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The development in Norway

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The Dream of the good was introduced in Norway in 2003 by Ole Henning Sommerfelt who wrote a master thesis on the work in Swedish schools (see below) and the social worker and psychotherapist Gudrun Nordmo. They began giving courses and seminars and found a great interest in the methods of Dream of the good in their country. For several years the University of Tromsø organized full day seminars for students at its Center for Peace Studies and Department of Teacher Education. Several hundred teachers and resource persons from Norwegian preschools and schools have been trained over the years, and many actively keep using the methods.

 

In 2013, Ole Henning and Gudrun with friends established a Norwegian Dream of the Good non-profit organization and have spread the simple stillness and mindfulness practices with great success to wider geographic circles, and in 2019 all the way to Alta municipality in the northernmost part of Norway.

 

Gjermund Abrahamsen Wiik, the Public Health Coordinator in Alta was worried about the poor academic performance and increasing mental health problems, bullying and dissatisfaction among students and children in school. The Norwegian Directorate of Health provided funding to handle the problems. The pilot in Alta was the first to tenth grade Tverelvdalen School. It yielded such good results after the first two semesters that Wiik and his interdisciplinary group of experts decided to offer the Dream of the Good to all the schools in the municipality. Gudrun and Ole Henning took on the task, and they and their colleagues are now implementing this plan.

The results after the first year in Tverelvdalen

  • Better environment in the school

  • More calm and less noise

  • Better concentration, the students were more focused

  • Some of the classes had become better at solving conflicts.

  • The practices, especially peaceful touch and stillness, had become very popular among the students.

  • The practices were experienced as nice breaks during the school days

  • The students´ relationship to each other improved.