What if conflict arises from basic goodness? What if conflict is a natural part of building enlightened society? What does conflict look like if we were to move beyond the paradigm of victim/perpetrator?
When we are able to move toward that which is upsetting, feels stuck, makes us angry, or have a wish to avoid, we discover freedom, expansion and surprising transformation outside the cocoon of habitual pattern. This is true whether the stimulus is in our own head, in relationship with partners, friends or colleagues, or within a group or community of people.
In our time together this weekend we will be exploring what this "particular way to move" is, and experiencing practices that support our deeper understanding of this move. We will look at the way we currently approach things that trigger us. Then we will focus on new ways to hear, no matter what is being expressed, that support connection, engagement and presence. Naturally flowing from this quality of connection, we easily move into skillful, concrete and tangible actions and behavior changes.
We will learn these practices in a way that form the building blocks of an approach named Restorative Circles, a social technology useful within communities of people. When you leave you will have an understanding of and practice with Restorative Circles, and how to establish this practice within your community.
A follow-up program with Ann McKnight is being planned for early 2015, which will give us the opportunity to deepen the practice of Restorative Circles.
Please note: Registration in this program is limited. If you have any questions, please contact the DC Registrar: [email protected].
Location: Baltimore Shambhala Center, 3501 St Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21218
Suggested donation: $175/$140 if prepaid three weeks prior to the start of the program - June 6th
Or you may choose to make a payment at a level that works for you—this may be less or more than the suggested donation, depending on your circumstances.
For more information about our payment options, please click here.
For information on housing, contact Lisa Wenrich at [email protected]
Ann McKnight, LMSW, ACSW is a therapist and educator who has devoted more than 20 years of practice and continued learning to finding the most effective ways to support the fullest flourishing possible for her clients and students. Click here to view Ann’s TEDx talk on the Restorative Circles process: