Audio and Video

An interview with David Isay of StoryCorps called “LISTENING AS AN ACT OF LOVE”


Nature of Council – An article by Virginia Coyle

Introduction to the Practice of Council by Jack Zimmerman and Virginia Coyle

How Can we Learn Listen More Attentively? by Jack Zimmerman

Becoming a Certified Facilitator

Becoming a Council Trainer

The Path of Becoming a Facilitator of Council within the European Council Network (2022)

Trainers Mentoring Circle newsletters

TMC Summer 2017
TMC Fall 2017
TMC Winter 2017
TMC Spring 2018
TMC Fall/Winter 2018
TMC Spring 2019
TMC Fall 2019


The Way of Council, by Jack Zimmerman and Gigi Coyle, 2nd Ed. Bramble Books, Las Vegas, 2009

Flesh and Spirit: The Mystery of Intimate Relationship, by Jack Zimmerman & Jaquelyn McCandless, Bramble Books, Las Vegas, 1998.

  • German Version: Die Hochzeit von Körper & Seele: Das Mysterium intimer Partnerschaften, Jack Zimmerman & Jaquelyn McCandless, Arbor Verlag, Freiburg, 2018.

NEW RELEASE 2021:  Where Compassion Begins: Foundational Practices to Enhance Mindfulness, Attention and Listening from the Heart, by Jared Seide – Available here

Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community, by Kay Pranis, Barry Stuart, & Mark Wedge, Living Justice Press, 2003.

What’s Your Story?: Questions that Spark Connection and Understanding, by Jodi Margaram Bell, Amazon, 2018.  Buy the book: Click here

The Little Book of Circle Processes: New/Old Approaches to Peacemaking, by Kay Pranis, Good Books Press, Intercourse, PA, 2005.

Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture, by Christina Baldwin, Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishers, New York, 1998.

Dreaming the Council Ways: True Native Teachings from the Red Lodge, by Ohkey Simine Forest, Samuel Weiser Inc. York Beach Maine, 2000.

The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America, by James Wilson, Grove Press, New York, 1999.

Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature, by Stephen Harrod Buhner, Bear & Company, 2004.

Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman, Bantam Books, New York 1995.

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Harper & Row, New York, 1990.

Owning Your Own Shadow, by Robert A. Johnson, HarperSan Francisco, 1991.

The Magic of Conflict: Turning a Life of Work into a Work of Art, by Thomas F. Crum, Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, New York, 1987.

Proceed with Passion: Engaging Students in Meaningful Education, Paul F. Cummins, Anna Cummins, & Emily Cummins, Red Hen Press, Los Angeles, 2004.

The Practice of the Wild, by Gary Snyder, North Point Press, San Francisco, 1990.

Exemplar of Liberty: Native America and the Evolution of Democracy, by Donald A. Grinde & Bruce E. Johnson, University of California, American Indian Studies, 1991.

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