Conflict is an inevitable part of life.
Just thinking about it can send your heart rate soaring, create tension throughout your body, and hijack your ability to think calmly and logically… But what if you could transform that energy into life-enriching systems?
That's what you'll learn in this eye-opening course with Ceri Buckmaster, Sarah Ludford, and Jo McHale.
For the past three years, these trainers have been pursuing a joint dream: that every NVC community has embedded within it a restorative approach to responding to conflict. Their offerings have attracted interest from around the world, and they are now deeply excited to be able to offer their approach to you.
During this course, you will learn about the importance of system building, including:
- The set-up and maintenance of a system
- How to harness the buy-in and energy of key people in a community
- Developing a mindset that embraces conflict
You will also practice skills needed to:
- Set up, support, and facilitate dialogue, mediations, and restorative circles
- Stay grounded and calm in the presence of intense pain and hurt, anger, and disappointment
- Guide people towards making agreements that will help restore broken relationships and much more.
If you are intrigued by the thought of feeling confident when facing any kind of conflict – if you would love to imagine a working restorative system that belongs to your community – or if you would enjoy owning the skills you need to set up and implement a restorative system for your community, please join Ceri, Sarah, and Jo for this richly transformational series.
About the Trainers
Ceri Buckmaster is a Certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication, mediator and writer. She works in Sustainability and Community building with organizations, galleries, schools, community groups and individuals. Her work facilitates clear and transparent interpersonal communication, and the walking towards and holding of conflicts with presence and opening for transformation.
She is part of the Conflict Transformation Weave in the UK since 2016 and one of the facilitators on the Building Restorative systems series. She writes for an online magazine that explores how words can respond to economic, spiritual and environmental crises. Her goal is to nurture into being supportive, aspiring communities through creative practice and nonviolence. Please visit We are made to be accompanied.
Jo McHale is a Certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication, mediator and relationship coach. She works with individuals, couples and groups to create trust and emotional safety, repair relationships and find ways forward that work for everyone involved. Like Ceri and Sarah, she has been part of the UK Conflict Transformation Weave since its inception, with the intention of bringing a restorative approach to conflict to as wide an audience as possible.
She also runs online groups, attracting participants with backgrounds in coaching and business who appreciate the practical emphasis on bringing NVC consciousness and approach to bear on challenging situations. Her website is www.jo-mchale.com.
Sarah Ludford is a Certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication, a mediator, and an organizational coach. She brings NVC and Restorative processes to large organizations to encourage systemic shift.
She was a founder member of the NVC UK Conflict Transformation Weave, and draws on her lived experience of co-creating a restorative system in a large cohousing project in the North of England.
Her website is Connect with Compassion.