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Conflict Management Professionals Trip to Cuba

Dates: Tuesday Feb 10 to Monday Feb 16, 2015 (6 nights).
Focus: Candid peer-to-peer examination of the Cuban legal system and exploration of Cuban culture fitting the guidelines for travelers using an Office of Foreign Assets Control, US Department of the Treasury, General Research License.

INCLUDED: (This land package provided by Cuba Education and Explorer Tours, Vancouver, Canada)
• Hotel: Melia Cohiba (5-stars, but remember this hotel will not equate to a 5-star hotel in the US)
• Full time English-speaking Cuban guide and transportation in a “luxury” tour coach with dedicated chauffer, airport transfers
• All breakfasts and lunches, two dinners, all activities
• Mandatory Cuban medical insurance coverage
NOT INCLUDED: (These additionals are expected to cost about $500)
• Charter airfare from Miami to Havana
• Cuban Tourist card
• Gratuities
• Cuban airport departure tax
Pricing: $2399 per participant based on double room occupancy, $250 single room surcharge

In February 2015 I took a group of 16 mediators to Cuba.  (We were there the same time as Conan O’Brien but sadly, we did not run into him or the film crew.)  You can read what I had to say about Cuba in three blog posts – Cuba: My State of Conflict, What Americans Need To Know About Cuban History, and Ricky Ricardo Doesnt Live Here Anymore.

This was a once in a lifetime trip for David and I.  While it was definitely worth our time and money I don’t see us doing Cuba again.

Epilogue – Six months after our trip I received an email from our Guide telling me he had defected and was now living in California.   I can understand why he made that choice.



December 2009 – End Of The Year Update

How very fitting that my new website is going live just as we move from 2009 into 2010.   I love New Years Eve.  This is the time of year I feel compelled to assess where I am, where I want to go, and how I will get there.  This assessment process seems to lend itself to the possibility of a clean slate – a chance to begin again.

Personally, the theme for the first half of my 2009 was weddings.  Both my son and my niece got married and wedding related events kept us busy.  During the second half of 2009 my focus shifted homeward and David and I did some renovations.  It took us a long time to unpack afterwards but we are really enjoying the new look.

Professionally, as I look back on 2009 what stands out most are the wonderful people in my life.  I feel blessed by my friends and family who support me through life’s ups and downs.  And, I am grateful for the wonderful professional support team David and I have working with us:  Irma, our delightful database manager; Joyce, our efficient bookkeeper; Kurtis, our wise accountant; Paul, our brilliant business coach; and Herb and Daniele, our webmasters, whose patience and commitment made this new website possible.  I am especially grateful for those who refer clients to A Friendly Divorce.  Not only are we pleased to have new business, we are honored that so many professionals think well enough of us to recommend our service.  That’s the best compliment ever.

In addition to my continued work with A Friendly Divorce and Mediation Training Group, I have two major goals for 2010.  I will finish both my “Launch Your Divorce Mediation Practice” manual and my book “Merrily Ever After: The Bride’s Guide To Starting Your Marriage Off Right” this year   Please stay tuned.

Please know that I wish all of you a magnificent 2010 – may the New Year ahead bring you health, happiness, and abundance.

All the best,


Conflict Management Predictions For 2010

Recently I was asked to make conflict related predictions for 2010. Here is what I said.

In 2010, as resources become tighter, we will encounter more conflicts in our personal and professional lives and this trend will be mirrored on the local, national, and international stages. The new economy will continue to foster the creation of innovative services by entrepreneurs who are able to side-step the traditional attorney-driven model of conflict management. The majority of these services will be technology based, allowing people to access information that they will use in DIY models or with reduced fee service providers.

Additionally, here are my top 3 Conflict Managment predictions for 2010

1. Mediation will be used to resolve many of our current foreclosure and related mortgage problems.

2. Terminated employees will bring law suits against their former employers in record numbers. Most of these cases will be treated as nuisance matters and settled for small sums.

3. Media circus divorces (Jon and Kate) will continue to lose in popularity with celebrity couples choosing instead to use the confidential process of mediation to negotiate their break-ups. The public will continue to follow suit.

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