Rob is a co-founder of Rock Circle Sky and an active team member. He is a recognised Carrier, Facilitator and Trainer of Way Of Council. He was trained by elders of the Ojai Foundation, Gigi Coyle and Marlow Hotchkiss, many others and largely by the practice itself, having facilitated Council talking circles with regular sessions, workshops, and trainings, UK and Europe since 19 years.
As part of several accompanying practices and deepening return to nature connection that include broader indigenous perspectives, he trained with School of Lost Borders as a Vision-fast Guide. Through re-education and commitment he has consistent experience that connection to nature is an intimate and inseparable partnership – A relationship which directly calls for a re-membering, particularly across ‘westernised’ societies, to reawaken a common gratitude, sanctity and respect for the environment and all life.
João studies practices of somatic and embodied learning, generative dialogue, and relationship with the natural world focused on social development and well-being, leadership, and deep-ecology such as Perceptual Somatic-Psychopedagogy MDB, Dance, Nonviolent Communication, Biodanza, and Way of Council. He is a co-founder of the Portuguese Council Network and a member of the European Council Network, where he currently sits as a Fire-Water Keeper — a group of 3 persons that are in immediate service to the spirit of the network.
He is a recognized Carrier and Facilitator of Way Of Council, trained by Rob Dreaming, Gigi Coyle, and many others in the Council field since 2013. His work originates from a vision of social cohesion reconciled with the multifaceted reality of the natural world. He is dedicated to the revival of practices that awake in us the remembrance and importance of the interdependece and the longing for the beloved community.