For more than a decade, we have worked with amazing leaders to pioneer ways to teach and learn the will and skill to build peace. Join us in a Learning Community as we share the idea of Experiential Peacebuilding.

Our Theory of Change

Outward Bound Peacebuilding believes in the power of local leaders to inspire, lead and sustain change for peace. We share and train peacebuilders – connectors – using our approach of Experiential Peacebuilding, learning by doing. We build peace from inside ourselves first, exploring the connection between the Self and Others, the Self and Community, and importantly the Self and the Natural Environment. To do this, we hold a learning community, open to all and for everyone to participate.

Experiential Learning: Learning by Doing

Students and learners of all ages and abilities are better challenged and inspired by thinking with their head, their heart, and their hands. Our programs are designed to empower whole-body learning and whole-body listening, to engage people as thinkers, as doers, and as a community dedicated to new ideas.

People Power: Building Public Support for Peace Processes

We work for a bottom-up version of peacebuilding and leadership. Our programs are designed to empower everyday leaders and community members who want to strengthen their skills, increase their capacity, and take the ideas of experiential peacebuilding back into their communities and neighborhoods on a day-to-day basis. Lasting solutions to conflict are built and held and, most importantly, sustained by the people who live and work in those communities every day.

What does this look like in practice?

We believe in partnership. We work together with individuals and organizations to develop and implement learning experiences that can provide both the will and the skill to become more powerful, more sustaining, and more inspired local peacebuilders. Our programs range from three hours to five days and can be virtual, in person, on site, or any combination thereof.

What is Experiential Peacebuilding?
“Experiential peacebuilding integrates peacebuilding theory and skills with the power of experiential learning—that is, learning by doing and reflecting. It is best thought of as an active process with transformative power. The activity is truly an experience, comprising rigorous learning and physical motion.”

Our first book, Experiential Peacebuilding was written in 2019 and is a user’s guide to this individual approach. The book takes place in three sections:

Foundations, providing theory and background information.
Practice, where we find information about designing and facilitating activities and programs.
Participants and Practitioners, where we highlight some of the great people and places where we’ve been and case studies from colleagues and partners around the world.

Our Stories: What’s New – What’s Working

OB Peacebuilding Training hosted by OB Finland

In early April, Outward Bound Peacebuilding and Outward Bound Finland held a partnership training program for instructors and staff from...
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“It’s actually a really beautiful bridge.”

The bridge was made of cut wood logs held together by heavy steel bolts. It was narrow enough for one...
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Next Steps: The Path Ahead

Trees and boardwalks. Promenade surrounded by trees. Of all the phrases that litter my inbox, I really like the term...
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What We See with Closed Eyes

I like to invite people to close their eyes and visualize “peace” or a place or time that makes them...
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Creating an Ecosystem for Change

We were delighted this year to welcome Forsan Hussein as one of our featured speakers at the 2015 Benefit Cocktail Party for...
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Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding, Four Years Later

When I applied for the first Practicum in 2012, I had very little understanding of peacebuilding throughout the world and...
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To See. To Lift Up the Connectors.

As many of you know, Outward Bound Peacebuilding is already deeply engaged in the work of non-violent conflict transformation. Our...
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Alumna Profile: Natalia Jimenez (Naty)

Naty Jimenez is a two-time alumnus of OBCP programs, (Costa Rica 2016, and Mexico 2017). A lawyer who specializes in...
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Experiential Peacebuilding in Hong Kong

I thought my cup of learning for Outward Bound was full, but through this training on Experiential Peacebuilding, I realized...
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Publication of Experiential Peacebuilding

We are delighted to announce the publication of our book Experiential Peacebuilding.  Experiential Peacebuilding offers peace educators, community leaders, teachers and organizations...
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