Training on Nonviolence

International Training on Nonviolence in the Context of War and Armed Conflict

Since 1994 KURVE Wustrow is offering an annual "International Training on Nonviolence in the Context of War and Armed Conflict". The training is held in English and lead by three experienced trainers from three different continents. The 12-day basic course addresses staff and activists from peace initiatives, human rights groups and non-governmental organisations from all over the world.

Link to the flyer 2024

Applications are no longer possible for the training in June 2024. New information for 2025 coming soon here on this page.

The training offers a comprehensive introduction into civil nonviolent conflict transformation. The participants develop a broad understanding of nonviolence. They will be encouraged in their awareness, attitude and competencies towards nonviolent action. They are able to apply the contents of the training in their private as well as work contexts, and are able to pass this on as multipliers.

The training supports the exchange between participants, in particular south-south-exchanges.

The training is a shared educational learning process which involves mostly participatory exercises that elicit learning from participants’ insights and experiences.

It can be demanding and at times stressful, as this methodology pushes participants to take extra steps and share from a personal as well as from a professional level. The trainers facilitate the learning process and model a nonviolent approach to learning.

At the core of the training are the following contents:

  • Conflict Transformation
  • Conflict Analysis Tools
  • Nonviolence and Nonviolent Action
  • Mediation
  • Dealing with the Past
  • Coping with Repression
  • Stress Debriefing and Trauma
  • Holistic Security
  • Anti-Bias,
  • Do No Harm
  • Role as Peace Worker

The participatory and experience-based training is focussed on the needs of the participants. The concrete contents and their scope will be decided with the participants at the start of the training. Exchange, reflection and practical exercises are paramount.

Spino Fante is an Anti-Bias and diversity management trainer and lives in South Africa. She has actively worked to promote values and human rights in South African schools and communities. Through the Anti-Racism and Training (ART) Network she facilitated Anti-Bias trainings in Germany and the Netherlands. She focuses on issues of inclusion, anti-discrimination and nonviolent conflict transformation.

Mai Ali Shatta
is a trainer for nonviolence and digital security, a human rights defender and computer engineer. Originally from Omdurman, Sudan, she is currently living in Berlin. She is active for just peace and human rights in Sudan as well as for refugee rights in Germany
and Europe.

Peter Steudtner is a trainer in nonviolent conflict transformation and a photographer / filmmaker. His training focus lies on integrated security for peace, human and environmental rights activists and on the Do No Harm-approach. In order to sensitise and empower people he combines nonviolent action and artistic approaches.

Next Dates

  • 19.-30.06.2024
  • Date 2025 will be announced shortly


Seminar house of KURVE Wustrow in Wustrow (Wendland)

Costs and Application


The course fee is

  • 3.600,– Euro for organisations
  • 2.400,– Euro for individuals
  • 2.000,– Euro reduced fee for individuals (upon request)

The course fee covers training material, vegetarian full board and lodging in the seminar house of KURVE Wustrow.

If lack of funds is an obstacle to your participation, please let us know. Depending on availability of funds, we may be able to offer reductions on the participation fee or cover your travel expenses partially.


Applications should reach us as early as possible. The application form will be activated in time for the next application period in 2025.

People in need of a visa and/or financial assistance should apply at least 14 weeks before the training starts.

All other should apply at least 6 weeks before the training starts.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept late or incomplete applications.

Please note

For people in need of visa, contact the German Embassy or Consulate as early as possible to find out the conditions for receiving a visa.

We will support you with an official invitation and cover the health insurance during your stay. All other documents must be produced by you.

Contact Persons

Mona Leirich

it [at] kurvewustrow [dot] org (it(at)

The trainings are very effective. They gave me not only the necessary knowledge about peace and nonviolence, but also the opportunity to get in contact with activists from around the world.

Nasra Khan, former participant, Pakistan

In our seminar programme you'll find all trainings that we offer in 2024/25. It is bilingual German and English.