Pause for Peace: the Art of Peaceful Living for Children
Tutor: Michael Williams & Lindsay Gale
Date and Time: Saturday 20th February (10am - 12pm)
(more dates to follow in March & April)
A taster session which invites children ages 9-12 to experience and practise the art of living and working together peacefully. We explore simple relaxation techniques, affirmations, group discussions, storytelling and active listening, gratitude and appreciation, a little drama, creative writing and art as a way of exploring how we live with and resolve conflict in our lives.
About the Tutors
Looking back over 40 years of working therapeutically with children, teenagers, and adults, Michael Williams has developed a deep appreciation and understanding of the importance of sharing our stories with one another in order to feel at peace. Using the ancient tradition of the “talking circle”, Michael has facilitated dialogues, discussions, team-building exercises, leadership programmes, group therapy, storytelling groups and creative writing circles, and sharing of many kinds in different parts of the world. Michael is a registered teacher, accredited peaceeducation facilitator, storyteller and story coach. He is also a Pause for Peace Associate facilitator, founder of Michael Williams StoryCoaching, and part-time teacher at Drumduan Upper School. Michael’s a father, grandfather, and currently lives in Findhorn.
It was while living alone in a croft cottage in a remote part of the Scottish Highlands—carrying her water from the burn, heating her home with wood—that Lindsay Gale came to appreciate the simple things in life. Out of her experience came a deep sense of gratitude, which she has gone on to explore in a series of gratitude workshops that she has designed for children. Lindsay is a Pause for Peace Associate facilitator and the founder of the Gratitude Project, working with schools in Scotland as well as with international organisations in Peru and India. She’s the mother of three children and currently lives in Findhorn.
The proposed class is based on the Juniper Peace Education Programme. We were trained by the founder David Keith and we co-facilitated the programme for Dumfries and Galloway Education Dept from 2006-2010, taking the programme into 10 primary schools. Today, the programme is under the auspices of the charity “Pause for Peace”.