Would you like to respond differently to criticism, anger, apathy or general drama from your family members? Want to cultivate relationships where family share more honestly and see you as on their side? Longing for a different quality of connection with your parents, children, siblings, in-laws, or anyone else with whom you an ongoing relationship?
Developing the practical skills for self-connection, listening and expression with family can have a profound impact on the quality of connection experienced with our family. Whether you currently talk all day everyday, a few times a year at holidays and gatherings, or have not been on speaking terms for years, there are tools available within the NVC framework that can shift towards better meeting needs for connection, understanding, belonging and intimacy.
In this workshop we will:
- Learn essential self-empathy tools can provide a significant amount of relief.
- Develop capacity to remain grounded so we can better serve family needs.
- Discover the power of silent empathy for others and practice in a safe environment.
- Practice expressing in ways that can be heard by family, including those who “don’t speak NVC.”
- Take steps towards becoming an advocate for peace and connection, even when others in your family are in conflict.
I have been practicing and sharing Nonviolent Communication (NVC) since 2003 as part of my passion for building stronger relationships, (focusing on, though not limited to, Couples and Parenting,) while developing more integrated and sustainable communities. Teaching NVC has been central to my life since 2010 and I have been working with the Kathleen Macferren, Karl Staeyert, and the rest of the core team on the Trainer Community Certification Path (TCCP). I completed my NVC Trainer Certification with CNVC in 2016.
As a Rose City NVC Teacher Training Program (TTP) participant, I have co-taught NVC classes with Fred Sly, and have facilitated Rose City NVC's Foundations and Integrations Classes and Tuesday night NVC Practice Group for the last 4 plus years. I have taught NVC at Oregon State Penitentiary, Columbia River Correctional Institution, the Reentry Transition Center in Portland, and currently teach at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (for Women). Simultaneously, I have participated in the Trainer Community Certification Path (TCCP) intensives since 2011, and have co-taught NVC classes with LaShelle Lowe-Charde. I also currently offer Individual and Couples Coaching to my greater Portland community.
My personal NVC journey includes many other forms of spiritual work with an emphasis on meditative and body awareness practices. I integrate practices which allow me other avenues to touch the essence of our NVC work. While I believe the words and the form on NVC can help my participants touch into a place of greater compassion and understanding, I also believe that holding a space of compassion and understanding in myself creates ease in adopting the new words (silently and out loud) for my participants. My spiritual outlook related to NVC is to align my daily will in progress towards unconditional love, acceptance, non-judgement, and spaciousness. My vision for an NVC world is that one day most adults will hold this type of unconditional and loving space most of the time supporting each other in the hard times and the development of those still growing so we can be present to more of each moment on this earth.