In order to enrich our conflict resolution abilities, Winter Witchcamp offered a workshop on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 in Minneapolis. This workshop included a training in conflict engagement, offered by a trainer from outside the Winter Witchcamp Community named Jeanne Poremba and a separate training in ritual to support harmony, led by the Harmony Restoration cell. Those who felt called to be harmony priestesses who were also already registered for camp, as well as other community members attended the workshop.
The Harmony restoration cell and the conflict resolution processes are intended as an ongoing contribution to camp events and culture.
The Harmony Restoration Process(es)
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.
As always with new processes, we are open to camper feedback and discussion. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the contact methods for camp to give feedback.
Cell Members and Harmony Support Team Members
There are 2 types of support team members
3 community members with a two year commitment.
As many as 6 Harmony Support Team members who commit for each year’s camp.
Please fill out and email this application to WWCHarmony@gmail.com.
Please check which role (or both) you are interested in.
Harmony Restoration Organizing Cell Member (spots currently filled for 2017-2018)
Harmony Support Team Member (6 needed)
Ideally you will have:
An ability to attend a training if you have not been a harmony priestess previously.
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 that year (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 Winter Witch Camp Weavers
Your Harmony Restoration Cell