Created by James O'Dea,
Facilitated by
Philip Hellmich & Emily Hine
Virtual Audio Training
Recorded January 14 April 29, 2015

Discover The Leading-Edge Practices and Tools
You Need to Cultivate Peace and Healing
In Your Heart, Family, Community
and Our World


Learn from the world’s top peace visionaries, and become an impassioned ambassador for inner and outer peace.

We are clearly at an important (and precarious) crossroads in our personal and collective evolution, with war and violence so often in the news.

The skills of diffusing and transforming conflict and healing social wounds are at the core of whether we’ll create a healthy, vibrant, peaceful and sustainable world, or go the way of the dinosaurs as we squander more resources on destructive polarization.

Our culture’s dysfunction shows up with bullied children, abusive families, fearful schools, broken marriages, toxic work environments and war-like politics.

The simple truth is that we have all been raised in a culture of violence, with mayhem on the news, carnage in our movies, and shocking statistics on abuse, sexual trafficking, and more.

Considering how important it is for us to learn how to constructively and peacefully handle our differences, it’s shocking that so few of us learn the skills for how to do so.


We suspect this situation hurts your heart as much as it does our own. If you are like us, you know, deep down, that it doesn’t have to be this way, that we can truly learn to live peacefully and joyfully with each other, creating harmonious families, schools, communities and even political cultures.

That IS our future, if enough of us dare to create it.

And that is why we have created the Peace Ambassador Training, which has been called the best peacemaking training available and now is reaching a new level of excellence with this, our eighth cycle.

By joining, you become part of a conscious, healing, and inspiring community of over 900 Peace Ambassadors around the world some of the brightest beings you’ll ever meet!

These are people, who, like you, are committed to creating a world without war and violence.

The leaders and participants will help you open your heart, clear your own history with destructive conflict, expand your paradigm, and help you become a beacon of peace in the world.

You’ll be inspired by their stories and learn from their examples, while adding to a next generation peace movement that is grounded in deep inner change and committed to outer action.

Listen to The Shift Network’s founder Stephen Dinan share what it means to become a Peace Ambassador:

With the right training and tools you CAN make a profound difference on this planet and truly contribute to the change that our world so urgently needs.

With the guidance of our world-renowned faculty, you will learn the most essential insights and practices of 21 of our planet’s most respected peacebuilders.

You will receive the cutting-edge ideas, resources and strategies to become an authentic ambassador of peace and healing in your own life and in our world.

You will, more than anything, know HOW to make a difference rather than just wish or hope for healing.

When we talk about becoming a “peacebuilder,” we don’t mean becoming some kind of soft-spoken daydreamer.

We are talking about how you can empower yourself to become an embodiment of the awakened presence of peace, a protector of the innocent, and a heart-based “warrior” of genuine love, truth and justice for one and all.

As the wise Native American leader Sitting Bull once said:


“Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights....The warrior is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.”

If you are ready to take a stand for peace both personally and collectively and become an emissary for a deeper kind of healing in our world, our brilliant faculty will show you how.

In this 16-session advanced training, you’ll be guided step-by-step along the evolutionary continuum, from cultivating genuine inner peace to working with others to create lasting peace internationally.

This transformational program for creating peace on all levels flows from the vision and passion of James O’Dea, the former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the former Director of Amnesty International in Washington, DC.

James designed the program based on his unique perspective of understanding the emerging “science of peace” and his depth and breadth of practical field experience in addressing human challenges and suffering of all kinds.

For health and schedule reasons, James has asked Director of Peace Philip Hellmich and Emily Hine to take the Peace Ambassador Training to the next levels while drawing upon the best of his previous teachings, which will be shared via recording during some of the live classes.

A profound journey into your deepest self, in which you can heal old wounds, remove barriers to trust, and cultivate powerful friendships with other change agents.

The transformation that comes from peacebuilding can also liberate your heart, mind and soul from negative patterns, resistance and fear, allowing you to become a more radiant and healing light in the world.

This Training is for you if...

  • You long to be a true peacebuilder during this pivotal time in history but know you could be more effective if you had the right skills, practices and community support.
  • You want to help heal personal and collective wounds and are open to learning new ways to do it.
  • You strive to communicate in a healthy way that brings people, families and organizations together to work and collaborate on solutions more effectively.
  • You hunger for a comprehensive peacebuilding blueprint that gives you the essential skill set and tools of a social leader and healer.
  • You want to learn and develop techniques for cultivating inner peace and spaciousness, removing the walls around your own heart, so you can come to a genuine forgiveness and healing around past wounds and teach others to do the same.
  • You see that there is an amazing opportunity for positive change in the world and you want to learn from the most inspiring leaders and visionaries about how to play your highest role.

Watch this short video of Peace Ambassador graduate Erik Kasum describe how the Training changed his life, helping him create a national peace conference and think tank on peace:

An Important Message from James O’Dea


Dear friend in peacemaking,

I have lived both on the frontlines of brutal inhumanity and the leading edge of conscious evolution. I’ve seen firsthand the horrors of genocide and was even in one tense situation where I received multiple stab wounds.

I’ve also seen the flowering of deep love and respect between people with long histories of animosity towards each other.

After decades of work, I can assure you that the world is now ready, in a way that it has never been, to make a profound shift to shed its addiction to violence, to cleanse its old wounds and open to a global healing the likes of which we have barely imagined.


I invite you to be part of this great work, this birthing of a new and more harmonious era of human existence.

