When you arrive at a War to Peace® workshop, what can you expect to find?
There’s usually a bubble of excitement in the air as coffee is sipped and introductions are made.
Some people have travelled a long way to get there, others have hopped across London on the Tube.
Who comes to a War to Peace® workshop?
One thing that people are often curious about when deciding whether or not to join a workshop is what kind of experience they need to have had before.
Will they find themselves at sea in a room of self-development gurus, who spend the best part of their day navel-gazing or searching for inner peace, and can’t wait to share their deepest feelings with a roomful of strangers?
Or are they going to arrive in a crowd of ruthlessly efficient corporate types, whose one aim is to apply the technique so they can negotiate more effectively and be more powerful leaders and managers?
The truth is, it’s a little more complex than that.
The one qualification we all need
The only qualification you need to attend one our award-winning workshops is this: to have had some previous experience of interacting with other human beings.
Really, that’s all it takes.
We’re here to help people experience a new – and more helpful – way of interacting with the people they find most difficult. These difficulties can range from the smallest issue (the person in the office who has a particular habit that particularly grates on you) to the bigger and more complex issues (your ex-partner, who betrayed you and who you’re now sharing childcare with; a parental relationship that is not working out; the dreaded in-law who is a permanent feature in your life – you’ll know only too well who’s the unwanted regular visitor occupying your head space).
You don’t need to have experience with any kind of therapy or self-help. You won’t be forced to share personal details or open up about anything you don’t want to. And there are invariably one or two people who arrive with a good dose of skepticism – like Gordon, for example – who leave with a completely life-altering experience.
What if I’ve done a lot of personal development work already?
When you’ve been exploring personal development for a while, it can sometimes be challenging to realise that there are still areas of your life where there’s room for change.
The good news is that War to Peace® is a wonderful complement to other practices. In our experience, those participants who come to one of our workshops with an existing understanding of self-development find they love the integration and application of the methodology we share.
The Hoffman process is one example of a profound experience that can help us transform by making us aware of and breaking unhelpful patterns of behaviour we adopted in childhood. (As a Hoffman graduate myself I know how life-changing it is). Others have explored The Work of Byron Katie, have been (or are) in therapy, or practise meditation.
Even after having experienced vast shifts in self-awareness, it is absolutely possible to find ourselves in relationships where conflict is present – I can vouch for that myself! As humans, we’re incredibly complex, ever-growing and changing people. There’s no one “answer” that will change everything about our behaviour forever – and War to Peace® is no exception!
What we can do is add to the range of tools and strategies we’re able to draw on, so that we’re even better resourced for the challenges that come up in our lives.
How is War to Peace® different?
Compared to a fully immersive, residential course like Hoffman, or a retreat that takes place over a number of days, War to Peace® is a swift but intense workshop.
Our focus is not on exploring the reasons behind conflict, but on the way that it manifests in our lives. For some people, it might be noticing that there are challenging interactions with a colleague which are hindering the results of an otherwise-successful team. For others, it’s looking at the impact an ex, a parent, an in-law or a sibling has on their lives.
Looking at the relationships in our life that we find most challenging is a great compliment to any process we’ve been through that involves exploring our own natures.
When we’re able to be honest about our feelings and have ways to release pent-up emotions, we find we’re better equipped to see clearly how our interactions are playing out.
That’s where the tools we get you to experience really come into their own.
Over to you
What’s been your journey when it comes to personal development? If you’ve got some experience in this area, have you found that one tool or process leads organically onto the next, or do you find yourself wondering what’s next?
Whether you’ve been to a War to Peace® workshop or not, we’d love to know what’s helped you to become happier and more authentic. Do share your experience and recommendations in the comments below.
Looking for your next step?
Our next open-access workshop is on 6th December 209, and places are already booking up. So if you’re looking for a first or next step on your journey of personal development, we’d love to welcome you. Click here to find out more and book your place.
Ready to find out what the impact could be on your team sooner? We’ve been running in-house workshops using our award-winning methodology for over a decade; simply click here to get in touch or call us on +44 (0) 20 8191 7072 and let us know what you’re looking for. To be the first to hear about our new open-access workshop dates, and get free monthly tips and strategies for your relationship challenges, just leave your name and email address below.
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