We have discovered that hospitality plays a key role in reconciliation and that sustainable conflict transformation is most powerful when participants live together as part of their training.
Our unique residential courses provide this.

What’s our purpose?

We create hospitable spaces where those in conflict can meet face-to-face. We empower victims to become healers in their communities. We equip leaders with practical peacemaking strategies to be reconcilers capable of transforming challenging disagreements. We offer a sanctuary for reconcilers to retreat, reflect, rest and restore.

Our courses are tailored using the following methods:

The learning experience: imaginative and interactive programmes of discussion, story-telling and active listening.

The social experience: breaking the ‘formal’ barriers to reconciliation by facilitating face-to-face engagement across dividing lines. Participants are encouraged (wherever possible) to share the same space, experiencing the benefits of shared meals and relaxation, honest dialogue and collaborative action.

Reading sacred texts together: Many participants are deeply formed and motivated by their scriptural tradition. Scriptural Reasoning is the primary method for encouraging participants to disagree well, challenge negative stereotypes, build mutual respect, and form lasting bonds of friendship. Participants from diverse religious communities are trained to facilitate future Scriptural Reasoning within their own communities as a means of establishing constructive inter-faith dialogue.

Navigating conflict: disagreeing well. Some conflicts seem intractable and highly charged. Using a practical tool-kit including active listening, reflective practices, role play and Scriptural Reasoning, participants learn the principles and practice that make better quality disagreement possible. They learn to work together without needing to agree or approve of one another’s ideology.

Implementing change: developing local initiatives. During our workshops participants identify social/religious challenges in their own communities that fuel prejudice, misunderstanding and marginalisation. They work with other participants across communal divides to devise innovative action for cross-border reconciliation. We continue to encourage and support our alumni for the duration of their projects as they seek to turn those ideas into reality.

Our Courses

Disagreeing Well

We offer a variety of conflict transformation courses that teach leaders and communities the art of disagreeing well. These courses offer safe spaces for face-to-face encounters between individuals and communities who may never otherwise meet. The residential setting enables those who profoundly disagree to share meals, collaborate on projects and receive practical peace-building and leadership training. Witnessing the daily routines of one another re-humanises “enemies” and those who have been stereotyped as “other”. It enables empathetic engagement, opening doors for constructive dialogue and collaborative action. Our methods of communal living and mutual learning allows dialogue to reach new depths: our participants learn how to disagree well in the most real and raw moments of life.


We offer a Disagreeing Well summer school every year: a 15-day programme for faith leaders experiencing on-going conflict in their communities. Throughout the year we offer shorter versions of this programme, tailored to different participants on request, as well as introductory immersion training. For more information, please contact us: courses@rosecastle.foundation

Reconciler Retreats

Peace-builders in the field witness the harsh realities of conflict on a daily basis, devoting their lives to supporting others. But when do they process their work, or make time for reconciliation within themselves? Our Reconciler Retreat programmes welcome reconcilers and peacemakers who are seeking their own space to reflect, process and rest. These are low-key programmes, offering optional mentoring and teaching sustainable methods to find peace in the everyday.


We run Reconciler Retreat programmes throughout the year as well as upon request for specific groups and communities. For more information, please contact us: courses@rosecastle.foundation

Radical Peacemakers

Radical Peacemakers is a global network and fellowship programme for emerging leaders who recognise the role of faith in peacemaking, equipping them as reconcilers in their workplaces and communities. The global network connects young reconcilers from a diversity of vocations, faiths and cultures to demonstrate the growing movement of leaders who are committed to religiously-rooted peacemaking strategies. The fellowship programme trains 25 exceptional Radical Peacemakers every year from around the world who undergo rigorous leadership training and subsequently take on a year-long commitment to run the global network.

For more information, please contact us: courses@rosecastle.foundation

Wounded Healers

Conflict and suffering is part of the human experience and everyone carries psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual traumas from the past. However, trauma not dealt with can turn victims in victimisers, perpetuating the cycle of conflict, hatred and pain. Our Wounded Healers programme empowers victims to be healers in their own communities by sharing their story and helping others to do the same, breaking the chain of generational conflict. Peace is a process that starts from within so we help people explore their personal experiences inside out, offering space for them to work through their traumas and training them with practical skills to return to their community as a Wounded Healer.


We run Wounded Healer programmes throughout the year as well as upon request for specific groups and communities. For more information, please contact us: courses@rosecastle.foundation

Scriptual Reasoning

Scriptural Reasoning is a fresh approach to interfaith dialogue because it gathers people from different faiths to read their respective scriptures together without the aim of consensus or needing to rely on shared claims about those scriptures. Instead of seeking compromise or commonality between faiths, Scriptural Reasoning aims to understand the differences better. The unique space created within Scriptural Reasoning teaches participants to manage conflict through “disagreeing well”, revealing unexpected opportunities fro peace building that are rooted in deep convictions of faith.


