About Peace Practices

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Thanks for your interest in Peace Practices! Here is a bit more information based on your (and frequently asked) questions.

 

Origin

 Martial Nonviolence®

refers to a unique training and conflict facilitation method created by Brandon WilliamsCraig which combines practices and concepts from the martial (aikido), theatrical (improvisation), and process arts (group facilitation) to prepare practitioners to provide co-creative leadership in conflict situations and in support of systemic revision. Capable of engaging circumstances involving obviously physical conflict and covert systemic violence, the practitioner is an artist with group inquiry and long-term analysis skills, striving for the redefinition of peace itself as "Conflict Done Well".®

 

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Local

Peace Practices®

was developed through a series of site-specific, carefully designed variations of the Martial Nonviolence training practiced by residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, in particular by students, faculty, and staff at both UC Berkeley and Pacific Rim International School (PRINTS). We received international funding in 2014 and built a movement of partners, hoping that Peace Practices will someday be found wherever our children find themselves. Our largest success was the PRINTS Montessori learning community at both the Emeryville and San Mateo campuses. We taught 12 classes a week for children 3-18yrs, with almost 100% participation from all students, as well as for faculty/staff, alumni, and parents so that the entire community practiced Conflict Done Well.

 

Future

We have moved to North Texas and are always on the lookout for potential instructors, parterns, and invitations to schools and public benefit organizations.

 

What you may expect

The following sequence

  1. Traditional tai sabaki (body mechanics)-based aikido and developmentally appropriate warm-ups, games and exercises
  2. Specific and effective communications in the form of basic scripts, followed by more normal language and then improvisation
  3. Group process tools and teaching preparation for both practicing and passing on Peace Practices principles

This creates a base toolbox and engagement of the imagination that can expand to include most commonly practiced aikido waza and create an internal process and external practice which explicitly improves both the physical potential for self-defense and the intangible skills necessary for managing everyday conflicts. This addresses bullying and peer-pressure conflicts as well as proving skills essential to leaders in all areas of academia, business, government, and civil society.

 

Watch the playlist below featuring different exercises in the Peace Practices dojo at Pacific Rim International School in San Mateo, CA. 

 

Benefits

  • Help children and adults redefine peace as "conflict done well" and practice peace like a martial art--with the expectation that it will require both time and repetition to be able to deliver non-destructive but effective techniques under pressure.
  • Take your place at the forefront as aikido moves into its next phase by including language and group process tools aligned with core traditional techniques. Contribute to the resurgence of aikido as a movement.
  • Move your professional teaching to a level most have had a hard time accessing - professional consulting based on aiki principles.
  • Deploy a curriculum that is being both developed and clinically studied to be ready for mainstream grant writing, offering to executives, schools and organizations, and deployment in any dojo or seminar worldwide

Students/Apprentices

If you are beginning your aikido or professional teaching/facilitation journey, please consider identifying yourself as a student and progressing at your own pace, or as an apprentice with an intensive approach and clear end-date for graduation as an assistant instructor. Allow "beginner's mind" to prepare you for a future practicing peace. Please get on our waiting list and join the Peace Practices learning community.

 

Assistant Instructors

If you are already a teacher or a practitioner of aikido (at least second kyu) or a Process Arts (group process design and facilitation), please become a colleague adding our tools to your already developing skill set. If you are already a teacher or facilitator in some capacity but have no aikido experience you might still be ready to begin as an assistant instructor. Let's begin an evaluation process right away. No matter where you are get on our lists, join the Peace Practices learning community, and let's figure out together how soon we can support you into your own teaching opportunity.

 

Instructors

If you are already a professional teacher or consultant/facilitator, please describe your public offering. Let's schedule an opportunity for you to evaluate what we do and determine if it will improve your chances of success. Please consider joining and taking leadership in the Peace Practices learning community, and allow us to put at your service the requests for this curriculum we receive on an almost daily basis.

 

Next Steps

  1. Donate to join Association Building Community with a clearly stated intention to be a part of Peace Practices.
  2. Provide information on your experience level and training goals by email to administration at abcglobal dot net.
  3. Schedule a time to participate in a class in North Texas with Brandon WilliamsCraig.
  4. Evaluation and training on everyone's part.
  5. Use our mailing lists and social media to connect with colleagues and prepare to create your own Peace Practices program with our support.

