Pre & Post-Conference Workshops


  • Peace Circles Training: The Fundamentals

    November 9 & 10, 2017

    Da Nang, Vietnam

    An opportunity to learn, experience and gain practical tools. This training will include:
    •      The Foundation and Invitation of Circles
    •      Circle Process
    •      Circle Structure and Flexibility
    •      Practical Applications & Tools
    Circles are a structured yet flexible approach for communication and creating change. Circles are used in a variety of settings - workplaces, justice systems, government, families, schools and communities.
    They can serve many purposes, including: learning, governance, conflict resolution, healing, as well as community and team building. Circles can transform disagreements as well as serious crimes of violence.
    The Circle process draws upon ancient and contemporary wisdom in a way that serves both the individual and the collective.
    No Pre-requisites. All Welcome.
    Facilitator: Dr Evelyn Zellerer
    Dr Evelyn Zellerer is an acclaimed international facilitator, trainer, and speaker with over 20 years experience. She is the Founder/Director, Peace of the Circle. Evelyn is also a professor of criminology, based in Vancouver, Canada.
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    “I am taking away so much to work with and build into my practice”
    “With the tools you gave us to work with, I think now our relationships at work will improve dramatically.”
    “I feel honoured to have been a part of this process… Probably the best course I’ve been on in my 20 years as a police officer.”
    The number of places is limited to maximum 25.
    You must register in advance.
    Early Bird:   390 USD (before July 31)
    Full Price:   480 USD
    For more information, contact
  • November 14 & 15, 2017
    Da Nang, Vietnam

    1.    To enhance participants’ ability to handle conflict, build positive relationships and to use empowering conflict resolution practices within their own cultural framework.
    2.    To provide an overview and understanding of the role of a mediator in different cultural contexts.
    3.    To develop a culturally relevant approach to mediation and introduce some beginning mediator skills.

    By the end of this workshop participants should be able to:
    •  identify the possible causes of conflict  and explain the difference between cooperation and competition
    •  identify different individual and cultural styles of handling conflict
    •  understand the similarities and differences between the role of a mediator in Western and traditional Vietnamese cultures
    •  apply a basic mediation process and know how to use skills to build mutuality across boundaries of difference
    •  identify when and where mediation may be an appropriate strategy and its limitations
    •  consider how a Western approach to mediation could be adapted to incorporate Vietnamese values, traditions and approaches to conflict.

    All societies have mechanisms for managing and dealing with conflicts and there are traditional, informal mediators in most countries in the Asia Pacific region.  Conflicts and disputes are a normal part of relationships and decision-making processes. Conflict itself is not necessarily a problem and can be positive and healthy if managed constructively.  It is the destructive or inappropriate way that conflict is handled that prompts people in most cultures to seek an impartial mediator who can assist people to manage or resolve their conflicts.
    Since the late 1970’s mediation has been developed in the Western world as a formal, voluntary, alternative dispute resolution process and has more recently been introduced into courts and other contexts in many non-Western countries in the Asia Pacific region, including India, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. Mediation is normally a voluntarily process where an impartial mediator assists people to communicate effectively, have difficult conversations, understand each other’s perspectives, identify issues of mutual concern, develop a range of options and negotiate their own solutions.
    Increasingly mediation is being used in a variety of settings in preference to more adversarial approaches to conflicts and disputes – in workplaces, justice systems, governments, families, schools and communities.
    Facilitator: Associate Professor Dr Dale Bagshaw, Dip Soc Stud, BA, M Soc Admin, PhD, Cert EM.
    Dale is the Founder and longstanding President of the Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF), past President and Vice-President of the World Mediation Forum, is a nationally and internationally accredited mediator, has trained hundreds of mediators in 11 different countries, published 22 book chapters, 36 articles in peer-reviewed journals, given 54 Keynote Addresses at international and national conferences and is the co-editor of the book Bagshaw, D. & Porter, E., Mediation in the Asia-Pacific Region: Transforming Conflicts and Building Peace, Routledge, New York, 2009.
    Dale is now an Adjunct Professor with the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia where she previously worked for 36 years in many roles, including as Head of School, Program Director of the Graduate Diploma & Master of Mediation and Conflict Resolution and the Director of the Center for Peace, Conflict and Mediation. From 2009-2016 she was a Visiting Professor at the National University of Ireland and examiner for their Mediation and Conflict Intervention programs, and is on the International Editorial Boards of the journals Conflict Resolution Quarterly and Mediation Theory and Practice.  She has received three major awards for her work in the mediation field.
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    The number of places in this training is limited to a maximum of 24 and priority given to Vietnamese residents.
    You must register in advance and attend for both days from 9am to 5pm. All participants who have attended for both days will receive a ‘Certificate of Achievement’ which may possibly count toward accreditation as a mediator in Vietnam at a later stage. Participants from Vietnam may also have the opportunity to do additional 3-day advanced mediation training in Hanoi or Saigon in 2018, which will build onto this 2-day training.
    Early Bird:   390 USD (before July 31, 2017)
    Full Price:   480 USD (after July 31, 2017)
    Lunch will be provided plus refreshments in the morning and afternoon breaks.
    Please email Dr. Dale Bagshaw: if you would like to know more about this course.

