Day of Council Practice

9/16/2017, 9:30am - 4:00pm at Myoshinji

We are pleased to present another day-long council practice open both to those who have taken other council training and those who are new to it. Please register soon as space fills up quickly.

What is the practice of council?
The Way of Council, by Jack Zimmerman and Gigi Coyle, was published in 1996 and has been instrumental in helping to take Council into the world. Council practice, in its modern form, is a circle form of communication and wisdom sharing practiced by virtually all indigenous peoples around the world. In Council circles, each person learns to offer their personal story from their heart, not their head, and to listen with full attention. There are no fixed leaders, but rather facilitators; the group's emerging spirit and the process itself are the primary guides and everyone in the circle shares responsibility and leadership for what evolves. (from text describing Council at the Ojai Foundation.)

This council practice day will be co-facilitated by Annie Markovich and Myoyu Roshi. Annie Markovich completed the Bearing Witness Training Program in 2014-2015 in Krakow, Poland under the guidance of Acharya Fleet Maul and Jared Seide (Director of Center for Council). Acharya Fleet Maul was the first person to introduce Council to the Bearing Witness group in Auschwitz. Myoyu Roshi has received training from Jared Seide and Anne Phillips Seide and others.

What to expect
The day will include both opportunities to practice council and teaching andsharing information about how to facilitate council – for example, what constitutes a good prompt, embodying stories and dyad work. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

The Day of Council Practice will take place at Great Plains Zen Center, W7762 Falk Rd., Monroe, WI 53566 and will include a vegetarian lunch. For more information about our location, please visit this page. Accommodations on Saturday night are available at Myoshinji free of charge for those who require it. Suggested donation for this event is $50. Registration required.