Past nonviolence workshops and events

Mindfulness Workshops
June 10th & June 17th
Mindfulness means being alert, in a non-judgmental way, to what is happening in the present moment, both within yourself and with other people.  It is a skillful means of nourishing connections internally, between heart and mind, and externally, between persons or groups of persons. Therefore, the practice of mindfulness develops a deep and steady base–equilibrium, let’s call it–for social justice advocacy and for nonviolent action to promote social justice. It holds out the promise of getting beyond the dead end of Us vs. Them thinking.
– The first of these workshops, which we call Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, emphasizes making connections within ourselves.
– The second, entitled Mindfulness in Interpersonal and Difficult Relationships, offers possible ways to act on a sense of common humanity which lies deeper than conflict. There is a natural progression from one to the other.
Fee: $50 for General Public & $30 for PJC Members. Please note when you register if you need assistance with tuition or if you are willing to pay a higher amount to support this workshop and the Peace & Justice Center’s Racial Justice Program. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Listening For What Matters Most
This workshop was on October 21st, at the Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, VT. Listening is essential to good communication, yet it takes practice, focus, and skill to do it well. In this interactive presentation participants experienced reflective listening as an active process that allows people to express themselves and be understood around topics that matter most to them. Through exercises and engaging discussion, participants learned key techniques to becoming more effective listeners, with the goals of creating deep empathy, opening up safe spaces, and strengthening relationships. This workshop was be lead by Robin Guillian and Kim Harry through Vermont’s Conflict Resolution Month.
Engaging Conflict For Peace
By seeing oneself in all beings we automatically create a frame of mind for a peaceful coexistence. And only by embracing peaceful resolution to conflicts can we can truly experience justice and joyous living. Ben Bosley a professional in the field of conflict resolution hosted this hour and a half long workshop on better understanding conflict and how people respond to it. It was $5 for adults and free for youth. The money was split between the Peace & Justice Center’s peace education programming and Ben Bosley.
Peace is Possible: A 3 session series to inspire hope.
Would you like to think peace is possible, but just don’t see how it can be?  Have trouble thinking about world peace when it feels overwhelming just to get through the day, and keep your relationships in order? Discouraged by the seemingly endless violence in the news, and wonder how it can ever end?  Looking for new ideas in your desire to make the world more just and peaceful? You are invited to gain a fresh perspective on the things that make for peace across many aspects of the human experience. Join us for these lively multimedia and interactive sessions with Dr. John Reuwer as he shares his experience with medicine, nonviolent communication and nonviolent action to give hope that we can live more peacefully with ourselves, others, and even our enemies. Dr. Reuwer has been studying and teaching alternatives to violence for 30 years.  He teaches in the Peace and Justice program at Saint Michael’s College and is an emergency physician currently practicing urgent care and occupational medicine.
Creating Peace by Learning to Speak a Language of Life
This all-day seminar is based on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and lead by John F. Reuwer, MD. If you wish you could find more peace within yourself, or have more energy and skills to make peace with people you love and people you don’t, this seminar is for you. The “language of life” has been used as a description of nonviolent communication, developed by Marshall Rosenberg, and adapted here by Dr. Reuwer.
This highly interactive day will give you the opportunity to develop valuable skills to make life easier and more enjoyable. Areas to be covered include:
  • The meaning of peace – What does peace mean to you? Can peace be powerful?
  • What makes human beings tick – what is alive in us that motivates us to do everything we do?
  • Learning to experience the freedom and power that comes from seeing things as they are (before we judge how they should be): transforming “should” energy into living energy.
  • Learning the power of feelings – what they tell us, and how we can transform even negative emotions into energy for positive change.
  • Our beautiful needs – how they define who we are and where we want to go.
  • Learning to make requests of yourself and others in a manner that creates the peace you want.
  • Practicing the language of life. How to carry this into your world to make life easier and more peaceful with anyone you encounter. You will have the opportunity to practice real life situations in a safe environment.
Nonviolent Conflict Intervention Skills Training.
This two day training was presented by Emergency Conflict Transformation, an Oakland, CA based organization that offers assistance to those with immediate need for conflict de-escalation. It was held on June 28th & 29th, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days at the VEIC offices, 4th floor, 128 Lakeside Ave (off Pine St), Burlington VT. It covered the theory of nonviolence and how it can be actively applied in heated interpersonal conflicts. The skills taught included: how to behave in the face of direct violence, how to de-escalate heated conflicts, determining when to intervene or not, choosing the best method for intervention, and mediation techniques. There were also materials geared toward lower levels of conflict.
About the trainers: Peijman Kouretchian and Mica Stumpf have a passion for nonviolence, teaching it to everyone from youth groups to incarcerated veterans. Mica received her B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from U.C., Berkeley. In 2013 she spent six weeks working with an international peace team in Jeju Island, South Korea. She and Peijman also work as Kingian Nonviolence trainers with East Point Peace Academy. Both Peijman and Mica have trained in restorative justice and mediation. Peijman has five years of experience in high conflict entertainment security, mediating within diverse populations in times of overt violence. In 2013 they co-founded a new domestic peace team: Emergency Conflict Transformation. ECT is a member of the Shanti Sena Network of domestic peace teams.
Click here for an article titled Re-visioning Security for a Just Society by Mica Stumpf from our most recent newsletter.

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