In cooperation with and support by the Swiss organization called St. Katarina Werk, our NGO started an educational program called Peace Camp in 2004. These weeklong retreats bring together individuals from different ethnic backgrounds to meet and discuss taboo topics related to conflict in BiH. Participants have the rare opportunity to discuss the history of war and ethnically based prejudice in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), while learning skills in nonviolent conflict resolution. Building trust is the foundation of the peace camp experience, and administrators trained in nonviolent communication act as facilitators and guides. These camps have been extremely helpful in the past, but true progress requires sustained effort on behalf of the participants.
We developed a three year training program, encouraging participants to attend two peace camps, after which we provide organizational support for participants as they implement trainings in nonviolent communication and conflict resolution and facilitate dialogue for primary school children in their own communities.
Participants for the two peace camps in the last two years were about 40 people including: Serbs, Croats, Jews and Bosniaks. Participants came from BiH, Switzerland, Germany, Palestine/Israel and the USA.
We have organized Peacecamps all around BiH.
2004 in Bihać “HOTEL SEDRA”
2005 in Banja Luka in nacional park “BARDAČA”
2006 in Prozor Rama/Šćit
2007 in Bihać “HOTEL SEDRA”,
2008 in Bihać “HOTEL SEDRA”,
2009 in Bihać “HOTEL SEDRA”,
2010 in Bihać “HOTEL SEDRA”,
2011 in Bihać “HOTEL SEDRA”.