The way of Council is a communication practice grounded in indigenous communities around the world, throughout time. Using a talking piece, compassion, heartfelt expression and empathic listening, Council inspires a non-hierarchical form of authentic communication. Council offers individuals and organizations effective means of working with conflicts and for discovering deeper truths. It is a way to honor the achievements of both the group and of individuals, and is one of the most effective ways to create community.

I utilize aspects of Council with each group I work with and believe that Council nurtures the authentic connection that we each share with other people.

The guidelines of Council are:

  • Speak from the heart
  • Be spontaneous
  • Listen from the heart
  • Speak leanly and to the point
  • What is said in the circle stays in the circle