Hanlon, Hank, and Kathy have been offering councils in mid-coast Maine since early in 2020. Initially brought together by their love of sitting together in circle and concern for the climate crisis, their project has since evolved to encompass many aspects of our human experience. They meet for a few hours each week–laughing, crying, reflecting, philosophizing, and visioning together while planning council offerings, to share that same connected space with their community.
Hanlon has been circlekeeping since 2013. After years of working with court-involved youth and adults, she now works primarily with communities.
She is passionate about the way that council creates a space for us to face together the challenging realities of our day, while also allowing us to turn our attention inward and support each other in our personal growth. She especially loves reflecting on the stories that shape our lives and our experience of the world around us.
She is also a student of Nonviolent Communication, an amateur basket-weaver, and loves spending time in the woods and on the water.
Kathy’s practice and training in council happened while receiving her MA in Transpersonal Ecopsychology from Naropa University (2014-2016). She has participated in several circles and trainings with the Restorative Justice Project, and has c0-held council circles around the solstices and equinoxes in the past. She is currently on the board for The Healing Garden, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to community-centered, heart-focused holistic healing.
Council practice opened in Kathy a dedication to holding space for people to acknowledge and embrace their external differences and internal struggles, and ultimately develop respect and compassion for how all life moves through the world.
Living and thriving on the ancestral lands of the Wabanaki peoples in the beautiful woodlands of mid-coast Maine with beloved partner, and 2 cats. Re-learning to love the questions that continue calling me deeper into this life. Understanding that exploring our stories, our patterns, and our deepest longings with compassion, can best be done in community, in we-spaces.
The ancient, and now, renewed, Council/Circle practices are such places.
Having practiced and guided in a number of communities of practice for many years, the beautiful transformative potential of Council continues to surprise, delight and inspire me.
May we slow down, listen, witness, unlearn, deepen, serve.