Upcoming Council Trainings & Events

Coming in 2020: In the Spring/early Summer, we will be scheduling a Council 2: Deepening the Practice training & a Council 3: Council in Service to Self, Community & the Greater Good training. In the Fall, we will be scheduling a Council 1: Discovering One’s Voice; Sharing One’s Story. Please let us know of your interest.

Recent Council Trainings & Events:

October 30, 2019: Practicing Council with Colleagues & Clients: A half-day training in the Way of Council for the staff of the Northampton branch of Windhorse Integrative Mental Health in Northampton, MA, USA. Led by Kirstin Edelglass.

October 18 - 20, 2019: Council 1: Discovering One’s Voice; Sharing One’s Story - NECC, Sunhill Farm, Putney, Vermont, USA.  Co-led by Kirstin Edelglass & Paul LeVasseur. Read full details. Read about training logistics.

August 25-31, 2019: Canoeing in a World Between Worlds: A Wilderness Journey for Incoming Students — Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont, USA.  This “freshman orientation” canoe trip followed the snaking Raquette River through the Adirondack Mountains.  Kirstin Edelglass guided a community of ten students through the joys and challenges of wilderness canoe travel while offering reflective experiences to encourage connection with self, other, and the natural world. The evening council ritual served as a still point for opening the heart to the diversity of human experience and sharing personal insights as they arose.

July 28, 2019: Summer Gathering for Council Carriers in Marlboro, Vermont. Each year the New England Council Collective hosts a daylong gathering for “council carriers” in our region.  This is a wonderful opportunity for people who facilitate listening circles to share stories and float ideas with other facilitators.  Much of the sharing happens while sitting in council. This summer we gathered from 10:00 to 4:00 on an airy screen porch overlooking gardens and a pond. Forinformation on future Summer Gatherings, please write to necouncilcollective@gmail.com and use the subject, “Summer Gathering.” See a photo of our Gathering Space.

April 12 -14, 2019:  Council 2:  Deepening the Practice - NECC, Sunhill Farm, Putney, Vermont, USA.  Co-led by Bonnie Mennell & Paul LeVasseur. Read full details. Read about training logistics. See photos.

February 4, 2019:  Introduction to The Way of Council: a day long workshop for Putney Commons, an intentional community in Putney, Vermont. See info on Putney Commons.

October 26 -28, 2018: Council 1: NECC, Putney, Vermont.  Co-led by Kirstin Edelglass & Paul LeVasseur.  Read full details.

September 4 – October 9, 2018:  Undergraduate Course: “Facilitating Council:  An Experiential Training in Deep Listening and Guiding Dialogic Processes” – Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont. Taught by Kirstin Edelglass in six 2.5-hour evening class sessions. See syllabus for the course.

August 19-25, 2018: Rites and Rituals of Passage: A Wilderness Journey for Incoming Students – Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont.  Led by Kirstin Edelglass.  See Photos.

August 2-5, 2018: Council Camping Retreat: A gathering of friends connected to the New England Council Collective -- Sunhill Farm, Putney, Vermont.  Co-led by Bonnie Mennell, Paul LeVasseur, and Kirstin Edelglass.  Read a brief description with photos.

July 26, 2018:  A Taste of Council:  Introductory session for students in the Low-Res Master of Arts in TESOL Program, SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, VT, USA.  Co-Led by Paul LeVasseur & Bonnie Mennell

July 16 - 18, 2018: Council on the Uncertain Human Future:  Next Wave Summit - Wellesley College Club, Wellesley, MA, USA.  Bonnie Mennell facilitated a 3-hour UHF Council Practice Session & served as Council resource person for the gathering.

May 14 & 15, 2018:  Facilitating Council: An Introductory Training for Bridges* Trip Leaders – Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont, USA.  Led by Kirstin Edelglass. *Bridges trips are orientation trips for incoming students which are designed and led by current Marlboro College students.)

April 6 - 8, 2018:  Council 2:  Deepening the Practice - NECC, Sunhill Farm, Putney, Vermont, USA.  Co-led by Bonnie Mennell & Paul LeVasseur. Read full details. Read about training logistics.

March 2 - 4, 2018:  El Camino de Consejo 1 (Council 1) - Creative Education Center, Santiago, Dominican Republic. Co-Led by Leonelda Castillo de Urena & Bonnie Mennell.

February 18, 2018: Deepening Community with the Way of Council:  An experiential workshop with Kirstin Edelglass & Carlyn Saltman - Psychosynthesis Northeast Community, Greenfield, MA, USA.

December 15 - 16, 2017, February 2 - 3 & April 24, 2018:  Council on the Uncertain Human Future - Berkshire Waldorf High School, Stockbridge, MA, USA. Co-facilitated by Walter Wright, professor emeritus at Clark University & Paul LeVasseur of NECC & SIT Graduate Institute.

November 10 - 12, 2017:  Council 1 - NECC, Sunhill Farm, Putney, Vermont, USA.  Co-led by Kirstin Edelglass & Paul LeVasseur. Read full details.