Deepening council workshop

November 16-17, 2024

Times: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm each day (with 1-hour lunch breaks)

Location: Highland Park, CA

Trainers: TBD

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This training is geared toward experienced council facilitators who have taken a Foundation 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."

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Deepening Council is an advanced workshop for facilitators who might be starting to examine some personal obstacles, resistance, and "blind spots" that have emerged in their practitioner development or for those sensing a need for greater fluency in self-regulation and grounding for themselves and in their work with groups.

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Deepening Council 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 Deepening Council's primary intentions is to support practitioners who are starting to encounter the sometimes powerful energies released in council and to offer encouragement to move out of one's comfort zones and to “turn 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 mechanics and important tools and models that can be very 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 Foundation Council workshop and have gained experience facilitating council before taking the Deepening Council workshop.

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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 Foundation Council and that a Letter of Intent be approved prior to registration. Please submit your Letter of Intent. 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 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 it here.

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

Dates TBD.

other council trainings

Foundation Council

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

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

Foundation 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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