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Council Circle

Council

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Council is one way of tending the soul of the world.  This is not a workshop.  Here we share and gather strength, support, wisdom and truth.

What is council?

Council is a place to listen, a place to speak and a place to connect.  

There is no hierarchy in a council.  No degree, skill or knowledge is necessary to participate.  Just a willingness to listen and an open heart.

Agreements are made that whatever is shared in council is held in confidence and not spoken about outside of council.  You might find your usual judgments getting very quiet or even disappearing as you open to deeper listening.

And from the Center for Council:

“The Latin word concilium, from which the word council derives, means “a gathering of people.” As we use the term, council refers to an intentional, set-aside time and place in which people come together. Some use the word “sacred” to describe this special space, though council does not connote any particular spiritual tradition. As a practice, the way of council helps us define WHERE, WHEN, WHO, WHAT and HOW we gather together. We create a circle, in a particular place, for a given length of time, and invite individuals to come together with the intention to listen and speak from the heart. Council is a practice in which individuals deepen self-awareness, groups find cohesion, and communities build bridges.

Council is not therapy; nobody purports to hold more authority or wisdom than anyone else. Council is not religion; there is no dogma or belief system that is elevated or preferenced over any other. Council is not gossip; the focus is on personal stories, not judgment or opinions of others. Council is not casual; the form is intended to create a strong container for sharing vulnerably and inviting the emergence of collective wisdom. Council is not fixed; it is a dynamic and emergent co-creation of participants who bring their good intention to the gathering, in service of themselves and others. Council is not exclusive; by including everything, seen and unseen, shadow and light, nothing is ignored.”

What do I need to do to participate?

Online council requires a steady internet connection.  Let me know you are coming and I will email you a link to join the council Zoom meeting.  Please arrive a few minutes early to get yourself “in” to the zoom meeting and settled in your space.  We will begin on time.

And next what you need to do:  Show up.  Be honest.  Listen from your heart. Speak from your heart.  

We are not gathering to fix, but to authentically connect.  There is no need to offer advice, your deep listening is healing enough.  Sharing authentic wisdom is welcome.  Personal experience is welcome.  And most importantly, sharing whatever is within you is welcome.

There is no fee for council.  Email stephanie at stephaniefoy@gmail.com for directions or a zoom link.  

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“There have only been a few experiences that have had such a huge impact on my life. The effects of that evening have been with me for two years now, and I can honestly say I have grown immensely from all that was given at that firewalk.” C.S.

“It is by going down into the abyss that you recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” Joseph Campbell

~ Joseph Campbell

“The fire and the rain are scheming to steal our impossible pain. The sun and the moon and the stars remember our real names, and our ancestors pray for us while we’re dreaming.”

—Rob Brezny