Compassion Camp combines experiential and traditional approaches to learning, including professionally led classes, small-group conversations, hands-on practices, movement, self-reflection, and interactive activities, to provide an intimate, well-rounded, and powerful experience. Activities, Open Space sessions, meals, and rituals combine to create a container for the deepening of Non-violent Communication. More about Open Space below the schedule.
* Youth program (ages 4-12) runs during sessions marked with asterisk below.
Thursday, August 15
|2:00-4:30||Arrival & Registration|
Friday, August 16
|9:45-12:00||Session Planning (Open Space)*|
Saturday, August 17
Sunday, August 18
|1:30 - 3:00||Closing Circle, Giraffe Hall of Fame*|
Introduction to Open Space
Compassion Camp will be using a hybrid version of Open Space Technology (OST) to determine what topics will be discussed during the breakout sessions and when they will be scheduled.
Open Space Technology is designed to empower a group of people to efficiently organize the topics participants would like to discuss at events like workshops and conferences. Normally with OST all topics would be chosen and scheduled when participants gather at the event. Our hybrid version uses both pre-planning of topics as well as the normal on site choice of topics.
All participants of Compassion Camp are invited to gather on Friday morning preceding the first breakout session to determine the choice of topics and when they will be scheduled during our time together. Any participant may suggest a topic they would like to have included, whether or not you want to lead. We encourage participants who might want to lead or co-lead a topic to please come prepared.
The offerings listed on the website will be combined with the topics chosen during the Friday morning planning session to create the full schedule of breakout sessions at Compassion Camp.
Generally Accepted Guiding Principles of Open Space Technology
Whoever comes are the right people.
This is to remind participants they don’t need top management or lots of people to get things done. The only people it’s important to have are those who feel passionately about the issue. And if they don’t come then they’re not passionate enough.
Whenever it starts is the right time.
This is to remind participants that you are not late (or early for that matter) in discussing the issue at hand. Removing the feeling of anxiety allows the group to focus better.
Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
This is to remind participants that whatever c
omes out of the discussion is the right thing. Once it’s done, it’s done and the only direction to move now is forward.
When it’s over, it’s over (in this session).
This is to remind participants that once they feel the issue has been resolved they should move on to the next one. There’s no need to keep talking about the same topic just because there’s still time left in the session.
Remember the Law of Two Feet.
This is to remind participants that if they are in a session they are not enjoying, they are welcome to leave the session. They are welcome to join another session at any time as long as that session is labeled as open.