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Council 1: Intro to the Way of Council

  • mysore oakland 6101 Colby Street Oakland, CA, 94618 United States (map)

with Adam Rumack, director of Mysore Oakland and We are Open Circle, and Miriam Joy Jones, We are Open Circle

Introduction to the Way of Council (Council Training 1) workshops, participants develop their fluency with and capacity to practice and offer Council, and to bring this practice into their personal lives, communities and professions. In Council Training 1, the history, fundamentals and nuances of the forms and modalities of Council are explored in some depth and a good deal of background is offered on the intentions and languaging used in the practice. In addition to a grounding in the basic procedures and tools of Council, broader applications to a variety of settings are explored, including classrooms, boardrooms, prisons, communities — as well as in more intimate settings like families and couples. Council Training 1 workshops attract educators, artists, business people, therapists, social service workers and many others.  Many experienced practitioners repeat this essential training in Council basics, relishing the opportunity to refresh their practice and rediscover "the four intentions," exploring the subtleties of listening and speaking from the heart and what it means to truly embody spontaneity and leanness.

Center for Council offers regularly scheduled Council Training 1 workshops throughout Southern California, as well as the in the Bay Area. Occasionally, public Council Training 1 workshops are offered elsewhere through other venues, in partnership with local organizations, schools and groups. (Please contact us if you'd like to explore partnering with Center for Council to offer a public workshop in your area.) Workshops are typically offered over a weekend, with sessions scheduled on Saturday and Sunday, occasionally beginning on Friday evening, or sometimes – depending on the venue – as a residential opportunity beginning on a Friday afternoon and continuing through a Sunday afternoon. Both the residential and non-residential Council Training 1 workshops are rich and dynamic opportunities to immerse oneself in the generative and inspiring practice of Council, to learn more about the pedagogy and methodology of the practice, and to explore how it can enhance all of the relationships in one's life and work. 



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