Thriving In CommUNITY Training

Thriving In CommUNITY Training

Creating a peaceful, harmonious world one community circle at a time

trainings & resources that offer effective practices
for groups to realize their shared purpose with
compassion, collaboration, harmony, and inspiration!

Can you relate to these challenges your group?

Blame and defensiveness dragging the group down?
Loose your center and close down your heart in conflict?
Scattered focus or unclear purpose pulling the group in different directions?
Loose track of you, amidst other’s directives?
Find meetings draining, and getting sidetracked from the group’s purpose?
Is your voice unheard due to power struggles?
Get burnt out? Find it hard to receive and feel unsupported?
Feel unvalued in what you give?
Distrustful that it’s safe to be transparent?
Unresolved tensions hanging in the air?
Like to know that what you give matters?


5 Elements of Practice to transform these challenges:

1.Compassionate Communication~ Communicating with Awareness and Self-Responsibility
2.Purpose~ Listening to and Clarifying the Inspiration that Moves us
3.Choices in Circle~ Choosing in Integrity with our Purpose
4.Contribution~Giving and Receiving in Balance
5.Integration of Learning ~ Integrating with Transparency, Accountability and Celebration
(see more about each element of practice below)

The 5 Elements of Practice balance a focus on both the individual and the group,
cultivating inner awareness as the foundation of a thriving group dynamic.

Above: community session with the Greensong Sanctuary in Slocan, BC

Reclaim the energy that can get bound up in conflict…

Without essential tools in communication, self-responsible awareness and group decision making, organizations and communities can find themselves stuck in destructive, conflictive, unproductive and frustrating patterns of relating to each other and functioning as a group.  The PeaceWorld Project processes give solutions for addressing common challenges.

Learn tools for building sustainable relationships
and ways of working with each other, to focus and
maximize your creative power together!

Who does the project serve?

The project works with people involved in community action projects that hold a shared purpose in service of sustainability, peace, harmony and self-empowerment. This includes trainings for entire groups that are working together in a community or on a project and trainings for individuals from different groups that take the skills learned back to their group.

The PeaceWorld Project supports intentional communities, youth action groups, indigenous groups, social change organizations, transition town groups, schools and families.

MORE ABOUT THE 5 ELEMENTS OF PRACTICE:

Trainings and Resources give tools in these five areas:

1. COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION
KEY: COMMUNICATING WITH AWARENESS AND SELF-RESPONSIBILITY

BEING AWARE OF HOW WE UTILIZE & EXPRESS OUR CREATIVE POWER IN HOW WE THINK, FEEL, PERCEIVE, SPEAK, LISTEN, AND ACT

 

SKILL-SETS LEARNED:

1. 4 ROOT AWARENESS PRACTICES: observation (neutral witness), feelings (presence in body), needs (heart of what is important), requests (actions to serve life)
WITH 3 AREAS OF ATTENTION: Self Awareness, Self Expression, Empathic Listening

2. CREATIVE POWER/EMOTIONAL EMPOWEMENT PROCESS: Reclaiming one’s own empowerment and choosing how to use one’s creative power when feeling emotions in the range of discomfort/discontent to despair/anger/depression/shame, ie being fully responsible for our experience (not blaming and judging others, our environment or situation for our feelings or feeling victimized by something “out there”)

3. THE SHIFT: TRANSFORMING CONDITIONED BELIEFS & CHOOSING OUR LENS OF PERCEPTION: Bringing awareness to the habitual thinking and ways of reacting to our experience and being able to then make a conscious and compassionate choice in how we respond to others and how we relate internally with ourselves

4. CONFLICT RESOLUTION: being able to mediate between two or more people or aspects of oneself and get to the heart of the matter, supporting each party to empathize and reflect what is most important to the other- to find mutual understanding and honoring, and then move towards creative actions that serve resolution.


2. INDIVIDUAL & SHARED
PURPOSE
KEY: LISTENING TO AND MOVING FROM OUR INSPIRATION

CONNECTING TO THE CORE OF WHAT MOVES AND INSPIRES ME, AND INSPIRES US TO CO-CREATE TOGETHER

SKILL-SETS LEARNED:

1. THREE-FOLD PURPOSE: Practicing these three aspects of purpose: 1. being present and aware of our body-mind-soul experience, 2. expressing our inspiration/our soul calling, 3. contributing this expression, this gift in relationship with others in service of a thriving whole

2. INDIVIDUAL PURPOSE: Connecting to our deepest inspirations, core values/needs and the heart of what moves us in life and intending to make choices aligned with this inner sense of purpose moment to moment. Coming to see one aspect of purpose as listening to what brings us alive, nourishes us and serves an experience of peace, harmony and wellbeing

3. WORLD VISION: exploring and clarifying the vision for the world we want to live in- what it feels like, looks like, what is happening and experiencing this as a reality (as though it already is)

4. SHARED PURPOSE OF GROUP: illuminating what inspires the group to co-create together, their intention and the elements of their shared purpose through a group clarifying process

NATURE SYMBOLOGY
Life Cycle: SEEDS, COMMON GROUND & PLANTING
Season/Time of Day: SPRING/ SUNRISE, MORNING


3. CIRCLE CHOICES
KEY: ALIGNING CHOICE WITH OUR GUIDING PURPOSE

BEING IN INTEGRITY WITH MY AND OUR PURPOSE & THAT WHICH SERVES LIFE WHEN MAKING CHOICES

 

SKILL-SETS LEARNED:

1. PERSONAL INTEGRITY IN CHOICE PRACTICE: aligning actions with my agreements, with my individual and the groups shared purpose, and communicating clearly if there is a change in my life that affects what I have agreed to do

