We live in times where separation and fear between individuals and groups is widespread.
The media paints a picture, which extended into the future, appears bleak. How we respond to this is a choice. We can create the society and culture that we want to live in, we can consciously design communities where Unity, Peace, Communication and Healing are central, and we can find our internal place of peace to support this.
Over 35 years ago, an indigenous elder passed on to Jon Young the responsibility for carrying a bundle of teachings we now call “Designing for Peace.”
For the next 20 years Jon worked closely with elders from a variety of traditions, including the Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) nation's Tree of Peace Society. They shared a prophecy that the Tree of Peace, raised over 1000 years ago by the Peacemaker of the Haudenosaunee (“People of the Longhouse:” 6 Nations Iroquois), was falling, held up on the arms of the chiefs. They spoke of a day when the grandchildren of the European settlers would become the ones to help stand the tree upright again, and spread teachings of peace around the world.
We, and the generations who will inherit from us, can develop skills which build interpersonal connection and transform conflicts into stronger relationships, trust, and innovation.
We can build our courage, reduce shame, learn to forgive and become truly collaborative. In this time of change and disruption, we can learn how to build, and rebuild, a sense of Village, wherever we may come from.
The Vision of 8 Shields is every person achieving the 8 Attributes of Connection: joy & appreciation, vitality, inquisitive focus, empathy, service to community, awe & reverance, compassion & caring, and a quiet mind.
In order to do this, we need to support our children and other community members with a relational, connective culture.
Many of you will already be involved with groups or projects working to build stronger communities, and as you will know from experience, this is not always easy!
As human beings, even with the best of intentions, we often encounter differences between us that can lead to conflict, separation and even collapse of projects and communities.
If you're involved with nature mentoring for children & families, culture repair in a neighborhood, or any kind of village building project, these materials are especially for you. And, since Designing for Peace is a large topic, we're starting with easily applicable elements in a step-by-step process.
In this update of our Designing for Peace webinar series, we will introduce design tools and processes for creating peaceful, supportive, resilient social systems.
This is the first level of a set of proven methods developed using both contemporary and ancient social technologies. We will provide references for further study and share first-hand experiences from those in our global network who are applying Peace Principles in modern times.
Includes three 1 hour training sessions with Deborah and Root that will will help you bring more peace into your experience at home, at work, in community and with your creative collaborators
PLUS audio training materials with Jon Young for between-session learning on the core Designing For Peace strategies and techniques
Cultivating personal peace in individuals, and unity in groups.
Reducing and embracing shame and fear around tensions or differences.
Creating both increased safety and courage in addressing interpersonal situations.
Developing clean communication processes at the group and systemic level.
Creating an Agreement Field to support true creative collaboration
Ways to hold each other accountable with both integrity and compassion.
Jon’s work has been the researching, collecting, universalizing and applying of models for re-Connection. For over thirty five years, he has collected, tested, trained and led Connection models that have proven dependable and predictable in their effectiveness. Drawn from earth-based approaches, these models are ergonomic in their application—they are neither philosophical or based on any one belief structure. These approaches meet us at our most basic neurobiological foundations, and are a way of learning and developing in nature that is universal to our “blueprint” as human beings.
Jon started studying Peace Principles in cultural systems in 1979, applying them first to a project co-founded with M. Norman “Ingwe” Powell in 1983. From 1990 to 2000 he worked directly with highly experienced elders, who became his teachers and friends, the founding members of the Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) Tree of Peace Society. Together, with many others, they developed the 8 Shields model, integrating Peace Principles and processes that apply in modern times, whilst remaining respectful to the original teachings.
Deborah is part of the 8 Shields global leadership program, Director of 8 Shields UK, and a mentor to Village Builders all over the world. Deborah holds a PhD in wildlife conservation, environmental education and the people/nature interface. After 15 years working in this field she moved into broader areas of regenerative culture and design for sustainability; with a particular interest in social sustainability, Peace Principles and social enterprise.
For six years Deborah was Managing Director of the Newbold Trust, a retreat and education center focusing on sustainable living and wellbeing. She is now freelance, working closely with 8 Shields; teaching, providing facilitation, consultancy, training and workshops in regenerative culture, nature connection and youth empowerment. Deborah is an experienced facilitator, and dedicated Possibilitarian, carrying a positive vision of the future, and creating connective, uplifting and transformative programs in support of healthy communities and ecosystems.
Root is currently a writer, hopemonger, and ecosocial designer with a consulting consortium delivering trainings on social sustainability and culture repair. Since 2008 he has been a group facilitator, presenter, and wordsmith. Root is the former education coordinator at the Newbold Trust in Forres, Scotland. He holds a Master's degree in Environmental Education from Vermont College of Norwich University and a Certificate in Ecovillage Design from Findhorn College.
Root leads courses on sociocracy, Designing for Peace, contact improvisation dance, and has designed programs for JourneyDance™, Lost Valley Education Center, Sunseed Desert Technology, and D Acres Permaculture Farm and Educational Homestead. With a background in theater, dance, and music, Root's interests include cross-pollinating ideas, Non-Violent Communication, traditional celebrations, cooking & nutrition, monofloral honeys, matching needs with resources, and the healing power of forgiveness.
Reserve your space in the training & you'll also receive the following bonuses as a special thank you!
Core Routines for Self-Care
With Bonus Material on:
Essential to building & sustaining Peace. Learn core routines for self-care, positive mental health, and maintaining internal balance.
Develop Your Anchoring Network
Learn Anchoring processes to support individuals and leaders in their work, for applications both locally and at a distance.
Take it to the Next Level.
Get access to our routines for planning the reflection and renewal cycles which support your group or organization to learn, evolve and thrive.
Each training module includes proven tools and processes that you can apply to support Peace and Creativity to emerge in group settings. These skills support a strong foundation of Peace through respectful, nature-based processes that support effective communication and group rapport.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
Yes. Both the live sessions and the recordings are digital and require a decent internet connection and modern Internet browser to access them.
After you register through our secure payment portal, we will add you to the class roster and you'll receive instructions to login to the live course the day of each session. Videos will be posted within a few days after each session in our course portal, which you'll have long-term access to watch at your convenience.
You'll have long-term access to the course, which you'll be able to access along with any other 8 Shields digital content you've purchased, through our secure course portal.