Conflict in a group can be profoundly challenging; sometimes it’s like wading through a swamp, other times it’s like a whirlwind pulling everyone in and tearing things apart. Though conflict can be intensely painful, it is possible to find ways through tensions and disagreements together. Engaging with conflict can bring a lot of energy, a sense of cohesion and better communication to a group.
Though conflict is powerful, and potentially destructive, it is not inevitable that it’ll ruin a group, community or project. It can be a sign that change is somehow needed, and it can be a catalyst for helping the group to develop resilience and grow stronger. This is more likely when there are some people willing to get involved, with the capacity to see the situation from everyone’s side, support everyone to express themselves and listen to each other, and help the group navigate through the rough waters.
What this workshop offers
Over the course of the weekend you’ll develop your ability to engage with conflict, whether you’re on the sidelines or right in the middle. Through small group exercises, whole group interactions, and time to reflect alone, you’ll increase your capacity to step in to conflict situations, and you’ll leave the workshop feeling more confident in what you have to offer.
This workshop can help you become a resource for your group when conflict arises. If you keep finding that conflict happens around you, and you aren’t sure how best to get involved, then this workshop will help you develop the skills and awareness to step in when you’re needed.
Paul Kahawatte and Hannah Lewis have been collaborating for two years, supporting and training groups in relation to conflict. Paul has extensive experience as a community mediator, drawing on years of studying the principles of Nonviolent Communication and Restorative Circles. Hannah has been facilitating groups through sticky situations for eight years, and is currently studying group conflict facilitation with Processwork UK. We enjoy working together a lot.
Who is this workshop for
This workshop is for people active in groups working for social change in some way. Whatever your experience level, or role in your group, you are welcome.
How to Apply
Apply here. Email hello@navigate if you have any questions. The workshop has limited places, so get in touch soon.
This workshop cost is on a sliding scale of £30 – £250, depending on whether an organisation is paying for your place, and your personal financial situation. If an organisation is paying for your place, we ask that you pay the upper limit. We can support a limited number of free places. If you need one, please let us know.
Saturday 10th March: 11.30am – 6.30pm
Sunday 11th March: 9.30am – 4pm
Food and Accommodation
We will provide refreshments, lunch on Saturday, dinner on Saturday evening, and lunch on Sunday. The venue itself isn’t residential, however we can provide you with a bed in a shared room at a local hostel if you need it.
The workshop will take place in a building right next to Alexandra Park, Manchester, just over 2 miles from Manchester Piccadilly. It is fully wheelchair accessible.