It begins in the deep recesses of your heart. It grows in the love you weave in your family. It buds in the healing of old grudges in your community. And it blossoms in the ending of war.

The walls can come down between us such that we experience the magnificence of the design that connects us. We can learn to think peace, be peace and celebrate peace, leading to a harvest of love, joy, connection and intimacy that comes from no longer warring with each other or ourselves.

I want to share with you all that I’ve been given in decades of traveling the world, working with some of the most remarkable men, women and children who are lighting the way forward.

There is a beautiful new synthesis emerging from the high mountain Kogis of Colombia to spiral dynamics in the West Bank, from the devotional heart of India to the rigorous mind of Western science.

This synthesis offers a clear, sober and inspiring picture of what we must do to shift beyond violence as an acceptable response to conflict and to transform the roots of that dis-ease at all levels of our world.

For our Peace Ambassador Training, we have brought together the leading pioneers of that synthesis for a state-of-the-art certification program.

All around us are the festering wounds of conflict, misunderstanding, violence and fear. We have the opportunity to be healers, bridgebuilders and peacemakers, bringing great benefit not only to the world, but to you, personally.

I invite you to be one of the pioneers of this path, together with hundreds from around the world who hear the call to become Ambassadors for a new and joyous era in human evolution.

You will laugh, heal, vision, awaken, and learn from inspired masters of peace. Together, the group will create a new template for what is possible, with profound impacts in every area of your life and our world.

Remember, peacemaking is not just the domain of international heroes. It’s one of the most practical skills for transforming the quality of our lives, our families and our society. It’s the foundation for turning conflict into friendship, stress into creativity and discord into collaboration. There are few skills that can more dramatically improve the quality of your relationships. And our world.

And the peacemaker does not just touch others we touch our own innermost Self through the raw, naked power of the human heart. We shed layers of illusion and defense to live in a way that is lit by a powerful love.

If you hear the call, do join us. The world is calling forth our best NOW to help in the great turning of our day. It is time for each of us to play our unique, sacred role.

Are you ready to learn how to transform tension into peace, discord into love, violence into understanding ?

I hope so. We were truly born for this day.

In peace,


How the Peace Ambassador Training Works

The 90-minute classes will be taught by a different faculty member each session focusing on specific skills and strategies for creating peace individually and collectively.


Each class will be facilitated live by Philip Hellmich, the Shift Network’s Director of Peace, and/or Emily Hine, President of HineSight Consulting and inspirational writer at Holy Sit. Philip has been close friends and co-mentors with James O’Dea for over 23 years and has facilitated previous Peace Ambassador Trainings with James. Emily Hine helped James create and facilitate the first Peace Ambassador Trainings. Philip and Emily have over 50 years of combined experience in personal, community and international peacebuilding.

Philip and Emily will bring James' vision to the next level. They, along with the visionary guest faculty will adapt James' teachings and will help you gain new skills and insights for your daily life.

The Peace Ambassador Training is also The Shift Network’s certification process for leaders in the Summer of Peace, a global network of events and activities promoting the shift to a culture of peace. During the training, you will develop and hone a vision for how you can play a peacebuilding leadership role in this significant global event. We’ll also offer many ways for you to apply your skills through our broader network.

Here’s what The Shift Network’s Director of Peace Philip Hellmich has to say about this
unprecedented training:

Through the Peace Ambassador Training Certification Program, you will learn to:

  • Connect the inner and the outer tap into your essence and act from a place of personal alignment to affect real outer change
  • Become an "energy master" the key to peacebuilding and recognize your energy processing style
  • Identify and deal with all forms of bullying
  • Stand in the fire of opposing views and feel whole as well as hold space for others to do the same
  • Transform fear and anger in yourself and among others into mutual trust and compassion
  • Cultivate listening and dialogue to co-create a culture of peace in your family, workplace, organization or community
  • Identify and heal old wounds in yourself and with loved ones, colleagues and community members
  • Develop a strong foundation in community-building and organizing skills
  • Manifest your greatest qualities in service to humanity’s emergence
  • Connect with an inspiring network of peacebuilders, friends, and allies around the world
  • Play a significant role in global peace initiatives and celebrations

Watch this short video of Peace Ambassador graduate Mutima Imani sharing how the Training can impact you:


What You Will Learn: Course Overview

The Training will offer you an immersive experience in building skills with today’s top peace leaders and is divided into five pillars:

  1. Deep Personal Peace
  2. Healing Personal and Collective Wounds
  3. Communicating Peace
  4. Mastering Systems Change
  5. Activating and Organizing for Peace

For the first four Pillars of Peacebuilding, we will hear the best of James O’Dea’s teachings in the first sessions drawing upon insights and practical tools from his bestselling books Cultivating Peace and The Conscious Activist: Where Activism Meets Mysticism.

The following two sessions of each pillar will feature two core faculty on the methodologies and peace practices they use in their work. These sessions are a combination of live teaching and the very best core faculty interviews from previous Peace Ambassador Trainings.

Philip Hellmich and/or Emily Hine will facilitate all the calls and teach several classes. They will bring the material to life by weaving and integrating these teachings into a cohesive map for peacebuilding, from the personal to the planetary, throughout the training.

You’ll also have practices, readings, and assignments that deepen your experience of the material and put you into close collaboration with other training members from around the world.

Pillar 1: Cultivating Deep Personal Peace

These sessions will focus on helping you cultivate the psychological, emotional and spiritual dimensions of peace as the great foundation for deep engagement in the world.


