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Life Matters Workshops

Learning life skills and finding your purpose

Life Matters Workshops

Life Matters is an innovative, three-and-a-half-day workshop that gives participants the tools and drive to make positive change in their lives. Whether you want to help your community, or simply further your own personal discovery, this program propels you on that journey. 

People from vastly different backgrounds come together in workshops that examine identity, personal change, responsibility, accountability, trust, reconciliation, relationships, conflict resolution and forgiveness. Our facilitators use their expertise in a range of disciplines to demonstrate the Initiatives of Change philosophy: that great societal shifts begin with personal growth.

Workshop participants usually seek to:
  • develop new skills and character strengths needed to contribute to positive change in today's world;
  • expand their own worldview and ability to respond to people and situations;
  • explore and discover their own distinctive purpose in life; and
  • lInk up with a supportive community that continues to meet after the workshop is over.

The workshop content includes tools and approaches for:

  • discerning the moral values needed in the task of creating ‘a world that works’;
  • learning how an individual can make a difference;
  • making conflict transformation and reconciliation practical;
  • active listening - to other people, and to the inner voice for meaning and direction;
  • community building, teamwork and leadership;
  • understanding the root of particular national and international issues;
  • problem solving through personal change; and
  • spiritual empowerment for transforming people and society.

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Life Matters course participants and faculty, 2010

Three generations joined the faculty of the recent Life Matters Course in Melbourne, Australia, 5-14 February.


The 18th Life Matters Course, held at Armagh, Melbourne, brings healing and direction to 19 participants who came from around Australia and the Asi


With differing expectations, fears, hopes and dreams, a diverse group of individuals gathered for the Life Matters course last month.


18-year-old Eorann Lean from UK describes the course, held at Armagh, the Australian Pacific centre for Initiatives of Change


Participants in last month's Life Matters course in Australia included several who had attended the Asia-Pacific Youth Conference in Cambodia<