In partnership with the University of Cambridge Interfaith Programme, we run a variety of Scriptural Reasoning courses ranging from school talks to facilitator training events to setting up Scriptural Reasoning communities around the world. Scriptural Reasoning is a core method in our Disagreeing Well programmes. For more information, visit www.scripturalreasoning.org or contact us: scripturalreasoning@rosecastle.foundation


There are several points and aspects in the Quran which were like a new discovery to me due to the questions and reflections of my Christian and Muslim coparticipants. So, it can be said that this activity of Scriptural Reasoning was a full time learning activity in which you not only learned about the sacred texts of others, their similarities and dissimilarities to your text but also discovered some new perspectives, horizons and unturned jewels of your text which would have remained unexplored without this activity.

Due to the Israeli war on Gaza, the context from where I came was not so good for good emotions and relationships, especially with the Israeli participants. Most of the Arab participants waited for me to express my opinion against the Israeli war on Gaza. I was totally against the war but I did not come to the program to express my political opinion. At the end I expressed my opinion against the Israeli occupation but in the meantime I had created great relationships with young Jewish participants, with whom I still have a very good relationship. This love led me to take a peaceful side on the war issue. At the end they agreed with me that occupation and war against Gaza was something bad for both people.


One opportunity as an alumni was an SR session followed by an interactive question and answers session with Christian youth leaders in Lahore. The interactive question and answers session was the hallmark of this entire interaction since it was a kind of long awaited and desired opportunity of interacting with my Christian brothers and sisters in Pakistan and I had been looking and praying for it from many years since I always felt that I need to interact with them and listen to their grievances and concerns and speak to them about their status and sanctity of their dignity, apologize to them on every harm and hazard afflicted on them in the name of Islam. For me it was the first opportunity of its kind in Pakistan and it gave me an idea of what and how do they think and how can I ask, demand and guide the people of my faith to interact, behave and associate with them.


The opportunity to interact with people of Judaism, Christianity and Islam from around thirty countries of the world was a unique one in its nature. This interaction helped in understanding the diversity of religion within and without. It was smart planning of the organizers to provide maximum opportunities for both formal and informal interaction.


It is not possible to limit the impact of this in a single dimension, rather it had a multidimensional and extraordinary impact on all the participants and each one of them was a different human being after it and was more knowledgeable and wise after it, knowing the importance of diversity, returning to their homelands with the hopes, desires and commitment of cherishing, endorsing, respecting, tolerating and embracing this diversity and difference in their societies.


Course Calendar

Here you can navigate through the year to see what courses we have on offer. Please do get in touch with us if you have any questions regarding our course content or if you are unsure which course would suit you best. We also offer certain courses especially prepared for groups or communities so please ask us if you would like to discuss your specific needs.

1st Quarter Courses

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2nd Quarter Courses

Journey of Hope (Reconcilers Together)

Reconcilers Together is an ecumenical network of Christian peace and reconciliation centres across the UK and Ireland.

Journey of Hope is a fully funded opportunity for 20 Christian leaders to spend 2 days a month with us from January to June 2019, visiting 5 of our centres, in order to transform their churches into ‘reconciliation hubs’.

We have 20 fully funded spaces available and are accepting applications until October 31st, 2018. Telephone interviews will take place throughout September and October with acceptance offers taking place between November 5th – 9th, 2018.

For more information and to apply, please visit www.reconcilerstogether.co.uk

Glingerbank, Longtown, Carlisle, UK

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Rose Retreat: Difficult Dialogues & Nonviolent Communication

With guest facilitator Sarah Ludford, a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC)

Nonviolent Communication is based on the principles of nonviolence: the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart. NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies, whether verbal or physical, are learned behaviours taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same basic human needs and that all actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs. People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution.

The NVC community is active in over 65 countries around the globe. NVC is not only a transformative tool for an individual but can transform the workplace or family environment through the culture it offers by focusing on connection before outcomes. This retreat will give you a deep insight into NVC and the skills required to integrate it within your own lives and contexts.

Glingerbank, Longtown, Nr Carlisle, UK

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Rose Retreat: Forgiveness

With Canon Sarah Snyder, Founding Director of Rose Castle Foundation and Advisor for Reconciliation to the Archbishop of Canterbury

Drawing on many years experience in the field of reconciliation, this retreat will face the challenging topic of forgiveness and seek a collective ‘wisdom’ about how to define it and implement it as a practice within our own lives and within contexts of conflict. What is the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation? Is forgiveness necessary in order to find lasting peace within ourselves and our communities? Why is forgiveness so often misunderstood and how might our understanding or attitude towards it affect us both individually and communally? The content element of this retreat will particularly draw on our Rose Castle approach to forgiveness, which builds on many years of research and is primarily biblically rooted. However, those from different traditions or perspectives will only enrich the conversations we have, so all are most welcome.

Glingerbank, Longtown, Nr Carlisle, UK

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3rd Quarter Courses

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4th Quarter Courses

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Rose Castle, Dalston Cumbria CA5 7BZ UK


Tel: 016974 76733