Session 1: Peace and Freedom from the Inside Out
(Recorded January 14)

Faculty: James O’Dea (full bio)


James will open the training with an inspiring session about what it means to be a Peace Ambassador in today’s world. He invites us to take responsibility for cultivating inner peace while working in the world from a place of deep integrity. As James says, “The peacebuilder must develop an impressive skillfulness in offering solutions, avoiding the blame game, and playing a mediating role between perspectives that are locked inside self-limiting definitions.”

At the same time, the Peace Ambassador does not take him/herself too seriously. “A world without laughter would not be a safe or peaceful world,” James says. For instance, “the fundamentalists are not having fun!”

In this session, you will:

  • Take careful inventory of your inner moral maps, belief systems and psychological perspectives and examine how they influence your relationship with the outer and vice versa.
  • Identify the obstacles that prevent you from releasing your own essential qualities, talents and capacities
  • Learn personal peace practices that help you tap into your deepest essence and create a solid foundation for authentic inner peace

Session 2: Making Peace with Oneself (Recorded January 21)
Guest Faculty: Aqeela Sherrills, celebrated peacemaker who brokered truce between the Crips and the Bloods in Los Angeles, now the Executive Director of YES! and advisor to peacebuilding projects worldwide. (full bio)


Aqeela will provide a powerful and transparent glimpse into his own personal transformation, one that required taking responsibility for hidden fears and shames that were influencing his behaviors. He then will tell how his own personal transformation allowed him to address the causes of violence that took the life of his son. By going deeper into his inner peace practice, Aqeela helped bring peace between warring gangs.

In this session, you will:

  • Gain both inspiration and tangible tools for how to look inward to address your own shadows and to develop a daily personal peace practice

Session 3: The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence a path to personal, social and global coherence: (Recorded January 28)
Guest Faculty: Deborah Rozman, Ph.D., business executive, serial entrepreneur, psychologist, author and educator. Since 1990, founding executive director of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath, executive vice president of HeartMath LLC. (full bio)


HeartMath is the world’s most influential scientific organization focused on the powers of the heart. Deborah will share how you can harness your heart’s power for intuition, joy and less stressful living.

In this session, you will learn to:

  • Increase Resilience Improve your ability to “bounce back” and cultivate the powerful inner energy reserve that can make life easier during times of dynamic change.
  • Trust the Heart Learn the research revealing your heart’s role in sending and receiving essential information for living a healthy, fulfilling life.
  • Cultivate Heart Intelligence Enhance and access the powerful intelligence of your heart to rise above problems, even in the midst of chaos and confusion.
  • Engage the Global Heart Learn research that suggests we are all connected by and live in the reflected energy of our hearts, with our emotions affecting the earth itself.

Pillar 2: Healing Personal and Collective Wounds

These sessions will focus on giving you the skills to transform personal wounds and collective trauma in order to create personal and social transformation and significant evolutionary change.


Session 4: Ending the Transmissions of Wounds
(Recorded February 4)

Faculty: James O’Dea (full bio)


James O’Dea introduces the second pillar by calling us to “interrupt the transmission of wounds from generation to generation precisely because their persistence is so disruptive to whole-system health and because the problem of passing on intergenerational trauma is so overlooked.”

In this session, you will:

  • Begin to examine your relationship to personal wounding and its various subtle nuances
  • Look at how your unconscious behaviours contribute to larger social wounding
  • Examine what keeps you from truly living your highest ideas and dreams
  • Learn tangible tools that you can use to deepen your own personal healing and help facilitate healing in others

Session 5: Non-Violence: A Path to Peace Stories about Mahatma Gandhi (Recorded February 11)
Guest Faculty: Arun Gandhi, the grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi (full bio)


Who better than Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson to challenge you to “be the change you wish to see in the world.” In this session, Arun Gandhi will share intimate stories about how his grandfather taught him to examine his unconscious desires and to see their relationship to passive violence in the world.

In this session, you will:

  • Be inspired to step up your inner peace practice and tap into new levels of integrity and strength
  • Learn the meaning of Mahatma Gandhi’s saying, “I can no more preach nonviolence to a coward than I can tempt a blind man to enjoy healthy scenes. Nonviolence is the summit of bravery.”

Session 6: The Power of Forgiveness Transforming Personal Tragedy into Life Purpose (Recorded February 18)
Guest Faculty: Azim Khamisa, internationally renowned expert on forgiveness, hailed by the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh (full bio)


This is possibly the most powerfully moving session of the Peace Ambassador Training. Azim Khamisa is a world-renowned master teacher on forgiveness. He will tell the story of how he lost his only son to senseless gang violence and authentically share his journey into the depths of trauma and despair.

In this session, you will:

  • Learn how to leverage the power of forgiveness to create transformation
  • Discover how you can engage in forgiveness even when it seems impossible

Pillar 3: Communicating Peace

In these sessions and practices, you’ll advance in the art of skilled communication for yourself, family, community and world. You’ll learn the latest in peacebuilding, conflict transformation, social discourse and dialogue. Core faculty includes:


Session 7: Peaceful Communication and Energy Mastery (Recorded February 25)
Faculty: James O’Dea (full bio)


Energy mastery is one component to effective communication as a Peace Ambassador. Other components are dialogue and listening. As James says, “Against all odds we must learn to dialogue, or die....If we were to learn that listening to each other was the key to opening each other’s hearts, we would listen until there was peace on earth.”

