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    An Introduction to Peace Education

    This introduction to the theory and practice of peace education draws upon the experience of Quaker Peace and Social Witness to explore how we can support the development of children’s inner peace, help children to understand conflict and their relationship with it, and engage children with wider peace issues, from the ethics of armed drones to conscientious objection and human rights. We will endeavour to establish a supportive learning community and encourage reflective practice and peer learning and assessment.

    This course is aimed at educators interested in learning the principles and practice of peace education.  It  is a total of 12-15 hours of flexible learning with two webinars which are recorded for play back.

    We are offering a 20% discount for student teachers. Simply use the coupon code pedst20.

    Woodbrooke and Quakers in Britain working in partnership.


    If this course is full, please join the waiting list so that we can let you know if we add more places or contact you with information about when the course will run again.

    Inspiring Nonviolence

    Running in partnership with Turning the Tide.

    Dreaming of a more peaceful and just world? Join us as we share ideas, thinking, practice and real life examples about collective action through nonviolent means. Whether you are an experienced activist wanting some space to reflect, or you’re wondering about how to make a difference (and everything in between!) – you are very welcome to participate.


    Courageous Living in the Midst of Climate Crisis

    To create a world where we all survive and flourish , changes will need to be made, and soon. Some will be straightforward, even easy, but many changes will challenge us out of the comfort we have grown attached to. Join with others as we create a community to explore what sacrifices might be called forth from us in order to make the world sacred. This weekend will include spiritual practice, time alone and together, reflection and solidarity.

    Kindful Eating: making peace with food and our bodies

    Imagine a world where no-one wakes up hating their body and where health campaigns acknowledge that factors like privilege, racism, loneliness and trauma impact our overall wellbeing whatever our lifestyle.
    Based on the innovative Well Now approach, this course offers real-life ways to make sense of self-care and social justice starting with how we talk about food. Find out how to join-the-dots between food, health and body respect to help build a world where no-one is starved of food, connection, dignity or security.

    Radical Listening

    What does it mean and what does it feel like to really listen, to listen with our whole selves? Have we lost this simple and yet transformative practice in the midst of our busy lives?

    During this workshop we will embark on some activities to help us learn to listen, develop skills to help us stay focussed, and practice these skills.

    Experiments with Light in Nature

    The workshop will conduct various experiments with the Light that connects inner and outer Nature. It is inspired by Experiment with Light, but we are not simply taking this experiment outside. We will seek to explore how the Light of Nature, manifested in all beings, can guide us in meetings for worship, clearness meetings and various other experiments; how it reconnects us to the depths of our interbeing with Nature, through our heart, mind and body, using the wonderful Woobrooke garden.

    Populism and the Far Right

    We are told populism is on the rise? What does this mean for us and our communities? What can we do to challenge messages of hate and division? Our three speakers will look at what populism is and how populism and the far right is affecting our politics and our communities. There will be opportunity to ask questions, learn from other participants and explore what we can do individually and together.


    Al Barrett is Rector of Hodge Hill (a Local Ecumenical Partnership with the URC), and lives on the multicultural Firs & Bromford estate in east Birmingham. He is project manager of TogetherWeCan! – a 6-year intergenerational community-building project in his local neighbourhood. In 2017 he completed a PhD, developing a ‘radically receptive political theology in the urban margins’. He is coordinator of the Church of England’s national Estates Theology project, and is in the process of writing and editing 3 books, including Being Interrupted: Re-imagining the Church’s Mission from the Outside, In (SCM Press, forthcoming).

    Professor Anthony G. Reddie is an Extraordinary Professor of Theological Ethics and a Research Fellow at the University of South Africa, and a is Fellow of Wesley House, in Cambridge. He is the forthcoming Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture and a Fellow of Regent’s Park College, in the University of Oxford. He has a BA in History and a Ph.D. in Education (with theology) both degrees conferred by the University of Birmingham. He has written over 70 essays and articles on Christian Education and Black Theology. He is the author and editor of 18 books. His latest book is entitled Theologizing Brexit: A Liberationist and Postcolonial Critique (Routledge, 2019). This book is the first intercultural and postcolonial theological exploration of the Brexit phenomenon. His previous book was Journeying to Justice (Paternoster Press, 2017) (co-edited with Wale Hudson Roberts and Gale Richards). He is also a trustee of the ‘British and Irish Association for Practical

    Molly Scott Cato is an economist and Green MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar. She is Green Party spokesperson on Brexit and finance.  She studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University and later gained a doctorate in economics from Aberystwyth. Molly joined the Green Party in 1988 and has worked for the party at all levels, including a year spent as job-share campaigns director on the party’s national executive and several years spent as co-chair of its regional council. For the past 15 years Molly has spoken for the Green Party on economics and finance. Molly is a Quaker and gave the 2017 Salter Lecture at Britain Yearly Meeting Gathering on 'Conscience in the political life'.


    Draft timetable (maybe subject to change):

    10.00     Arrivals, tea & coffee
    10.30     Welcome & introduction
    10.45     Speakers
    12.00     Lunch
    13.00     Question & answer with speakers
    14.00     Group work:
    How do you experience populism and the extreme right in your own life?
    What actions can we take to address populism and the extreme right?
    14.45     Break
    15.15     Speakers closing thoughts and plenary


    Please note this is a day event but accommodation can be booked separately through Woodbrooke.