  • Tour Includes:
    All meals in Da Nang and Hoi An with one night accommodation in the historical city of Hoi An.
    Transfer and transportation to Hoi An as per itinerary
    Entrance fees
    Bottled drinking water
    English speaking tour guides
    Tips and gratuities
    Personal expenses such as: shopping, telephone, beverage, etc.

    Itinerary Overview

    8:30 AM Pick up

    Head to the Marble Mountains and the Son Tra Peninsula on this half-day tour from Da Nang. You’ll visit mysterious caves hidden within and see the 220-foot-high (67-meter) marble Bodhisattva statue that resides at Ling Ung Pagoda. Enjoy sweeping views and visit Non Nuoc, a centuries-old stone carving village. Round-trip hotel transport included.
    What to Expect
    The Marble Mountain is a cluster of five marble and limestone mountains which are named after the five elements and is a popular sightseeing location in Da Nang because of its alluring, natural beauty. Stone steps carved into the mountain lead to a Buddhist Pagoda. You can also discover stunning caves and enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the mountain. Marble Mountain is also home to Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village, which is a unique craft village to the south of the city. Situated at the foot of the Marble Mountains, this craft village has a proud history covering more than 200 years.
    Leaving Marble Mountain, we will head north to visit the Son Tra Peninsula. It is 693m high above sea level and 10km from the center of Da Nang City to the North-East. Staying at this elevated position we’ll pay a visit to Linh Ung Bai But pagoda which is considered one of the biggest pagodas in Da Nang city in both scale and architecture. It beautifully combines both modern style and traditional style. The most striking feature of this vast pagoda is its huge Lady Buddha statue, which is one of the tallest in Vietnam (67 meters) and spectacularly dominates the skyline. From here, you can see the whole city, mountain and Son Tra peninsula. In addition, from the distance, you will see Marble Mountain along with white sand-bank.
    Lunch in Da Nang including refreshments

    2:00 PM- 5:00 PM

    Visit Galina Mud Bath & Spa
    There are optional combination of various services that are not included in the tour including: Mud bath, Onsen, Sauna & steam bath, Jacuzzi, ginger foot soaking, hydrotherapy.
    * Hot mineral mud bath
    * Onsen bath
    * Herbal mineral soaking
    * Swimming pool, rain shower and hydrotherapy
    * Sauna and steam bath
    * Galina mud bath & Soda Spa

    5:30 PM Dinner in Da Nang

    7:00 Shuttle Bus to Hoi An

    8:00 am Morning Breakfast Buffet

    9:00 AM Depart to Anh Banh Beach

    11:30 am Lunch in Anh Banh Beach

    12:30 Return to Hotel

    1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Tour of Historical Hoi An and free time for shopping

    7:00 pm Return to Da Nang

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