In this session, you will:

  • Understand how the ability to listen deeply and consciously has transformed difficult conflict situations into peaceful resolutions
  • Discover how to bring the power of conscious listening to your own conflicts
  • Learn how you can process and transform energy for peaceful encounters
  • Gain effective strategies for dealing with physical bullies, emotional bullies and intellectual bullies
  • Understand your unique approach to processing energy determine whether you are an energy bouncer, an energy sponge, an energy zapper or a peaceful energy transformer

Session 8: Common Humanity: Awakening Compassion in Communication (Recorded March 4)
Faculty: Emily Hine, President of HineSight Consulting and inspirational writer at Holy Sit. (full bio); and, Philip Hellmich, The Shift Network’s Director of Peace, author of best-selling God and Conflict (full bio)

Scientific research is proving humans are hard-wired for empathy and compassion. In this session, Philip and Emily will teach practical skills on how to awaken our own innate capacity for compassion and to communicate effectively with others. They also will show how this emerging area of compassionate communication is being applied from inner to international levels.

Scientific research is proving humans are hard-wired for empathy and compassion. In this session, Philip and Emily will teach practical skills on how to awaken our own innate capacity for compassion and to communicate effectively with others. They also will show how this emerging area of compassionate communication is being applied from inner to international levels.


In this session, you will:

  • Learn about the latest scientific research about humanity’s capacity for empathy and compassion.
  • Discover how to create an authentic, compassionate connection with others by blending Nonviolent Communication with personal peace practices.
  • Gain tangible tools that can help you tap into a sense of peace and to communicate more effectively even when triggered.
  • As peacebuilders, your inner dialogue is as important as your external dialogue. In this session, you also will learn radical self-compassion as a strategy that helps you communicate peace internally and externally.
  • Learn tactics for communicating effectively and “walking the peace talk” with small or large-scale teams.
  • Learn about innovative radio and TV programs that are awakening compassion across entire societies, even those ripped apart by violent conflict.

Session 9: Getting to YES! (Recorded March 11)
Guest Faculty: Dr. William Ury, co-author of the global bestseller Getting to YES, author of The Power of a Positive No and co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project (full bio)


Dr. Ury is one of the most well-respected authors and practitioners of effective negotiations in the world.

In this session, you will:

  • Gain detailed insights into the science of communicating effectively in contentious situations, helping you to identify and address personal and shared needs
  • Learn the art of negotiation you can apply to your life as well as to larger social issues

Pillar 4: Mastering Systems Change

In these sessions, you’ll hone your understanding for how to create systemic change via models and strategies for unprecedented whole system shifts.


Session 10: Peace Work and Whole-Systems Shift (Recorded March 18)
Guest Faculty: James O'Dea with Don Beck, Spiral Dynamics theorist and wizard who has mapped and applied a comprehensive approach to working with different memes and transforming cultures from South Africa to the Middle East (full bio)


To begin Pillar 4, James is very clear: “To be an ambassador of peace, you cannot be a partisan of the part; you are called to be a representative of holistic thinking and emotional and social intelligence. Creating a culture of peace is a whole-systems challenge.”

In this session, you will:

  • Learn about systemic transformation and peace work in the context of complex adaptive systems
  • Gain insight into “Spiral Dynamics,” the comprehensive system Don Beck uses to assist people in different cultures and contexts to identify and implement peacebuilding initiatives appropriate for them

Session 11: Change the Story, Change the Future (Recorded March 25)
Guest Faculty: David Korten, visionary, engaged citizen, author of Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth and The Great Turning (full bio)


James is quick to point out: “We are now witnessing the planet-wide devastation that results from thinking of the economy and ecology as separate systems. Sustainability is, therefore, a peace issue....”

David Korten writes, “We have tried a Sacred Money and Markets economics that calls for us to act as if we are money seeking robots inhabiting a dead rock. It is time to turn to a new economics based on a Sacred Life and Living Earth story in which we are all living beings born of and nurtured by a Living Earth in a Living Universe. Everything else follows. “

While the global economic situation can seem overwhelming, David Korten provides common sense strategies and a sense of real hope to you that you can do your part to evolve our economic model, starting in your own community

In this session, you will:

  • Understand the realities of the economic and environmental challenges facing the planet and examine the underlying paradigms that have created this crisis
  • Learn about the efforts emerging around the world to create new economic narrative and system based on an understanding of interdependence and interconnectedness

Session 12: Living Systems: A New Systems Perspective on Whole Bodies and Whole Changes (Recorded April 1)
Guest Faculty: Riane Eisler President of the Center for Partnership Studies and internationally known for her ground-breaking contributions as a systems scientist, attorney working for the human rights of women and children, and author of The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future, and The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics . Hailed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking” by Gloria Steinem as “revolutionary,” and by Jane Goodall as “a call for action." (full bio)


In this session, you learn:

  • New perspectives on the past, present and future that will shed light on emerging paradigms on whole living systems
  • Approaches to partnership that can transform individuals, families and communities.
  • Principles of a “caring economy” that values humanity and the Earth

Pillar 5: Activating and Organizing for Peace

These classes and practices will help you develop community-building and collaboration skills that expand your leadership capacity and help you offer your deepest gifts.


Session 13: The 21st Century Peace Ambassador as Evolutionary Leader and The Summer of Peace (Recorded April 8)
Faculty: Emily Hine (full bio) and Philip Hellmich,(full bio) with special guests to be announced

s13.jpg Throughout the Peace Ambassador Training, James, Emily and Philip will highlight the strengths and capacities of an evolved peace leader. In this session, Emily and Philip will review these leadership skills and then invite you to step up in your own way. In addition, they will outline the accomplishments from the Summer of Peace and the advances in compassion education. We also will hear from special guests involved with the International Cities of Peace, the International Day of Peace, the Compassion Games and BeThePeace.

