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Conflict seems to be a part of day-to-day life, yet it remains something many of us are uncomfortable with. Often we avoid dealing with matters of importance, fearing the discussion will turn into a heated disagreement and that the relationship will suffer damage. Or, on the other hand, by speaking up firmly for what we perceive to be right, we might be seen as an intimidating presence. Either approach can create division, disconnection, and certainly not the result we were hoping for.

As we endeavour to become more comfortable with conflict, we gradually and confidently engage in dialogues that lead to mutual understanding and resolution.

In this workshop we will follow the principles and practices of Restorative Justice, learning from our collective wisdom.

Together we will:

  • gain an understanding of our beliefs about conflict and how this affects outcomes
  • gain skills for remaining calm in a conflict
  • gain skills for listening empathetically
  • gain confidence in expressing our thoughts clearly

Prior to the workshop, please take a moment to reflect on the following questions:

  • How do you feel about conflict?
  • How was conflict handled in your family when you were growing up?
  • What is your common response to conflict?
  • What have you found helpful in a conflict?

As we take steps toward bringing people together, please join our conversation on Saturday, March 9, 2024.

About Laura Dafoe:

Laura believes that enhancing communication skills contributes profoundly to healthy relationships, healthy communities and ultimately global peace. She is committed to the life-long learning and practice of Nonviolent Communication.  Her studies include Emotional Intelligence, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and mindfulness.  Laura’s First Nations heritage inspires her study of Indigenous Restorative Justice practices and Peace-Making Circles.  She applies this learning in her workshops and volunteer work with Restorative Justice Salt Spring Island.  Laura brings with her thirty years of experience as a teacher in Vancouver Public schools. For many of those years she served as a teacher-librarian working in close collaboration with colleagues as well as students.

Star of the Sea requires registration for this event as the number of participants is limited. Please register by clicking on the link below. Some browsers disable the clickable link; in that case send an email to to register.

Cost: $25, payable at the beginning of the session. Payment is by cash or cheque made out to “Anglican Parish of SSI” or by Interac e-transfer to Please write “STAR of the SEA fee” in the message box. No security question is needed.

Bring indoor footwear as shoes are removed at the door, and bring your own water bottle and/or hot drink. 

Click here to register.