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How can we find new ways to transform conflict in all parts of our lives?




Dealing with tensions, preventing conflicts from escalating, working on reconciliation: all realities in our work and our lives.


When we consciously address conflict, it provides opportunities for growth, creativity, and new ways to deal with challenges.


Dialogue for Peaceful Change (DPC) is a community-based conflict mediation methodology and training which has been used around the world to non-violently engage in conflict and move to transformation. It is embedded in several communities, including Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation centre, Corrymeela. There are over 1200 trained DPC Facilitators and Mediators spread throughout the world.


We welcome DPC founders, Colin Craig and Jaap van der Sar, to Australia for the first time. We invite you to join us for an intensive 7.5 days facilitator training over 9 days, on the stunning Far South Coast of NSW. We hope to meet you there!

This training was originally to be held on beautiful Corunna Farm at Mystery Bay on the South Coast of NSW. We have sadly made the decision to move the training to Canberra - acknowledging the intense challenges faced by some of our participants and our co-organiser and Campfire colleague David Newell, who have been directly impacted by the fires.

We feel this training, and others like it, that build our skills to be in uncertainty, polarisation and conflict, is needed now, more than ever. We hope you can join us

What is Dialogue for Peaceful Change? 

Dialogue for Peaceful Change is a global training program developed by practitioners working in local, national and international conflict settings. It offers a practical toolkit and methodology for managing all aspects of conflict. 


It has brought together the best methodologies in community-based conflict mediation from around the world, providing effective tools and strategies for analysing and addressing conflicts. It is applicable to conflicts and disputes in communities, families and organisations moving beyond traditional mediative methods. 

DPC was developed in an international context, and started in the Netherlands in 2004. The model has become a global coalition focused on creating safe spaces to overcome divisiveness in communities that often results from conflict. 


It recognises that conflict is a normal part of life and provides practical ways to manage aspects of conflict before they intensify. There are over 1200 trained DPC Facilitators and Mediators spread throughout the world. Participants receive international accreditation as DPC Facilitators upon completion.


DPC covers four distinct areas of learning:

  • The Nature of Conflict 

  • DPC Conceptual Framework and Models 

  • Conflict Tool Kit & Skills Development

  • Applied Mediation Practice 

Who is this training for?

  • Community leaders, advocates and people who work in social change. 

  • Current and emerging leaders in the government, non-government and business sectors.

  • Facilitators who wish to develop or deepen their skills in conflict mediation.

  • Anyone wishing to develop skills and competencies that enable them to handle any conflict situations they encounter through their work or personal lives.

The trainers

DPC founders Colin Craig, Northern Ireland, and Jaap van der Sar, The Netherlands, are internationally experienced DPC trainers and coaches. Learn more


We’re excited to invite Colin and Jaap to Australia for the first time. 

Our venue: Corunna Farm, Mystery Bay NSW

The Australian program

The learning includes 3 modules - each 2.5 days, with breaks in between.

  • 1st module - understanding conflict.

  • 2nd module - Empathic communication, mediative communication. Building empathy is at the heart.
    An intensive coached program to directly help mediate a conflict. 

  • 3rd module - Conflict phase rotation.

We have chosen to add this third module to this training, adding robustness to the learning. Each phase of conflict requires a different approach to working towards peaceful change. Participants will explore these approaches through an experiential exercise working on conflict scenarios and coming up with different strategies at each phase.

There is no pre-reading for this training.

The benefits of DPC

  • Builds individual and community capacity for enhanced communication, interrelatedness and conflict resolution  

  • Provides an effective tool for empowering underrepresented groups of people such as women and ethnic minorities  

  • Increases confidence of individuals and communities to actively engage with conflict  

  • Facilitate greater creativity when seeking solutions to complex problems  

  • Strengthens relationships which enables people and communities to work well together because the parties involved know how to navigate the disagreement  

  • Increases problem-solving skills which helps individuals and communities to resolve their problems more quickly and effectively  

  • Increases understanding of conflicts, which allows people to move beyond their own emotions and opinions to increase objective decision making


 The DPC methodology harnesses the local wisdom and integrates it into the training program as a critical resource for its success.   


The Youth Intervention Network (YIN) is a model in Antioch, California that was developed out of a response to growing community conflict and youth violence. The focus is integrating and supporting the voices of children and youth and holding them central in a dialogic and mediative process.


YIN has integrated the Dialogue for Peaceful Change model as a foundational framework for creating peaceful communities. 300+ Antioch volunteers have been trained in the DPC approach.


In 2018, the City Council of Antioch decided to integrate this work and the training into normal school activities. 

“This is a method without colour.”

Zimbabwean facilitator and associate trainer  


"I should have had this training at the very beginning of my career and not after my retirement."

Former police chief, USA


“I have always thought that transformation wasn’t possible without blood. Now I think it might be possible.”  Filipino facilitator   


“On my way home after the DPC Training I came across a conflict between a bus driver and a passenger. It was interesting that all the stages of mediation were practiced in a single meeting by me and the conflicting parties. Now whenever I see a conflict I feel my responsibility to play my role as a member and facilitator of DPC.”

Pakistani facilitator   


Monday 13 January – Tuesday 21 January 2020

Participation fees

$2750 This includes GST, 7 full days tuition, all training materials and all lunches, and snacks during training days.

$1980 - This includes GST, 5 full days tuition (modules 1&2 only)

There are limited scholarships available.


This is a non-residential training and we will support finding affordable accommodation and support with transport as much as we can.

Registration and payment

Once you register, we will send an invoice for payment via direct bank deposit (our preferred method).


The Pavilion - Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
Charles Sturt University

15 Blackall St, Barton ACT 2600

There is free parking onsite for participants

The venue

Corunna Farm - in a stunning environment where Corunna Lake meets the ocean, near Mystery Bay on Far South NSW.


Getting there

We will provide a transfer from either Canberra or Moruya Airports, on request.

Rex Airlines flies to Moruya from Sydney or Melbourne. Qantas, Virgin and Tiger all fly into Canberra Airport.

If you are driving, we will support a shared lift offer and exchange.    


Corunna Farm is at Mystery Bay - 11km south of Narooma. Take the Mystery Bay turnoff from the Princes Hwy and immediately turn left onto a gravel road (follow the sign) - follow this road 1km to the end and you will see the Corunna Farm entrance.


David Newell   

0408 213 984 |

Mel Geltch       

0400 412 498  |

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