Professional Development Workshop in NELSON—TALKING CIRCLES THAT MATTER: The Ear that Hears Cooking and the Guidance of Toads

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Starts:  Fri, October 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Ends:  at 4:00 PM

Alpine Lake Suites



A kind of natural self-healing process can be activated in a group by inviting the wisdom of council. Calling to hear from the diversity of voices which are in any group isn’t enough without the protection of a sacred context. The old mind that knows about authentic expression wants the old kind of community—where not only the people, but also the spirits of nature and the mythic world have a way of being voiced. It is not enough to announce this, otherwise it becomes a pretension—instead, the art of courting the emergent and divergent needs to be developed. Protecting what is said, letting it be witnessed, is both a job of allowance and a job of calling forth. Participants see permission come from many angles—the leader, their own personal history, the frame of legitimacy which is made the context of the room, and even each other. All these factors inter-relate and determine whether the gathering is a “Talking Circle that Matters.”

Setting the space and invoking the ears of the Other World
How to encourage real contribution from participants
Hearing the navigation in grief and grievances
Responding with Blessing and Affirmation
Protecting the weaker members of the group

We will gather in our own peculiar fashion, inviting in the voices of those in the room, and also some of the many voices of the disenfranchised, the spirits of nature, the disembodied and the dispossessed. In a living laboratory, we will look at the “Talking circle” as an adaptable vehicle which, like the most modern of spacecraft, needs training to drive or even be a crew member on. Through the day, we’ll touch on the other, hidden motivations or “curriculum” in the hearts of whoever goes to a talking circle. One need gets met naturally, and the other will require some skill, imagination, and risk to answer! Lunch is Bring your Own.

Our gathering space will be The Community Room at Alpine Lake Suites. Bring your own lunch, tea and coffee provided.

Early Bird $85 / Regular $95

The facilitator of this weekend is the author of “Medicine Without an Expiry Date: Indigenous Remedy for Modern Trouble.” Randy was called as a “Listener for the Other World” in Africa. His passion is to revive the ancient conversation between nature and the human village. He is a drummer, dancer, poet, and “helper of communities,” crossing the thresholds of instinct, intimacy, and inspiration.

QUESTIONS? Nelson call Ray Stothers @ 250.352.5127

On the form below and show up 15 minutes early.

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