Set on a quiet lake in the woods of Maine, the Seeds of Peace International Camp provides a neutral, supportive setting for hundreds of young leaders from regions in conflict to meet their “enemy” face-to-face.
Here, they confront their prejudices and deep-seated fears and tackle the issues that fuel violence, hatred and oppression at home.
The three-week conflict transformation program is designed to open young minds to the possibility of a new reality. Every aspect of the program fosters trust and respect and challenges assumptions. The program’s intensity is deliberate.
During hours of discussion guided by professional facilitators, Seeds confront each other directly over their competing historical narratives and share their personal experiences of the conflict. By the end of the program, the Seeds have achieved new thresholds for understanding perspectives that, for many, were beyond comprehension at the start of the summer.
“Seeds of Peace is certainly an example of the world the UN is working for—bringing together young people who have seen the ravages of war to learn the art of peace.”
— Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General