To all those who seek peace to prevail everywhere,
The 7th International Peace Training for Creating Cultures of Peace (CCP) was held in Pati, Central Java Province, Indonesia from Saturday, January 11 through Tuesday, January 21, 2020. There were 46 participants from many diverse backgrounds, cultures and communities in Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Philippines, Russia, Korea, Taiwan, Aotearoa/NZ, UK, and USA. The ages of participants ranged from the youngest, 12 years old to the oldest, 80.
Peace Place Pati welcomed us and became our home as we worked hard to engage with new tools for our ongoing peace work and absorb many new lessons. There was eager anticipation to begin the workshops since most of us had traveled long distances. Each day the work was intense, the material presented was precise, and even the games and play as breaks in the action taught us new ideas. At the start of each session there was an invitation from the facilitating team, “Stop; take three deep breaths; sit comfortably and relaxed; notice your heartbeat and the unconditional gift of life; open to the transforming power of life…”
The vivid stories in the circle described intense peace work amidst common, nasty violence in its many forms both physical and institutional. We expressed gratitude and affirmations for such dedication to personal local peace work, as many were heroes in communities who set a good model for others whose lives we touched.
Attention to good discipline assured effective learning for all, such as the facilitating team’s careful coordination and the participants’ cooperative sharing as we all worked in harmony. It was nurturing to engage life’s transforming power again, envisioning new opportunities to move forward upon arrival back home, and at the same time planning for new challenges knowing we had renewed inner strength to guide us. Each participant kept a personal journal for notes, reflections, commitments and reminders.
YES. PEACE IS POSSIBLE. We now know how to create new cultures of peace, and we invite you to join us in this work.