A year ago I sent an invitation to mediators who had been on the MATA Advanced Mediator Retreat, which we ran for ten years up to 2010, to come on a further advanced course at the same venue,
San Pietro in Valle in Umbria.
We now have a full course of nineteen participants and four faculty (below..
Joanna Kalowski from Australia,
mediator, facilitator and judicial educator, and .. director of Joanna Kalowski and Associates, a management consultancy specialising in dispute resolution, cross-cultural communication and organisational development. She has worked for over twenty years in Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and India. Over the last seven years, Joanna has also run workshops in Italy, Germany, England, Denmark, Spain, Switzerland and France, including a three-day summer school for the Centre de Mediation de Paris (CMAP) in 2005, conducted in French on Majorca.
Lawrence Kershen QC,
Lawrence now works exclusively in mediation and ADR, and in training others in mediation and negotiation skills. He has been actively involved in the development of Restorative Justice in the UK, both in the criminal field and in schools and organisations. From 2003-12 Lawrence was a Board member and latterly Chair of the Restorative Justice Council, and is trained as a restorative facilitator. To support the international work of Search for Common Ground in conflict transformation and peace-building he helped establish Search for Common Ground in the UK in 2007. He was its Chair until 2012 and remains a Board member. In 2007 he was honoured to be appointed Chief Pa Kumrabai of Yoni Bana Chiefdom in Sierra Leone. He is a certified trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and is also accredited as a trainer of Nonviolent Communication, the work of Dr Marshall Rosenberg.
Heather is well known as a mediator trainer and coach and is the Head of CEDR Faculty. She works internationally, training and assessing mediators, and also working with experienced mediators on training and facilitation skills so that they can in turn provide training for local professionals. Her experience of working in different traditional social contexts, including in predominantly Muslim societies, adds a useful dimension to her mediation practice.
She also acts as a supervisor for experienced mediators and provides post-accreditation and advanced development for practicing mediators.
In addition to her training activities Heather also works regularly with the judiciary and other professionals in developing the wider use of mediation. She has worked as a consultant with jurisdictions abroad, such as Morocco, that are introducing mediation as part of their civil justice system.
All participants are experienced mediators and the course is structured around the inner and outer mediator, trying to push the boundaries for both participants and faculty. We have participants from Australia, Kenya, Pakistan and France as well as the UK.
The venue (www.sanpietroinvalle.it) is breathtaking. It is a converted Abbey and we have sole use. We will work in the vaulted apothecary but most of the time we will be working in the gardens or the cloisters.
This was meant to be a one-off course but many, who cannot make 2016, have asked if we could run it again in 2017. Watch this space!