has facilitated transformative processes with individuals, groups, and organizations in some of the most challenging and beautiful places in the US. He is the executive director of The Ojai Foundation, a council trainer, and an Ashtanga yoga instructor. His work has taken him from the wilds of Big Sur to maximum security prisons, and many places in between.
You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
Except the one in which you belong.
Just as a redwood emerges from and within the rich ecology of a forest, so humans emerge from the world around them, and through relationships with one another and with self. To awaken again and again to the truth of our interconnectedness and shared destiny is a practice of belonging to the world in all its beauty and wildness.
For men, it can be challenging to find the time and space to renew ourselves, and to find a supportive company of other men who are willing to live the important questions of what it means to be alive and in service to the world while maintaining a healthy and generative lifestyle.
In this program, we will explore the deep listening and mindfulness awareness practices of council, and learn through didactic skill building, body-based awareness practices, contact with our personal and collective stories, and engagement with the natural world. As a collective practice of deep listening and mindful awareness, council promotes radical compassion and an experience of interconnectedness that can break down barriers to connection, reconciliation, and peace.