Annual Gathering of Council Carriers


Sat, 07/12/2014 - 9:00am to Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:00pm

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

Both leaders and learners are welcome at the Land Sanctuary in upper Ojai, as we gather in the Council House and under the Teaching Tree, 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.

"The Gathering of Council Carriers" from 9am on Saturday, July 12, through lunch on Sunday, July 13. 

Adam Rumack and Alana Mitnick are hosting on Saturday and Sunday, with the help of the TOF Land Sanctuary staff and volunteers.  Marlow Hotchkiss and Leslie Roberts will guide a "heart of the land" ceremony from Saturday evening into Sunday morning.  The weekend will be an opportunity to explore together, council in the circle, in the body, and on the land; to meet and reconnect with other carriers of this way; and to celebrate the multi-generational spirit of council today. 

Following lunch on Sunday, all are welcome to witness the initiation of new trainers and a ceremony to mark a rite of passage for the Center for Council.

The Leaders Forum will follow on Monday July 14, 10am-5pm.  Facilitated by Jared Seide and others, the day will include trainer news, Center for Council and Ojai Foundation updates, discussion, and more.

Tuesday, July 15, two session will be facilitated by Gigi Coyle:

  • “Global Council; Focus on International" 9am to 12pm 
    This meeting is for those people who are working in or from other countries to gather and celebrate /report on what has happened , explore what is next, weigh in on a proposal for an international gathering, and discuss a virtual  international hub of the work initiated by elders.  Others interested but not intimately involved will be invited to witness.          
    There is a charge for meals and a small land use fee for staying over but no charge for a “program." Additional donations are always welcome.
  • "Nature of Council; Meeting for Future Leaders " Tues 2pm to 5pm or later
    This time will be a chance to see who is working in this area and what the path to sharing this course entails. It is for those who have already stepped forward; expressed and demonstrated interest, experience and skill in this area.  Others interested can contact GG and/or come as witness.  

Note: Monday and Tuesday evenings are unplanned to allow for offsite dinners and optional gatherings and teachings.

Pricing options:

$150 for the Gathering only (Saturday and Sunday), includes Saturday night shared accommodation and four meals (Saturday lunch & dinner, Sunday breakfast & lunch).

$300 for those attending the Gathering, the Leaders Forum, and Tuesday sessions with Gigi, and staying on-site.  Includes Saturday-Monday night shared accommodation and eight meals (same as above plus Monday & Tuesday breakfast and lunch).

$40 for Monday with light breakfast & lunch.

$40 for Tuesday with light breakfast and lunch.