As James writes, “In a time of upheaval such as we are now witnessing on planet Earth, unprecedented opportunities arise for creativity and new leadership.... The emerging leader is you! Without you, there is no collective audacity to create the tipping point in human evolution.”

In this session, you will:

  • Understand the leadership skills needed to be an evolved peace leader
  • Activate your part in the larger global shift to a culture of peace
  • Learn how you can participate in global peace initiatives
  • Determine what role you may play in the Summer of Peace

Session 14: The Principles and Processes of Activating and Coordinating for Peace from Local to Global (Recorded April 15)
Guest Faculty: Dot Maver, educator, peacebuilder, President of the National Peace Academy that supports, advances and nurtures cultures of peace (full bio)


Dot Maver is a pioneer in peace education and community organizing who is a master at inspiring cooperation on behalf of the common good.

In this session, you will:

  • Discover the practical principles and processes you can apply in organizing your own peace work whether in your school and/or community
  • Learn about successes from the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding in Gainesville, Florida, including activities you can join and/or replicate in your own community

Session 15: Revolution of the Heart (Recorded April 22)
Guest Faculty: Velcrow Ripper, award-winning philosopher filmmaker, director of Scared Sacred, Fierce Light, Occupy Love, speaker and writer (full bio)


In this session, Genie award-winning filmmaker Velcrow Ripper will share insights into peacebuilding actions taking place on a global scale witnessed while filming his trilogy: Scared Sacred, Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action and Occupy Love. Velcrow will talk about the process of moving from personal despair to collaborative action inspired by deep spiritual wisdom and shared human values. For more info visit and


Session 16: Final Session What is Your Peace of the Puzzle? (Recorded April 29)
Faculty: Emily Hine and Phillip Hellmich


This final class is an opportunity for you and your fellow Peace Ambassadors to interact and share what you have learned and how you have been transformed during this training. You will also have the opportunity to share your personal peace projects and initiatives for creating peace in yourself, family, schools, community and our world.

The Peace Ambassador Bonus Collection

In addition to these transformative 16 course sessions, you’ll also receive these powerful bonus sessions with the world’s leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions are being offered to further complement what you’ll learn in the course and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level. This first group of bonus sessions are all audio trainings that can be streamed online or downloaded and experienced on the go.

Creating an Alter-Globalization Movement
Audio Training with Vandana Shiva


Vandana Shiva will share insights from her efforts to create a movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources especially native seed and to promote organic farming and fair trade. Vandana also will talk about her work around gender issues.

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental leader and recipient of the 1993 Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award). She has authored several bestselling books, most recently Earth Democracy. Activist and scientist, Shiva leads, with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin, the International Forum on Globalization. Before becoming an activist, Shiva was one of India’s leading physicists.

Four Phases of Community Healing
Audio Training with Chief Phil Lane, Jr.


In his consultations with Indigenous communities across Canada and the USA, it is clear that the community healing process seems to go through distinct stages or cycles. These four distinct stages identified are:
I. The Journey Begins
II. Gathering Momentum
III. Hitting the Wall
IV. From Healing to Transformation
Taken together, these stages form one type of “map” of the community healing process, useful for both for understanding the current dynamics of the community process and determining future actions and priorities.

Hereditary Chief Phil Lane, Jr. is a member of the Hinhan Wicasa Oyate, Yankton Sioux Tribe and Chickasaw Nation. For more than 45 years Phil has been working with Indigenous Peoples from across the Americas, Southeast Asia, India, Hawaii and Africa. Phil served 16 years as an associate professor in Indigenous Education at the University of Lethbridge, where, in 1982, he co-founded with elders from across North America the Four Worlds International Institute (FWII). With the guidance of the Four Worlds Elders Council and Phil’s leadership and applied experience, FWII has become an internationally recognized leader in human, community and organizational development because of the institute’s unique focus on the importance of culture and spirituality in all dimensions of development.

Advanced Energy-Psychology Techniques for
Inner Peace

Audio Training with Louise Gervais


In this audio session, Louise will introduce several energy psychology techniques and give examples of how they can be used creatively in everyday situations to create deep inner peace, resulting inevitably in international peace. Some of the noble tools for peace that she will touch upon are Emotional Freedom Technique, Immunics, Tong Ren and the teachings of Lester Levenson (founder of The Release Technique and The Sedona Method) inspired by the Tao and other sacred writings.

Louise Gervais, is a teacher, speaker and author. She stopped her activities as a Naturopath in 1998 to create her school of energy psychology, Wisdom of Being. A graduate of the Peace Ambassador Training, Louise has been sharing the Peace Ambassador philosophy since 2011 in francophone communities throughout Canada, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg. The title of her recent book in which she describes many of these tools is : L"Energie et la Sagesse du monde".

Crossing the Lines: Creating a World That
Works for All

Audio Training With Sharif Abdullah


Sharif Abdullah shares his philosophy that “none of the challenges of the 21st Century can be solved in isolation.... What we need is a search for solutions based on inclusivity, solutions that extend across relationships.” With this in mind, Sharif provides practical ways of working in communities to help people shape a world that works for all.

