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Transforming Conflict:
Elemental Wisdom for Working with Differences

A Four-Day Summer Course

Thursday-Sunday, July 10-13, 2003

Where: University of Creation Spirituality, 2141 Broadway, Oakland

Cost: $275 for applications received by June 9
$300 for applications received after June 9
(Special rate for alumni/ae)

CEUs available for LCSWs and MFTs. Provider #PCE2546.

Register or for information call Aileen Donovan:
(510) 835-4827 x19 or

Faculty includes:
Deidre Combs, D.Min., began studying alternative approaches to conflict over fifteen years ago as a corporate facilitator. She developed and has taught the Elements of Conflict philosophy across the U.S. in education, corporate, and non-profit organizations. Deidre mediates in private practice and for the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Postal Service. She is currently completing a book on conflict skills found across indigenous and religious cultures and in the New Science. (Seminar presenter)

Bill Say, M.A., directs the Community Healing and Leadership Training, is a faculty member of Naropa and JFK universities, and has taught at the Esalen and Core Energetic institutes. He works with conflict as a path to deepen community and personal awakening. (Art-as-Meditation instructor)

As we seek to change the world and ourselves, we will inevitably find conflict in our paths. The tools at our disposal for managing this ever-present conflict might seem few. However, the worlds lasting cultural traditions and Creation Spirituality hold an abundance of proven approaches to mastering our modern challenges. This course explores conflict principles and skills hidden within these traditions that can safely support and empower us as we confront our most vexing disputes.

This summer course will include morning Seminar and afternoon Art-as-Meditation sessions. It is open to the public as well as students enrolled in Creation Spirituality programs.

To deepen your experience there is assigned pre-course reading.

Required Reading:

Tzu, Sun, Translation, Essays and Commentary by the Demna Translation Group. The Art of War: A New Translation, Boston: Shambhala, 2001
Johnson, Robert A. Owning Your Own Shadow - Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche. San Francisco: Harper, 1991

Highly Recommended Reading:
Richards, MC. Centering: In Pottery, Poetry, and the Person. Hanover: Wesleyan, 1989

Suggested Reading:
Anderson, Walter Truett. Reality Isn't What it Used to Be: Theatrical Politics, Ready-to-Wear Religion, Global Myths, Primitive Chic, and Other Wonders of the Postmodern World. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1990
Arrien, Ph.D., Angeles, The Four-Fold Way, Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary. San Francisco: Harper, 1993
Wheatley, Margaret. Leadership and the New Science. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 1999

Post-class writing assignment (8 - 10 page paper): Focus for this paper will be given in class.


9:00 AM-5:00 PM
9:00 AM-1:00 PM



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