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The Dance of Conflict Transformation

with Dr. Dena Jennings

Friday, March 15, 2024

3-5pm Ireland*

11am-1pm Eastern

8-10am Pacific

*Due to Daylight Saving Time

Program Description

Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Oneness through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:18

Conflict is natural. Birds, elk, fish in the sea, and people experience the growing pains of conflict. And the respite of sweet reconciliation makes space for greater understanding. The ebb and flow between conflict and reconciliation is the growing edge of transformation we experience as individuals and communities. Conflict transformation can be a delicate dance that places us in-step and out-of step with those who oppose us and, at times, with those who align with us. “Transformation” rather than “management” or “resolution” signifies our movement through this dance.

In this retreat, explore the components of conflict in our daily lives as illuminated by the lives of mystics and saints. We will examine personal and communal aspects of conflict transformation as we observe how our desert elders and Celtic saints moved through opposition.

Join Dr. Dena Jennings on this journey and virtual stroll through the trails, labyrinths, and sites of the farmashramonastery stewarded by the Jennings family. Come dance and sing the mysteries of conflict transformation and reconciliation.

We will turn on closed captioning during the live Zoom session (which you are able to turn off in your settings if you find distracting) as well as provide a video recording with closed captioning available and a text transcript of the session.

The program will be recorded for those who pre-register but are unable to attend at the scheduled time or who want to view again. You will be sent a notification when this is ready to view.

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Your Guide for the Journey

Dena Ross Jennings

Dr. Dena Jennings

Dena Jennings, D.O. is a luthier, musician, writer, Virginia Master Naturalist, and an Internal Medicine physician with certification in Ayurvedic practice. In addition to over 30 years of  medical practice, she completed a 4-year apprenticeship with a sculptor and luthier in Ontario, Canada where she learned to design and built the gourd instruments of cultures around the world. In 2013 Dr. Jennings married her best friend Donald Jennings and moved to their organic herb farm and wildlife preserve in Nasons, VA which they lovingly call the Farmashramonastery. There, she practices medicine and counselling, hosts contemplative retreats, hikes, and meditation, and raises angora rabbits. 

In the larger community, she conducts conflict transformation workshops including one for artistic ambassadors through the US State Department in Washington, DC. She has developed accredited curricula of meditation for racial justice, and for cultural sensitivity in artistic performance. In 2019, she was appointed to the Virginia Commission for the Arts where she serves as the chairperson.

Since 1996, Dr. Jennings has been the Executive Director and founder of Imani Works, a human rights advocacy group that enjoys consultative status with the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs. Through Imani Works, she provides evaluations for asylum seekers. You can reach her for bookings, consultations, and counselling by visiting ImaniWorks online.


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