2. MEETINGS: attending to the components that create a balanced cycle that attends to both the actions at hand and the interpersonal fabric and heart of the group
ROLES: Clear roles to serve the group as a whole (scribe, timekeeper, facilitator, group members)
STRUCTURE: organization of time to serve the smooth functioning and forward movement of the group
FACILITATION: To balance effective use of time with including each person’s voice and needs

3. DECISION MAKING PROCESS: SERVING I, YOU, WE: Needs Based Decisions Process in integrity with/in service of our shared purpose
PROPOSALS: clear elements of a proposal for a decision that will save time and energy
ELECTIONS: choosing people who can best serve the purpose at hand and meet the needs of the group as a whole, involves a circle process of appreciation of strengths witnessed
NEEDS VS. STRATEGIES: being able to clearly connect with peoples needs (the heart of what is important to them) within group dialogue and differentiate needs from the actions to meet them (strategies), releasing our attachment to how needs are met

4. GROUP MEMBER AGREEMENTS PROCESS: determining as a group what is important for members to agree to in order to be part of the group (or on one of the committees/sub-circles)

NATURE SYMBOLOGY
Life Cycle: SPROUTING, GROWING & FLOWERING
Season/Time of Day: SUMMER / DAY


4. CONTRIBUTION/EXCHANGE

KEY: BEING THE ENERGY FLOW THAT SERVES ALL

GIVING & RECEIVING IN A BALANCED FLOW OF ENERGY & VALUING DIFFERENT FORMS OF ABUNDANCE

 

SKILL-SETS LEARNED:

1. INNER EQUILIBRIUM: a practice in reflecting on how one can be balanced in giving and receiving, and maintain one’s inner equilibrium

2. REDEFINING CURRENCY AS ENERGY FLOW: reframing how we see what we give, when we receive something of value- as an energy of appreciation, this exchange of energy can come is myriad forms beyond money (money being one form of appreciation energy)

3. MAPPING ENERGY FLOWS: determining what is needed for the vibrant functioning of the group/community circle (in terms of infrastructure, tools, skill-sets, people with time and energy), making visible different forms of value that are present in the group already, and seeing how to balance where the energy is needed and where it is going

4. WHOLE PICTURE VISION & VALUING DIFFERENT FORMS OF CONTRIBUTION (2-FOLD)
A. VALUING SYSTEM: holding awareness of the needs of “I, you, we”, and creating a system to value different forms of contribution that people give to serve the purpose of the group/community circle
B. SEEING, VALUING AND BRINGING FORTH PEOPLES GIFTS: being able to acknowledge the strengths that people demonstrate and the areas of potential that can be nurtured with support and encouragement

NATURE SYMBOLOGY
Life Cycle: FRUITION & HARVESTING
Season/Time of Day: FALL/ LATE DAY


5. INTEGRATION
KEY: LEARNING TOGETHER WITH TRANSPARENCY AND CELEBRATION

INTEGRATING THE LEARNING FROM OUR EXPERIENCE, EXPANDING OUR CONSCIOUSNESS & CULTIVATING WISDOM

 

SKILL-SETS LEARNED:

1. SELF-REFLECTION: reviewing your experiences in the day, week, month, year or any cycle of time to integrate the learning from the experiences you had and address anything that feels incomplete or unresolved, exploring ways to create resolution in order to be at peace within and in harmony with others and life

2. COMPASSIONATE FEED-FORWARD: giving and receiving feedback in a compassionate way that supports growth, learning, and insight and offers concrete ways that people can better serve the needs of themselves, others in the group and of the whole group related to the shared purpose.

3. MOURNINGS WITH EMPATHY: a practice of hearing and empathizing with people in their experience of their needs not being met in how something happened, allowing unresolved experiences to be aired as the person receives empathy, and then when they are ready is given support in finding ways things could happen differently to better serve needs in the future

4. CELEBRATIONS/GRATITUDE PRACTICE: Celebrating and appreciating peoples contributions to our lives and to realizing the purpose of the whole- fueling the inspiration and group connection to continue on with inspiration

NATURE SYMBOLOGY
Life Cycle: DIGESTING, COMPOSTING, RECEIVING NOURISHMENT
Season/Time of Day: LATE AUTUMN AND WINTER / SUNSET AND NIGHT

The project’s principles and practices are based on:

Compassionate Communication (aka NVC or Nonviolent Communication): www.cnvc.org
A simple yet powerfully transformative communication process and awareness practice

Dynamic Governance: www.governancealive.com
A whole –system approach to group governance, decision-making, election and organizational structure

Meta-Currency: www.metacurrency.org
Creating a currency system that serves the organism of the group as a whole

Indigenous Teachings on the Medicine Wheel: Life Cycles, the Directions, and Natural Time: www.fourdirectionsteachings.com/main.html
The inherent wisdom within nature that is cyclic and based on the interdependence of all forms of life

PROJECT SERVICES AND RESOURCES

Community in Action Trainings: experiential group, learning skill-sets, building supportive relationship network
3 hr evening Introduction, 3 Day Weekend Workshops, Custom Designed trainings with specific area of focus
Community Immersions: in depth on-site training for groups that live/work together
Written Resources: PeaceWorld Step by Step Handbook, PeaceWorld Game, Creative Power Card Set
Ongoing Practice Group: by teleconferencing for ongoing support, practice and inspiration
Informative Blog: sharing new tools and helpful information
Individual Purpose Sessions: supporting individuals to find connection to and clarity on their sense of purpose
Mediation: facilitating connection, mutual understanding and the resolution of challenges with 2 or more people

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