September marked the arrival of Shammi Nanda and along with him he has brought us the gifts of Non Violent communication and Restorative circles. More than techniques these are immersions into a state of conciousness that leverage our innate sense of empathy using effective communication through NVC while Restorative circles are a form of violence prevention structured to transform conflict and see the dormant gift that it can reveal. I firmly believe we can organize systems of justice at the grassroots level that prevent escalation of conflict that leads to wastage of immense resources directed toward a justice system that is primarily embedded in a reward punishment duality. Like shammi says it is essential in any ecovillage or Intentional community effort to dedicate a space for creative fighting, taking the time do develop a means to resolve conflict or else neglecting to do so often ends up draining the spirits of community memebers in the long run.. For more Information on NVC please see http://www.cnvc.org/ and for more information on RC’s please see http://www.restorativecircles.org/
Here is a writeup in the Hindu relating the offerings he made while in Hyd.
Below are pics from the 2 day NVC workshop @ roots.