Edinburgh Festival of
Middle Eastern Spirituality
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Wealth of Difference:
How do the differences that divide us contribute to a peacemaking process? In addressing this question, we will explore archetypal patterns, roles and conflicts that support or limit our actions as peacemakers.
In interactive exercises, you will have an opportunity to become more aware of the archetypal roles you play, such as ruler, outsider, lover, trickster, hero, victim, etc. - the ones you like and identify with as well as those you may dislike and marginalize. You will also have opportunities to stop in the midst of conflict and silently reflect on your situation, tap into archetypal sources of wisdom and creativity and make choices based on what’s most important to you in the moment. Sharing your experiences and awareness in large and small groups will enable you to greatly increase the collective “wealth of difference.” Our approach highlights a “wealth of difference” as a valuable resource instead of a problem to be solved.
This experiential workshop focuses on working creatively and non-violently with conflict and obstacles to peace in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Discussion, movement, sharing and role-play exercises in large and small groups will enable you to discover new insights and actions for peacemaking in your daily life.
Lee Gershuny, Ph.D., award-winning playwright in both the USA and UK, is also an internationally published poet and founder/Artistic Director of The Elements World Theatre Company. She has developed new forms of theatre and facilitated creative development workshops with a diversity of participants in England, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Scotland and the USA including professional artists, youth, older people, primary school children, people with physical and learning difficulties, homeless people, survivors of physical and substance abuse, users of mental health services and refugees.
She is a founding member of the Research Society of Process-Oriented Psychology/UK and has designed and facilitated workshops in creative conflict facilitation in local, national and international festivals and conferences, including the Alternative G8 Summit in Edinburgh, the SUBUD World Congress in Innsbruck, the World Youth Congress in Stirling and the MESP from 2004 to the present.
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