Valuable insights from top class mediators in a fantastic setting
An advanced seven day residential course to be held in San Pietro in Valle, Umbria, Italy.
We invite you to join us in….
• a unique opportunity to deepen and enhance your mediation skills
• the company of experienced mediators from around the world
• the character and beauty of a historical abbey set in the hills of central Italy and for our sole use.
Challenging at the best level
“A unique opportunity to immerse yourself in advanced mediation technique.”
This course is designed to develop and deepen the skills of mediators who already have experience in mediating commercial disputes. It is open to all mediators, whether lawyers or not, and experience is more important than qualification. This is a unique event with mediators from different backgrounds and nationalities living, sharing and working together in a beautiful location. The course builds on the foundation skills and processes of civil and commercial mediation.
insights you do not find on any other course, book or anywhere else
It includes work on complex cases, dilemmas, challenges and bespoke processes, and provides participants with an opportunity to challenge their own and other people’s, boundaries. A typical day starts at 08.30, finishes around 18.30 with an extended lunch break. Now in its seventh year, the International Advanced Mediator Retreat is regarded as a highly valuable experience for mediation professionals.
“ Total immersion in mediation, great food and the best of company – real shared learning.”
“Through both its structured and unstructured activities, the course opened up new perspectives which can only have increased my effectiveness as a mediator.”
“A fascinating, eclectic, interactive course. The small number of participants allows for great learning and life experience.”
“If in doubt – do it!. A wonderful opportunity to grow as a mediator and a person and makes friends with valuable people.”
“A beautiful and enriching experience.”
“Covers a huge range, new insights.”
“Awesome. A chance to develop mediation skills in one week that, even if lucky, it would otherwise take many years to acquire and enhance.”
“The forum to discuss, debate and improve mediation skills and have fun.”
“Take a group with whom you have nothing in common. 24 hours later you have everything in common..”
“One long learning holiday.”
“A unique opportunity for personal and professional development with a mediation learning community.”
The Italian Venue
San Pietro is a restored Abbey built between the 7th and 12th centuries and now converted to a top quality hotel. It is situated in the Nera River national park and is less than two hours drive from Rome.
All rooms have en-suite shower/bathrooms, fridge and telephone (and satellite television; not that there will be any time to view). We eat breakfast and lunch amongst the cloisters, work and rest in the central courtyard and lawned terraces, exercise in the gardens and woodland walks and base our work in the vaulted conference room, reading hall and old refrectory. Dinner is in the restaurant, rated as one of the top two in Umbria, using local produce and recipes. This is not a place to diet!
a breathtaking venue that forms a backdrop for inspirational learning
There is a swimming pool close by and on site there is a small sauna, pre-booked massage, billiards and bar. Nearby is bicycle hire, river rafting and canyon walking. However you should be warned that there will be little opportunity to use these facilities during the day as the course is so intense. We do have exclusive use of the entire property.
By the end of this certified course you will be better able to:
• design the process to suit the dispute / parties
• model parties’ behaviour
• deal with ethical and professional dilemmas
• understand the effect of your own principles, values and prejudices
• recognise and use energy as a positive force in mediation
• manage cultural dynamics – national, organisational and others
a really deep and fruitful experience…a great learning and skills opportunity
The ethos of the course is to create a learning community, an important part of which is to share experience and learn from each other in a nourishing environment.
The Retreat is hosted by David Richbell and the faculty are among the top mediation trainers world-wide -
• Heather Allen
• Joanna Kalowski
• Lawrence Kershen
and all are highly experienced practising mediators. View their profiles below.
the faculty are “…energetic and imaginative communicators…a gift for engaging the whole group” “provocative, curious” “humorous” “unrivalled quality..”
Please note: Number of delegates is strictly limited to 14, therefore it is important to book early to avoid disappointment.
Partners are more than welcome to accompany participants but, be warned, the hours are long and participants work hard on the course.
The additional cost of partners covers breakfast, dinner (with wine), and an automatic upgrade to suite (subject to availability). Lunch is not included.
The course price is £3,850.00. VAT is not applicable. Some discounts are available in special circumstances. We are also happy to consider payment in instalments (see booking form).
In addition to the training, the price includes course materials, six nights’ accommodation, all meals and wine, and the use of all the facilities. Payments should be in sterling and made out to MATA2. The additional charge for partners is £80 per day.
Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 14 delegates, so early registration is advised.
Please register using the booking form, sending it together with your deposit or full payment to:
20A West Street, Olney, Bucks
If you would like to reserve a place or get more information about the programme and the venue, telephone David, Jane or Joanne today on
Tel: 01234 241242 or
Click here to view our cancellations policy.