deepening council training

Our Deepening Council Training (CT2) workshops offer a powerful opportunity to enhance one’s practice and explore the more complex contours of the work.

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This training is geared toward experienced council facilitators who have taken a foundational council workshop and have been facilitating council for some time with some direct experience with the inspiring, and sometimes challenging, situations that arise – including encountering resistance, conflict, and "shadow."

embracing the inner-work of council

Deepening Council Training is an advanced workshop for facilitators who are starting to examine some personal obstacles, resistance and "blind spots" that have emerged in their practitioner development. This workshop is an opportunity to explore one's blind-spots and triggers that play into development as a facilitator and to cultivate greater fluency and facility in self-regulation and grounding -- for oneself and others. The workshop also explores strategies for unexpected situations when council may feel as if it's "going off the rails" and how to find ways to work with challenges that arise in council.

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The Deepening Council Training delves into the specific forms of council suited for a variety of situations and explores the joys and challenges of bringing council into different parts of our lives. It offers a chance to develop more facility with "reading the interactive field" and learning to invite "the witness" perspective. ​


One of this workshop's primary intentions is to support practitioners in working with "shadow" and provide tools for encountering the sometimes powerful energies released in council. This advanced workshop explores tools for moving out of one's comfort zones and “turning into the skid” -- learning how to navigate and best serve the circle, while maintaining safety and containment.

what we cover

This training workshop focuses more on the mechanics of facilitation and explores important tools and models that can be helpful in deepening one's work, and in navigating nuances while facilitating.

We discuss technical modifications, structures, and troubleshooting to assist you in facilitating council.

N.B. We recommend that you have completed at least one foundations of council workshop and have gained experience facilitating council before taking the Deepening Council Training.

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  • early bird pricing usually ends 30 days before the workshop date. Check individual workshops for details.

IMPORTANT DETAIL: Council Training 2 requires completion of a foundational council workshop and that a Letter of Intent be approved prior to registration. When you are approved, you will be given a code to access registration.

add ons
Where Compassion Begins: $18.00


Where Compassion Begins: Foundational Practices to Enhance Mindfulness Attention and Listening from the Heart, is an informive and interactive book written by Jared Seide. It is filled with activities, prompts and resources to help you learn and practice council at your own pace.

Read more about the Where Compassion begins book.

Lunch, coffee, and snacks are included. Overnight accommodations is not included.


Donations and program fees support Beyond Us & Them’s ability to offer transformative programming to incarcerated men and women, law enforcement, healthcare workers, educators and community leaders. ​


Refund Policy
Fees are fully refundable within 7 days from the purchase date and can be transferred and applied to another training offered by Beyond Us & Them up until 30 days before the original event date. Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable if canceled within 30 days of the training.
To request a cancelation or transfer please contact us. Requests will be processed within ten business days. If Beyond Us & Them cancels, participants will have the option to transfer fees or receive a full refund for the cost of the training.

upcoming workshops

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November 16-17, 2024

Los Angeles, California

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New Dates TBD

international workshops

Periodically, we offer council workshops internationally. In 2024 we will be offering workshops in France and Ireland. Please contact us for details and to be notified of dates

other council trainings

foundations of council training

learn council skills & fundamentals

Explore the fundamentals of council practice through an experiential workshop designed to teach council skills. Ideal for anyone interested in learning and leading council sessions.

living council training

embodying the way of council

For experienced practitioners who are ready to more deeply explore becoming a steward of council. This course explores where the practice of council ends and living council begins.

Not sure which workshop is right for you? See our guidance and comparison page

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our trainers

Council Training workshops are led by two Certified Council Trainers. Our circle of certified trainers have extensive experience leading culturally competent, trauma-informed workshops and trainings in the practice of mindfulness and council.

All have demonstrated mastery of required core competencies and abide by a rigorous Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics, which provides guidelines regarding integrity, honesty, lawfulness, professional behavior and boundaries, conflicts of interest as well as a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

To learn more about Beyond Us & Them's affiliated trainers click below


online social connection councils

The benefits of council practice are available to all via our online Social Connection Councils. These council circles are open to everyone and take place regularly each month.

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