COMPONENTS OF HOLISTIC LEARNING
By Dave Till and Christine Lines
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3. Conflict Resolution
To quote Arnold Mindell, “conflict is neither good nor bad, it is just inevitable”. Dave Till explains that throughout his time as a lecturer in higher education he had to deal with conflict.
“Conflict between staff members, conflict between staff and management, conflict between students and conflicts between students and staff. Yet not once was conflict an official part of the learning even though it was so widespread and extensive in every educational group of which I was a part.”
“Outside of mainstream education, I learned many good things about the value of conflict especially from Mindell’s Process Work. Conflict is part of holistic learning. When we made room for it, conflict was welcomed and examined in the Findhorn Community Semester (FCS) programme within the Findhorn Foundation College.”
“When conflict arose we did our best to learn from it and within the holistic model we also learned a great deal from something that is usually marginalised or ignored in mainstream education. Conflict is educational and can be a great mirror.”
Within the Findhorn Foundation, we aspire to live by the Common Ground, a document outlining 14 steps which include; spiritual practice, personal growth, personal integrity, respecting others, direct communication, reflection, personal responsibility, co-operation and resolution (which can involve supervision).
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