ATHENS – GREECE
Rob Dreaming & Katrin Lüth
LEWES – UK
Bilinge – SWEDEN
Rob Dreaming & Tara Love Perry)
March 18th – May 2nd (6 week course)
Dreaming assited by Sabine Håkansson
SINTRA – PORTUGAL
with Rob Dreaming & Han Delissen
Centro Tinkuy, Sintra,
ATHENS – GREECE
of Council (training)
SINTRA – PORTUGAL
with Rob Dreaming & Siri Gunnarson
Centro Tinkuy, Sintra,
Trondheim – NORWAY
Dreaming assited by Håkan
ECN European Network Gathering Gathering 2013
October 31st – November 3rd Greece
DEEPENING THE PRACTICE – TRAINING
Coyle & Marlow Hotchkiss
November 4 – 7, 2013 Greece
Opening to The Call
the Spirit and Form of Council
Dreaming, Collective intelligence
Intuitive learning & Co-creation
Presence, Witnessing & Connection
REALIZING the power of a group soul
are asked by the Elders to be in the heart, that
this is the consciousness of our planet. That if
we wish to shift with these times in support of
and by the living being that we walk upon, the
lives we dream to lead,
we must live our way of the heart and live it fully.
Using Council, the ancient way of the circle, SHARING and MEETING as container
and facilitator, a group is invited to gather, experience and learn about
some of the ways of council, identify useful practices for self and group
facilitation, explore tools for social permaculture, collective consciousness
without a task is a dream.
A task without a vision is drudgery.
A vision and a task are the hope of the world."
Attributed to Black Elk (Oglala Sioux)
Way of Council
is the ancient way of the circle to communicate
as individuals and a collective in a group, used
by ancestral and tribal peoples. No prior experience
of council is necessary
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.
Williams – Care Assitant
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 grateful.'
M. Gould – Rebirther
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 – Development
Coordinator The Prince's Trust
indeed I found the circle most rewarding if not a little unnerving
at times but that's life isn't it? Sometimes I felt I wasn't really
listening and being listened to enough. My only crit really.
Think it might be nice to have more than a minute to gather and
'drop in'. Maybe a 10 minute visualisation would be good. I think
that's why I felt I was just warming up as the sesh was coming to
Rae – Actor
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 ...'
RenskeMann – Artist
from Pre-Birth Council
were at a crisis point in our relationship and the space you held
helped me to connect and process some dark and truly uncomfortable
emotions. I had felt totally disempowered, fearful and spiritually
void, which is a terrible position to be in when one is at loggerheads
with one’s partner and about to have a child. I found the
experience transcendental and shamanic, in that so much of the detritus
was cleared without the need for words. Having you come on such
short notice to mediate for us was a priceless gift. I felt truly
supported and part of a real community!
I’ve no doubt that the journey we three took through council
helped Orlando to be born safe and well in a peaceful, loving and
Blessings on you and many, many thanks'
V. Community Chef
...during our council session with him (Rob) we
experienced a deep sacredness in our communication together, and
the impact of this on our relationship has been profound
F. Mother & Facilitator
from relationship sessions
found the council a few weeks ago deeply moving and inspiring and
it has appeared to facilitate S and I taking the step to actually
gift each other with freedom and commit to unconditional love. We
will see how that unfolds for us as individuals and as partners.
I notice you used 'heart full' to describe your experience and that
is exactly how I experienced your facilitation: i wanted to thank
you for that.
– Arts psychotherapist
a group we were all finding the pace of life stressful, our ability
to communicate our feelings, concerns and ideas became increasingly
harder to achieve. Over-reacting emotionally led quickly to arguments
and further distress for us all.
Our group session with Rob unblocked the energy, feelings and concerns
that we were all suffering. By having the opportunity to speak uninterrupted
in a safe and regulated environment allowed us all to witness and
empathise with each others concerns. It removed much of the defensive
and fearful aspects of engaging in debate. We rapidly moved forward
and began to enjoy our exchange of ideas and feelings. This has
led to a greater feeling of mutual and harmonious solidarity. Change
for us now is very dynamic and exciting. I think I can speak for
the group by saying that the experience was both rejuvenating and
Garbett – Furniture maker
for Rob's help! One day with Rob's help our family quickly ended
the kind of dreadful atmosphere in our new life. His gentle attitude
and bright ideas quickly opened all of our hearts to the sunshine
and now we can get warm sunshine from each other! We could talk,
criticise, communicate easily and we are in such a harmonious happy
family. We are thankful to you Rob!
...it was a pleasure even for that day. We applied
the council with Stella my wife, it seemed like the most honest
and real conversation we had. It's like it dissolves fear of judgement
on the one part and judgement altogether on the other.
Manios – Greece
It turned out that it was more than good idea for
my feelings, to join you yesteday, in the council. Best wishes
to what you are doing. Personally I am influenced in the positive
by the next features of the Councils:
The feelings of respect , holiness and sacred moments or actions,
through slow movements, low volume voice, singular sound of the
bells, and perfect execution of the protocols.
2) The perfect execution of the protocol of rotation of the speaking-stick
, where indeed when one speaking none else is interrupting. (No
compulsive speaking is so tolerated or a chaos of domination through
3) Use of the 1st person of the grammar, no one is speaking of
behalf of the others
4) A really "live" interplay between what and how it
is programmed to be said, and inspirational spontaneity
5) The emphasis of speaking from the heart, with sincerity, vulnerability
6) The intermingling of succinct speaking with meditation.
7) The opportunity to touch the others and feel the energies flowing.
8) A new experience of "me" and "we" and a
larger number of persons non-threatening intimacy (group soul ?)
9) The opening of the sensitivity of symbolic meaning of even of
the simplest objects of the environment.
10) The opening of the spiritual sensitivity of multiple symbolic
meanings of even of the simplest words and phrases of the stories
11) An feeling of the 5 senses being more acute.
I could think of more points, but I think 11 are enough. Best
Kyritsis – University Lecturer, Greece
A life enhancing
experience! Way of Council has helped me improve my listening,
intuition, objectivity and awareness. I find it relevant in my
daily life. After experiencing two months of daily circles with
Rob, I found his guidence well balanced with teaching, openness,
humor, quirkiness, and authenticity. I highly, highly recommend!
Eliza Keeley – US