Course: Council Training 1: Introduction to Council
(in person with COVID-19 precautions – details on the next registration page or by clicking below)
The Ojai Foundation is excited to announce its first public council training at The Ojai Foundation in 2022.
Since 1979, Council has been our primary practice supporting group interaction, conflict resolution, storytelling, decision-making and co-visioning. It provides a primary tool for building community and, along with mindfulness practice, forms the core of TOF’s form of governance. The roots of Council also can be found in many earth-cherishing cultures around the world.
Justice and Equity
The Ojai Foundation is committed to furthering justice and equity as a central component of our work. One key part of this is reflecting on our organization and our practices, including council. This inquiry is ongoing. Further details can be found by checking out our Council and Social Equity Project.
Description of Council Training 1
Council Training 1: Introduction to Council, is a powerful and inspiring introduction to the practice of Council and provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the roots of the practice as well as the unique lineage of The Ojai Foundation. The fundamentals and nuances of the forms and modalities in Council are explored in some depth and a good deal of background is offered on the intentions and languaging used in the practice. In addition to a grounding in the basic forms and tools of Council, the broader applications to a variety of personal and professional settings are explored. It is a rich and dynamic opportunity to immerse oneself in and explore the foundational practice of Council and its application to the participants’ lives and work.
Saturday, May 7, 9am-5pm.
Sunday, May 8, 9am-5pm.
Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time to allow for a prompt beginning.
Participants may camp for up to two evenings (Friday and Saturday) on the land. Participants must provide all their own gear. TOF has drinking water, flush toilets, hot showers, and level campsites available. For those wishing to camp on the evening of Friday May 6, please plan to arrive between 3-8 pm.
For those who wish to make other arrangements, there are numerous hotels in Ojai that are within 10-15 minutes from The Ojai Foundation by car.
There will be light refreshments and snacks with the course (coffee, tea, simple snacks, etc.). Participants are expected to bring a bag lunch for Saturday and Sunday, and provide their own food for all other meals. Note: There is no kitchen available for use and personal camp stoves are prohibited.
The Ojai Foundation is committed to making the work accessible, particularly for those who have traditionally faced barriers in accessing such courses. As one part of this, we have a limited amount of needs-based financial aid available for people who identify as black, indigenous, latinx, asian, or other historically marginalized and/or racialized identities.
Participants are responsible for getting to and from the course. Driving directions will be sent to registered participants prior to the start of the course. Parking is available onsite.
Please refrain from using any products containing artificial fragrances (perfume, cologne, hair products, deodorant, etc.). This allows people with chemical sensitivities to have equitable access to the event. If you have questions or need support, please write to email@example.com
COVID-19 Protocol & Safety Plan
Cancellations due to COVID-19
We recognize that planning is difficult for many during a pandemic. We ask that all participants read and sign the TOF COVID-19 policy. If anyone tests positive for, exhibits any of the signs and symptoms of, or has had significant exposure to COVID-19 within 14 days of the course, you will be asked to NOT attend the course, and will be given a full refund of your money. If there are other comparable circumstances where a refund is needed, please reach out, and we will work to accommodate the need as best we can. The practices for safety continue to change, and we will adjust accordingly, but below are some of our standard practices at this time.
Common Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19
Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the following common signs and symptoms of COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
If you are experiencing any of the above signs and symptoms within 14 days of the course, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.
COVID-19 Safety Plan
- The course will take place entirely outside, with the exception of individual use of the bathrooms. Outdoor seating will be provided.
- Face coverings are required for the duration of the course, especially during group time.
- Social distance practices, will be in effect, including in council circles.
- All camping arrangements are limited to individuals or individual households.
- Individual water bottles are required, and there are spigots with filtered water for refills.
- Frequent hand washing and hand-sanitizing are encouraged, and soap and hand sanitizer will be provided. Individuals are encouraged to bring a personal hand sanitizer dispenser if desired.
- The total course capacity has been reduced to support social distancing.
- The Ojai Foundation reserves the right to enforce the COVID Safety Plan with registered participants onsite, or refuse the right to participation for anyone unwilling to comply with the measures deemed necessary by The Ojai Foundation, in accordance with CDC guidelines and Ventura County protocol and approved worksite plan.