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Working groups meet over the year in virtual councils (online-meetings). If you would like to know the dates and maybe attend as witness, please check the calendar here.

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Way of Council

Best council place up to date, on Culbin Beach in Scotland.

Council is a non hierarchic and co-operative form of communication for groups, relationships and self that puts important focus on the listening. In Council it is given to practice this active listening to the stories we hear and to expressing responsibly our own that needs to be told.

“Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

― Anonymous Greek Proverb


Above is a picture from last year's gathering in Belgium

The 11h ECN Gathering will happen this year in Portugal!

See below, for news updates re the venue, fires in Portugal. Intentions are to keep with dates and trainings

November 1st evening till November 5th after lunch.
Many workshops and events, before during and after so far include;
Advanced Training, Governance Day, Mentoring Day, Games and social activities
for adults and children - more info is coming, stay tuned!


all is now moving ahead with our new venue, times and dates as before. Please go ahead and book your place in the gathering this year soon, we are ready to welcome you!


An initiative to assist rebuilding the original venue is offered here, a few days prior to our gathering. Come be a part of active joy and service, details below >>




Question: Starting a New Council and Intentions

Started by Bernadette Wesley. Last reply by Han Delissen Aug 9. 7 Replies

Hello - I have a question about starting a new Council. I noticed that in our training last weekend with Rob, the intentions were not given until the next day. We did several exercises and a Council before knowing the intentions.When I start a new…Continue

FIRES HIT ECN Venue in Portugal

Started by Rob Dreaming Aug 7. 0 Replies

Opening a thread here for responses and sharings to this subject. This thing of fires is not new to ECN, as we had a venue in Greece 2013 also hit by fire in the interval of preparations and arrival. And of course Ojai last year in California.…Continue


Latest information about Karuna, the venue for the ECN will be updated here. This picture is taken of Monchique, the nearest town to Karuna

Along with the many fires in Portugal this year, there have also been similar trajic losses of 1000's of acres/hectares of forest in California. Worse, is that the Ojai Foundation, birthplace of Way Of Council has been hit and badly damaged by these fires. Words for the Ojai foundation here...


As of the last gathering in Belgium, our network Continues to have no Spiral. In a time of listening and emergence as a network as to what will serve, a Purpose Working Group has emerged and will be re-examining the importance and meaning of our current statement, listening four times in the coming year to what will support in words our being, action and mission.


We will soon be adding a specific page for the CIS, Council in Schools. Meanwhile – Check this video for inspiring work in schools


Latest edition to the NING site is now the possibility to download past ECN letters. Check under the Resources tab.

May the council be with you!!




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