In the last two years, Subhash visited Peace Place to participate in the International Peace Training along with Nari Ram Lohar from NLRF in 2017 and Kalpana Karki from CSRC in 2018. They both had powerful and life-changing experiences at Peace Place and wanted to share their experiences within their nonviolent social movement for land rights. As Kalpana says, this is something we really needed that was missing in our movement.
After Kalpana returned from the International Peace Training in January 2018, CSRC started planning to host the trainings in Nepal. CSRC invited Nadine to guide the Nepali team of Subhash and Kalpana, funding her airline ticket and around half the training costs. We held the training at the NLRF training center. Subhash, Kalpana, and Rosie (from Aotearoa/NZ) facilitated both seven-day workshops starting 12 November 2018. John Michaelis participated in the first training and facilitated the second. Nadine facilitated the first workshop, then was hospitalized for the second to receive proper treatment. While in hospital, she said the best gift we could give to her was to facilitate the best possible training for the second lot. So, we carried on. Nadine’s daughters, Fenna and Sarah, flew to Nepal promptly, which was a blessing for all.
Saraswati Subba, General Secretary of NLRF, said that they are already practicing the tools in their regular meetings and plan to integrate their learning into their work and their upcoming national meeting. Jagat Deuja, Executive Director of CSRC said that they will plan to continue the practices they learned in the workshop in their workplace and support this training in every state in Nepal. I will share more follow-up stories in the coming weeks. Let me know if you are interested to know or read about anything specific.
First Creating Cultures of Peace Workshop participants in Thimura- NLRF Learning Center, 12-18 Nov 2018. Photo by Kalpana.