I am currently in Slovenia, speaking at a conference, lecturing to law students and leading a mediation workshop.
The really odd thing is not so much the lack of commercial mediation here, although it has become more established in family disputes, but the fact that nobody asks questions. I recall it was like that in Italy years ago when we did some awareness training, and the same thing happens here. Especially the students. I am told the sessions went well and that the three questions that were asked at the end were three more than normal! The trouble is it is very difficult to judge how the session is being received if there are no questions or discussion.
I much prefer to respond to questions as they arise and to focus the discussion on where they are and what they find most interesting. No comments or questions leaves me feeling very isolated.