Third Pacific Self-Discovery Camp

“The measure of success is happiness and we achieve it through peace of mind”

20th - 24th November 2017, Federated States of Micronesia

Application Deadline : September 8th,  2017  -  Eligibility Deadline: Sept. 29th, 2017

"A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step ~ Confucius"

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We live in a world which is often chaotic and very demanding. Our endless struggle in between professional growth, academic success and personal responsibilities is keeping us restless and stressful. Therefore it is important to stop for a moment in order to truly understand and discover our own selves. Self-discovery is one of the most important steps for us to realize our full potential, and for us to know how to live successful and happy lives.

Happy people contribute more to their communities, leading to more sustainable communities. Happy people also contribute more to create a peaceful environment. That’s why we believe in the idea called PIPO, “Peace In + Peace Out = Sustainable World Peace”

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The 3rd Pacific Self-Discovery Camp will bring together a group of young people from the Pacific countries of the Micronesia Region who are interested in learning and exploring self-development as a primary means to discovering their own true self, and making this world a better place to live in.

We will incorporate workshops and lectures including

    • Youth empowerment

    • Work-Life Balance

    • Conflict Prevention & Resolution

    • Peace Promotion

    • Relationships

    • Stress Management

    • Mindfulness

The aim of these activities is to promote individuals in the evolvement towards awareness and responsible handling of their personal, situational power. In the end, this camp aims to promote a culture of peace, self-discovery, and youth empowerment through the means of self-development and meditation. Encompassing heartfelt, caring consideration of others, and the aware capability to ensure that no suffering is fostered, the individual is supported to embody the qualities of meditation.

This camp will be the third of its kind in the Pacific to bridge the gap between inner peace and social empowerment, leading to transformational and peaceful activism.


Objectives

  • Bring together young leaders and activists from the countries of the Micronesia Region, provide a forum for networking and exchange of experiences by fostering mutual understanding, dialogue and cooperation throughout.

  • To promote tools of nonviolent communication and peace building that can be applied to all cultures, religions and professions.

  • To develop and strengthen an active network of young peacebuilders that aims to boost creativity in peaceful development and activism in the region

  • Support personal and professional development of participants.

  • Provide the participants with the tools to inner peace and leadership skills through mindfulness, self-discipline, and compassion that helps strengthen their activism and place them in meaningful work.

  • To explore meditation as a practice which can develop tools to deal with challenges within peace-building,youth work, and throughout life in general.

  • To explore the idea that self-development is a core foundation of broader human development, and its resulting world benefit.

The Camp in Federated States of Micronesia includes

  • Full or partial sponsoring of airfare from your home country to FSM

  • Free accommodation

  • Free catering

  • No retreat fee

Eligibility Checklist


    • Candidates must be residents and nationalities from these countries or islands: Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands and Palau.

    • Candidates must be between 20-32 years of age.

    • Complete at least 14 days of the online self-development program by 29th September 2017.   

    • We suggest that if you have a limited internet connection, please download the meditation guide here and upload your answers when reaching internet: Episode 1-5, Episode 1: Day 1-3, Episode 1: Day 4-5, Episode 1: Day 6-8, Episode 1: Day 9-12, Episode 1: Day 13-15. Downloading the audio first makes it easier for you to complete your session without internet lag interruptions.

    • Good proficiency in written and spoken English language.

    • Should be optimistic, open-minded, show leadership potential, and have a genuine interest in peace,dialogue, and personal and collective development.

After completing 14 days of the online self-development program, the Peace Revolution selection committee may make an interview appointment based on your performance, available funds, as well as group combination in the camp. The interview would be conducted on rolling basis. Therefore, those participants who complete the 14 days of the online self-development program early will receive the interview call first. There is no need to write a request for an interview. If you are qualified, we will be the one to contact you.

Should you have any questions, please contact elvis@peacerevolution2010.org  



Frequently Asked Questions

I am over 32, can I still apply for the training camp?

