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NCT Facilitator Training in Melbourne! 21-22/3/2015

I’m excited to share with you that I have been invited to conduct a
Nonviolent Conflict Transformation (NCT)  Facilitator Training in Melbourne! 
This is a GREAT opportunity to spend time with me in person
experience for yourself and assimilate
some of the NCT program tools and activities
and gain facilitation skills
So you can pass them on to your group or community!

Who is this Training for? 

 Youth workers, teachers, social workers, community leaders, participants in faith-based groups, people who work in environments of conflict/violence and generally – anyone who is interested in learning some inspiring powerful ways of engaging creatively with conflicts and practical, effective tool that you can actually use in your work and home life! 

What will we explore in the training? 

  • How to engage with conflicts as opportunities for positive growth and change (rather than a problem to be “fixed”)
  • Tools for Conflict Transformation such as: Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Conflict Mapping, and more.
  • Positive Activism – how can we “be the change we want to see in the world”?
  • Theatre of the Oppressed – practicing ways of dealing with violence
  • Cross-Cultural conflicts – issues to be aware of when working with a culturally-diverse group.
  • Fun, dynamic, effective tools and activities to use with your community/class/staff/group
  • Individuals and groups who will attend the training will gain a 20% discounted access to the full online NCT Program to use in their org/community for an unlimited time.

Technical Stuff 

When? Saturday-Sunday 21-22nd of March 2015 – from 8:30 till 17:00
Where? St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre North Melbourne
385 Queensberry St. North Melbourne
Costs? $250 per person for the 2 days
(if you want to attend but finance is stopping you, please mention it on the sign-up form  and we’ll find a solution)

About the Facilitator – Efrat Wolfson 

I am originally from Israel,
and have been active in the Israeli-Palestinian peace movement
for the past 16 years
I’ve worked for nearly a decade as coordinator and facilitator of Palestinian-Israeli conflict& dialogue encounters for youth and adults
(mainly through the Windows For Peace NGO).
As an Israeli, I’ve always been baffled by the violence and conflict in which I grew up,
and I strived to find ways to make a difference.
Through  many years of working with conflict groups,
I have gathered an array of amazing, transformative tools
from various traditions and teachers,
which I have woven together to form the NCT Program

It is my greatest passion and pleasure to share these tools with YOU!
 In Australia I have worked with schools, teachers and communities
exploring together practical, creative ways to transform conflicts.
I hold a Masters degree in Human Rights Education from Curtin University, Perth.And besides, I’m a mum of 2 little ones, who provide me  with a myriad of with daily opportunities to practice my Conflict Transformation skills! 🙂

Tentative Schedule

The training is designed to evolve and emerge through the needs and experience of the participants.

In my experience, this method generates a truly fascinating experience for all,

meeting as many needs as possible

However, the tentative schedule is (and be ready for surprises!):

DAY 1

8:30-9:00 Coming together
9:00-10:30 Opening session: getting to know each other & expectations from training
10:30-11:00 Break & reflection time
11:00-12:30 Conflict Transformation – definition and tools
12:30-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-15:00 Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
15:00-15:20 Break
15:20-16:40 NVC practice + Theatre of the Oppressed (role play)
16:40-17:00 Closing circle

DAY 2

8:30-9:00 Morning circle – checking in
9:00-10:30 Grounding & Communicating from our Power Centre (“Hara”)
10:30-11:00 Break  & reflection time
11:00-12:30 From Shame and Guilt to Self –love and connection
12:30-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-15:00 Beyond the NVC “Model” – tools to remember our intention
15:00-15:20 Break
15:20-16:40 Into the future: Implementation and support networks
16:40-17:00 Closing circle

So will you join us?? 

I hope you choose to join us on this exciting & transformative journey!

To sign up for the training click on this link and fill in your details

Questions?

Please don’t hesitate to contact me by email efratwolfson@gmail.com or phone: 0455236575

So What Do Past Participants have to Say About This Training?