Dr. Sharif Abdullah is an attorney, university professor, consultant, speaker, innovator and writer. He is a proponent of an inclusive global human society. Dr. Abdullah teaches groups and individuals how to understand and practice inclusivity the connection with all beings. His writings include The Power of One: Authentic Leadership in Turbulent Times and the award-winning Creating a World That Works for All.He is the founder and president of Commonway Institute and the originator of the Commons Café and the Common Society Movement.

Achieving True Inner Peace
Audio Training with Michael A. Singer


There is a common belief that global peace first starts with inner peace. This theme has been described by saints and sages throughout the centuries. In this session, Michael Singer shares practical and profound insights on how you can achieve true inner peace.

Michael A. Singer is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself. In 1971, while pursuing his doctoral work in economics, he experienced a deep inner awakening and went into seclusion to focus on yoga and meditation. In 1975, he founded Temple of the Universe, a yoga and meditation center where people of any religion or set of beliefs can come together to experience inner peace. Through the years, Singer has made major contributions in the areas of business, the arts, education, healthcare, and environmental protection.

Taking Action to Prevent Bombings
Audio Training with Marianne Williamson


In this 30-minute training, internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson talks about taking practical and fierce action to prevent more bombings in the world.

Marianne Williamson is a world renown spiritual teacher who has had four books on the New York Times bestseller list, including A Return to Love which is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book, beginning "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure" often misattributed to Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural address is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers.

The Common Ground Approach
Audio Training with Susan Collin Marks


Search for Common Ground is one of the leading conflict transformation organizations in the world, with projects in over 30 countries. Susan Collin Marks is the embodiment of the “Common Ground Approach” to transforming conflict from adversarial approaches to cooperative problem solving.

In this audio session, you will:

  • Gain personal insights into how to help facilitate dialogues between perceived enemies
  • Understand how to bridge inner work with effective outer communication apply to your daily life and with loved ones, as well as people in your community

Susan Collin Marks is senior vice president of Search for Common Ground. She is a South African who served as a peacemaker and peacebuilder during South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy. She serves on numerous boards, including the Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Project on Leadership, and as Vice Chair of the Board of the Abraham Path Initiative. She is the founding editor of Track Two, a quarterly publication on community and political conflict resolution. Susan was portrayed in the PBS documentary Women on the Frontlines. Honors include a 1994/5 Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship at the United States Institute for Peace, the Institute for Noetic Science’s Creative Altruism award in 2005, and a prestigious Skoll Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship in 2006. She mentors and coaches, speaks, teaches, writes, facilitates dialogue, and supports peace processes and conflict resolution programs internationally.

Grassroots Organizing for Peace
Audio Training With Matthew Albracht


In this session you will learn how you can use your voice to affect positive and pro-active change in policies and law to help build a more more peaceful world. We will discuss a few key peacebuilding platforms and laws and how to work with educating the public and media, elected officials, building strong coalitions, and how you could engage in a Peace Alliance action team in your community, working with others to make change.

Matthew Albracht is the Executive Vice President of The Peace Alliance. He is a long-time ecological and social justice activist working on various campaigns over the years to help create a more just and sustainable world.

Spiritual Solutions
Audio Training with Deepak Chopra


In this audio session, Deepak Chopra shares insights from his recent book,Spiritual Solutions, bridging ancient spiritual wisdom and emerging scientific research with practical peace building actions in daily life.

As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Deepak Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of over sixty-four books with eighteen New York Times best sellers in both the fiction and non-fiction categories, his books have been published in more than eighty-five languages. His New York Times bestsellers, “Peace Is the Way “ received the Religion and Spirituality Quill Award in 2005, and “The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life” was awarded the 2005 Nautilus Grand Prize. Time Magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.

The Science of Compassion
Audio Training With Emma Seppala, Ph.D


In this session, we will learn about the leading scientific research that proves humans are hard-wired for compassion. We also will learn tools that we can apply in our daily life. This sessions sets a foundation for the Peace Ambassador Training that peace and collaboration are possible, in fact, the potential is in our very DNA.

Emma Seppala, Ph.D is Associate Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. She obtained her BA from Yale, her MA from Columbia University and her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. She is the recipient of a number of grants and awards including the James W. Lyons Award awarded by Stanford University for service to the Stanford campus: she helped found Stanford’s first class on the Psychology of Happiness and taught a large number of well-being programs for students. Emma’s research has been cited in numerous television and news outlets including ABC News and The New York Times as well as books such as Congressman Tim Ryan’s Mindful Nation and documentary films such as Free the Mind.

The Power of Sacred Activism
Audio Training with Andrew Harvey


In this hour-long training, renowned scholar, author and Mystic Andrew Harvey joins James O’Dea to explore the art and discipline of Sacred Activism awakened love and service in action.

Andrew Harvey is an author, speaker and founder/director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability.
Andrew Harvey has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as at various spiritual centers throughout the U.S.

