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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!

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 – Wednesday 22 January 2020

Arrival:  Sunday 12 January, for dinner

Departure:  Wednesday 22 January, after breakfast

There are only 4 places remaining, so please enquire and register soon.

Participation fees



This includes GST, 7.5 days tuition, all training materials and all meals over the 9.5 days / 10 nights, and transfers.

There are a small number of scholarships available.

Varied accommodation options are available, at an extra cost. Transport is your own responsibility (and we'll help wherever we can).

Accommodation prices

Choose your own accommodation from these diverse offerings, on your registration form. Note - rooms are limited. Prices are for 10 nights onsite at Corunna Farm (Sunday 12 January is complementary). Prices are GST inclusive.

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  • Cabin with ensuite and ceiling fan (ALL BOOKED) $792

  • Cabin with ceiling fan, shared bathroom facilities (3 available) $643 / single

  • Unpowered yurt, shared bathroom facilities (4 available) $275 / single

  • Unpowered camping, shared bathroom facilities (bring your own tent or campervan) $55


Linen and bedding is not included. Please bring your own or request support in supplying these. 

Registration and payment

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


To support us in creating this event, we have some cancellation principles:

  • Cancellations, with refund, are possible up to 30 days before the start of the training. 

  • ​If it is 30 days or less before the event, there will be no refund. You are welcome to substitute your registration for someone else. 

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 | david@campfire.coop

Mel Geltch       

0400 412 498  | mel@campfire.coop

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Cabins (shared bath)