for visiting danieldermitzel.com. I am an educator, community builder and organic farmer with a lifelong interest in peace-making and mediation. I am also a practitioner of mindfulness under Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh in whose monastery I have lived and practiced for two years. My goal is to encourage change at the heart level, to facilitate conversations that build bridges, and to help bring understanding to a world of conflict.
“If I’m an advocate for anything, it is to move as far as you can, as much as you can, across the ocean or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.”
A life lived on two continents and a career path that has led to many unfamiliar settings and cultures — these experiences have held important lessons for me on walking in another’s shoes and staying connected even during uncomfortable moments.
I am offering a set of practices to mediate conflict and facilitate peaceful listening. Read more about them in the pages that follow. I invite you to contact me for more information or to discuss how these practices might be of benefit to you.
Please also check out my blog Urban Mindfulness Lab and join me on the path to more mindfulness in our urban community.