Everyone is welcome to join the training. We are looking for young peace activists interested in self-development, who want to learn how to develop their own inner peace in order to engage more effectively in their peace work. However to be eligible for the partial sponsoring of airfare and free accommodation, candidates must be between 18-32 years old.

I do not live in above mentioned countries, but still part of Pacific region, can I still apply?

You can still apply, however we may not support your travel costs if you are flying from outside of above mentioned countries. Preference will be given to these countries however we are open to consider your application if you are either living or your work is in Pacific region. Please consider looking out our international fellowships which take place in Thailand and other regional fellowship in various part of world. There will also be many international events coming soon.

How do you select the participants?

The most important aspect of applying is to complete at least 14 days of the online self-development programme. We will try our best to select a varied group from as many countries as possible.

Which kind of clothes should I bring to the training camp?

The retreat’s dress code is very conservative. Please adhere to the retreat standard dress code, no sleeveless shirts and shorts, no see-through, no tight, or revealing clothing should be worn at any time. Please do not wear shorts or pedal pants. Pants should be full length. Important: Bring appropriate “WHITE” t-shirts, and loose pants.

What not to bring to the camp?
Drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol of any kind are strictly prohibited during the camp. We also ask that you do not use any movies, music, or entertainment; Or wear any jewelry or cosmetics during the Retreat. If you wish to have these things available for you to use after the end of the Retreat, we will be happy to store them in a secure place for you and return them to you on the last day of the Retreat.

What are the codes of conduct during the camp?

During the camp, the participants are required to strictly follow the eight mediative codes of conduct. The reason is that we have participants from many cultures around the world and without these universal codes of conduct, there will be no common guideline how to behave. So, these codes will help you keep your mind clean and clear. Let us see what they are here. Code 1: One should not kill or hurt any beings, even the smallest animals or insects.

Code 2: One should not take any belongs of the other participants or the crew without prior permission.

Code 3: One should stay away from all romantic distractions (especially relationships). The purpose of the training is to let you stay with yourself and discover your true self.

Code 4: One should keep conversation to a minimum, but when you speak you should only use positive and encouraging speech. Others cannot gain the most benefits of the training if you keep talking about yourself and the world.

Code 5: One should refrain from using intoxicants and maintain the body and your health to be ready for meditation. You will meditate 4 sessions a day, and while the task is as easy as closing your eyes, your body must be ready for sitting in meditation.

Code 6: During the training, you won’t need as much energy as you would if you were working hard. So, for keeping the body light and refreshed, only two meals (breakfast and lunch) will be served. Eat what is enough for full benefits of your meditation. Yoghurt, milk or fruit juice will also be provided during the night time.

Code 7: During the training, everyone will be practicing mindfulness. Using MP3, MP4, iPod, iPad, Mobile Phone, Mobile Internet Device or any electronic stuff is prohibited. Participants are also not permitted to wear makeup or decorative jewelry – this is to reducing the time spent for non mindful activities and minimize distractions.

Code 8: During the training, you will lead a less demanding and simple lifestyle. Don’t expect luxurious sleeping quarters or attendees.

Are there any restrictions during the training camp?

Yes, please make sure you let us know if you have any health, problems or you need to take medication during the Retreat. It is also important to let us know if you are, or think you might be, pregnant.

The World Peace Initiative Foundation will not be responsible for any accidents or medical emergencies during your stay. We strongly recommend that you obtain travel insurance for your stay in Thailand. Taking out travel insurance can help you get financial and practical help if something goes wrong on your trip.


What not to bring to the camp?

Drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol of any kind are strictly prohibited during the camp. We also ask that you do not use any movies, music, or entertainment; Or wear any jewelry or cosmetics during the Retreat. If you wish to have these things available for you to use after the end of the Retreat, we will be happy to store them in a secure place for you and return them to you on the last day of the Retreat.