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New Moon Council
January 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC-6
Date: Wednesday, January 17th 6:30-8:30 PM
Cost: Donations appreciated (suggested donation $10-$20)
Join us for an evening of Council. This council is an invitation to share your voice and heart with the voices and hearts of our local community and to reflect upon the vast possibilities held in the dark of the new moon.
The practice and wisdom of Council are rooted in our ancestral lineage. Many ancient and indigenous communities gathered in the form of a circle to engage in dialogue for the sake of authentically connection, problem-solving, sharing, and strengthening communities. The circle symbolizes the open, safe field for wholeness–a nonhierarchical arrangement for connection. Today, Council is adopted in many communities as a way to remember wholeness and connect us to what matters. Our practice comes from the Ojai Foundation. For those interested please see http://www.ojaifoundation.org.
At the root of Council is story. The seeds of earth wisdom are often carried through stories. Stories become our teachers; they are sometimes the medicine that connects us to what matters, an invitation to awaken and stay close to the moment-to-moment relationship with the sacred. The stories we share not only reveal personal aspects of our lineage and ancestral lineage, they can be indicative to the greater collective cultural lineages of our planetary whole. They can serve as offerings, or seeds of hope, to a compassionate understanding of our depth of connection with the whole earth.
The practice of Council offers intention, heartfelt sharing, and agenda-less dialogue with the intent of connecting each member in reciprocity to the circle. There are often said to be four intentions of Council: listening from the heart, speaking from the heart, getting to the heart, and being spontaneous. Council is a guide and compass that grounds an interweaving of heart, stories, and voices. Come help us cultivate this ancient practice and relearn ways to integrate it within all of our relationships: intimates, friendships, families, schools, businesses, communities, and anything else 🙂
About Council facilitators:
Colleen Jones (aka Collfeatherz) is a devout practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga, teaches in many styles, and shares a deeply felt-sense and connection to life. She is a graduate alumnus of Naropa University with an MA in Transpersonal Ecopsychology. She has participated in Council, Mirroring the Four Shields, Rites of Passage work, and the Nature of Council. Coll feels a deep calling to be in authentic communion and dialogue with all beings, and in embodying what it means to be alive. She feels at home when she is living from an open heart and is at home within the community of pulsating hearts of her partner T, their fury-kins and an abundance of natural wilderness beauty, aspen trees, pines, sacred land, river valleys, and high mountains within the Western Slope Region of Colorado. Coll is passionate about relating to and exploring the wilderness of the heart, simultaneously happening within inner and external vibrations and landscapes.
Thompson Bishop (aka tbird) grew up in the hills of East Tennessee and the mountains of Colorado. From an early age, tbird began his study of music and a deep connection to the natural world. Trained in classical piano and voice, he received double undergraduate degrees in Music and Recording Arts. Deeply touched by the ecological struggles of the earth in human hands, tbird returned to graduate studies in Animal Policy and Advocacy and then into Transpersonal Ecopsychology (MA) at Naropa University. tbird has a deep affinity for the Ragged Mountains and the Crystal Valley, and now finds sanctuary and home with his partner Colleen and their loving fury-kins just outside of Redstone. tbird loves trail running, hiking, mountain biking, yoga, and all things contemplative. He is an active part of three boards, including the Advisory Board for the Prairie Dog Coalition and is the Vice President for the American Society of Acoustic Ecology.
What can I bring into the event?
Your heart… and if you feel called to please bring an object that represents your connection to the moon and/or earth to add to the altar.