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Bridging the Gap: Cultivating Understanding in the Face of Strong Disagreement

  • Are you troubled by the current polarized political climate?
  • Are you stymied about how to relate in a civil way with people who hold views that that are very different than yours?
  • Do you feel hopeless about having your perspective appreciated in such situations?

The purpose of this two day workshop is to strengthen your ability to connect across various differences, including radically divergent political views. At least one day of prior NVC training is a prerequisite for taking part and enrollment will be limited to 12 participants. The workshop will take place on two Saturdays, a month apart, so participants have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in real life situations, report back on those and celebrate and/or mourn needs met and/or unmet.

The workshop will include:

  • An opportunity to share, and receive empathy for, what’s alive in you about the current political scene and how it impacts your life;
  • A review of some basic principles of NVC;
  • Transforming enemy images;
  • Role plays

Pre-registration: is required for this TWO DAY workshop and enrollment will be limited to 12 people.

To register: Please make your check payable to Gary Baran and send it to:

Becky Achten, 3384 Chaucer Way, Eugene, OR 97405.

Please include YOUR NAME, MAILING ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, AND EMAIL ADDRESS and indicate the check is payment for the March 18 and April 15 NVC workshops in Springfield. You will receive a confirmation of your registration by email.

For more information, call Becky at 907-586-6763. or email her at

Sat, Mar 18, 2017 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Check to enter one or more Single Dates, with any start + end times
Training by: 
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CNVC Certified Trainer

I envision a world in which the needs of all people are honored, in which the abundant resources of our planet are both respected and also flow freely so as to reliably meet those needs, and in which people resolve their conflicts peacefully. I strive to live in harmony with the principles of NVC and to offer NVC training to the public and to those organizations and institutions that resonate with those principles. I also provide counseling and consulting services to individuals and groups, and help to contribute to the spread of NVC by serving as a member of the board of directors of the Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication. I have a special affinity with educators, having been a professor of philosophy for 35 years; with parents and mental health professionals, having been a marriage and family therapist for the same length of time--and a co-parent of two for over 25 years; and with those who are responsible for organizational leadership, having served as executive director of the Center for Nonviolent Communication for nearly 8 years. I am also especially eager to contribute to the work of social activists.

$80 ($60 if received by 3-8-17)
Ebbert United Methodist Church
532 C Street

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