Research & Reflective Writing

Research & Reflective Writing

We are committed to being reflective practitioners, to gather and share as much as possible from our own and others’ learning journeys.

We are currently engaged in a large reflective project, in partnership with INCORE, University of Ulster and funded in part by the Fetzer Institute, USA (
This project can be summarized as follows: PDF Fetzer & Beyond Walls Summary

Other examples of reflective writing include:

Wilhelm Verwoerd and Alistair Little, 2008, “Towards Truth and Shared Responsibility after the Troubles”, in L. O’Hagan (ed), Stories in Conflict, Towards Understanding and Healing.
Alistair Little and Wilhelm Verwoerd, 2013, Journey through Conflict Trail Guide, Trafford Publishing.
Wilhelm Verwoerd, Alistair Little, Brandon Hamber, 2013, “Nature-based Peace Cultivation”, forthcoming.

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Journey through Conflict Trail Guide
By Alistair Little and Wilhelm Verwoerd
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Journey through Conflict is about the challenging exploration of the human cost of violent conflict, the risky search for deeper understanding, the careful cultivation of creative ways to deal with difference, the humble (re)humanisation of relationships.

This “Trail Guide” provides and introduction to the interwoven stages within Journey through Conflict and highlights what lies at the core of being and becoming a “guide”, a facilitator in this process.

Given widespread and increasing violent conflict across the world, the insights in this Guide – rooted in lived experience and practical wisdom acquired over many years – will be relevant to those working in many different areas of conflict transformation.


The Journey through Conflict Trail Guide is a valuable distillation of the wisdom acquired by Alistair Little and Wilhelm Verwoerd throughout their years facilitating transformational change among survivors of conflict. They provide a fascinating account of their work, sharing practical insights into how the seeds of sustainable peace can be sown, step-by-step. It is a must-read for practitioners, students and academics who want to understand their compelling methods. – Dr Gladys Ganiel, Co-ordinator of the Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, Trinity College Dublin at Belfast (the Irish School of Ecumenics)

In a digital world awash with information and data, wisdom is as rare as ever and daily more difficult to discern. Most of the countless words we read and hear every day are the unreflective spawn of other words. They amount to chatter. Truthful words, wise words, come from long silence and silent listening, which is why they are so rare in a noisy, distracted, maybe even deranged, world. They come as well from experience and suffering, in other words at a cost.

The Journey Through Conflict Trail Guide is first and above all a wise work, as even its title suggests, for it speaks of a journey, the kind of journey that requires guidance. After all, there is no simple doorway, ritual, prayer or pill that can offer healing from the deep wounds inflicted by violence, whether we are its victim or the hand that wielded it. Healing is a journey, not along a paved, signposted road but along a rough trail, a wilderness trail fraught with danger. Just as crucially, it is a journey “through” conflict, not around it nor away from it. Still less is it a retreat into denial or oblivion. The authors of this guide know this, the way we know what we have lived and what we have witnessed. They bring to this guide years of experience and long journeys of their own.

This volume will bring not only insight but also hope to all those struggling to find their way or to help others find their way through conflict and its wounds to healing and inner peace. Our humanity and others’ are easily denied, even lost, in today’s world where everything appears at risk and for sale. The many roads to lost humanity are indeed well-paved and shockingly short, while the road back—the road to re-affirmation and recovery—is long, arduous and mostly unmarked. This book will help the lost and their helpers envision and trust that road, and in doing this it provides a great service.
– Robert Emmet Meagher, Professor of Humanities, Hampshire College, Amherst MA. Author of Herakles Gone Mad: Rethinking Heroism in a Time of Endless War and Killing from the Inside Out: The Moral Injury of War.