an introduction to the Way Of Council and to the practices
of deep listening, communication and facilitation, workshops and
circles are offered for groups either forming or established, teambuilding
and maintaining, businesses, partnerships and personal relationships.
in schools CIS
is a growing movement world-wide. Currently leading the focus is the Ojai Foundation's
CIS or Council in Schools program you can download the annual report here for
2014-15. It includes these statistics –
students participated in regular councils
at more than 60 schools in the Los Angeles area.
• 400+ teachers and administrators participated in regular staff councils.
• 300+ parents participated in parent/family councils.
• 650 teachers, administrators, and school support people received council
training, ongoing professional development, individual and group mentoring,
and council facilitation support.
is the Medicine –
council for Active LightWorks Charity Brighton
of Council is very effective from two people upward.
Groups up to about 13 tend to work best with complex and intimate
sharings. However, whatever size and nature of the group, councils
can be adapted to each specific purpose and arrangement.
atmosphere at these meetings reminded me a little of present
opening on Christmas day. People sitting around giving,
while each of us was invited to open ourselves up and get a chance
to really check out the person inside. This person had
been boxed up under the tree for long enough and I felt that
mixture of expectation, awkwardness, fear and exhilaration. From
the circle I felt loving kindness and the reassurance that it
doesn't matter so much what comes out, as much as how we
respond to it in our hearts. I found the experience
by turns delightful, scary, transformative, mysterious, embarrassing,
something to be cherished... It felt like I had started
to discover, with the help of every single person in the group,
an ancient portal into a healthier way of living. Delicious
for an inspiring set of WOC gatherings. I found the experience
a very moving one. Something about pure listening and being
listened to. So far from the usual round of "conversation" and "discussion". I
thought the group was magnificent, it all ran so beautifully,
I thought, for everyone. I felt very safe, and included,
and I felt lovely things were happening all around. I am very
hard to put into words what the group has meant to me, but it
is big! There’s a warmth of community, a spirit of
joyfulness & an opportunity to grow from the heart that has
enriched my life & my soul. Thank you, what you do
is very special and much needed in our world. Someone said
something on a retreat last year about an atmosphere of ‘kindly
appreciation’ allowing us to be who we really are, and
this really resonates for me about my experience of WOC'
J. Wright –
really got a lot from the circles that I did attend...I
feel like I learnt something core, about the value of the real.
I will definitely be attending more circles in the Autumn. And
possibly attending some drop in sessions too ...'