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Working for Transformation with Miki Kashtan Tue 12 Jun - Thu 14 Jun

  • Sustainability

“Imagine a future world in which we all value people and life and participate in the flow of generosity. A world where sharing our gifts and the mundane tasks of life are both done with wholehearted willingness, free of coercion. A world where attending to everyone’s needs is the organizing principle.”

— Miki Kashtan, Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working Together to Create a Nonviolent Future.

If you are inspired by this vision, this workshop is an opportunity for you to start exactly where you are — in your life, your organizational context, your activism, or your spiritual community — and find ways of moving in that direction.

  • Are you committed to working for change and longing for an inspiring vision for the world?
  • Have you often wondered why so many social change organizations are full of conflict?
  • Have you been curious about nonviolence and how it can support work for transformation?
  • Are you eager to learn tools for facilitating efficient collaborative decision-making?
  • Do you wish to grow your capacity to connect with people across differences?
  • Would you like to find a path for attending well to power – your own and others’?
  • Are you drawn to combining love, courage, and truth in your work for change?
  • Are you looking to align your organization with its purpose and values?


If you said “yes” to some of these questions, then this intensive training might be just what you want.

Whether you are a change agent within an organization, a facilitator, an activist, or are simply exploring how you might contribute more to life, this intensive can offer you a framework for making sense of your own passion as you build community with peers.

The vision for this intensive includes bringing you clarity about how to work for change in ways that are consistent with your vision, values, and goals.

The event organizers interviewed Miki about her reasoning, vision, and passion for this type of transformative work and created this video. It is just under 5 minutes long and includes some questions and answers about who might be interested in being a participant in this event.

What you can take away

You are likely to emerge from this training empowered and equipped with the following:

  • Practices to support you in embracing nonviolence in thought, word, and action
  • Facilitation tools for supporting decisions that work for everyone
  • Dialogue skills for connecting across differences
  • Perspectives and tools for understanding and engaging with your own and others’ power and privilege
  • An approach to building alternative institutions that anchor and embody your vision
  • A path towards leadership that does not compromise others’ participation and wisdom

Single: £280, shared £235, non-res £175 (includes all meals except breakfast). Non-res £135 (includes lunch, no breakfast or dinner included)

For info about the content of the course please contact Sophiedocker@gmail.com 07837570940 for all booking and booking enquires please contact Hawkwood directly.

Please note the costs listed are for food and accommodation only.

Tuition contribution will be asked for on the last day of the event and is planned to be on a gift basis rather than a fixed amount. It is our intention to look at how we manage resources as part of this event, recognising the role money plays in the dynamics of power and privilege on the planet and in the work we do.  We will share the costs of offering the event and ask people to contribute based upon their need and ours.

Miki is an employee of BayNVC on a moderate salary for California. For BayNVC to be sustainable takes approx £2625 ($3500) per day of Miki’s Training. As this is a 3 day training that amounts to £7875. Organisation costs are estimated to be 10 days work at £150 per day £1500 and travel another £500.

Total cost are expected to be around £10,000. We are expecting 30-50 attendees, so to cover the cost of tuition sustainably we would need an average of £200-£345 per person. We anticipate having people who will contribute far less, some who won't contribute at all. Thus to make the total amount will take some number of people contributing far more.

We invite you to stretch into giving much less or much more than the average as you feel able and willing to.

About the trainer

Miki Kashtan is inspired by the role of visionary leadership in shaping a livable future, and works toward that vision by sharing the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication through mediation, meeting facilitation, consulting, retreats, and training for organizations and committed individuals.

She is Lead Collaboration Consultant at the Center for Efficient Collaboration and a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC). Miki has supported nonprofits, corporations, community groups, government agencies, and others, helping hundreds of people work better together. She is the author of Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives and The Little Book of Courageous Living. Her latest book, Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working together to create a Nonviolent Future (2015), explores the practices and systems needed for a collaborative society

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"Hawkwood has all the ingredients we look for when running events and meetings –their ethical approach, from the fantastic food they serve to the way they manage their land, works perfectly for us. It’s a relaxed environment which is conducive to creative thinking and open dialogue, and the staff are so helpful."

Helen Browning, CEO at Soil Association