October 8, 2016
August 26, 2016
We are pleased to announce the creation of a harmony restoration process for camp. The process is intended to address conflict as it arises in our community. It will provide an avenue for mediated resolution, appeals to leadership decisions, and accountability. The newly minted Harmony Restoration Cell is in charge of overseeing this process. The cell is comprised of two Weavers and three community members. We are putting out a call for two community members to jump on board immediately and join us in the planning process, as well as a team of people to offer harmony support (conflict resolution / mediation) at camp in 2017.
In order to enrich our conflict resolution abilities, Winter Witchcamp will be offering a one day workshop on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 from 9am to 4pm. This workshop will include a training in conflict resolution offered by a trainer from outside the Winter Witchcamp Community and a separate training in ritual to support harmony led by the Harmony Restoration cell. It is free and open to all campers. We ask that anyone applying to be a support team member attends the training.
Below is the call for Harmony Restoration Cell and Harmony Support Team members. Immediately below that is a description of the entire Harmony Restoration process. As always with new processes, we are open to camper feedback and discussion.
If you are called to this work, please complete the application and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on September
10th 17th, 2016.
Call For Cell Members and Harmony Support Team Members
We have two exciting new opportunities for supportive roles with Winter Witchcamp! (please see the description of the Harmony Restoration Process below)
2 community members to join Harper, Copper and Kari on the Harmony Restoration Cell for a two year commitment.
As many as 6 Harmony Support Team members who will commit for the 2017 camp.
A workshop will be held on Saturday November 19th from 9am to 4pm with a 1 hour lunch break. The workshop will consist of two parts – conflict resolution training and ritual arts to support harmony. Registration information will be forthcoming in September.
The workshop is open to anyone in the community, regardless of interest in being a Team member. It is required for those applying for the Harmony Support Team.
Please fill out and email this application to WWCHarmony@gmail.com by September 10th at midnight.
Please check which role (or both) you are interested in.
Harmony Restoration Organizing Cell Member (2 needed)
Harmony Support Team Member ( 6 needed)
I can attend the workshop on November 19th from 9am to 4pm
Ideally you will have:
An ability to attend a training on Saturday, 11/19/16 from 9am to 4pm in person or electronically.
An interest in and comfort with working with those in conflict and/or crisis
A level of comfort with utilizing ritual to address conflict in community
The ability to be at Winter Witchcamp in 2017 (for harmony support team member applicants only)
Previous attendance at a Reclaiming Witchcamp
Please answer these questions…
Have you attended Winter Witchcamp?
Why are you interested in this work?
What is your history with conflict resolution?
Can you give an example of a conflict that you have resolved and, if possible, name techniques that you used?
How do you feel about doing conflict resolution within a magical container?
Winter Witchcamp Restoration Process
Winter Witchcamp (WWC) has a threefold process for conflict resolution and accountability at camp. This process will be facilitated by a Harmony Restoration Cell comprised of 2 weavers and 3 community members, each of whom serve a two year period in rotation. Community members will be selected from a pool of applicants as they rotate off.
Branch 1 – Harmony Support (Conflict Resolution)
Community members are trained before camp and then are available (in rotation or shifts) at camp to support harmony in times of conflict. Two Harmony Support team members will be available each day at camp. If needed, an unresolved situation may be brought to the integrity process or balancing process cells.
We offer a two part training free to the WWC community. The first part is a conflict resolution training offered by an outside trainer. The Harmony Restoration cell will create a ritual framework to be taught as the second part of the training.
Branch 2 – Balancing Process (Appeals)
A person who has a concern about a leadership decision submits a letter or recording (audio or visual) to the Weavers. The issue goes to the Cell WWCHarmony@gmail.com, and the WWC Continuity Teacher if needed. The group meets with the person putting in the concern to discuss the issue. The cell then makes a recommendation for action which goes to the Weavers for final approval and then the cell will report back to the person.
Branch 3 – Integrity Process (Accountability)
A person/group impacted by another’s behavior will submit a letter or recording (audio or visual) to the Cell at WWCHarmony@gmail.com. The group meets to discuss the issue with the person who was named in the concern and the person/group naming the concern (if appropriate). The group will then meet alone to make a recommendation for action which goes to the Weavers for final approval, and then to the person.
Recommendations for action may include a mediated meeting with the person impacted (if desired by either person and with consent), a list of actions to be taken by the person in order to engage with camp in a safe and appropriate manner, a decision to ask the person to step down from leadership, or a decision to ask the person not to return to camp for a predetermined amount of time. The last two will be done only in extreme situations, where a person is a danger to themselves or others, or when they will not comply with the requested action. Any mediation will be conducted by a harmony restorer. The person named is welcome to appeal via the balancing process.
If you have thoughts, constructive feedback, or questions, please share them!
Your 2017 Winter Witch Camp Weavers
Your Harmony Restoration Cell