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Japan - May 2020

BLI Global Access Opportunity:
Mindful Peace Leadership Experience in Japan  

Overview: “Peace leadership is the mobilization of action for just change. When people are motivated to act individually and function collectively for the benefit of humanity and the planet, peace leadership is present.” (Miller & Green)

A select group of six (6) students will join BLI Director and Mindful Leadership Researcher Ram Mahalingam and BLI Academic Program Specialist and Mindful Cohort program manager, Elizabeth Rohr, on a 3-week, immersive peace leadership journey in Japan. Students will observe and learn about peace studies, mindfulness and a variety of contemplative practices with a focus on Japanese Buddhism, and social-cultural perspectives. 

The program will take place at several locations throughout Japan, including Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the Peace Culture Village in the Hiroshima prefecture, and Kyoto. The experience will offer discussions, workshops, and other experiential learning opportunities presented through a framework of peace building, peace activism, nonviolence, dignity and social justice.  

Dates: May 3-22, 2020


  • Must have a valid passport (that does not expire prior to May 22, 2020).
  • You must be a BLI Fellow (i.e. completed the Leadership Lab (ALA 175 or 170) prior to Dec 20, 2019.
  • Students who have attended a previous Access Opportunity are not eligible for this opportunity.
  • Seniors graduating in the Winter 2020 term are not eligible.

Acceptance to the Japan AO will provide the following:

  • Airfare
  • Lodging
  • Transportation (excludes transportation to and from Detroit Metro Airport)
  • Group meals

You will be asked to provide your own funding for:

  • Program fee of $400 
  • Non-group meals, minor in-country transportation costs, and personal/incidental expenses


The application for the BLI Japan Peace Leadership Access Opportunity 2020 is closed.