Efrat embodies the positive approaches to cultural transformation that she teaches. She connects the theory to real world practice with clarity, purpose and compassion for all the workshop participants.”

 Ande, teacher, Gympie

“The training gave me a lot of new ideas to deal with conflict. It was well worth
my time, and also it was not formula-based but open to interpretations – very enjoyable 2 days!”

Dave, Teacher, Gympie

“I would recommend this training – it is extremely relevant and transferable to
any industry. Can help with personal life conflicts also. Efrat has a calm
presence when presenting and can work really well within multiple dynamics and differing  personalities.”

Ryan, Community Worker, Brisbane

 “I loved being part of this training. Conflict transformation, NVC and positive activism discussions were so helpful for me. I would recommend this training to all my colleagues – it is so useful and helpful in our work with young people.”

William, teacher, Melbourne 

The NVC strategies and other tools will be very useful with working with young people, plus an array of other tools that will work well in personal and professional life. 2 fantastic days of learning. What I found most profound was re-establishing a connection with myself on a physical and emotional level – something I did not anticipate but am truly grateful for!”

 Bec, Youth Worker, Gympie

So –  Here is the Link again for signing up to the NCT Training !

 And if Melbourne is too far for you…

you can invite me to conduct a training in your area
Contact me for more details…
Hope to see you in one of the trainings!
With peace,
Efrat Wolfson

NILP Fundraiser in Mullumbimby

 

NILP flyer final

The NILP – Nonviolent Interfaith Leadership Program – is a 5-day residential program aiming to bring together young people of different faith traditions in order to enhance their leadership skills, to support their local communities in taking nonviolent effective action. (http://www.nonviolentinterfaithleadership.org/)

Efrat Wolfson, an Israeli peace and sustainability activist, (currently living in the Byron shire) was part of the April 2014 NILP facilitator team. Due to the great feedback and success of the program, the team has committed to raise funds so that the program can take place again in 2015.

Since the idea for the fundraiser was born, the beautiful people of our shire community came on board and we managed to co-create a fantastic, informative, inspiring and FUN evening for you to enjoy!

We are very excited to share this special evening with you!

When and where: 10th of October, 18:30-22:00 @ Drill Hall, Mullumbimby

Doors open at 18:30 for soup, chai, cake and connecting with others

19:00 – Introduction from guest speaker Efrat Wolfson, one of the NILP facilitators

Movie screening – “Women, War & Peace” (MA-15+)
Q&A
Raffle draw with fantastic prizes from local businesses

20:30 – Awesome live performance by local musicians Murray Kyle, Shai Shriki, Laura Targett, Tarshito and Chad Wilkins!!!!

LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR SUPPORT FOR THIS IMPORTANT CAUSE

For enquiries contact Efrat Wolfson on 0455236575, efratwolfson@gmail.com

Recommended links, books and resources

Conflict Transformation

Johan Galtung – Transcend and Transform

Diana Francis – People, Peace and Power, Conflict Transformation in Action

John Paul Lederach – The Little Book of Conflict Transformation

John Paul Lederach – Preparing for Peace, Conflict Transformation across Cultures

Education

Paolo Freire – Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Augusto Boal – Games for Actors and Non-Actors

bell hooks – Teaching to Transgress

NVC

Marshall Rosenberg – Nonviolent Communication, a Language of Life

Lucy Leu – Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook

Center for Nonviolent Communication website- www.cnvc.org

Video Marshall Rosenberg on NVC in 4 parts – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loABGdbOXU0 (part 1, from which there are links to the next parts)

Spirituality & Mindfulness

Tich Nhat Hanh – Peace is Every Step

Eckhart Tolle – A New Earth

Byron Katie – Loving What Is

Sustainability

Daniel Quinn – The Ishmael Trilogy: Ishmael; The Story of B; My Ishmael (possible to read with youth).