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In-Person Trainings

Mon, Jan 22, 2018

6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Communicating to Connect (Liv Monroe) (Olympia)

An introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Join us if you would like to learn the basic intentions of NVC and some immediately usable tools for resolving conflicts, reducing criticism and misunderstanding, and for increasing respect and hope in your everyday life and in the world.

Mon, Jan 22, 2018

Mondays 7-9pm on 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19 (SKIP 2/25), 3/5, 3/12 & 3/19

How would your life improve if you could stay openhearted through conflict? If you could process difficult feelings without isolating or shaming yourself? If you could meet yourself and others with dignity and compassion instead of judgment and blame? Join us for 8 sessions of hands-on learning around compassionate, effective communication!

Tue, Feb 6, 2018

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
FREE Intro to Compassionate (Nonviolent) Communication (Amanda Blaine) (Vashon (20 min ferry from W. Seattle))

Join us for a fun and interactive introduction to Nonviolent Communication, drawing on the recent findings of Interpersonal Neurobiology - the science of how humans thrive in relationship.

Wed, Feb 7, 2018

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monthly NVC with Kathleen Macferran (Bob Wentworth) (Vashon)

Once a month, Kathleen Macferran comes to Vashon to host a 2-hour NVC practice group. What happens varies depending on what is "alive" in the room. / This month, the group will be hosted by Bob Wentworth

Sat, Feb 10, 2018 -
Sun, Feb 11, 2018

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Healing the Critical Self-Witness: How Resonant Language Changes Us (Sarah Peyton) (Bellview, WA)

Do you or does anyone you know have a critical, biting inner voice that cannot ever simply relax? Is there an intense need for improvement or perfection or invulnerability that prevents easy connection and a sense of grace? Do you long to know exactly how to soothe and tame that critical self-witness? When people struggle with a critical inner voice, it is crucial to understand the mechanisms of self-regulation gone awry. How can early experiences of non-relational connection impact the way we try to take care of ourselves for the rest of our lives? Interpersonal neurobiology and resonant language provide two extremely helpful tools for healing and change. Join Sarah Peyton for an exploration of these supports for transformation of the lacerating inner voice into warmth and precise understanding for the self.

Sun, Feb 11, 2018

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
PLAYING FOR PEACE: A Workshop For Adults & Youth Ages 7 & Up (Erin Merrihew, Oohna Hwyl) (Northeast Seattle)

Emotions are universal—we all experience them. No matter who we are or where we come from, feelings color our inner worlds and inform our choices every single day. Yet as influential as feelings are in shaping our lives, surprisingly few of us have the tools and knowledge to engage with them in a productive way, let alone support those around us in doing so. Join us for a fun afternoon of exploring the mysterious realm of our emotions through playful games and activities!

Sun, Feb 11, 2018

4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Giving and Receiving for couples and pairs - a valentine gift (Pam Orbach, Kristen Jawad) (Workshop space Greenwood)

With valentines day in the air this week, we are offering a time of reflection, intention setting and giving and receiving to each other in the moment. It is an invitation to celebrate, and/or foster new beginnings. We welcome you back for more, or invite you to engage with each other as well as gain wisdom from other's around nurturing relationship self and the other. A participant from the last workshop shared this: "such gratitude and relief for our workshop yesterday! Our time with you all, we sense, has ushered in a new life for us..." This is not a repeat of the previous workshop on this topic.

Tue, Feb 13, 2018

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Boundaries are essential for healthy relationships. Yet as important as they are, setting them is neither simple nor easy! Many of us struggle to be clear within ourselves about the boundaries we want, let alone communicate them gracefully. How do we set boundaries in an empowered yet caring way? How do we stand our ground around what we want (or don’t want) and still remain open-hearted? Join us for an evening workshop to explore the art of boundary-setting!

Wed, Feb 14, 2018

Wednesdays 6:30-9:00pm, Feb 14 - Apr 11 (8 classes; 1 week TBD we will not meet)

Learn to relate to relate to yourself and others with more kindness, clarity and effectiveness. Navigate challenging conversations with more ease and care, creating closeness rather than alienation. Cultivate warmth and aliveness in the relationships that matter most to you. This series of 8 weekly class sessions will provide an a foundational understanding of the basics of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), also known as "Compassionate Communication" or "Collaborative Communication."

Fri, Feb 23, 2018 -
Sun, Feb 25, 2018

Friday 1 PM- 8 PM; Sat/Sun 11 AM-6 PM
Life Transitions: Rediscovering the Spark Within (Kathleen Macferran, Mary Mackenzie) (Dayaalu Center)

Life =Change How Is Change Affecting Your LifeRight Now? Career Change ~ Empty Nest ~ Divorce Moving ~ Health Issues ~ Death ~ Dating Menopause ~ Children ~ Elderly Parents Global Events ~ Personal Development DURING THIS nurturing, experiential three-day workshop, you will be challenged to step toward and embrace the life you want! Whether you have changed inside, but the rest of your life has not... or your life has turned upside down and you don’t know which way is up... or you simply see change on the horizon and want to be ready, this workshop will invite you to explore how to find peace amid the chaos

Mon, Feb 26, 2018

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
TAKING THINGS PERSONALLY WORKSHOP (Erin Merrihew) (Northeast Seattle)

The phenomenon of taking things personally is pretty much universal: we all experience it. And, it’s involuntary! We don’t choose to take something personally—it just happens. How do we catch ourselves in the act of taking something personally, and pivot into a healthier response? How do we break the trance of reactivity, and do something intentional instead?

Thu, Mar 22, 2018

6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Communicating to Connect (Liv Monroe) (Olympia, WA)

An introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Join us if you would like to learn the basic intentions of NVC and some immediately usable tools for resolving conflicts, improving relationships, growing personally, and changing society by transforming blame, criticism and violence into mutual understanding and caring.

Fri, Apr 20, 2018 -
Fri, Apr 27, 2018

SIT NVC -Slovenian International Training in Nonviolent Communication 2018 (Kathleen Macferran) (Ars viva hostel in Podcerkev, Slovenia)

Creating Communities of Care, Respect and Strength 7 day residential retreat for beginners and advanced practitioners of in NVC – Nonviolent Communication 20. – 27. April, 2018 – Slovenia Facilitator and Trainer: Kathleen Macferran, Certified trainer with the CNVC Event organisers and supporting trainers: Javor Škerlj Vogelnik and Dmitriy Kopina, both in the process of certification with the CNVC We would like to welcome you to this special retreat which we designed for people new to Nonviolent Communication as well as for advanced practitioners and trainers in the process of certification, who wish to deepen their already abundant skills and experiences with the Language of Life. You might wish to join this retreat if you are interested in achieving better understanding, cooperation, efficiency or mutual respect in communication and if you want to learn how to resolve conflicts in constructive ways. The process work will be facilitated by Kathleen Macferran who has abundant experience in holding spaces for learners of all levels participating in the same room and everyone getting learning. Participants who are new to NVC will also have additional support from supporting trainers Dmitriy and Javor. Please feel most welcome even if you have no experiences with Nonviolent communication whatsoever. Our group diversity will bring additional aliveness into the focused learning process and invite direct application of the teachings.

Tue, May 15, 2018

6:45 PM - 9:00 PM

A complete introduction to Nonviolent Communication. Join us if you would like some immediately usable tools for resolving conflicts, reducing criticism, defensiveness, blame, shame, misunderstanding and violence, and for increasing respect and hope in your everyday life and in the world.


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