A Council of All Beings
22nd September 2012 nr. Glastonbury
What insights can the non-human beings we share the planet with offer us? What is possible for us when we open to a deeper interconnection with the non-human world?
Rituals affirming the interconnectedness of the human and nonhuman worlds exist in every traditional culture and are rooted in our past. The Council of All Beings, initially developed by John Seed and Joanna Macy, is such a ritual.
Through the use of therapeutic exercises and sharing circles, we weave together three important themes: mourning, remembering and speaking from the perspective of other life-forms, a process that culminates in shedding our human identity and allowing other Beings to give voice to their experience as they offer us their wisdom.
The council will be held on 22nd September in Hallr Woods near Glastonbury.
We will gather at 9.30 a.m. for a prompt start at 10 am and finish by 6 p.m. Lunch will be provided. We aim to run most of the workshop outdoors – there is shelter on site but please come prepared for all weathers! Hallr woods have a green travel plan so ask people to car share, walk or cycle wherever practical (details provided on booking). Those of you who are not local may wish to stay in Glastonbury on Friday night. If so information about local accomodation is available at Glastonbury Online.
A non-refundable deposit of £20 is required to secure your place. This is to cover direct costs (ie the money we have had to spend in order to run this day) and beyond that on the day itself, you will be asked to for a further donation towards the upkeep and development of Hallr Wood and the facilitators’ work. This sum is tithed so that 10% of the total goes to a women’s project in the Congo that helps rape survivors rebuild their lives.
For further information about the weekend, or to book a place please contact Dearbhaile on 01458 832044 or via the contact page on this website.If you’d like to read more about the council you can read more here.
About the Facilitators
Dearbhaile Bradley M.A. has over twenty years experience of facilitating groups in a wide range of contexts and trained with Joanna Macy in the Work that Re-connects in 1993. She is one of the Elder Bards of Glastonbury and active within the Transition Town movement.
Debbie Warrener is an experienced facilitator, coach, artist and community activist. She runs a monthly ‘Macy Monday’ group for Transition Town leaders in North London. As a coach, she works with people who want to increase their impact as leaders for change. She recently co-created ‘Edges of the Wild’ a performance exploring the challenges of our times. For more information see her website www.catalysingchangeagents.com
Image: ‘Beings’ by Debbie Warrener copyright © 2011