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.
The Baltimore and D.C. Shambhala Centers are jointly hosting the program. Please register through the D.C. Shambhala Center.
Please note: Registration in this program is limited. Preference will be given to members of the Shambhala community (national and worldwide), and opened to the public at large in late May. If you have any questions, please contact the DC Registrar: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Baltimore Shambhala Center, 3501 St Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21218 baltimore.shambhala.org
Suggested donation: $175/$140 if prepaid three weeks prior to the start of the program - June 6th
If the requested fee is an obstacle for you, please read the DC Shambhala Center generosity policy.
The full suggested donation for our programs reflects the costs to the Center of offering it. In order to reduce or eliminate financial obstacles to participation, we additionally offer two other options:
- First is a discount for early registration and payment.
- Second is the Washinngton, D.C. Shambhala Center's Generosity Policy.
If you are able to make the full suggested donation, you will be helping the Center provide these registration discounts to others.
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:
Please register at the following link: Restorative Circles