Empowered Communication: Healing Social Divides with Compassionate Strength

Basia Solarz

May 3–5, 2019

Tuition + 2 nights

This program has been cancelled.

How can we approach others in dialogue about the most critical social issues from a place of strength and compassion? What makes it hard to be our best selves in difficult conversations? This program invites participants to take a deeper look at what matters to them in conflict and gain clarity about how to show up differently in challenging situations. Based on a transformative understanding of conflict, we will examine common human reactions to difficult communications, consider what guides our behavior in these moments, and develop practical strategies for responding deliberately. The workshop will include self-reflection, group discussions, and scenario practice, as well as time to consider the connections between this course and Buddhist teachings.

In this program we will:

  • examine common human reactions to difficult communications
  • consider what guides our behavior in these moments
  • develop practical strategies for responding deliberately
  • redefine what is meant by success
  • learn how to respond with greater self-awareness, by considering self and other, rather than reacting

Basia Solarz

Basia Solarz, MAdEd, CPCC brings over 25 years’ experience facilitating conversations in educational, workplace, and community settings. Currently, she serves as the Consultant, Communications and Conflict Competence, for the award-winning Workplace Conflict Resolution Program at the Nova Scotia Health Authority. In this role, she offers mediation, conflict coaching, and educational services across the province-wide organization. A Certified Transformative Mediator™ and Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT), Basia is particularly interested in the moral-ethical dimensions of conflict transformation as well as the intersection of adult learning and the transformative approach (Bush & Folger) to working with conflict.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.