Creating Communities of Connection
Training in Council Facilitation
& Conflict Exploration


Enheartening the world one circle at a time

Our vision is to cultivate a community of facilitators who practice speaking and listening from the heart in order to create more resilient families, workplaces and communities.



Part One: The Basic Practice

Online 4-Session Workshop Series

September 3, 10, 24 & October 1

10-11:30am Pacific Time

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Part Two: The Forms

Online 4-Session Workshop Series

July 16, 23, 30 & August 6

10-12:00pm Pacific Time

“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.”

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

• Take part in different circle forms, exercises, games, and ways of sharing with families, schools, businesses and communities.

• Participate in grounding and resilience practices.

• Practice facilitating in Zoom virtual space making use of
breakout rooms and whiteboards.

• Engage in home practice with other participants to develop your skills.

“He who listens with his mind knows;
he who listens with his heart understands.”

Matshona Dhliwayo


Circles of Resilience, Level One The Basic Practice

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

Heart connection with others is itself an important source of resilience. Stephen Porges, author of The Polyvagal Theory notes that video connection provides the intonation and facial cues that words and emojis in emails or texts cannot. We are not just exchanging content, we are exchanging cues. We are reaching into the ‘other’s’ nervous system to say, “I’m here. I’m present with you. I am listening.” This is the essence of co-regulation, an ancestral survival skill.

Circles of Resilience, Level Two Going Deeper

This next level training is for those ready to explore circle challenges, looking at conflict and what happens when unconscious material enters the circle. The social engagement found in circle provides us with the safety necessary to mature and adapt to uncertainty. We learn to resource ourselves in order to respond rather than react. We can turn toward the disruption in the circle and find our way through to new levels of awareness using the resilience contained within the circle. In this level 2 course we will continue the exploration of crafting prompts and learn to read the field so that we can start with the unknown and find the prompt together. We will continue with home play opportunities and explore more ways of weaving Porges’ polyvagal theory into our practice. 

Circles of Resilience for Deep Adaptation: Becoming a Voice in the World

(Prerequisite Level 1)

As we move into an era of pandemics and other environmental crises, as we move toward social and economic collapse, as mental health is compromised, we need each other. In this time of Covid-19, for those who are alone, the isolation can be harmful to the nervous system and the body’s experience encourages negativity bias. The opportunity to connect through the online listening practice of Circles of Resilience is an opportunity to co-regulate each other’s physiological and emotional state as we deeply listen to each other. We then feel safer and become more generous with others, more accessible. With compassion, we tend to the emerging reality. We grieve what’s been lost, we let go of what no longer serves, we reclaim, renew and reimagine what is possible.

Circles of Resilience for Teams, Businesses and Organizations

(Prerequisite Level 1)

Employers and managers who support social connections in the workplace and help employees form strong relationships with one another help build a successful workforce. Strong work relationships help establish and nurture a company or organizational culture that emphasizes respect, loyalty and trust. 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.

Dates and Times

Level One – The Basic Practice


Tuesdays on Sep 22 & 29; Oct 6 & 13

05:00 pm – 06:30 pm Pacific Time
7:00 – 8:30 pm BST

Level One – The Basic Practice


Sundays on Oct 11, 18  & 25; Nov 1

11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific Time
7:00 – 8:30 pm BST

Level Two – Going Deeper

COMING SOONcontact us for your place on our wait list

Fridays on Aug 21, Sep 4, 11 and 18

11:00 am – 12:30 pm PT
7:00 – 8:30 pm BST

Deep Adaptation: Becoming a Voice in the World

COMING SOON – contact us for your place on our wait list

Fridays on Aug 21, Sep 4, 11 and 18

11:00 am – 12:30 pm PT
7:00 – 8:30 pm BST

Circles of Resilience for Teams, Businesses and Organizations

COMING SOON – contact us for your place on our wait list

Fridays on Aug 21, Sep 4, 11 and 18

11:00 am – 12:30 pm PT
7:00 – 8:30 pm BST