Joint Venture between OB Peacebuilding and the Summer Peacebuilding Institute!

OB Peacebuilding will be offering a course through the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) called Developing Peace Leadership in the Wilderness taught by our very own Nettie Pardue!

Developing Peace Leadership in the Wilderness (052)

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.


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