NARPI 2022: Special Online & Local Alternative to the 2022 Summer Peacebuilding Training


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NARPI Steering Committee agreed to postpone the in-person Summer Peacebuilding Training that was scheduled to take place in Mongolia, to next year (2023).

After completing eight Online NARPI! (ON!) workshops from August 2021-March 2022, planned by the ON! Team, we experienced that meaningful connection is possible online, and we wanted to build on what was started with ON!, with an alternative program this August.

This August, we will create space for online discussion between people in the NARPI network – in small groups (5-6 participants; 2 co-facilitators), and on topics of common interest to both participants and facilitators. We will ask that participants plan their own NARPI-style local field trips.


* If you’re interested in joining NARPI 2022: Special Online & Local Alternative to the 2022 Summer Peacebuilding Training, please read the information below.

1. Requirements

a. Participated in a previous NARPI Training, or ON! Workshop (people who are new to the NARPI network, we will have an open program next summer)

b. Join for the entire program (both weekend discussions, as well as the local, participant-planned field trips)

2. Program Description

Day 1: Sunday, August 7 10am-12pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm (Seoul/Tokyo time)

Online plenary opening; small group discussions on themes chosen by both participants and co-facilitators

Day 2: Anytime between August 8-19 It’s up to you; it can also be longer than a day!

Individual or group field trips in your local area, related to conflict and peace, planned by participants. The admin team will provide some guidance for field trip preparation and debriefing. We also ask that you document your experience with photos, videos, or reflection, and send your documentation to the admin team so that it can be compiled and shared with the NARPI network.

Day 3: Saturday, August 20 10am-12pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm (Seoul/Tokyo time)

Continued online discussions in the same small groups, going deeper into the same topics while connecting your theme to your field trip experiences; plenary closing

3. Program Costs

Online discussions: Costs will be covered by donations to NARPI

Field trip: Each participant will cover their own cost to participate in local group or individual field trips


Registration for NARPI 2022: Special Online and Local Alternative to the Summer Peacebuilding Training will be open from June 15 – July 4! Please fill out only ONE of the forms below.

Google Forms: Participant Registration Form


SurveyMonkey (for those who don’t use Google): Participant Registration Form


2019 Courses

Week 1: August 9-13, 2019

1. English for Peacebuilding

2. Conflict and Peace Framework

3. Theory and Practice of Peace Education

4. Diverse Approaches to Peacebuilding

5. Trainer’s Training (for repeat participants)

more information

Week 2: August 17-21, 2019

 6. Restorative Justice for Historical Harms

 7. Optimizing Peacemaking by Ending Generational Trauma

 8. Space and Facilities for Peacebuilding: the roles of the arts, education and exhibition

 9. Community-Based Conflict Transformation

more information

Field Trip: August 14-16, 2019

1. Comfort Women Museum

2. Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall

3. Mei Yuan Community Center

more information

Evening Events

At NARPI trainings, meaningful sharing and learning continues after classes have finished each day. Some evening events are planned by the hosting group, to introduce more about the historical, cultural or social issues of the hosting area. Most evening events, though, are planned by participants, as a way to share their interests or experiences with others, through presentations, videos and discussion. In addition, there is a Culture and Talent Night in Week 2, during which time participants and facilitators present their cultures through song, dance, games, food, photos, etc.

2019 Facilitators

2019 Special Resource Persons


2019 Schedule

Session 1 August 9-13  (Registration August 8) Course #1 English for Peacebuilding Cheryl Woelk Course #2 Conflict and Peace Framework Hiro Katano Course #3
Theory and Practice of Peace Education Kathy Matsui
Course #4 Diverse Approaches to Peacebuilding
Kyoko Okumoto and Jae Young Lee
Course #5
Trainer’s Training
Kyoko Okumoto and Jae Young Lee
Field Trip – August 14-16 Visit Anti-War Museum, Comfort Women Museum, Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, Confucius Temple, and the Mei Yuan Community Center. Opportunities for group dialogue with Nanjing citizens
Session 2 August 17-21 (Departures August 22) Course #6
Restorative Justice for Historical Harms
Hiro Katano
Course #7 
Optimizing Peacemaking by Ending Generational Trauma
Tommy Lee Woon
Course #8
Space and Facilities for Peacebuilding: The Roles of the Arts, Education and Exhibition
Ryozo Teruoka
Course #9 
Community-Based Conflict Transformation
Hong Soek Kim

Follow these steps to apply!

  1. Read the 2019 Summer Training information package
  2. Complete the application form, along with all required documents (resume, recommendation letter, passport copy). If you are from mainland China and/or unable to open the link, please complete the application via this word document and email to Submit by June 15.
  3. After receiving the acceptance letter and billing statement, transfer your payment to the NARPI bank account.
  4. Purchase direct flight ticket to Lukou International Airport, or make other plans for transportation.
  5. After receiving the pre-course readings and field trip readings by email, start studying to prepare for your courses and the trip.
  6. Join the Summer Training and enjoy two weeks of networking, sharing and learning.

Lodging and Food

The venue for the 2019 NARPI training is the Nanjing University Xianlin Campus. Courses will be held in the Nanjing University Make Place (canteen #11 building). Lunch and dinner will be offered on the 1st floor of the Make Place building with a selection of dishes for participants to choose from. Breakfast will be offered in the Nanjing University International Conference Center where facilitators and participants will be staying during the training.


Cost2019 Fees

  Lodging, Food and Transportation Tuition Total
Week 1 $275 $275 $550
Field Trip $200 $100 $300
Week 2 $275 $275 $550
Whole program $750 $650 $1400

*Note: Participants are welcome to join for one or both weeks. All participants are encouraged to join the field trip.


Recognizing the high cost of attending NARPI, a limited number of partial NARPI scholarships may be offered on a needs basis, to participants with a demonstrable commitment to peacework in the Northeast Asia region. Contact the administration team to request a scholarship application form:

Early Payment discounts (full payment required. Not applicable to scholarship recipients)

If paid from May 15 – June 15: 15% discount of total due amount If paid from June 16 – July 15: 7% discount of the total due amount If paid after July 15: No discount

Withdrawal Policy

Participants may withdraw up to two weeks before the training begins with a full refund, minus a 10% non-refundable process fee (for administration costs). No refund will be issued for a cancellation two weeks or less before the beginning of the training.


NARPI welcomes people with a deep interest in peacebuilding in Northeast Asia to study and share life together for two weeks each summer. Basic criteria for participants include

  1. Some level of experience in peacebuilding work or study, or passion for peacebuilding.
  2. Commitment to share what you learn at NARPI with your organization or community.
  3. English ability sufficient to understand and participate in workshops conducted in English.

NARPI participants usually come from the following groups

NGO/NPO staff and interns

Peace educators and activists

Teachers and professors

Students (high school graduates, university, graduate school)

Government officials, military and police

Community leaders

Religious leaders

Anyone interested in peacebuilding in NEA