This year's annual weekend Gathering of Council Carriers at the Ojai Foundation, hosted in 2013 by Alexis Slutzky and Lori Austein, is an offering to all who hold Council in their hearts and who are finding ways to bring the practice to others.
Council Training 3 is an advanced workshop, intended for experienced council practitioners who are discovering that they want to live the way of council rather than limiting their involvement to facilitating a useful approach to group interaction.
Come prepared to work with your body and the earth, while deepening your
connection with self, community and the natural world. This 10 day Work
Retreat at the Land Sanctuary offers the opportunity to live close to
the Land while engaging in daily mindful, physical work on 40 acres of
We are delighted to be hosting this incredible wisdom keeper who has been with the vocal acapella African American group Sweet Honey in the Rock since 1979. Ysaye will be facilitating a weekend workshop, and a public Community SIng! on Sunday evening. We encourage vocal coaches, school and university choir directors, church groups, and anyone who just likes to sing to join us for this unique opportunity to be with Ysaye Barnwell.
This seven-day training, led by Gigi Coyle, is designed for those already working with council in schools, quest work and therapeutic or spiritual communities, as well as those wanting to introduce council in new places .
Interested in learning about the Way of Council? Looking to deepen your council practice in your work setting or in your personal life? The Center for Council Practice has announced a full slate of council trainings for 2013, all taking place at The Ojai Foundation's Land Sanctuary. Sign up today!
(Additional Council Trainings take place at other locations throughout the year; check back for updated listings of trainings open to the public at a variety of locations.)
The Center for Council Practice (CCP) was established in 1999 to provide ongoing trainings and programs, in-service and retreat-based internships, and support for schools, businesses and communities implementing Council in the world. CCP received a major revitalization in 2010 as a result of a 5-year evaluation of the needs and challenges facing those who are carrying council in the world.
Our center in Ojai is a semi-wilderness, sustainable-model educational sanctuary for living in right relationship with each other and the earth. We host council trainings,
rites of passage retreats, a ropes course challenge, permaculture workshops and more for youth and adults.
Ceremonies, like birthdays and graduations, help youth and young adults to mark certain times in their lives and to realize their individual importance in the world. The Youth Programs at The Ojai Foundation allow youth to mark such times of significance while also providing a rich background that helps to frame these experiences.
Our Ropes Course offers groups of all ages, corporate teams, and families the opportunity to overcome personal limitations through exciting and rewarding mental, emotional, and physical challenges. With the assistance of our trained staff, such experiences can become doorways into greater self-confidence, improved ability to relate to others, and opportunities to make empowering choices.
For the past nine years the Foundation has been supporting a variety of council-based programs in Israel. These include councils in schools, women's empowerment groups, municipalities, intimate relationships and inter-cultural councils directed at the creation of a truly Shared Society in the Holy Land. These initiatives resulted in the creation of an Israeli non-profit organization, Ma'agal Hakshava" (Listening Circles), that continues to work closely with Ojai. For current information and links, please click here.
In 2007 the Foundation became the Fiscal Sponsor for a medical research program in Mali, Africa. The clinical part of the Program involves the evaluation of an immune system enhancer called Low Dose Naltroxone as a way of preventing HIV positive individuals from subsequently developing AIDS symptoms. Participants in the clinical trials can also participate in monthly councils involving men and women discussing issues of intimate relationship, health and cultural mores that directly impact the spread of HIV. For current reports and links, please click here.
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