The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) presents a new offering in the CNVC training line up to further Marshall B. Rosenberg’s commitment to peace: the Reconciliation Lab (laboratory).
Dates: 08 – 17th June, 2018
Location: Hof Oberlethe near Oldenburg, northern Germany.
Vision for Nonviolent Communication in Reconciliation
to support peacebuilders in developing the understanding and skills of mediation and reconciliation necessary to create lasting solutions of harmony and sustainable peace, where the needs of all are equally valued and considered.
Who is this Lab for?
This NVC Lab on reconciliation is created for everybody interested in reconciliation, mediation and peacebuilding, including mediators, social workers, peace activists, community workers, administrators, counsellors, refugee supporters, NVC trainers, certification candidates, and practitioners who share the intent to explore and apply NVC values in reconciliation.
As a participant, you will join a dynamic team of experienced CNVC certified trainers and mediators dedicated to supporting reconciliation work through NVC. We will share best practices, develop the skills needed, explore ways to implement NVC in existing reconciliation structures, practise and experience the dynamics of Restorative Circles and other forms of reconciliation methods, and help you create or clarify your vision and plan of action for your own reconciliation project.
- Learn the basic skills of Nonviolent Communication
- Learn the basic skills of how to facilitate a reconciliation dialogue and NVC-based mediation
- Introduce different approaches for reconciliation based on NVC, such as Restorative Circles, Mediation, History and Herstory
- Explore how NVC can make any kind of reconciliation approach more effective and sustainable
- Supervision and monitoring of individual cases of (possible) encounters of alienated or antagonized groups or individuals
- Presentation of actual international peacebuilding projects and exploring their adaptation to other situations
Our Lab will focus on the key features of reconciliation and peacebuilding as outlined in Marshall Rosenberg’s book Speak Peace in a World of Conflict.
The Reconciliation Lab is uniquely designed to offer peacebuilders a structured and open learning environment. There will be lots of opportunities to share, explore and learn together so that in these 9 days you can have the experience of finding peace through reconciliation with NVC.
This LAB is co-organized by D-A-CH, the German Language Association for Nonviolent Communication. DACH is the EU partner for finances.
The course language will be English. Translation into German is possible upon request.
Further information and registration
Visit the Centre for Nonviolent Communication’s website and search for Reconciliation Lab.
Trainer – Irmtraud Kauschat
Irmtraud works as a medical doctor and offers NVC trainings in different countries, including Africa and Eastern Europe. Her expertise lies in facilitating reconciliation between warring groups like in former Yugoslavia (in 1996 especially with youth from Serbia and Croatia), in Kenya with different communities that had been affected by the post-election violence in 2007/2008, as well as with two tribes from the north that had been at war with each other for about 20 years, and most recently with people from Israel/Palestine and Ukraine .
When she listened to Marshall Rosenberg talk about his experiences in Israel/Palestine and Northern Ireland she became very enthusiastic about the impact NVC could have on people’s lives, and her vision was to contribute to peacebuilding in a similar way. This vision has come true.
Peace is a very important concern for her since her childhood when she saw the ruins in Frankfurt after World War 2 and witnessed the broadcasting of the Auschwitz court case in her teenage years. She was alarmed and confused getting to know that the very same people who had killed Jewish children and parents were described as loving parents themselves.
Now she is thrilled of being a trainer for the Reconciliation Lab – another vision of her’s – to support reconciliation on many levels – within ourselves, in families, workplaces and between warring groups.
She is a founding member and chairperson of her local NVC circle in Darmstadt as well as of the German speaking network D-A-CH and served as a member of GCC (NVC Global Community Circle) and coordinator of the EAC (English speaking NVC European African Circle). From January 2012 till October 2013 she served as a member of the CNVC board. She started her journey of becoming an assessor for CNVC certification in 2015. www.gewaltfrei-darmstadt.de
Trainer – Duke Duchscherer
Duke is a Certified Trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2000. He leads reconciliation trainings using Restorative Circles & NVC in many conflict/ post-conflict regions around the world and has facilitated hundreds of dialogues between conflicting groups/ communities.
Some of this work has included supporting peacebuilders & civil rights advocates in giving voice to victims in Sri Lanka’s 25 year civil war; facilitating the building of dialogue skills in mixed Moslem – Christian communities, and guiding trauma healing for those horribly affected by the Boko Haram activities in Nigeria; leading a series of restorative dialogues between the Ukrainian army and the pro-Russian community where they reside near the war front in Ukraine; and helping build the reconciliation skills of two of the Commissions working for Truth and Reconciliation in Nepal after 10 years of civil war (see the documentary In The Eyes of the Good for a first hand look at some of this work).
“My passion for reconciliation lies in seeing the humanity in everyone, no matter their actions. In my work this translates into supporting communities in conflict to transcend their enemy images of each other and to reach beyond the ‘impossible’ to find understanding of the others actions through empathy. This begins the challenging road to reconciliation as broken communities learn to live together differently in peace. The beauty of this transformation is Holy ground and a gift to participate in.” Together We Thrive
Trainer – Shantigarbha Warren
Shantigarbha is a Buddhist activist and mediator from Bristol, UK. He studied Classics and Philosophy at Oxford University. After graduating, he worked for The Karuna Trust, a charity funding health and educational projects among the ‘Dalits’ – some of the poorest people in India. He has been practising meditation and Buddhism since 1985, and in 1996 he was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order. He was given the name Shantigarbha, which means “seed of peace”, hence the name of his organization. He currently serves as a member of the Triratna International Council.
His passion is for creating and facilitating healing and reconciliation events in conflict areas, including the Middle East, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. He loves to put together training teams for these events. In 2011 he led an event for 100 Israelis and Palestinians near the Dead Sea. In 2015 he brought together the training team for the event in Nepal that featured in the documentary In the Eyes of the Good. He is a CNVC assessor-in-training, supporting social change in South Asia.
He says, “My heart breaks open when I witness suffering. At the same time, it grows in compassion. And when I see people coming together and listening to each other after years, decades, or even centuries of conflict, the connection is so precious, it’s the most beautiful thing in the world!” Seed of Peace
Trainer – Simran K. Wester
Simran lives in Hamburg, Germany. She encountered NVC in the nineties and became a certified trainer in 2004. Having participated in several IITs as a trainer, also together with Marshall Rosenberg, she is the founder of the Hamburger Institut für Gewaltfreie Kommunikation, a collaboration of several NVC trainers to spread NVC in Northern Germany. Originally a Kundalini Yoga teacher and teacher trainer, she loves to combine NVC with Yoga: “To me, NVC is yoga in communication. It’s all about being present, compassionate and authentic.” Her spiritual background as a Sikh guides her to see the “One in everyone”.
As a self-employed trainer for NVC she has offered hundreds of workshops and year long trainings to a large variety of people. She supports certification candidates as a mentor. It is important to her to convey NVC not so much as a method but as an inner attitude. “The intellectual understanding is important, but the somatic experience is what brings the shift. Reconciliation and peace begin inside, continue with close people and spread into the larger community.” Her passion lies in supporting people to find reconciliation in close relationships, between parents and children and between partners. www.gewaltfrei-kommunizieren.hamburg