Council teaches the art of listening with the heart and speaking from the soul.
It builds trust, self-value, deep communication, connection, and shared community leadership. The basic practice of Council is simple. A group of people sits in a circle. The circle format engenders a sense of equality, since the facilitator is also a participant, rather than a lecturer or a teacher. Everyone has the feeling of "being in the same boat."
A talking piece is passed from person to person in the circle and one at a time people speak. It is used in 600 schools in Los Angeles as well as peace groups in Israel, Palestine and Europe.
Itaf Awad (MA Political Science from Haifa University) has facilitated the Way of Council with the Sulha Peace Project, Beyond Words, Academy of Central European Schools, and many other organizations in Israel, Palestine and Europe.
She also has facilitated numerous women's empowerment, body and soul workshops in Israel and Palestine.
Itaf is a staff member of Creativity for Peace in New Mexico, was a featured guest on Global Room for Women and is one of the founders of the Ojai Foundation inspired Maagal Hakshava or Circle of Listening in Israel.
For this evening Itaf Awad is donating her evolved skills in support of the efforts of Salaam Shalom Educational Foundation, which is raising funds to build a play area for Palestinian children in Jenin. A donation of $18 per person is suggested. Come sit in a Circle of Peace with Itaf! Limited to 25 persons.
Salaam Shalom Educational Foundation supports Arab and Jewish children in learning how to build a mutually peaceful and productive society. This is accomplished through their participation in the healing and humanistic Waldorf educational method and conflict resolution training. The foundation promotes innovative educational methods and conflict resolution training aimed at nurturing the minds and souls of Jewish and Arab children living under chronic stress of regional conflict.
The Levantine Cultural Center as a non-partisan, independent cultural arts center supports bipartisan, non-violent and creative approaches to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.