Past Programs

Developing Peace Leadership in the Wilderness (2013)

May 27, 2013 – Jun 04, 2013

We are excited to announce our collaboration with Outward Bound Baltimore and Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) on a new course, Developing Peace Leadership in the Wilderness.

Peacebuilding lessons and skills can be acquired outside as well as inside of a classroom. During this course, participants will put that idea to the test over seven days and six nights of hiking and camping in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. Under the guidance of experienced outdoor facilitators from the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding (OBCP), participants will utilize an experiential approach to developing compassionate leadership in an intimate interaction with the natural environment and their fellow course participants. The expedition will serve as a learning laboratory for practicing leadership styles and applying conflict resolution skills, trying tools for developing consensus, and exploring some of the roots of conflict such as power, rank and privilege, all while living and walking together in the beautiful Monongahela National Forest.

Specifically, the course is designed for students to:

  • Deepen understanding of the application of experiential education to peacebuilding practice
  • Strengthen and cultivate compassionate leadership
  • Explore their understanding of culture
  • Learn, practice, and apply conflict resolution and peacebuilding skills in an experiential context

As part of the learning laboratory, students will take on different roles each day, including leaders of the day, cooks, scribes, and camp set-up teams. The expedition will encompass skills-building activities, rock climbing, lively discussions of the course readings, time for debriefing and reflection and an overnight solo experience.

All instruction, facilitation, and equipment is provided by Outward Bound. Participants are responsible for providing their own clothing and hiking boots, however OBCP may be able to offer minimal assistance with adequate notice. The course will begin and end on the EMU campus and will require special registration steps and a pre-medical screening. Due to the nature of the course additional fees will apply. There is an upper limit of 12 people for this course.


Sri Lankan Emerging Leaders Program (2008)

The Outward Bound Trust of Sri Lanka (OBTSL) and Outward Bound Peacebuilding will engage in a three year project to create the Sri Lanka Leadership Community. Built on a shared experiential learning and leadership development initiative for next generation leaders, the Sri Lanka Leadership Community will start with small “crews” of 15-20 carefully selected individuals from all geographic, ethnic and religious backgrounds who are invited to participate in a 5-7 day wilderness expedition. This catalyst experience is followed by peer coaching, workshops and retreats, as well as an annual conference for all members of the Sri Lanka Leadership Community.  The project will empower emerging leaders aged 20-30, from different sectors and backgrounds, to realize their own potential, advance their skills, further their networks and launch initiatives that improve their businesses, organizations and communities. Moreover the project will enhance the capacity of a national organization, Outward Bound Trust Sri Lanka, to develop and support programs focused on improving the skills of leaders in the civil society, government, media and other sectors.