New England Council Collective

The New England Council Collective, based in Putney, Vermont, is a growing body of certified Council trainers and Council facilitators in the New England area. The Collective serves individuals, groups and organizations seeking to learn more about Council and to seed Council practices in their lives and work in the world. 

"Council is an age-old practice that involves bringing people together in a circle to bear witness and share authentically. Participants agree to speak one-at-a-time, sharing their personal stories and experiences, rather than opinions, and listening non-judgmentally while others do the same. Sharing and listening to universal stories about love, loss, fear, triumph, challenge, hope and other experiences enables participants to recognize that, despite our many differences, we have much in common.  By fostering attentive listening and authentic expression, Council enables individuals to give voice to their stories, develop mutual respect, cultivate a compassionate response to anger, defensiveness, and violence, as well as strengthen emotional health and resilience."