Circles of Resilience

Creating Communities of Connection

Training in Council Facilitation

Conflict Exploration


EnHeartening the world one circle at a time

Join our growing community of facilitators who practice speaking and listening from the heart in order to create more resilient families, workplaces and communities. 

Events & Workshops

Circles of Resilience Part One | The Basics

Communication, Empathy, and Stress Reduction

An introduction to the practice of listening and speaking from the heart (Way of Council), along with social engagement activities and mindfulness processes to help build psycho-emotional resilience. All in the comfort of your home via Zoom.


Circles of Resilience Part Two | Going Deeper

(Prerequisite Part 1)

Circles of Resilience, Part Two continues to build skills with the four intentions while emphasizing the formation of prompts and the  the use of different forms of council, e.g. the Fishbowl, Spiral and Response.


conflict resilience

The Healing Power of Conflict

How do you deal with challenging conversations?

Conflict is an inescapable part of our lives. It often points to opportunities for personal change and growth.  Circles of Resilience practices embody both ancient and modern wisdom about how to keep human relationships alive, open, and constructive, especially when conflicts arise.



Grief Tending

Whether it be the loss of a beloved or the collective grief over climate chaos, war, polarization, and threats to democracy, we need to mourn, yet our culture has a difficult relationship with grief.

In this course we befriend and tend grief, trusting that the relationship has its own time frame, its own needs, and its own grace.


Circles of Resilience for Teams, Businesses and Organizations

Strong work relationships help establish and nurture a company or organizational culture that emphasizes respect, loyalty and trust, as well as cross-cultural awareness and inclusiveness. Social connection provides a sense of cohesion in the office, built on the safety that comes with co-regulation which is essential for cultivating creativity, teamwork and collaboration.

Organizations we have worked with:

Deep Adaptation


Krotona School of Theosophy

Please contact us if you’d like to speak with us about designing a program for your team, business, or organization.

Resilience Thursdays

  For those of you who would like a taste of council before registering  for a training, please join one of our Resilience Thursdays monthly drop-in councils by donation.

TIME: 5.30pm Pacific Time on May 16, June 20

Who We Are

Lori Austein

Council Trainer

Lori is a Trainer in the Way of Council, and has been facilitating Council groups in the U.S. and Canada for over 20 years. She was a co-coordinator of the Palms Council Project, a school based council program, and has served on circles to advance the practice of Council such as the Trainer’s Mentoring Circle, which shepherds the path and the people seeking to become facilitators and trainers.

Leon Berg

Council Trainer

Leon is a founding member of the Ojai Foundation, an educational sanctuary in Southern California. He is a Senior Trainer of the Way of Council, and has been facilitating Council groups in the U.S. and abroad for over 30 years. Together with his partner, Glori Zeltzer, he teaches the Art of Intimate Conversation to couples.

“Leon and Lori are compassionate co-facilitators in the Way of Council. Both masterful trainers, they gracefully guide you through four weeks in a series of activities, prompts and games to learn how to live the four intentions of Council. I truly benefited from slowing down and connecting with others wholeheartedly.”


“Taking this course has given me the confidence to bring Way of Council to my family, my cohort in my volunteer organization and with friends. Way of Council has become a calling of sorts for me.”


“I loved how Lori and Leon gently led the council as a process teaching and content teaching. The learning was done in an embodied sacred way. I would recommend to any person who desires or is currently a facilitator/leader.”


“Learning to develop tools and skills to promote resilience, personally, professionally, and collectively, within community, is essential, especially at this time. This class provides the beginning foundation for this work, in a creative enriching format.”


“I recommend this to anyone interested in conscious connections and learning how to lead groups for better connections and forming positive bonds based on true understanding.”


“Following every gathering in Council, I felt a deep exhilaration from the peace, joy, and insight that flowed into the circle from every participant.”


“Circles of Resilience was a rich and rewarding experience in unprecedented times. Beautifully facilitated, it was profoundly satisfying to have deep and meaningful conversations with people in real time, across continents. Amazing!”


“I so appreciated the ease and skill with which Lori and Leon led us on a beautiful and inspiring voyage together. I feel ever more inspired to do this work and appreciative of the connection with my circle mates.”


“Thank you, Leon and Lori, for guiding us into the depths of the council way in such a short time. It was great to link internet and inner net in that way. Highly recommended.”


“A wonderful introduction to identifying, developing, and deepening resilience, through connection with our own unique stories, and the stories of others, in community.”

By Joining Our Courses You Will:

• Participate in grounding and mindfulness practices for nervous system regulation and resilience.

• Learn different circle forms, exercises, games, and ways of sharing with families, schools, colleagues and clients.

• Engage in home practice with other participants to develop your skills and find deep connection with others.

• Explore the questions we are living now in this time of global pandemic, climate crisis and polarization.

“The secret of creating peace is that when you listen to other people you have only one purpose: to offer them an opportunity to open their hearts.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh