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If you’ve sat in council circles – online or in person – and wondered why the facilitation seems so “easy” … if you think you hear, and suspect there’s more to learn about listening … if you’re frustrated when conversation is dominated by one or two people … if you’re looking for a more active form of meditation and mind focus … if you’re uncomfortable with silence and don’t know why … if it’s time to bring a little structure into those family zooms … if you’re done with talking about politics or the pandemic … this training is for you.
Join a like-minded group to embrace the art and learn the science of a circle-based practice of deep listening and heartfelt expression. Yes – even on Zoom. Acknowledging and paying respect to the roots of council in indigenous cultures worldwide, we’ll learn of its current applications in families, social profit organizations, schools, prisons and businesses, its varied forms and settings, the importance of a strong “container”, the purpose of a centerpiece, the potent nature of the talking/listening piece, and how to sit in an intentional circle online. There’s ample opportunity for break-out groups so you can practice with your colleagues, and time well-spent learning how to form a prompt open enough to welcome responses from the most diverse circle. You’ll gain an understanding of the basic tenets of council and finish with the skills to begin bravely practicing what you’ve learned with family, friends, work colleagues and your chosen community, in-person and virtually.
Joining Kate Lipkis to guide this highly functional 16-hour training are her colleague, Bonnie Tamblyn and Gemma Polo Pujol, leader of meditation retreats, pilgrimages and circles in her native Spain. The training is taught in the tradition of The Ojai Foundation and is offered online over four weekend days – June 11, June 12, July 2 and July 3 – at 8am – 12 noon PST (5pm – 9pm CEST). Attendance at all four sessions is required for completion and participation is limited to 15 registrants.
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