What Students Say About the Peace


"The Peace Ambassador training is the most transformational training I’ve ever taken. Not only did I learn great wisdom from amazing peacemakers, but it also changed the way I see the world and my role in it. I was anointed to step into my greatness."
Eric Kasum, Yorba Linda, California, USA


Founder, The LIVE PEACE Institute and IMAGINE ~ Peace Conference 2011
“I had put my legal practice on the back burner for years but the Peace Ambassador Program showed me a way to do my legal work in an evolutionary way, a legal practice that heals and makes whole. The Program gives more than just food for the mind and soul; it provides you with real and practical tools to bring out your work into the world.”
Paula A., Aberasturi, Makati, Philippines


“The Ambassador Program is holistic and empowering! I had no idea there were so many other people looking for a blueprint with tools, processes, resources, and support to help us build new systems for a peaceful world, in however we can, within our individual and collective communities.”
PJ Hirabayashi, San Jose, CA, USA


“The Shift Network is on a wave of the future, where peace and consciousness are taking their place as consensus values in our larger society. Peace is no longer an isolated avocation but a goal of the World Dream where community meets the individual peacemaker.”
Fred Arment, Dayton, Ohio, USA Executive Director, International Cities of Peace


“The Shift Network’s Peace Ambassador Course is by far the most rewarding program I’ve ever participated in. The information presented is thought-provoking and brings a sense of inner-healing to enable you to make a difference in your outer-world. The amazing list of guest speakers includes some of the foremost experts in the field of peace activism and healing...and the course leader, James O’Dea, is simply exceptional. You will also meet and interact with fellow students who share similar goals and values. I highly recommend this program. It’s made a major impact on my life.”
Michele Bongiovanni, Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA


“The Peace Ambassador Program is a powerful and profound journey. This process can truly create a coherent and embodied approach to building Peace. Here you will discover a community in the truest sense of the word. This community’s focus is on the myriad ways for Peace to be realised in the world. The Peace Ambassador Program provides an excellent way forward.”
Chip McFarlane, Sydney, Australia


“For years, I looked for a comprehensive program in peacemaking one that placed as much importance on the cultivation and sustaining of inner peace as it did on conflict resolution, peace building models and other components of creating a global culture of peace. When I saw the Peace Ambassador Program curriculum outline, my heart, mind and spirit all lit up! Lead teacher James O’Dea beautifully models how being a peace ambassador IS a lighting up of those three aspects of being human. He is the epitome of a peace catalyst; by his very presence on the calls and throughout the course, the very best in ourselves was called forth.”
Lynda Terry, Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA

“This course has given me an increased positive belief in the future of our world. The speakers have touched my heart with their personal stories, knowledge, bravery, and compassion. Meeting like-minded people who shared their ideas, challenges, and knowledge made a wonderful community that I enjoyed immensely.”
Vanessa Errol, Australia

“The Peace Ambassador Training was one the most profound learning experiences I’ve had the privilege to be a part of. It was an honor to ‘sit in the room’ with so many people (presenters and participants alike) who are actively being peace. James O’Dea brings a quality of presence and respect to each person that allowed for genuine connection and growth throughout. I was continually inspired and motivated by all the thoughtful and heartfelt work that is being done in the interest of peace and humbled by all the work that has yet to be done. I completed the course with confidence and clarity about ways I can contribute, for which I am grateful.” Marcella Simon, Seattle, WA

“This course was absolutely priceless. Not only did I experience deep inner transformation, but I was able to apply the skills I learned in each class to my everyday life immediately. I highly recommend anyone who seeks to be an agent of peace in this world to take this course and see for themselves the beautiful ripples it creates in their inner and outer life. I am 26 years old and I deeply encourage more young adults especially to invest in this course. You will learn more here than you will in a classroom. Come and be inspired. Set your heart on fire. The world needs you now!
Allison, New Paltz, NY

“The training James provides is perhaps the best Peacebuilding course available anywhere. It takes you through personal peace embodiment, community peace activation and global peace envisioning and action. There is not a more rounded and more grounded course available. I have grown in self and as a community member through my time spent with James and so many other wonderful peace ambassadors!! Thank you, thank you.”
Mark Trevis, Gibsons, BC, Canada

“I was extremely impressed with the credentials of the teachers that worked with us during the class. It was really incredible to have first hand access to these peacemaking luminaries and understand their current thinking and where their work is going.”
Donna Melcher, Corvallis, Oregon

“This has been an incredibly life-changing course. I am so glad that I took it. The lecturers have conveyed ideas to us in such a real, authentic and heart-warming way that their words and wisdom have really done their work on me. I have grown both intellectually and personally, and I return to my work with wonderful tools. Thank you.”
Wanda, Whitehorse, YT, Canada

Listen to Peace Ambassador graduate Taira St. John share how the Training helped her launch a Summer of Peace 2012 program to revitalize her economically-depressed county in California:

Here’s What You’ll Receive

  • Sixteen 90-minute recorded class sessions with Philip Hellmich, Emily Hine, James O’Dea and core faculty.
  • Special Bonus Recording Sessions with Louise Gervais, Vandana Shiva, Chief Phil Lane, Jr., Sharif Abdullah, Michael A. Singer, Marianne Williamson, Susan Collin Marks, Matthew Albracht, Emma Seppala, Ph.D, Andrew Harvey.
  • Unlimited access to recordings of all class sessions (listen online or download the mp3 file to your iPod or audio player)
  • PDF transcripts for each class session
  • Clear and concise homework exercises and practices to deepen your experience and application of the material

What More Students Say...

