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Mountians and Lake


Lori Austein is a certified trainer and facilitator of the Council process and a certified hypnotherapist and transpersonal life coach, as well as an educator, lawyer, and mediator. 

She completed the full trainer's path for Credentialed Council Trainers at the Ojai Foundation in California and spent five years at an urban middle school in Los Angeles helping to bring weekly Councils to over 2,000 students. Since 2002, she has facilitated numerous Councils in various settings throughout the Western United States and Canada, and trained many others to do the same. 

In 2010, Lori received certification as a hypnotherapist through the Wellness Institute in Issaquah, Washington, and continues to pursue advanced training in clinical psychotherapeutic hypnosis. She has also been trained in Transpersonal Life Coaching from the Wellness Institute. Lori is not a Registered Clinical Counselor. 

She continues her education and training in working with altered states of consciousness for healing and growth by participating in professional training at The Wellness Institute in Washington. She is currently in the Mentors Program meeting three times a year for four days of ongoing professional  development and personal work. 

Lori lives in Duncan, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island, with her husband, son, and Bob the Dog.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Certified Council Trainer and Facilitator, Ojai Foundation

  • Certified Hypnotherapist, The Wellness Institute

  • Certified Transpersonal Life Coach, The Wellness Institute

  • Certified Mediator, West Angeles Community Mediation Center

  • Juris Doctor, Pepperdine University

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Council Facilitations and Trainings Given Include:

  •  Palms Middle School, Los Angeles, California

  •  Tree People, Los Angeles, California

  •  New Roads School, Los Angeles, California

  •  The Ojai Foundation, Ojai, California

  •  Roosevelt Park Community School, Prince Rupert, BC

  •  O.U.R. Ecovillage, Shawnigan Lake, BC

  •  Northwest Community College, Terrace, BC

  •  Keating Farm Cooperative, Cowichan Valley, BC

  •  Surrounded by Cedar Child & Family Services, Victoria, BC

  •  Windsong Cohousing Facility, Langley, BC

  •  Canada World Youth, Vancouver, BC

  •  Occupy Victoria, Victoria, BC

  •  Community of Christ Church, Victoria, BC

  •  Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC

  •  Sunrise Waldorf School, Duncan, BC

  •  Palsson Elementary School, Lake Cowichan, BC

  •  Burwash Landing, Yukon

  •  Cowichan Intercultural Society, Duncan, BC

  •  Vancouver Island Counseling, Duncan, BC

  •  Cowichan Valley Hospice Society, Duncan, BC

Council Programs    Completed

Full Council Trainer’s Path:

  • Council I

  • Full year internship at Palms Council Project

  • Council II

  • Council III

  • Intern trainer for Council I

  • The Nature of Council

  • Council in the Workplace

  • Council III (mentor training)

Hypnotherapy/Life Coaching Training Completed

Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy Program:

  • Codependency

  • Addictions

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Mind/body Connection

  • Eating Disorders

  • Sex Addiction

  • Relationships

  • Grief and Loss 

  • Breath Work

  • Psychodrama Training

  • Seven years advanced training in Mentor’s program through the Wellness Institute

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