Home > Upcoming Programs > Dialogue for Peaceful Change – Advanced Mediation – POSTPONED TO 2021
04 December, 2020
5:30 PM
Tatamagouche Centre, 259 Loop Route 6, RR#3 NS

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Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this program has been postponed to 2021. Stay tuned for updates.


Have you ever been to a family dinner or wedding and conflict erupts just as the bread rounds the table?

Advanced Dialogue for Peaceful Change is an opportunity for DPC’ers to practice

mediative skills, explore using DPC skills during non-formal mediation sessions (like at a community meeting, in the family living room, etc.) we’ll look at a framework for community development, and we’ll explore how to mediate ourselves when  we are in situations of conflict and the emotional energy is high.

This training is for certified DPC facilitators who have completed the Dialogue for Peaceful Change mediation program and who are interested in deepening  their skills to practice “meditative behavior” and communication as it relates to your family and work. We’ll explore using the DPC skills in workplace and group contexts where conflict is experienced by a variety of people at different times and in different circumstances. Imagine a big community or workplace gathering, church or faith based committee meeting, what happens when conflict erupts around us and within us?

How do you apply DPC methodologies to support transformative change?

We’ll be offering up a DPC community development approach for you to consider and practice. This will be a great chance to enhance and refresh your DPC skills. It will be a chance to also gather with other folks from the DPC family. Don’t worry if you aren’t doing formal DPC mediation, this program isn’t about formal mediation, it’s about using DPC in the contexts in which you live.

Program Cost:

Full Program Cost: $473 (tuition, meals & shared accommodation  – only with people in your bubble

Full Program Cost: $523 (tuition, meals & single accommodation)

Commuter Price: $393 (Tuition and meals – without overnight)

Can’t afford it? Please register as normal, and indicate “full bursary” or “partial bursary” in the payment section.

Also, fill out a bursary form! People who need bursaries are encouraged to register early.


Please read our Covid-19 protocols for our onsite gatherings.

Cant afford it?

Please apply for a bursary!

Leadership – Ishbel Munro

Ishbel Munro is a certified mediaton coach in Dialogue for Peaceful Change (DPC). She is also a certified mediator through Henson College, Dalhousie University. Ishbel has mediated conflicts in community based organizations, families, co-ops and across cultural groups. During her work with Coastal Communities Network, she utilized these skills to successfully bring together people from rural communities including fishermen, First Nations, African Nova Scotians, Municipal Councilors, women’s groups, religious organizations and many others.

Ishbel was the Program Director at the Tatamagouche Centre, working collaboratively to create programs that transformed people’s lives. She brings a range of experience working in community development, with First Nations, fishermen, youth and women. Ishbel is currently the Coordinator of Apji-wla’matulinej (Righting Relations) and Women of First Light. Both organizations work with Wabanaki women on healing, empowerment and restoring Clan Mother ways of being.

Leadership – Steve Law

Stephen Law is an internationally certified mediation coach in Dialogue for Peaceful Change. Stephen has offered trainings in Northern Ireland, India and North America. Stephen was the past chair of Peace Brigades International and has trained international accompaniers in conflict areas around the world. Stephen has mediated conflicts in community-based organizations, family structures and cooperative social enterprises and offered programming which builds bridges between groups, communities and organizations.

Stephen was the Social Transformation Program Coordinator with the Tatamagouche Centre and was an Associate of the Coady International Institute where he has taught the Community-Based Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding course at St. Francis Xavier University. He designed and delivered the Welcoming Ambassador Program to support the integration and inclusion of Syrian newcomers to Nova Scotia.

He is also the author of the novel Tailings of Warren Peace which was shortlisted for in the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards. His latest novel is, Under Her Skin (Roseway, 2017).