We create “brave” (safe) space for people to connect.
Each community circle/ event operates on the foundation and intentions of Council 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 shaped by the theme and participants.
Some circles/ events may encompass writing, improv games/ ice breakers, meditation, gentle stretches, or breath work.
Our mission and desire to build safe spaces led us to launched SOMOS YOGA – Community Yoga for All Body Types . It is our goal to demystify yoga and have an inclusive, safe space for people to practice yoga in community.
One-on-one coaching is also available.
The way we gather matters because how we gather is how we live. — Priya Paker
What is Council?
Council an age-old, cross cultural practice that echoes a time when “the folk” or general people came together in community for candid conversations.
Council is based on four intentions which include: Speak from the Heart and Listen from the Heart. These intentions create space for participants to practice intent listening also known as holding space and heart based communication, which transform how we both listen and speak.
A safe space is created as a trained facilitator guides the practice as participants tells stories from their lived experiences. While the circle encourages communication, silence is also honored.
The benefits of council include building relationships, trust, community, respect, empathy 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 and connection.