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03 Aug Contemplative-Based Resilience Training for Humanitarian Aid Workers

Please join us from August 3rd to 7th in Garrison, New York, for a CBR (Contemplative-Based Resilience) Training. We’ve designed this CBR Training for humanitarian aid and human rights workers both in the field and in the office back home. With an emphasis on secular meditation, mindful movement, and education about the effects of chronic stress on the body and mind, the training offers an integrative approach to managing stress and trauma, providing participants with a suite of tools to help maintain mental health and resilience no matter how challenging the work.

Held in a beautiful, retreat-like setting on the Hudson River, with delicious food, participants will have ample opportunities to rest, recharge and reflect on their meaningful work. After completing the training, they will have tools to practice the ABCs of resilience (Awareness, Balance and Connection) daily, sustaining their well-being even in the most stressful circumstances. It’s an invaluable experience that will benefit them—and the people they help—for many years to come.

Scholarships are available through an application process to those who are in financial need. For further details, please see the attached flyer or visit our event page atwww.garrisoninstitute.org/cbrtraining2015.

The cost of the four-day program is $1100 single occupancy, $950 double occupancy, inclusive of room and board and all program fees. Scholarship assistance is available upon application.

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09 Nov Contemplative-Based Resilience Training for Humanitarian Aid Workers

Please join us from November 9th to 13th in Garrison, New York, for a CBR (Contemplative-Based Resilience) Training. We’ve designed this CBR Training for humanitarian aid and human rights workers both in the field and in the office back home. With an emphasis on secular meditation, mindful movement, and education about the effects of chronic stress on the body and mind, the training offers an integrative approach to managing stress and trauma, providing participants with a suite of tools to help maintain mental health and resilience no matter how challenging the work.

Held in a beautiful, retreat-like setting on the Hudson River, with delicious food, participants will have ample opportunities to rest, recharge and reflect on their meaningful work. After completing the training, they will have tools to practice the ABCs of resilience (Awareness, Balance and Connection) daily, sustaining their well-being even in the most stressful circumstances. It’s an invaluable experience that will benefit them—and the people they help—for many years to come.

Scholarships are available through an application process to those who are in financial need. For further details, please see the attached flyer or visit our event page at www.garrisoninstitute.org/cbrtraining2015.

The cost of the four-day program is $1100 single occupancy, $950 double occupancy, inclusive of room and board and all program fees. Scholarship assistance is available upon application.

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23 Feb Humanitarian Diplomacy Diploma Course (Feb 2015)

We are now accepting applications for the February 2015 session of the Humanitarian Diplomacy online diploma course, offered by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in cooperation with DiploFoundation. This 12-week course, led by Ambassador Christopher Lamb, extends the knowledge base and develops practical skills of current and future practitioners in humanitarian diplomacy and policy. In a supportive international online environment, the course familiarises participants with basic definitions, concepts, actors, and institutions in the field of humanitarian diplomacy, introduces international humanitarian law, hones advocacy and negotiation skills, develops participants’ research skills, and increases their understanding of national and regional humanitarian diplomacy activities.

This course is currently offered in English, however participants who are more comfortable with French will have the option to write and submit some course assignments and the final research paper in French.

The course starts on 23 February 2015. The application deadline is 12 January 2015. For more details and to apply, please visit the course webpage. Contact us atadmission@diplomacy.edu in case of questions. 
 
What do former participants say about the course?

In this short video, alumni member Sabrina Konzok from the German Youth Red Cross explains the value of the international exchange of ideas and experiences which the course facilitated.

In another video, alumni member Dolf van Muijen from the Netherlands Red Cross explains how the course was both inspiring and enabling due to the interaction with highly experienced tutors and other participants from diverse backgrounds. The course allowed him to take a step back from his day-to-day work to reflect on his practice and how it fits into a wider humanitarian diplomacy strategy.

Margarita Griffith, Learning Officer, America Zone Office, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Panama, says that ‘both professionally and personally, I now have a broader understanding of the humanitarian world, the fundamental laws and principles, and the different actors who are part of it. This has expanded my thinking about possible partnerships and alliances in order to strengthen my work in the Federation, and the different aspects and steps I need to consider in order to make such partnerships happen.’ Read an interview with Margarita on Diplo’s blog.

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