The Way of Council and the Peacemaker Principles

July 20-23, 2017

We are the dance of the moon and sun
We are the light that's in everyone
We are the hope that's deep inside
We are the turning of the tide
- Starhawk

The Way of Council and the Peacemaker Principles is about embracing deep listening, bearing witness, and compassionate action. During this course, participants will be introduced to The Peacemaker Principles, a gift from the Haudenosaunee that fosters awareness, peace, respect and unity, and to The Way of Council, a group practice for fostering healthy community, inquiry and transformation which is both elegantly simple and remarkably powerful. Learning how to trust yourself, how to accept and even appreciate the unknown, welcome the mystery, and trust the unfolding while committing fully to do one’s part in maintaining balance are a few of the experiences that  are at the heart of Council. 

During this workshop we will introduce a variety of the uses and forms of Council appropriate to different situations. We will work with what arises through time spent alone and together in nature. You will learn to: 1) Fulfill the basic intentions of the Peacemaker Principles and Council in an exemplary way, 2) Develop a heightened perception of what is happening during Council and keep it on track, 3) Participate authentically and witness with full awareness, and 4) Develop skills that cultivate mindfulness, awareness and compassion.

Guides: Corinna Stevenson & Wes Gietz

Workshop Location

The Way of Council and the Peacmaker Principles is held at the beautiful Ravenwood Forest Camp located on 40 private acres bordering the crystal clear waters of the Salmon River in the Sayward Valley. The land features majestic old-growth forest, grassy meadows, and many species of edible, medicinal, and culturally significant plants. Visitors are graced with regular visits from a local herd of Roosevelt Elk, and the annual salmon run draws in wildlife of all kinds, including black bears and bald eagles.

Facilities include a 1,500 square foot lodge with full kitchen, a traditional sweat lodge, a cabin and prospector-style wall tents for shared accommodation, and hot showers. Electricity, phone, and internet service are also available.

Arrival & Closing

We will officially begin the retreat with an opening ceremony at 7PM on Day 1 (July 20). You may arrive anytime after 3PM to set up and settle in. Although we will be present to direct you to camping spots and answer questions, we will be busy prepping the retreat on that day. Please plan on taking care of yourself until the opening ceremony. If you arrive early enough for supper, you are invited to join us for a potluck dinner at 5:30 PM. Please bring a food item to share.

The closing ceremony will take place on July 23. You can expect things to be fully wrapped up by 4PM.


The fee for the retreat is $390 - $490 (+ food and accommodation).  

The fee for returning participants is $195 (+ food and accommodation).

We have established a sliding scale in order to make this program accessible to a wide range of people. We have set forth no criteria and trust that each individual will pay what they feel is appropriate.  

Accommodation and meals are arranged at an additional fee. See details below to choose a suitable option for you.


A $100.00 deposit will secure your registration. Space is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment. All funds must be paid by July 18, 2017


Ravenwood is a wilderness camp. Rustic indoor shared accommodation options are available on a first-come basis. There is also plenty of space to pitch a tent. For those who prefer less rustic accommodation, there are some options available in Sayward. Our days will start early and finish late. If you are choosing this option we strongly recommend staying nearby.

Tent sites: The forest at Ravenwood offers a beautiful sleeping option. In the spirit of sharing its beauty there are no set fees for camping. Instead, you are invited to make a donation that reflects what you'd like to give back to the land. Money received through donations will be used for the upkeep and maintenance of the land and camp facilities.

If you're wondering what might be an appropriate donation, here are the per night fees for other nearby campsites:

  • Sayward Valley Resort: $23/night
  • Village of Sayward Camp Site: $15/night
  • Schoen Lake Provincial Park: $11/night

Cabin: $12.00 per night. The cabin is a rustic bunkhouse that sleeps up to 10 comfortably. Wood stove and electricity are available. 

Barn Loft: $30.00 per night per room. The loft features 2 bedrooms that sleep 2-3 people comfortably and an open space common room. Electricity is available. There is a ladder leading up to the loft space which means you'll have to be comfortable climbing to access this space. 


A basic and delicious vegetarian food package with eggs and dairy is available at $30.00 per day. There is no charge for food on the first day and a reduced fee on the last. In the spirit of community, participants help with meal preparation and cleanup. If you are choosing this option you must let us know by July 15, 2017

Total cost for the food package: $75. 

An outdoor cooking space is provided for those with special dietary needs or who prefer to prepare their own meals. With respect for our animal friends and the forest, outdoor cooking is only allowed in this designated space.

The Way of Council and the Peacemaker Principles
Ravenwood, Sayward, BC, July 20-23, 2017.  
Experience community. Cost $390-490 ($195 for returning participants)