Resolution Skills and Exploring the Spirit of Nonviolence
"One day we must come to see that
peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we
arrive at that goal."
Our lives are saturated with violence from international politics and evening
television to our daily interactions. We are bombarded with violent
images many time a day. Violence becomes the norm and it is difficult
to see alternatives.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Explore Options to Nonviolent Living
The Rose and Thorn Program is an opportunity to spend a few hours,
a weekend or several weekly sessions immersing yourself in the study of
We take our examples from people like Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Dolores Huerta, Gandhi and many others who have used nonviolence in personal
and political situations.
We use stories, role-plays, readings, discussions and theatre
games to create a fun, challenging and engaging experience.
Practice Nonviolent Conflict Resolution
In an experiential forum, The Rose and Thorn Program teaches
concrete techniques individuals can use to nonviolently resolve conflicts
in their daily lives. We create a safe space for you to identify
your reaction to conflicts and explore alternatives. Whether it be
the workplace, at home or on the street, we help you expand your repertoire
of tools you can use to resolve conflicts
The Rose and Thorn Program provides transformative experiences
for individuals to explore nonviolent alternatives in resolving conflicts.
We believe there is power within each of us to transform violent and destructive
situations into positive experiences. We understand nonviolence to
exist on a continuum and encourage all of us to seek the most appropriate
ways to integrate nonviolence in our individual lives. We hope through
our work and in our lives to foster a more peaceful and just world
A Versatile Program
The Rose and Thorn Program offers nonviolence and creative conflict
resolution trainings in schools, community organizations, work places and
churches. These trainings can be tailored to the needs of your group.
Our Education Team
Esther Kisamore, MA Sociology, began the Rose and Thorn program
in 1994 while seeking alternatives to self-defense programs. She
is an avid student of nonviolence and committed to its practice.
Mary Sprunger-Froese, directs First Strike Theatre and enlivens Rose
and Thorn Workshops with her extensive repertoire of theatre activities
and passion for nonviolence.
Peter Sprunger-Froese, known locally for running the Bike Shop for homeless
people, he brings his extensive knowledge of nonviolent history and philosophy
and numerous personal stories to the Rose and Thorn Program.
Rose and Thorn
Staff Development Workshops
No one is ever denied participation for lack
Inservice Trainings for Educators
Weekend Retreats for Youth and Adults
Multi-Session Discussion Circles