You are invited to apply to a unique training program on Gender Equity and Reconciliation offered to qualified professionals.Â The online Application for the 2016/2017 Trainings is now open.
Gender Equity and Reconciliation creates a rare forum that builds trust and compassionate communication through a skillful combination of interactive exercises, contemplative practices, and transformative group process. Participants plumb the depths of their own experiences, and move beyond habitual ways of relating to discover new pathways of healing, respect, intimacy, and inspired collaboration between women and men.
Programs have been conducted on six continents in diverse venues including: service organizations, religious congregations, schools and universities, prisons, churches, and government organizations.Gender Equity and Reconciliation is documented in the recent book entitled Divine Duality: The Power of Reconciliation between Women and Men (Hohm Press, 2007). Professional facilitator trainings are underway in South Africa, India, and the United States.
Who Is This Training For?
Gender Equity and Reconciliation training is appropriate for therapist, health care professionals, NGO leaders, spiritual and religious leaders, seekers, activists, and students. Adults of all faiths, sexual orientations, race, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply.
- Completion of a three-day Gender Equity and Reconciliation or Get Real! workshop, may be taken concurrently with Track I module;
- Basic skills in group leadership and facilitation, clinical or pastoral experience, or equivalent. (Skills training may be co-requisite);
- Commitment to a daily contemplative spiritual practice of traineeâ€™s choice.
Key Elements of the Training
â€¢ Spiritual basis and principles of reconciliation
â€¢ Gender and spirituality across the religions
â€¢ Advanced & creative group facilitation skills
â€¢ Silent meditation, prayer, breathing practices
â€¢ Creating safe space & maintaining integrity
â€¢ Working with emotions, trauma, and PTSD
â€¢ Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, & transgender issues
â€¢ Intimate communication skills and presence
â€¢ Sexuality â€” sacred and profane
â€¢ Conflict transformation & collective alchemy
â€¢ Sexuality (sacred and profane) and spirituality
â€¢ Holotropic Breathwork experience
â€¢ Tricky and volatile gender issues & pitfalls
â€¢ Transmuting shadow aspects & unawareness
â€¢ Ceremony & celebration skills in community
The online Application for the 2016/2017 Trainings is now open.
Space is limited. Limited partial scholarships and payment plans may be available.
2016 – 2017 South Africa Training Schedule
The first module of Track I is March 2Â – 6, 2016Â in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information, please email: Judy Bekker
2016-2017 India Training Schedule
The first module of Track I is February 8 – 12, 2016 in Bangalore, India.Â For more information, please email: Antonia Porter
2016 – 2017 USA Training Schedule
The first module of Track I is April 23 – 28, 2016 in AbiquiÃº, New Mexico. For more information, please email: Patrick Fischer
Training Schedule & Cost
> Inquire with each country coordinator for specific workshop and training schedule and costs
United States email: Patrick Fischer
South Africa email: Judy Bekker
Colombia email: Natalia Cediel
India email: Antonia Porter
Kenya email: Karambu Ringera
Australia email: Esther and William Diplock
Community Spiritual Transformation
Gender imbalance and conditioning are ubiquitous in society, with adverse effects on the individual, family, workplace, community, and the entire culture. Because gender is inherently entwined with the heartâ€™s inmost yearningâ€”for love, intimacy, and communion with the Divine â€” skillful work with the duality of masculine and feminine provides a natural leverage point for awakening the power of love and compassion in groups and communities.
Gender Equity and Reconciliation Intensive Foundational Training
Training in gender equity and reconciliation is a unique professional program for people of all sexual orientations who wish to experience or facilitate profound transformation of gender relations between the sexes.Â The structure and content of this training is tiered â€” to enable multiple levels of engagement and trainee commitment. The training encompasses three tracks:Â Track I, Professional Gender Equity and Reconciliation Training,Â consists of four 6 day modules of intensive group training, spread over a one year to 15 month period. This training experience is designed to be an engaging, intimate, and an inspired journey of individual and collective transformation and learning.Â Track I may be taken on its own, without pursuing further tracks.
Certification as a Gender Equity and Reconciliation Facilitator
Track II, Internship Program,Â is for those who have completed Track I and wish to deepen their learning, or work toward becoming facilitators of Gender Reconciliation. Interns gain valuable field experience by apprenticing and helping to organize and facilitate Gender Equity and Reconciliation and Get Real! programs.
Track III, Facilitation Certification. After successful completion of Tracks I and II, a trainee may apply to become a certified Facilitator of Gender Equity and Reconciliation and Get Real! workshops. Conferred upon those who fulfill all requirements and review process with GRI training team.
Transforming Patriarchy in Religion
Gender injustice and oppression afflict every major religion â€” with adverse effects on individuals, congregations, religious leadership, and cherished spiritual ideals. Developed over 23 years in eight countries, the Gender Equity and Reconciliation training cultivates a unique set of skills and practices that enable religious leaders and seekers of all faiths to facilitate powerful transformative group process in the often charged arena of gender relations between women and men. Religious leaders are thereby enabled to begin skillfully dismantling the shackles of patriarchal attitudes and structures, with profound benefit to the community.
The Gender Equity and Reconciliation process is unique in applying spiritual principles and practices to transform gender relations. Because gender is inherently entwined with the heartâ€™s inmost yearning â€” for love, intimacy, and communion with the Divine â€” skillful work with gender relations and masculine and feminine dynamics provides a powerful leverage point for awakening the power of love and compassion in groups and communities. The training experience is designed to be an engaging, intimate, and inspired journey of individual and collective transformation.
Get Real! is a 3-day workshop aimed primarily at young adults in NGO and faith organizations, universities, and communities â€” to help young people create authentic relationships. Get Real! stands for Gender Equality Training for Relationships that are Empowering, Awake, and Loving.
Social conditioning around gender and sexuality cultivates false â€˜gender personasâ€™ in young women and men, resulting in tremendous pain and confusion between the sexes. The recent documentary film Miss Representation highlights negative gender conditioning for young women. The new film The Mask You Live In documents parallel negative conditioning for young men. When â€˜misrepresentedâ€™ women interact with â€˜maskedâ€™ men, gender relations become artificial, painful, and often destructive. Get Real! workshops help young people to shed negative gender conditioning, and discover new forms of authentic relating soul to soul that cultivate mutual trust, integrity, responsible intimacy and inspiring collaboration between the sexes.
Click here to download the 2016-17 Facilitator Training brochure.