Skills for Peacemakers

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Isabelle Duquesne

A Findhorn Foundation Special Event
5-9 November 2016

People want to lead peaceful lives. The terrorists are short-sighted, and this is one of the causes of rampant suicide bombings. We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.

Dalai Lama, being interviewed after the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks

Our world has never needed skilled peacemakers more. Meeting the challenge of the times, Isabelle Duquesne will lead this cross-disciplinary training to cultivate the cognitive and practical skills that peacemakers in areas from education to government to development will be able to apply effectively. Taking best peacemaking practices from years of conducting trainings for corporate, governmental, educational establishments worldwide, the conference will focus on real-life scenarios and participants' own current situations. It will also draw inspiration from its host, the Findhorn Foundation, a community that for over 50 years has served as a living laboratory for new ways of resolving conflict and generating peace.

Through the course of the five days, participants will engage with theoretical, exploratory and practical components to deepen their understanding of conflict resolution and peacemaking as well as their ability to put them into practical action.

We will begin by examining a selection of the most influential conflict and peace theories and explore topical world events to see how they apply. Importantly, the course addresses both personal (individual/psychological) as well as social (collective/sociological) levels.

Participants will hone peace skills by working on a self-selected case study, traveling through analyses, scenarios, negotiations, conflict resolution and other steps in their work towards increased outer and inner peace. Drawing from humanistic and constructivist streams, we aim to synthesise realist and idealist viewpoints and to translate visionary solutions into pragmatic working plans. Competences this course builds include facilitation, negotiation and mediation. Participants can use various instruments such as scenario planning, programme methodologies such as Theories of Change and project frameworks such as Logframes, among others, to fulfill their objectives by completing a case study.

At the end of the training, participants will have acquired many tools and practices related to peacemaking in a self-chosen scope of action at work – professional or other, as small or as large as each person wishes it to be. The programme is entirely dedicated to increasing peace in the world.

Tiered price (click here for more information): £950 / £690 / £530

Tiered Pricing

Before you book your place, please take a moment to consider that the Findhorn Foundation is a Charitable Trust. We believe that the benefits of holistic learning should be available to everyone regardless of their financial or life situation, and that the transformational journey is enriched by a diversity of participants.

We recognise that what is affordable for some can be a financial stretch for others and offer a tiered pricing structure. When you book, please select the price that feels appropriate for you.

Pay it Forward Price covers the cost of your workshop and includes a contribution to our bursary fund. This will make participation possible for one or more people who otherwise would not be able to join our transformational work in the world.

Sustainable Price covers the cost of your workshop and helps us to sustain our learning and guest facilities.

Supported Price reflects a partial bursary toward the cost of your workshop and is intended for those with minor financial need.

Includes all programme content, 5 nights accommodation (depart Thursday morning 9:00am), full board and refreshments. Please note that registration for this programme is between 4:00pm and 6:00pm Saturday 5 November, with the first session starting after dinner at 7:30pm.

Please note that all our workshops have a Findhorn Foundation community member present either as focaliser or assistant.

Isabelle Duquesne

Isabelle Duquesne (PhD International Relations, MBA, MA Peace Studies), is the founder-director of EuroBogen Training and Consulting. She has authored and conducted seminars on Peace Skills for institutional, corporate, governmental, political and tertiary educational establishments worldwide. Isabelle was a member of the Findhorn Foundation for 12 years where, she says, she “learned the most meaningful lessons for her life”.
Isabelle's website