Conflict resolution in community

Peace is not possible unless we listen to the wisdom that is hidden within conflict.

This weekend program weaves together traditional peacemaking wisdom and modern strategies for peaceful communication and conflict resolution.  Whether they are for personal use or for families, organizations, or communities, peacemaking and relationship tending skills can be supportive in all areas of life. Without them, it is difficult to make progress towards any collective vision. In this era of divisions and conflict, strengthening the practices of peacemaking in our communities, in our homes and in our own hearts is more important than ever.  

This workshop is inspired by a diverse constellation of teachings and lineages, including 8 Shields/Art of Mentoring, Shadow Work, the work of the Center for Whole Communities, and much more.  It includes simple yet deeply developmental tools and practices employed by village builders and community leaders around the world.  We will explore conflict resolution and conflict prevention strategies - practices that help build a culture of ongoing respect and collaboration, and that develop our capability to build genuine reciprocal relationships across differences.  If you have been challenged by conflict in any area of life, this weekend will offer new skills and inspiration to carry forward on a path of peacemaking.


The workshop includes: 

  • Connection with personal ancestry and lineage
  • Practices for relationship building and communication across differences
  • Building awareness of and capacity to undo patterns of power and privilege
  • Skills for building reciprocity both with people and with the more-than-human world
  • Principles of peacemaking and relationship tending
  • Stories from across cultural traditions of peacemaking
  • Tools for clear communication and conflict resolution
  • Peer support for your peacemaking efforts in your home, family, workplace, or community



  • Receive training in connection, reciprocity, and clear communication practices 
  • Participate in individual reflection, group activities, and guided peer mentoring sessions
  • Explore cultural wisdom, stories and practices on conflict and peace
  • Learn frameworks, techniques and strategies to help resolve and prevent conflict
  • Examine how diversity, identity, and historical patterns of power and harm underlie conflict
  • Explore how to recognize and respond to power imbalances
  • Discover pathways for being in the ally role across diverse perspectives


Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 1st

Friday Night: 7-9 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday: 10 AM- 4 PM

Eco-Institute Community Barn, Lakeside Gazebo, & Fire Circle


Includes fresh, wholesome lunch & dinner on Saturday, and lunch on Sunday

Overnight camping or yome stays available (with showers) - $20 fee covers Friday & Saturday nights

Day guests and overnight guests are both welcome. 
Join us for the day and go home at night or stay with us for the weekend.



Sarah Haggerty helps people get in touch with what really matters. In an increasingly fragmented world, we need to connect with the deeper aspects of life – more now than ever. Sarah has developed her approach over the past 20 years, and has supported thousands of people on the path of deep nature connection and personal growth. Through this work, she has helped remove the grief of disconnection, awaken attributes of leadership, nourish dreams and bring a sense of meaning back into daily life. She was the 2012 winner of the North Carolina Environmental Educators of the Year award. Sarah is the Program Director at the Eco-Institute and she is the Founder and Director of Natural Mystery School.


Connor Stedman, M.S. is an interdisciplinary educator and designer focused on co-creating the conditions for ecological and social healing to take place.  He is a lead facilitator annually at the internationally attended Art of Mentoring training in Vermont, and has previously facilitated at Art of Mentoring trainings in North Carolina, Idaho, Ontario, and the UK.  Connor is head faculty for the Omega Institute’s month-long Ecological Literacy Immersion Program and an affiliate instructor in the University of Vermont’s Leadership for Sustainability program.  He runs AppleSeed Permaculture, an ecological design and planning firm based in the Hudson Valley, and has been sharing awareness and relationship-building skills with students of all ages since 2005.