Council is a way to develop self esteem and
self attentiveness of a person and the communication within
groups Council offers teams, Institutions and groups of every
kind a profound instrument to design processes, solve conflicts
and crisis. It is a way to honor the achievements of these
groups and individuals and is one of the most effective ways
to create community.
Participants of a Council sit together in
a circle and use a talking piece, which can be chosen by
the group beforehand.
The use of this talking piece shows on one hand, who is talking. On the other
hand it indicates who is listening, because only the one with the talking piece
is suppose to talk.
The following guidelines are recommended
and are no strict rules. If followed, they allow a group
to reach a deeper level in their way of listening to each
• Speak from the heart
• Listen from the heart
• Be spontaneous
• Be lean and to the point
• Speak out, what serves you, the circle and the
• Confidentiality: what has been said in the circle stays in the circle
There are a tremendous variety of Council
forms, which each can support a situation in a group or with
individuals- from a controversial point of dispute, up to
a lifting of group wisdom. The Council Guides are trained
to hear what form the circle need to be supported.
If you want to know more about Council please see our google map 'Where we
are', where you can find a Council taking place near your home. If you want
to learn more about Council you might want to refer to "Programs/Workshops".
The Practice of Council
The Quality of our Work
flows from the Quality of our Relationships.
The Quality of our Relationships
flows from the Quality of our Communication,
The Quality of our Communication
flows from the Integration of our Mind, Heart, Body, Spirit.
– Marlow Hotchkiss