20 – 27 July 2019, with Jannie Kieft and Gregory Rouillard , €525   (Kissos)

Embracing Conflict in Community

Conflict occurs in every community. It’s a normal experience, everywhere where people live and work together. This summer, join us in the heavenly environment of Mt. Pelion to be students of conflict!

group in roundhouse

 

When people unite because of shared ideals, goals and passions, and the community is dear to them, conflict can be very painful.

If a person is forced to leave the community because of conflict there is only loss. The individual looses connection to the community and a source of meaning, the community looses a dedicated member.

A Restorative Circle aims to create an environment that cultivates a different response to conflict. In this response, we collectively examine the human needs underlying our reactions to certain events. In Restorative Circles we see conflict as natural and as an important source of information about the wellbeing of the community. We begin to see conflict as something to move toward, because we can learn from it.

Dominic Barter developed this way of dealing with conflict in response to the lawlessness in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. The method he came to use was experienced as surprisingly transformative and deeply healing.

 During the week we will focus on:

  • developing awareness of your attitude towards conflicts
  • understanding the meaning and principles of a restorative system
  • practicing the method of Restorative Circles
  • learning to embody the role of facilitator with curiosity and care, in service of the process of the participants
  • cultivating conflict resilience in our communities.

 Working Method

Much of the time is spent on practice. We will work in pairs, small groups or with the entire group, so you gradually become familiar with the method and experience what it does. You are asked to reflect in advance on a real-life conflict or situation that you would like to introduce.

We will also pay attention to the question of how you can maintain and further develop your skills and reflect on ways to embed it in your community(ties).

We will also pay attention to the question of how you can maintain and further develop your skills and reflect on ways to embed it in your community(ties).

We will work in the morning from after breakfast until lunch. Afternoon is leisure-time: beach, tranquility and enjoying the gorgeous mountain.

For more information please email jk@kieftmediation.nl


 What People Say About This Workshop

  • “Great training, very valuable to me. And in a very special place where I would never have ended up otherwise. Thanks also for that!”
  • “I’m very grateful that I could take part in this course. It gives me new tools to approach conflict and within this making my fear of conflicts smaller”
  •  “I appreciated the skills, experience and care of the trainers. I felt safe, engaged and well cared for the whole course”