Tools for re-finding connection
12 January - 22 February 2022
In this course we will explore some of the ways we unknowingly participate in polarisation, and practice simple but profound tools for re-discovering a sense of connection and togetherness with people we don't agree with.
We seem to live in a time of exceptional division and polarisation: around attitudes to the earth, climate change, migration, economic systems, politics, Brexit, Covid-19... Fundamentally not agreeing on issues that are important to us with friends, family members, neighbours or colleagues can cause us deep pain and a sense of separateness and loss. At a broader level, having a sense that in our community or country there is a mass of people who believe in things to which we are fundamentally opposed can increase our sense of despair, anger and fearfulness for the future.
In this course we will explore how to have disagreements in a way that nourishes connection and relationship whilst honouring and expressing our own values and beliefs.
This process will draw on ideas from social anthropology, non-violent communication, peacebuilding theory and the tutor's experience of holding dialogue and building peace in the UK and Myanmar.
This will be an experiential learning process in which theory is discovered and explored through activities like personal story-telling, art activities, role-play, body-breath activities, small group and pair work. Individual reflection will enable learning to be personal and embedded; and group sharing will enable rich peer learning and supportive community to develop.
Live sessions are every Monday at 18:30-20:00 (UK time).
Attendance at all live sessions is essential to the course and the sessions will not be recorded.
For more information contact:
Telephone: 07562 624047 and 07935 601512