Options if you are far away

You come to us

Anyone who can join us in class online may feel free to make a donation, join Association Building Community and schedule:

  1. One or two classes online at ConflictDoneWell.com to get a feel for the curriculum in progress
  2. A Martial Nonviolence intensive (three-day weekend, or one to two weeks) which includes classes in a traditional dojo as well as in both PRINTS locations. This is undertaken in preparation for becoming an instructor.

We come to you

Anyone ready to explore Martial Nonviolence, introduce the idea and practice in their dojo, and consider becoming a partner/instructor may feel free to make a donation, join Association Building Community and schedule

  1. A single day seminar
  2. A weekend or three-day intensive workshop

**There is a waiting list for all of the options listed here. Additional costs include travel and all related expenses plus a sliding scale day rate based on your group size and income.

 

 

 

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The first Peace Practices design was for The Renaissance School in Oakland, one of the premier Montessori Schools in the Bay Area. Parents signed their children up for the summer of 2011 and the two weeks were a great success. As a result, the classes were extended to a weekly format year-round, offered again in the Summer, and training was provided for parents, faculty, and staff.

 

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From: PRINTS Management Communication (San Mateo)
Sent: Monday, April 21, 2014 2:29 PM
Subject: Peace Practice
 
Dear PRINTS parents,

 

The PRINTS Community is excited to begin implementing Peace Practices http://peacepractices.com as part of the curriculum at both the Emeryville and San Mateo campuses. During this class, which will be offered once a week in the afternoon to children from three years old and up beginning in May, children, faculty, staff, and parents, practice peace using aikido, communication skills based on theater techniques, and leadership techniques. All these skills will be used within the framework of Montessori theory and pedagogy. Our organizational partner in this project, Association Building Community (ABC  Global), will be conducting a study and providing the infrastructure to grow this work locally, nationally, and internationally. Brandon Williamscraig, Ph.D., is CEO of ABC and creator of the Martial Nonviolence method that is the core of the Peace Practices Curriculum. He will be teaching the classes with the help of his staff and assistants. Williamscraig Sensei grew up in Montessori classrooms and is the husband of Emeryville Children's House guide, Lisa Williamscraig, and father to Rosalie (CH) and Huston (Nido>IC). Classes will be free for all members of the PRINTS Community. We would love you to join us at our upcoming orientations where we will welcome your questions.

Dr. Williamscraig will be coming to San Mateo to give an orientation to the staff and parents this Thursday, April 24th at 5:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing all of you and to sharing these wonderful skills; together, there is much we can accomplish for the children and for our community!  We would like to add that your children are very welcome to join us at the Peace Practice orientation. The invitation is for as broad an audience as possible; Dr. Williamscraig is also particularly looking forward to reaching out to the children.

Best regards,

PRINTS Management Team

 


 

 

May 1st "Treasure Hunt" for parents and our new Peace Practices curriculum!

 

Pacific Rim Int'l School pacificriminternationalschool.org  
 Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Dear PRINTS families,

The PRINTS Community is excited to begin implementing Peace Practices
http://peacepractices.com
as part of the curriculum at both the Emeryville and San Mateo campuses. During this class, which will be
offered twice a week in the afternoon to children age three and up beginning in May, children, faculty, staff, and parents, practice peace using aikido, communication skills based on theater techniques, and leadership techniques. All these skills will be used within the framework of Montessori theory and pedagogy. Our organizational partner in this project, Association Building Community (ABC Global), will be conducting a study and providing the infrastructure to grow this work locally, nationally, and
internationally.

Brandon Williamscraig, Ph.D., is CEO of ABC and creator of the Martial Nonviolence method that is the core of the Peace Practices Curriculum. He will be teaching the classes with the help of his staff and assistants. Williamscraig Sensei grew up in Montessori classrooms and is the husband of Emeryville Children's House guide, Lisa Williamscraig, and father to Rosalie (CH) and Huston (Nido). Classes will be free for all members of the PRINTS Community.

The upcoming Emeryville CIN on Thursday, May 1st will be held as follows:

5:00 – 5:45 pm      “Treasure Hunt”- A wonderful opportunity to explore
                                how every piece of material supports the development of
                                the life-long skills children need in the 21st century.

5:45 – 6:15             Orientation to Peace Practices – Dr. Brandon Williamscraig

We look forward to seeing all of you and to sharing these wonderful skills; together, there is much we can accomplish for the children and for our community!

Best regards,

Christinia Cheung