january, 2022

18jan3:30 pm5:00 pmEverything Is Workable: Intimate Lessons in Meeting Conflict Head On and Heart Open3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Event Details

January 18 – March 8, 2022
Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm MT
90-minute class Via Zoom
+ Optional weekly practice groups MT and AEDT

Join Diane Musho Hamilton, author of Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution, for an in-depth exploration of conflict resolution as an evolving life and spiritual practice.

 In eight intimate, live, interactive teaching sessions via Zoom, Diane will guide you in the development of a creative response to conflict, and help you to cultivate a vital set of essential skills for mature, dynamic, and reliable relationships that will serve in your workplace, at home, and in your community.

 Open to the enlivening potential of conflict, and experience how working with difference, dissent, and discomfort is a sure and swift path to true intimacy with your own life.

$299 General Admission

Course Outline

Required Reading: Everything is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution by Diane Musho Hamilton (Shambhala Publications, 2013)

Session 1, January 18: Conflict is Good News 

  • Change the way you see and experience conflict
  • Experience the essential role that conflict plays in your spiritual growth and development
  • Recognize the creative potential of conflict free of patterns of avoidance, accommodation, or aggression.

Session 2, February 25: Inner Peace, Outer Peace 

  • Focus on the inner experience of conflict, and the tremendous gift that meditation provides in overcoming our internal divisions
  • Explore the nature of the dualistic mind, the mind that works with two
  • Establish a meditation practice as a basis for being one, to work more harmoniously in the world with others.

Session 3, February 1: Intention, Attention, and Awareness

  • Discover the power of intention
  • Cultivate mindfulness and awareness in the domain of human interaction and conflict. 
  • Engage conflict to get to know the ego

Session 4, February 8: Scary, Yet Exciting 

  • Work with states that accompany conflict
  • Explore different kinds of “threats”
  • Experience essential vitality 

Session 5, February 15: Three Conflict Styles

  • Discover and explore your own conflict style
  • Investigate habits of body and mind: Clinging, compromising and competing
  • Develop skillful responses through curiosity and freedom.

Session 6, February 22: Speak for Yourself: The Importance of the First Person Perspective 

  • Taking perspectives – the primary skill in conflict resolution
  • Coming from ego or authentic individuality?  
  • Accommodating healthy self-interest
  • Taking responsibility: intention, action, and impact

Session 7, March 1: Listening: The Art of Second Person 

  • Real listening – the essential skill in conflict resolution
  • Exploring common ground and distinctive differences
  • Intimacy and communion through listening 

Session 8, March 8: Witnessing: Through the Lens of Third Person

  • Appreciating “just the facts”
  • Curiosity and awareness of things as they are
  • Meditation: the art of innocent observation
  • Review


(Tuesday) 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Zoom Conference Platform