We create conscious space through a practice called Council.
Each circle operates on four intentions and is based on a theme. The theme creates space for participants to share stories from their life (instead of opinions). Each circle is unique and is shaped not only by the theme and the intentions but also the participants.
Some circles may encompass writing, authentic relating, improv or aspects of Yoga like gentle stretches or Pranayama (breath work) or Yoga Nidra, but the guiding principals are the same.
The way we gather matters because how we gather is how we live. — Priya Paker
What is Council?
Council is a community circle with intention rooted in the age-old, cross cultural practice of people coming together for candid conversations.
Participants practice holding space, intent listening and heart based communication guided by four intentions which include Speak from the Heart and Listen from the Heart. A safe space is created as a trained facilitator guides the practice for mindful communication to unfold as participants tells stories from their lives. While the circle encourages communication, silence is honored.
The benefits of council include building relationships, trust, community, respect etc.
When we sit in council we can experience the best of humanity if only for an hour or two.
We believe world peace is possible and can emerge when we slow down, listen to each other from our hearts and speak from a place of authenticity and love.
We are wired to connect and live in community. While technology is focused on digital connection, we feel more disconnected and isolated than we have in past generations.
When we go out, we witness or experience friends, families, couples, strangers looking down at their phones almost in a trance-like state. Sometimes we look at our phones more than we look or even speak to each other. So often we use our phone as a shield or safety blanket instead of connecting to those around us.
We have become a culture of people that desire true connection, but don’t quite know how to engage with each other, ask for what we need or foster/ nurture authentic communication/ relationships.
Council bridges the gap between disconnection to connection.