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Trainings: Headlines


Trainings: Summaries

In-Person Trainings

Tue, Mar 26, 2019

3/26/19-4/30/19
Being Peace, Speaking Peace (Janice Eng) (The Workshop Space, Greenwood, Seattle.)

The quality of our lives and of our relationships begins with the quality of our communication and connection to one another. In this experiential 6 week NVC Basics class we will learn tools to speak your truth in ways more likely to be heard, to understand others with more clarity, to build trust and respond with power and compassion when triggered, and to ask for what you want.

Sat, Mar 30, 2019

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Giving and Receiving Feedback. (Pam Orbach) (918 S Horton St, Seattle,98134)

How often have you felt your shoulders tighten, your chest contract and your belly ache when someone offers you feedback? Have you chosen to disconnect from someone, or stay quiet when you know something is not working, but the fear and risk of giving feedback outweighs the positive that could come from offering your wisdom to someone in need of support? If this resonates with your experience, come spend the day with us. I am offering this workshop for Freedom Project, and the community.

Sat, Mar 30, 2019

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
CULTIVATING THRIVING RELATIONSHIPS, TEAMS & COMMUNITIES (Karl Steyaert) (Seattle (Phinney Center))

This lively, hands-on learning event will explore how we can bring vitality to our personal and professional connections. Through a range of activities, we will discover the essential principles and practices that support health and well-being in relationships, teams, and communities of all kinds.

Sun, Apr 14, 2019

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
SACRED BOUNDARY-SETTING: THE ART OF SAYING NO (Erin Merrihew) (Greenlake/Ravenna)

Boundaries are essential to our emotional wellbeing. Yet as important as boundaries are, setting them is neither simple nor easy! 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 a day-long deep dive into sacred boundary-setting!

Wed, Apr 17, 2019

Wednesdays 7-9pm on 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5 & 6/12
ADVANCED COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION 8-WEEK SERIES (Erin Merrihew) (North Seattle)

Embodying and living Compassionate Communication is not always easy, but it can be done—and it is absolutely worth it. It takes a village (or a handful of willing, dedicated people to start), some perseverance, and some practice. Well, lots of practice. And you, dear human, are ready. Together we will dust off our basic Compassionate Communication tools and get tons of hands-on practice applying these tools to real-life situations. We’ll deepen our self-connection, listening and self-expression skills. We’ll support one another to stretch, grow, and stand tall in our authenticity. I can’t wait to have you.

Mon, Apr 22, 2019

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monthly NVC with Kathleen Macferran (Kathleen Macferran) (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.

Sat, May 11, 2019

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Introduction to Restorative Justice and Circle practice (Pam Orbach, Susan Partnow) (St Marks, Capitol Hill, Seattle)

A transformative methodology for community building and conflict resolution using a restorative approach. Restorative Practices support people to step into important and difficult conversations in ways that increase connection and understanding. It provides true community-based solutions, accountability, and transformative change while deepening trust. The training will focus on a methodology of talking circles and a conflict engagement based on Dominic Barter's Restorative Circle model.

Thu, May 16, 2019 -
Sun, May 19, 2019

4:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Empathy as a Way of Being: 4 Transformative Days of Learning to Live a More Compassionate Life with Mary Mackenzie (Kathleen Macferran, Mary Mackenzie) (Cowboy Village Resort in Jackson Hole WY)

Empathy as a Way of Being is a women’s retreat designed to facilitate deep growth and transformation. Using the principles of Nonviolent Communication, meditation, and the work of Eckhart Tolle and Pema Chodron, we will dive into the following topics: ~Healing and Forgiveness ~ Mourning ~ Empathy ~ Self-Empathy ~ Honest Expression~ Through Mary’s leadership and nurturing community, you could: ~Experience a deepening in your empathy process, taking it to the next level. ~Increase self-compassion through self-empathy. ~Find out what prevents you from giving empathy and learn ways to clarify your choices in such moments. ~Enhance your skills for empathic connection. ~Explore street empathy for natural flow in your connections. This retreat is about deepening your ability to embody empathy for others and yourself! It includes several hours each day of personal time for you to rest and rejuvenate through walks, journaling, napping, etc.

Tue, May 21, 2019

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Communication to Connect (Liv Monroe) (Olympia)

An introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC). 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 school, work, family, community and in the world.

Sat, Aug 3, 2019

Arrive August 3rd after 2pm, - Leave August 10th 2 pm
International Vashon Island NVC Family Camp Village 2019 (, Jennifer, Johnny, Marcia, Genevieve, Elana, George, Shawn & Sadie, Anya, Barb & Doug, Guest Trainers, and hopefully Maren/Justin + baby Joon) (Vashon Island)

Family Camp is where fun, connection, support, adventure, learning and transformation come together in a unique immersion training/family vacation experience. Join families and the amazing staff from around the world on our 26-acre family heritage farm with nearby beach access on beautiful Vashon Island, WA.

Virtual/Remote Trainings

Wed, Apr 10, 2019

2nd & 4th Wednesdays April 10 - June 26 (6 calls) 4PM-6PM Pacific Time
NVC Introduction Phone Conference 6 Calls Series April - June (Mair Alight) (Teleconference (Call in by phone))

Learn and practice the simple, practical, learnable, reliable tools of Nonviolent Communication. Profoundly change your ability to listen with curiosity (instead of blame and criticism) and speak with compassion for others while remaining true to yourself. Learn how to receive criticism without loss of self-esteem. Mair will be sharing her "Tips 'N Tricks" and her 5-Point Overview Introduction to NVC (Provided to Print Out) 1 Purpose 2 Choices 3 Modes 4 Components (the "grammar" of NVC) 5 Principles

Wed, Apr 17, 2019

Wednesdays 12-2pm on 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5 and 6/12
ESSENTIALS OF COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION 8-WEEK ONLINE SERIES (Erin Merrihew) (Zoom)

Relationships are the fabric of our lives. We need each other, and we know it. Yet all too often, conflicts get in the way of us achieving what we truly want together. 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?

Wed, Apr 17, 2019

Weds, 5 - 7 pm PST, April 17 - May 22
UNDOING DOMINATION: A 6-Week Online Course (Amanda Blaine, Nicole Bauman, Josh Blaine) (Online (live))

More than ever, people of diverse gender identities are looking for ways to undo the harmful patterns of patriarchy that dominate US American culture. How can those socialized as men demonstrate emotional fluency when they’ve rarely been taught how? How do those socialized as women speak their fullest truth when the dominant paradigm has hardly allowed them to do so? Nonviolent or compassionate communication (NVC) is a simple yet powerful set of tools to equip people of all gender identities to start answering some of these questions. Join us for 12 hours of live, interactive small group instruction and guidance spread across six Wednesday evening sessions.

Tue, Apr 23, 2019

12:30 - 2:30 PM PST Tuesdays, April 23 - June 25
NVC-BASED TRANSFORMATION COMMUNITY (Amanda Blaine) (Online (live))

This live, online, deep learning and practice community has spots for a few new members. Check us out if you have already learned the foundations of Nonviolent Communication and are hungry for a community to support your transformation.

Notes

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    Residential Intensives include overnight accommodations. 
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