The facilitators will conduct a workshop to provide an introduction to
the practice of Council for individuals interested in learning to
facilitate circle processes. The training includes establishing the
setting for Council, basic guidelines for the process, different forms
of Council, the role of the Council facilitator and witnessing. Units
alternate between presentation and discussions and experiential
activities and Councils and generally entail 16 contact hours with a
consistent group of participants. In this experiential introductory
workshop, participants will be invited to enter into the Council circle;
to set aside assumptions and expectations, and to experience creating a
cohesive and inviting container within which to share a unique and
authentic part of themselves and their communities.
Date and Time
Saturday September 13 & Sunday September 14,
9-6 each day, with an hour break for lunch.
211 North St., Northampton
Cost$250 (possibly less, depending on how many participate)
Jared Seide, Director, Center for Council Jared is a gifted and inspiring teacher of this transformative practice. He has designed, piloted and coordinated Council-based programs in prisons, assisted living facilities, youth groups and a variety of non-profit and faith-based organizations and social service agencies, including "The Co-Mentoring Project" for emancipated foster youth, the "Social Justice Council Project" in partnership with the Angell Foundation and the "Prison/Reentry Council Initiative," with the support of the Nathan Cummings Foundation. He has also coordinated, mentored and facilitated Council programs at eleven schools in Southern California and has led “Rite of Passage” retreats for a host of middle and high school youth, in addition to coordinating the LA-based “Council Collaborative Initiative.”
Jared is a member of the Zen Center of Los Angeles and is completing a course of study with Roshi Joan Halifax and the Upaya Institute, leading to his ordination as a Buddhist Chaplain.
He was interviewed by Pacifica Radio regarding his work in prisons as well as in Rwanda (Issa Higiro, for those who know him, was also interviewed):
In order to help us get a better sense of how many people are committing
to the training, we're asking people to register by sending their name,
phone number &/or email address, and a $100 deposit (refundable by
request if the person is not able to attend) by Friday, August 15th.
Checks can be made out to Windhorse IMH and can be mailed, along with
the person's name and contact information, to:
211 North St., Ste. 1
Northampton, MA 01060
If you have any further questions or if cost is a concern, please contact Ari Pliskin firstname.lastname@example.org.