Learn with Us
In addition to public offerings, the Gandhi Institute offers learning experiences to groups of all kinds on a donation basis. We adjust the length and content of our offerings to best serve the groups with whom we work:
On one of the following:
- Conflict Resolution Skills,
- Nonviolent Communication,
- Rev. Martin Luther King’s Nonviolence Theory,
- Talking Circles
For middle or high school students on Nonviolence in Action: This 75-minute webinar involves:
- defining nonviolence,
- exploring different methods of nonviolence,
- understanding how Dr. King and Gandhi used nonviolence,
- and exploring how nonviolence may be applied to a school conflict.
The webinar includes instructions for activities the classroom teacher can lead before the webinar to begin the discussion about violence and nonviolence, as well as a digital copy of the webinar afterwards.
Single or multiple sessions which include King’s nonviolence theory; conflict resolution skills; or a modified version of any of the offerings below.
Single or multiple sessions designed to introduce the principles and practices of nonviolence through experiential activities and group-based learning. Gandhi Institute staff and volunteers will lead exercises and present on topics that relate to current issues in participants’ lives.
Participants will learn how to:
- transform personal and social conflicts;
- develop techniques and strategies in nonviolent social resistance;
- be exposed to different forms of meditation;
- participate in a Talking Circle;
- and become familiar with the life and teachings of M.K. Gandhi and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
All offerings below are available for full-day workshops.
In addition, we offer training to high school and university student groups, and community groups: Gandhi staff members are available to offer the following workshops designed to build critical skills. The cost of workshops are negotiated; all contributions benefit the work of the Gandhi Institute.
Listening as an Act of Love & Social Change
Being able to listen and be heard is at the core of human relationships. Could you benefit from practicing your listening skills via verbal and nonverbal communication?
- strengthening empathic skills for yourself and others
- listening across differences/divisions
- practicing active listening skills
- finding ways to be more connected and collaborate with colleagues, family, and in other relationships
Student Conflict Resolution Spaces
Could your school benefit from having a space where students can go to work through conflict?
Through this interactive workshop, you’ll learn about current programs that Gandhi Institute staff support in area schools, as well as ideas for how to create conflict resolution spaces in your school.
You’ll learn about:
- Best practices for student conflict resolution spaces
- Systems where students and staff can learn and practice skills
- Responses to grief and trauma
- Systems for tracking data
- How the implementation of community building, mindfulness, peer mediation routines can support school climate work
Relaxed, Resilient Communication
Conflict is often presented to us as a negative experience to avoid. But what can we discover about ourselves and others when we approach conflict creatively?
Through interactive exercises, discussion and role plays, this two-hour session focuses on:
- Exploring thoughts and people who we associate with conflict
- Discussing two conflict resolution frameworks (intention vs. impact, nonviolent communication)
- Exploring the relationship between trust, creativity and conflict.
Cultural humility is a framework for supporting lifelong learning and reflection with the goal of influencing and addressing structural inequalities.
Through interactive exercises, this workshop will introduce and support understanding of a process-oriented mindset in relation to other cultures.
- Developed by a diverse group of health care providers during the 1990s, Cultural Humility is a discipline of seeking to understand in the spirit of inquiry and acceptance rather than from a sense of embarrassment or shame in relation to gaps in understanding.
- Cultural Humility perspectives ameliorate issues related to unconscious bias and other perceptual and habitual challenges that prevent us from learning and seeing each other’s full humanity.
Student/PTO Fundraising Opportunity
Gandhi Institute has created decks of Gandhi Knowledge Cards, designed to teach information about Gandhi and nonviolence in a fun and interactive way. Each deck of 43 cards contains instructions for use for individuals, families, classrooms and other groups. Each deck sold yields $2.00 profit for school groups.
Learning how to communicate and adjusting to everyone’s style is one of the hardest parts to accomplish in [my] organization. It’s often easier to communicate with students and families than it is with each other. [From this workshop] I gained some skills I can immediately apply to interactions with customers, staff, and other employees.
-Feedback from a recent workshop participant
For more information contact the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at 585-463-3265.