Constructively & Kindly Engaging in Conflict

A 2-part workshop led by the Peace Circle Center's Ryan McAllister, Ph.D.

The Peace Circle Center is leading a 2-part workshop “Constructively and Kindly Engaging in Conflict,” lead by Ryan McAllister, Ph.D. It will be held at The Gampopa Center in Annapolis Maryland on Saturday, March 18 and Saturday, April 1, 2017. This workshop will give participants some tools to help us 1) engage constructively and compassionately with conflict, and 2) to become aware of, and soften, habits that are avoidant or adversarial.

In this 2-part workshop we will discuss and practice:


  • holding care in listening (which makes it easier for other people to express themselves around us);

  • awareness of elements in our internal process and communication (observations, interpretations, implicit and explicit communication, sensations, feelings, and needs); and

  • ways of asking for input and communicating ideas and preferences (questions, predictions, requests, demands, boundaries, agreements, and intensity).

Along the way, we will use group discussion, breakouts, and role-plays to give participants a way to apply these concepts to their own and/or other participants’ conflict situations. All sharing will be optional, though encouraged.

Specifically, on March 18, we expect to work with listening and internal processes, and on April 1 to continue with internal processes, ways of communicating, and to have the chance to role-play a few situations.

Prior to the March 18 session, please think of at least one conversation you had that felt like it went poorly -- it could be with anyone -- or one you're afraid of having. That way you'll come with that situation in mind to work with. You will be encouraged to reflect about what you were trying to say and how the other person reacted, or what you’re concerned or afraid about that holds you back. For this workshop, we recommend a conflict that is of at least some importance to you, but not one that is significantly traumatic for you.

Our March 18 and April 1, 2017 sessions will run from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Gampopa Center, 918 Chesapeake Avenue, 2nd Floor, Annapolis, MD 21403. Please arrive a few minutes early to settle in and meet other people. The goal is for meetings to start and end on time. Please, no shoes in the Shrine Room where we will be meeting; coffee and tea will be available. We have cushions for floor sitting, as well as chairs for the less flexible. There is no elevator, and climbing a flight of stairs is required to get to The Center.

The contribution request for each workshop is $40. We have a space limit of 30 participants. We want to support anyone to come regardless of capacity to contribute financialy. If the request above does not work for you, we invite you to email Ryan directly. Questions about the workshop can be directed to:

About Ryan McAllister: Ryan has facilitated more than 300 workshops, support groups, and dialogues on communication, relationships, and parenting. Ryan is a parent of a young woman with “profound” developmental differences. Ryan also studies the bioethics of obstetrics and experimental biophysics as a research professor at Georgetown University, and co-founded Maitri House an intergenerational intentional community.

About The Peace Circle Center: The Peace Circle Center believes in human relationships where we go beyond the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ thinking to curiously approach differences and connect to the deeper internal motivations and needs and create bridges of connection. The Peace Circle Center offers restorative, empathic and empowering support to parents, educators and youth to increase peace-making skills, conflict resolution and cooperation at home, in school and in communities. Contact the Peace Circle Center today at to learn more about their services and how they can be tailored to your needs. Visit to learn more.

About The Gampopa Center: The Gampopa Center is a spiritual community and a place where we learn and practice the teachings (philosophy, meditation, and science of mind) of Buddha. Our dharma center holds a variety of spiritual practices, ranging from meditation to philosophical study and Sadhana practices. Rooted in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the Gampopa Center draws on the teachings and practices of countless realized figures across many different lineages and schools of thought. The Gampopa Center Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization, located at 918 Chesapeake Avenue, 2nd Floor, Annapolis, MD 21403.

Constructively & Kindly Engaging in Conflict
Ryan McAlister, Ph.D.
The Gampopa Center of Annapolis (map)
Saturday, March 18, 2017 and Saturday, April 1, 2017
1 PM to 5PM

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