Manitou Chooses Love encourages Ukrainian methods of conflict resolution with community-wide initiative

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Barry and Janae Weinhold discuss their inspiration for Manitou Chooses Love at the April 5 kick-off event. - ALISSA SMITH
  • Alissa Smith
  • Barry and Janae Weinhold discuss their inspiration for Manitou Chooses Love at the April 5 kick-off event.
When Janae and Barry Weinhold first visited Ukraine in 1990, they were struck by the way Ukrainian people solve interpersonal issues. “They try to hold the web of connection,” Janae says, marveling that she has never seen Americans work so intentionally to maintain positive group dynamics.

As psychologists, the Weinholds have focused on conflict resolution since founding The Colorado Institute for Conflict Resolution and Creative Leadership (CICRCL) in 1987. They’ve long been intrigued by the idea of bringing Ukrainian methods of conflict resolution to America, and specifically to local communities.

Now, in partnership with Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts, they won’t only be bringing Ukrainian methods to Manitou, but 14 Ukrainian individuals, who will help to facilitate two weekends of gender reconciliation workshops and participate in cultural exchanges through dance, music, yoga and more.

This initiative, which will take place between May 9 and May 20, 2018, is called Manitou Chooses Love, and speaks to the desire of CICRCL and Smokebrush to encourage love and understanding, especially among genders, at a time when tensions between men and women are politically and socially charged.

The initiative was officially announced on April 5, at Smokebrush’s Red Crags Arts & Agriculture House. The Cosmic Flying Goats performed a few songs, and musician Shawn Gallaway, who will be co-facilitating Manitou Chooses Love’s workshops, recorded a video of his song paying homage to Manitou legend Charles Rockey. More Manitou-brand love and community performances are on the docket for May.

The Cosmic Flying Goats will perform at a community concert during the Manitou Chooses Love initiative. - ALISSA SMITH
  • Alissa Smith
  • The Cosmic Flying Goats will perform at a community concert during the Manitou Chooses Love initiative.

See below for a schedule of Manitou Chooses Love events:
· Wednesday, May 9, 7-9pm, Meet & Greet the Ukrainians at SunWater Spa. The public is welcome.

· Thursday, May 10, 1-5 pm, Show Manitou Businesses Some Love!
Chalk Art by the Arcade with Vince Coleman
Mineral Springs Tour, Watch for details
Love Ambassadors throughout town with chocolate kisses and more!
Love Art in various places throughout town
Love Yoga in Mansions Park, 4:00 pm with Kat Tudor
Love Songs throughout town
Community Council on Love, 2:00 pm, Mansions Park with Judy Piazza
· 7-9 pm, Manitou Chooses Love Concert featuring Shawn Gallaway (winner of a Global Peace Song Award) and The Cosmic Flying Goats, purchase $10 presale tickets or $15 at the door, Memorial Hall

· Friday, May 11, 7-9pm, Story Project Stories of Love! at SunWater Spa, with Hannah & renowned artist CH Rockey, Barry & Janae Weinhold, and two Ukrainian love stories

· Tuesday, May 15, 6:30-8 pm, International Folk Dancing with Ava Molnar Heinrichsdorff & Linda Kopman-Gravelle, Memorial Hall, Free to all, families encouraged! Come dance!

· Wednesday, May 16, Yogic Love Spiral with Kat Tudor in Nature! Check back for details. Open to all.

· Friday, May 18, 6:30-8 pm, Walking Art Tour in Manitou Springs 


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