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

March 5, 2025 - March 9, 2025

$500.00 – $2,310.00

March 05 – 09, 2025

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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.


Registration and program schedule

Registration is between 1:45 and 2:15 on Wednesday, March 05, 2025, with the training beginning at 2:30 pm and running through 9:00 pm. Note that rooms may not be available to put luggage in until 3PM. On Thursday and Friday, the sessions run from 9am – 9 pm (with ample breaks for meals and rest). On Saturday, the session runs 9am – 6pm. The program ends on Sunday, March 09, 2025 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.

*Note that the venue requires that participants have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations at least two weeks prior to the start of this program. 


The program training fee is $1,485 plus a fee for the facility, lodging, and meals as follows:

  • Private room* at Green Gulch:  $825, for a total of $2,310
  • Shared double room at Green Gulch:  $675, for a total of $2,160
  • Commuter for those not staying at Green Gulch:  $325, for a total of $1,810

Please note that the bathrooms are shared at Green Gulch. You can find more details about accommodation at Green Gulch by clicking here.

A deposit of $500.00 is necessary to secure registration.

COVID-19 Protocols

As of March 2024, Green Gulch has stipulated the following COVID-19 guidelines:

  • Proof of full vaccination is required to come to Green Gulch
  • Indoor mask protocol is subject to county guidelines.
  • Guests will be asked to only use the indoor spaces and bathrooms assigned to their group.
  • Meals will be served separately from residents and enjoyed either outdoors, in the meeting space, or in the private dining room.
  • Upon arrival, participants will need to provide a negative COVID test taken within 24-48 hours of the start of the program. At home rapid tests are acceptable and will also be needed to retest on the third day.

*Please note that these are subject to change and we will notify participants of any changes in protocols.

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?


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.

New York

In New York, The Mediation Intensive Training will fulfill 40 NY MCLE credit hours (6.5 Ethics credits; 19.5 Professional Practice credits; and 14 Skills credits).  For continuing legal education purposes, the Mediation Intensive Training is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

The Center’s in-person and online training has been approved under Part 146 by the New York State Unified Court System’s Office of ADR Programs. (Please note that final placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge and participation in a course that is either approved or pending approval does not guarantee placement on a local court roster.)


For additional information, please email us at [email protected].

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March 5, 2025
March 9, 2025
$500.00 – $2,310.00
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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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MIT WC Mar-2025 // Training with private room
Registration Fee - $1,485 Private Accommodation - $825
$ 2,310.00
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MIT WC Mar-2025 // Private Room Deposit
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$ 500.00
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MIT WC Mar-2025 // Training with Shared Room
Registration Fee - $1,485 Shared Accommodation - $675
$ 2,160.00
8 available
MIT WC Mar-2025 // Shared Room Deposit
Make a $500 deposit and pay for the remaining fee $1,660 later.
$ 500.00
8 available
MIT WC Mar-2025 // Training for Commuter
Registration fee - $1,485 Commuter fee - $325
$ 1,810.00
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MIT WC Mar-2025 // Deposit for Commuter
Make a $500 deposit and pay for the remaining fee $1,310 later.
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