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Way of Council Training

Marlboro College Center for New Leadership

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM - Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 5:30 PM (EDT)

Way of Council Training

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Open a space for every voice in the room. 

Practice leading by listening from the heart. 

Gain experiential training in council facilitation.



Council is a dialogic process that stimulates compassionate understanding, deeper self-awareness, community building, collective decision-making, conflict transformation, and shared leadership. It is used worldwide in a variety of contexts including public schools, universities, prisons, social service agencies, faith-based communities, families, wilderness programs, non-profit organizations, and businesses.

Students will gain experience facilitating various forms of council both in and out of class and will look at ways they can integrate this “circle process” into the communities where they work and live. The two full-day workshops are spaced two weeks apart, enabling students to read supportive texts and write reflective papers on the councils they are facilitating.



The course meets for two full days. Participants must attend the full training.

Saturday, October 15th, 9:00AM - 5:30PM

Saturday, October 29th, 9:00AM - 5:30PM



The course fulfills the requirements for the “Level 1 Council Training” offered by the Center for Council.

The class can be taken for undergraduate credit at Marlboro College. For more information please contact Kirstin Edelglass at

To take the class for 1 graduate credit through Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies, please contact Travis Hellstrom at  The graduate credit costs $165 and requires some additional coursework.



This course is appropriate for anyone who facilitates groups. 



Paul LeVasseur: As an educator for over forty years, and a community activist for twenty, Paul LeVasseur continually explores ways to incorporate dialogic practices, including Way of Council, to enhance deep understanding across differences and foster vibrant, sustainable communities and relationships. He regularly uses Way of Council in a broad range of personal and professional contexts: the workplace, academic classes, meetings with local activists, in his relationship with his life partner, Bonnie Mennell, and any context that calls for deep listening and authentic speaking. Paul teaches graduate level classes in Council at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont and offers Council trainings in the New England/New York area. He is a certified trainer in The Way of Council (

Kirstin Edelglass: As a wilderness guide, ecological educator, and group counselor, Kirstin has been facilitating councils for over twenty years. She has taught council facilitation in courses at Marlboro College, Colby College, and Lesley University as well as in staff training workshops for a variety of organizations. Council practice is also central to a program she founded called the Earth Leadership Cohort – a training for young adults inspired by the work of Joanna Macy. Kirstin currently works at Inner Fire, a residential program for adults struggling with mental illness and choosing to slowly come off their medications. She lives in Marlboro, Vermont with her husband and twin daughters. 


Partial scholarships are available for this course. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please email Kirstin Edelglass at for more information.

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Marlboro Graduate School
28 Vernon St
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM - Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 5:30 PM (EDT)

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Marlboro College Center for New Leadership

The Center for New Leadership at Marlboro College is a community focused on exploring and applying new approaches to leadership. Working with mission-driven individuals, organizations and coalitions, we build leadership capacity through teaching, coaching and consulting.

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