Introduction to Council Training, Sebastopol CA

Event Category: Council Trainings

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    Introduction to Council

    a training with
    Siri Gunnarson and Yamin Chehin

    This training offers an introduction to the practice; grounding in the forms and intentions, exploring the lineage of Council and its indigenous and ceremonial roots and current forms of practice in this complex modern world. While we practice these pan-cultural forms we inquire into best-practices of honoring lineage and diverse ways.

    Council is practiced around the world in homes, communities, organizations, prisons and educational settings including more than 60 public and private schools, many prisons and non-profit and social-justice organizations around California. Council helps to nurture the deep, authentic connections often neglected in our ever-faster, multi-tasking culture.

    This training is hosted by a community in Sebastopol and is an open invitation for those interested in community building in all forms (also relevant for those working in different settings).

    You will walk away with the basic training to facilitate council and introduce it to your community.

    LOCATION: Landwell Community, Sebastopol, CA

    TIMINIG: Saturday January 25: 10am – 6pm please arrive at 9:30 + optional potluck and evening emergence (evening song council, improv games or wild card…)

    AND Sunday January 26: 10am – 6pm

    COST: Sliding Scale $300 – 400 (Money should not be an obstacle, please ask for what you need.)

    TO REGISTER: contact

    Siri Gunnarson is a wilderness rites of passage guide, global citizen and community steward. Siri has offered Council trainings in Portugal, Kenya and Rwanda as well as with diverse communities and organizations in the US. She is connected to many places and projects around the world including The Ojai Foundation, School of Lost Borders, Youth Passageways, Ways of Council, Tamera ‘s Global Campus, Three Creeks, and Beyond Boundaries, an intergenerational ‘response team for our times’ She is passionate about love, community, justice and equity, embodiment and movement, and permaculture and water.

    Yamin Chehin is a Council trainer, facilitator, and doctor of Oriental Medicine, with intimate experience of nature-based practices that inform her work with clients and groups, and help to integrate the healing potential implicit in our stories and our bodies. She facilitates councils in English and Spanish (her native language) for women, teen-age girls, and youth-at-risk, as well as with non-profits and community organizations. She and her husband co-lead monthly couple’s circles and practice Council at home with each other and their family.

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