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Working Creatively with Conflict: 40 Hour Basic Mediation and Conflict Resolution Training (West Coast)

March 2, 2022 at 2:30 pm - March 6, 2022 at 2:15 pm PST

$500 – $1990

March 2-6, 2022

Participants are required to have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations at least two weeks prior to the start of this program or provide proof of a negative test within 24 hours prior to the start of training.

To register, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Are you responsible for helping people work through conflict?

Do you manage important conversations between clients, employees, team members, volunteers or other people?

Do you want to improve your ability to facilitate conversations of consequence?

Do you want to learn to mediate or enhance your conflict resolution skills?

In this gold standard mediation training, learn how to support parties working through conflict or engaging in other important conversations in a different way.  Our Understanding-Based model focuses on guiding parties to make knowing and informed choices together in a  respectful manner.  Highlights of our basic training, Working Creatively with Conflict, include:

  • Positive neutrality –supporting all parties without taking sides
  • The Loop of Understanding – enhancing understanding and empathy
  • Creative Options — innovating to meet differing needs and interests
  • A Foundation for the Future — building the groundwork for the parties to make effective and lasting decisions together now and in the future

Who Will Benefit From This Training?

Our participants include mediators, lawyers, collaborative professionals, business consultants, executive coaches, managers and supervisors, human resources professionals, ombuds-people, non-profit staff, and other people whose work will be enhanced by  increased skills in conflict resolution.  Participants report it is one of the top mediation programs they have taken.

What is the Format of the Training?

This hands-on in person training features briefings on the core skills of the Understanding Based Approach, followed by lively demonstrations and role-plays, all of which immerse participants in the learning. Realistic simulations, in which participants work through mediations from beginning to end, with coaching from our teachers, offer participants the chance to hone their skills and experience the emotional challenges faced by parties in dispute. Participants describe these different modes of learning and their interplay as enjoyable as they are engaging and rewarding.

Who are the Trainers?

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What are the logistics—when, where cost?

Registration is between 1:45 and 2:15 on Tuesday, March 2, 2022. The training begins on the afternoon of  Tuesday, March 2 at 2:30 pm through 9:00 pm.  On Wednesday and Thursday, the sessions run from 9am – 9 pm (with ample breaks for meals and rest). On Friday, the session runs 9am – 6pm. The program ends on Saturday, March 6 with a session from 9am – 12:15pm.


The training is at Green Gulch Farm, a Zen Center and working farm in Muir Beach, CA. The accommodations at Green Gulch are very unique and set in a beautiful, rustic location. Most participants stay in the Japanese-inspired Guest House.  The gardens are lovely and the delicious vegetarian fare is served in a country style in a health conscious atmosphere.  Three delicious vegetarian meals a day are provided, as well as all-day coffee, tea, and snack service.  There is wireless internet available, but most cell phones do not have reception in Green Gulch proper.  Guests have access to an office phone for emergencies.  Participants should plan ahead for contact through the internet rather than by phone.


The program training fee is $1,350 plus a fee for the facility, lodging, and meals as follows:

  • Private room* at Green Gulch:  $775, for a total of $2,125
  • Shared double room at Green Gulch:  $625, for a total of $1,975
  • Commuter for those not staying at Green Gulch:  $300, for a total of $1,650

A 5-10% discount is available for our CUC Connect members.  Click here for more information.

A deposit of $500.00 is necessary to secure registration. (Reduction in fee available based on economic need.)

*There are a limited number of private rooms.  After the available private rooms are reserved, we assign shared rooms.

Cancellation Policy

Please note our cancellation policy: If you cancel 4 weeks or more prior to the program, we return your deposit minus a $250.00 administration fee. Between 4 and 2 weeks prior to the program, we retain 50% of the total cost of the program unless we are able to find a replacement for your seat, in which case we will refund the fee minus the $250.00 administration fee. There are no refunds for cancellations less than two weeks prior to the program unless we can find a replacement.

Is there Continuing Education Credit?

Mental Health: The Center for Understanding in Conflict is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Center for Understanding in Conflict maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  BBS licensees may also receive credit from The Center for Understanding in Conflict as a provider approved by the California Psychological Association.  This course qualifies for 32 CE credits.

Legal:  The Center for Understanding in Conflict is an accredited provider of California Continuing Legal Education by the State Bar of California.  The Working Creatively with Conflict Training —appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys — will qualify for 32 participatory and 8 self study CA MCLE credit hours.

For additional information, please email us at kayla@understandinginconflict.org or call us at (844)242-3428.


March 2, 2022 at 2:30 pm PST
March 6, 2022 at 2:15 pm PST
$500 – $1990
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Center for Understanding in Conflict


Green Gulch Farm
1601 Shoreline Highway
Muir Beach, CA 94965 United States
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