Annual Gathering of Council Carriers


Sat, 07/09/2016 - 10:00am to Sun, 07/10/2016 - 1:00pm

***Registration is now closed***

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The annual Gathering of Council Carriers is open to all who hold Council in their hearts and who desire to bring the practice to others.

Both leaders and learners are welcome to gather in community, to tell our stories, renew our passion, refine our vision and celebrate the many ways that Council is helping transform individuals, families, organizations and communities.  Whether you are a veteran Council Trainer, facilitate Council in classrooms, boardrooms, community circles or with family and friends, you will find inspiring circle work, small breakout groups, rich conversation, laughter, and connection at this unique convergence of people who carry the practice of Council in the world.

Fees for the Gathering:
$200.00 includes Saturday overnight and 4 meals (Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch).  Due to the discounted nature of these fees, and our desire to encourage community, no other fee scenarios are available for any other arrangements.  Meals will be simple, healthy, and vegetarian.  Please feel free to supplement with your own prepared foods / snacks if you wish. (Coolers appreciated,)

Click below to register online.


Friday eve Song Circle, 7:00-8:30 pm ... Come early and sing our hearts in and out!  Guided by Joann Webb, Bonnie Tamblyn, and Judy Piazza.  Bring songs to share if you'd like.
Saturday, 10:00 am thru Sunday, 1:00 pm, Gathering of Council Carriers
Sunday, 2:30 pm, Initiation Ceremony for new Council Trainers under the Teaching Tree
Monday, 9:00 am - noon, General Council-Related Business
Monday, 1:30-5:00 pm, Council Trainers' Advisory Group and Trainers' Mentoring Circle Proposal
Tuesday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Mentoring Day

Please come for any or all of the above. 

Friday, Sunday, and/or Monday night accommodations are generously made available by donation (suggested $50.00 per night per person).  Please make these reservations and offer your donation by contacting Ambe at, or by calling 805-646-8343, ext. 123

All other meals besides the ones listed above are on your own.  The main kitchen and refrigerators are available for your use.  Community meals encouraged!

Work/Trade Option:
A limited number of work/trade options are available for $125 plus one kitchen shift to be assigned, plus any other necessary support as requested.
Please inquire / apply at, or call 805-646-8343, ext. 123.


Monday Morning, 9:00 am - Noon
General Council-related business including:
Gatherings, feedback, reports from C4C , CIS , NOC, Ways of Council web site feedback, 2017 International Gathering updates

Monday Afternoon, 1:30-5:00
Council Trainers Advisory Group and Trainers' Mentoring Circle proposal 

Tuesday ... Mentoring Day, 9:00 am til 4:00 pm 
Along the council path we encounter many mentors—some come in the guise of elder, others as the smallest child, and still others in the way the natural world reminds us of who we are.  Following this year’s Gathering of Council Carriers, The Ojai Foundation will offer a day to explore the meaning of mentoring, in our lives and on the council path.  We have all had mentors, and we have all been mentors.  Together, through wisdom councils, we will explore the special nature of this relationship and its expression along the path to becoming a council facilitator or trainer.  Please join Bonnie Tamblyn and Joe Provisor for this day devoted to the practice of giving and receiving wisdom.  Mentor, mentee, and the “path-curious” are warmly invited.

Highly suggested reading: Mentoring: The TAO of Giving and Receiving Wisdom, by Chungliang Al Huang and Jerry Lynch (Harper - San Francisco, 1995).