We had over 40 participants from eleven countries for the second year in a row, except this year we turned away over a dozen seriously engaged peace workers, seven of them from Africa. Some participants have begun practicing the tools in their daily lives and work. The results they experience have dramatically increased their dedication to inviting others in their communities to practice with them, establishing these practices at home. Other participants attended for the first time.
This range of experience is widening beyond our current team’s capacity to manage. The team feels the need for regional leadership trainings, both mono-lingual local groups and multi-lingual global groups, as well as open training for newcomers. The team also plans to collaborate in an online training for facilitators in 2019 to increase our skills in conducting these trainings independently.
We had participants from Indonesia, including Sumatra, Java and West Papua, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Nepal, Korea, Chechnya, USA, England, Aotearoa/NZ, and Australia. The wealth of experience and exchange among participants is beyond our capacity to put into words. We describe some of the richness in detail separately.