“The Peace Ambassador program gave me the specific tools I needed to make a real shift in my inner growth and mediating skills. The caliber of speakers was phenomenal. I consider this to be one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself, and look forward to participating with this group on an ongoing basis.”
Suzanne McQueen, Ashland, Oregon, USA

“I found the depth and content of James O’Dea’s teaching, deeply enriching, fortifying, edifying and profound. He asks the big questions that make my mouth go dry and make me gulp. He also gave me the courage and hope to commit to both my own and world peace. Stand up and be counted. Thank you James for your generosity and clarity.”
Kate Bell

“This transformational course exponentially surpassed my expectations. James O’Dea continually impressed me with his background, brilliant intellect and yet gentle manner. I highly recommend this course as a cornucopia of information and blessings for anyone called to work promoting peace. It is life-changing and world-changing.”
Laurie Ellis Young

“The course was heart-opening, mind-opening, a challenge to my complacency, and among many other riches, introduced me to the courageous everyday people doing extraordinary service for the planet. I am humbled and grateful to have been part of this groundbreaking program.”
Julie Heyman, Ojai, California, USA

“I have been challenged, enlivened and altered by the journey we’ve made together as a group these past five + months. Clarification of vision, synthesis of intention and deep healing are some of the gifts that have arisen as a direct result of engaging in the Peace Ambassador Training programme.”
Claire Beynon, Dunedin, New Zealand

“The Shift Network’s Peace Ambassador Program was a great offering to ’the Beloved Community’ and our Global Family. It’s my hope that millions of people eventually become graduates of this course of peace study.”
John R. Naugle, Founder and CEO, Atlanta: City of Peace, Inc., USA

“This program has had a profound effect on me, deepening my understanding of what it takes to create peace and my commitment to spreading peace in my own small sphere of influence knowing it will ripple out into the world.”
Judi Kerrigan Ribbens, Bonduel, Wisconsin, USA

“. . . Not only were the speakers motivating and informative, both James and Philip, too, were very engaging, informative, warm and welcoming. The energy of the community was absolutely beautiful. There is so much to take in of the five pillars that I am still integrating the information and finding practical ways to integrate them into my work and daily life. Thank you James and Philip for this wonderful course.”
Sasha, Vancouver, B.C.

“. . .This course introduced many new and revolutionary tools to use to build peace as well as essential information to connect with peace building projects, organizations, leaders, and community organizers. And, the speakers were spectacular, each one a front-line activist, teacher and inspiring presence in the world. Each class left me in awe of the work being done already and the possibilities for how I can join this essential work. I recommend this course to everyone, because even those who do not consciously choose to work toward peace in the external world would greatly benefit from learning how to build peace within themselves and their relationships.”
Deborah Klaus, New Mexico, USA

About James O’Dea


James O’Dea is a well-known figure in international social healing who has conducted healing and reconciliation dialogues for 15 years. He is currently the co-director of The Social Healing Project, whose work has led him to Rwanda, Israel/Palestine and Northern Ireland. In addition to teaching the Path of the Peacemaker and Peace Ambassador Training programs at The Shift Network, he is also on the extended faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and is its immediate past president.

The former Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation, O’Dea is a member of The Evolutionary Leaders Group founded by Deepak Chopra. James O’Dea is also award winning author of Cultivating Peace, Creative Stress and his latest best-seller: The Conscious Activist: Where Activism Meets Mysticism.

James is committed to dialogue as a practice and is engaged in dialogues at SEED Graduate Institute between native elders, physicists, and thought leaders; between Israeli and Palestinian psychologists and social workers; and contributes to dialogue on systems thinking and government policy making with the Washington, D.C.-based Global Systems Initiatives.

In August 2010, O’Dea was recognized with the honor of “Champion of Peace, Reconciliation and Forgiveness” by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance. James lectures and gives workshops all over the world and was a keynote speaker at the Berlin Peace Festival in August 2011. He is also an advisory board member of the Peace Alliance. James also offers consulting and leadership intensives at his mountain home in Crestone Colorado.

About Philip Hellmich


Philip M. Hellmich is Director of Peace at The Shift Network and director of The Summer of Peace ,an annual global celebration of peace launched in 2012. The Summer of Peace offers a free online telesummit featuring interviews with peacebuilders from around the world. The Summer of Peace is recognized for helping create a New Narrative of Peace: From Inner Peace to International Peacebuilding.

In 2012, Philip presented on the Summer of Peace at the first United Nations High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace. That forum was opened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. In 2013, the United Nations published an article about the Summer of Peace in its UNITY magazine in China. Recordings from The Summer of Peace are being placed in a virtual World Peacebuilding Library with interviews of over 350 peacebuilders representing over 15 sectors of society, including science, spirituality, education, business, military, etc.... Having conducted a vast majority of these interviews, Philip has a bird’s eye view of the larger peacebuilding trends emerging around the world.

Philip has dedicated most of his life to global and local peacebuilding initiatives, including 14 years with Search for Common Ground. He also served for four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone where he lived and worked in small remote bush villages. A published writer, Philip is author of the best-selling book: God and Conflict: A Search for Peace in a Time of Crisis with a Foreword by Lama Surya Das. He serves as adviser to The Global Peace Initiative of Women. A long-time meditation practitioner, Philip enjoys studying and teaching about the parallels between inner and outer peace.

About Emily Hine


Emily Hine has 26 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, public speaking, volunteer management and social change. Over the course of her career, she has designed and implemented large-scale campaigns that have raised over $150 million for nonprofit organizations across the United States.

In her commitment to expanding peace and compassion in our world, among other roles, Emily worked in corporate philanthropy at Microsoft and as Chief of Peace for The Shift Network. Emily also served on the Executive Team for Seeds of Compassion, a global event with the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu that brought 150,000 people together and launched a worldwide compassion movement.

Emily is President of HineSight Consulting and an inspirational writer at Holy Sit, where she chronicles the story of how she took a nonviolent approach to healing stage II cancer without surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.
Emily has been trained in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) from Bay Area NVC and is a Compassion Cultivation Facilitator in Training enrolled in the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Teacher Certification program at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University (CCARE).

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