April 27-29, 2018
with Jared and Ann Seide

Anywhere dialogue takes place - the practice of Council can deepen and enhance the experience. This age-old practice of listening empathetically and sharing heartfelt stories in a circle is used in classrooms and boardrooms, prisons and playgrounds by couples, families, and a variety of individuals to foster healthy, compassionate, and thriving communities.

The practice of Council brings individuals together in a circle to give voice to stories and to reveal commonality in our experiences, fears, and aspirations and triumphs. Practiced around the world in communities, organizations, healthcare, correctional and educational settings, Council helps to nurture the deep, authentic connections that are often neglected in our ever-faster, multi-tasking culture.

Council is also being integrated at multiple levels within the justice system, with prison inmates completing their sentences, correctional officers navigating the stress and challenges of their workplace, and communities struggling to reintegrate returning citizens in a peaceful and productive way.

$195 for members, $225 for nonmembers

Friday: April 27 at 7:00-9:00 pm,
Saturday: April 28, 9am-6pm,
Sunday, April 29, Ann speaks at SMZ, workshop continues and finishes 1-6 pm.



Jared Seide is the Director of Center for Council. He has designed, piloted and coordinated Council-based programs in prisons, assisted living facilities, youth groups and a variety of non-profit, faith-based organizations and social service agencies, including the "Co-Mentoring Project," for emancipated foster youth, the "Social Justice Council Project," for staff of dozens throughout California, the "Trainer Leadership Initiative," supporting emerging Council leaders in impacted communities and the Council-based "Officer Wellness and Resiliency Skills Training" program for law enforcement and correctional officers.  He has been a presenter at conferences and seminars, speaking on the integration of Council into varied arenas, including California Rehabilitation Oversight Board, Ass. of Change Management Professionals, Bellagio Fellows Gathering Conference at Eastern Methodist University. Jared's educational background includes a BA with high honors from Brown University. Prior to his work with Center for Council, Seide led careers in the entertainment industry and the corporate world. He is a member of the Zen Center of Los Angeles, a graduate of the Upaya Institute Chaplaincy Program and a Spirit Holder for Zen Peacemaker Bearing Witness Retreats around the world.


Ann Seide is a practicing physician who is completing her certification as Council Trainer. She has participated or co-led Council training workshops in Auschwitz, Rwanda, Sante Fe, Ojai, Los Angeles, Salinas Valley State Prison, and Greyston Foundation, in Yonkers, NY. Ann has facilitated councils at Zen Peacemaker Bearing Witness Retreats, as well as in her own family and with groups of nurses at Los Robles hospital, where she works as a Hospitalist and as Medical Director of the Acute Care of the Elderly Unit. Ann obtained her MD from Loyola University Chicago, then went into the US Navy for residency in internal medicine at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. A life-long learner and lover of "important talk," as her father called it, in recent years Ann has become increasingly interested in palliative and end-of-life care, seeking out further training at Upaya in its chaplaincy program, Being with Dying program, and GRACE trainings.  In her medical practice and as leader of the ACE unit, she is committed to finding ways in which Council practice can address the syndromes of burn-out and isolation felt so deeply throughout the healthcare system. Ann is member of Zen Center of Los Angeles, and a steward of the Zen Peacemaker Order.  She is the mother of three budding young adults, who also finds time to enjoy the practice of yoga and the garden she created with her husband Jared.

We ask that you attend all sessions full time. The workshop is limited to the first 20 people who signup.

"What an amazing experience! It was truly transformative as I felt more connected to others, to myself, and to my heart of kindness. The trainers are thoughtful, encouraging, and skillful in leading the group to a deeper sense of community and compassion. I can see how this training can be applicable everywhere in life." Diane Myogetsu Bejcek, psychologist

"I went into council training wondering what I would discover about myself. I learned how when I open myself up to vulnerable moments, I contribute to letting others discover their own moments. That interconnected sharing gave our sangha great bonding moments. I saw amazing personal discoveries by some strong men and women. If you don't go, you will miss this precious opportunity. Lori Snyder, medical librarian

"Council 1 training has been a formidable opportunity as I learn to listen and be fully aware and awake. Jared and Ann are wonderful teachers, providing a variety of teaching opportunities to support this excellent process. I think everyone should have the opportunity to experience Council training. It's good for everyone in every walk of life. Mark Shishin Gelula, retired professor of medical education and past ZLMC board president

"Council training has helped me notice when I'm dominating a conversation. Now I encourage others to offer their ideas more frequently." Gerry Messler, retired field representative and organizer for Service Employees International Union (SEIU)