Summer Peacebuilding Institute (ONGOING)

Summer Peacebuilding Institute (ONGOING)

A program of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the Summer Peacebuilding Institute brings instructors, participants and staff together in a community of learning and healing. Together, we explore issues of both local and global concern through classroom interaction, luncheon presentations, weekend seminars, special interest groups and community celebrations. Informal sharing of personal stories creates trust, bonds of hope, and courage to move forward.

Interested in:

  • Gaining new skills or knowledge?
  • Enhancing already existing skills?
  • Meeting people from more than 30 countries and sharing stories and experiences?

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) offers four 7-day sessions, each with four to six courses running at the same time. Courses can be taken for professional skills training or master’s level academic credit.

The Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) provides useful and intellectually stimulating opportunities to learn more about yourself, others and the world around you. Courses are designed for people interested in integrating conflict transformation, peacebuilding, restorative justice, and related fields into their own work and personal life.

Learning Community

The SPI community is one of mutual respect and elicitive learning. An interactive approach is used in all courses to draw upon the rich experience of participants as well as instructors. Participants are encouraged to reflect and to share from their own experiences in the safe space created by SPI. Minds and hearts are further opened outside of the courses with stimulating conversations, laughter, hiking, volleyball, group meals, and other activities.

Information on upcoming programs can be found on the internet at: