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Fw: "Helping Your Community Thrive" workshop, Sat, Sep 29, Earthlands Retreat Center, Petersham, MA

From: Sean
Sent on: Monday, August 27, 2012 3:25 PM

Dear friends and colleagues in New England and the Northeast,

I'm doing a one-day workshop, "Helping Your Community Thrive: Fostering More Harmony, Trust, and Connection in Your Cohousing Neighborhood, Ecovillage, or Intentional Community," on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Earthlands Retreat Center in Petersham, MA. 

The workshop is about the methods I've learned in the years since I wrote Creating  Life Together that work well in fostering more harmony and trust in communities; reducing potential conflict; and dealing effectively with conflict when it arises. 

The workshop is for people living in community as well as people starting new ones.
Topics will be determined by the basic things I want to share, and by the questions, issues, and concerns of workshop participants about their own community situations.

The fee is $125, including lunch and snacks.  
larrybuell (at) (Financial assistance available upon request)

All good wishes,

Diana Leafe Christian
Here's the flyer, attached & pasted: 

Helping Your Community Thrive:
Fostering More Harmony, Trust, and Connection in Your Cohousing Neighborhood, Ecovillage, or Intentional Community
Diana Leafe Christian,
author of Creating a Life Together
Saturday, September 29, 2012
• Earthlands Community, Petersham, Massachusetts   • 9 am – 5:00 pm 
• $125.00, incl. lunch, snacks (Financial assistance available upon request)
•   • larrybuell (at)   •[masked]
This workshop is about creating more harmony, trust, and connection in groups, and helping to prevent conflict and deal effectively with conflict when it arises. It’s based on what Diana has learned visiting dozens of communities in North America and abroad in the decade since she wrote Creating a Life Together, as well as her own experiences living in community. Designed for people starting new communities as well as those living in existing communities, the workshop will be based on workshop participants’ questions, issues, and concerns from their own community situations. Topics can include the following:
1. Creating Trust and Harmony, Reducing Potential Conflict:
     * Three aspects of community health: effective project management, good communication
        skills, creating “community glue.”
     * A clear community Mission & Purpose.
     * Why Diana no longer recommends consensus decision-making (consensus-with-
        unanimity) and recommends Sociocracy (or the N St. Consensus Method) instead.
     * Overview of Sociocracy — an effective self-governance and decision-making method
        especially beneficial for communities — with resources for learning more.
        (Note: Affordable Sociocracy workshop in Boston on Sept. 30! j.kochgonzalez (at) )
     * The N St. consensus method.
     * A clear, thorough membership process. The membership process in cohousing.
     * If a group uses consensus, the significant, mutually influencing relationship between
       (1) decision making, (2) Mission & Purpose, and (3) the community membership process.
     * Resolving typical problems in the consensus process.
     * Helping people stay accountable to agreements. A “graduated series of consequences.”
     * How using Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in community creates more harmony & trust.
        Overview of NVC; resources for learning more.
2. Dealing Effectively with Conflict:
     * Using the NVC-based Restorative Circles process to resolve conflict.
     * Dealing effectively with challenging community members.
     * Effectively dealing with “dissing” and other forms of verbal abuse in a community setting.
     * Understanding the effects of unhealed trauma.
     * The “bell-shaped curve” — How self-empowered systems thinkers can effectively
         contribute to without being punished or marginalized for showing initiative.
     * Temporarily removing someone from the decision-making circle.
     * Asking someone to leave.
     * Creating a “community within a community.”
     * The most helpful thing you can do for your community.
Diana Leafe Christian is author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities (now translated to four languages), and Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community. She publishes Ecovillages, a free online newsletter, and is an Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) trainer through Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). Diana speaks at conferences, offers consultations, and leads workshops in North America and abroad on starting successful new ecovillages, Sociocracy, and how communities can thrive. She lives at Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina. 

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