discussing council with friends and family? Are you part of a group that could really use council? Do you need practice before offering council in your neighborhood, at your kids' school, with your partner? This may be the right time to jump onto The Facilitator Path Accelerator. This new offering is designed to accelerate your confidence and skill to generate more circles - for connection, for contemplation, for support, for action, for understanding. Each month, on the second Thursday, we will pair you with one other to plan, set up, facilitate, close and debrief the Drop In Council that has convened in Venice for the past fifteen years. In a safe environment, and with guidance from the circle and veteran trainers, you'll develop the readiness to bring your own circles into being. From time to time, appropriate handouts will be provided. Whether you want to start a book club or a knitting circle, a men's group or a social justice organizing team, this is a way to build the muscle so that the council training you did isn't gathering dust on a shelf in your mind!
There is a suggested donation for one year of tuition and practice. Nobody is turned away due to lack of funds. Participants must have taken "Council 1: An Introduction to Council" or an equivalent circle practice training. Required reading: Jack Zimmerman and Virginia Coyle's "The Way of Council."
Year on the Wheel Council Group, Co-ed Circle Venice, CA Once a month, 7-9pm What does it mean to connect one’s life – body and emotion, psyche and intuition, planning and principles, imagination and spirituality - to the properties, qualities, personalities and lessons of the four shields of human nature? Using the shields, the directions, the medicine wheel – whatever your name is for it – we spend time each month looking at how they’re working us, what we can learn from them about ourselves and others, and how a new, yet very old perspective can be a compass point, a framework that can help make sense of our individual and collective journeys.
Each group meets one weeknight per month, with one medicine walk each season held on a weekend day. There is a suggested donation for the 12-session series and nobody is turned away due to lack of funds. Please contact Kate Lipkis for information on when the next “Year on the Wheel” begins.
If you are an Affiliated Trainer and would like to add a one-time or recurring event, please contact us.