Do you like yourself? Are you reliably kind to yourself? How we relate to ourselves is the foundation of our well-being.
In this workshop, we will look at the why and how of being radically gentle with and kind to ourselves -- being a loving companion to ourselves. We'll explore and practice this way of relating to ourselves.
We will explore, conceptually and experientially, some key ideas that affect how we relate to ourselves. Ideas likely to be touched on include:
- Connecting to the longings that bring us alive
- Relating to unmet needs in ways that carry life forward
- Distinguishing deficiency & lack from mere absence of what we want
- Seeing the beauty in aspects of our behavior we find hard to like
- Contributing to peace and understanding between conflicting parts of our selves
- Self-compassion and self-empowerment
Who This is For
Participants ideally will have had some prior experience with Nonviolent Communication (NVC), also known as Compassionate Communication. If NVC is new to you, please plan to prepare yourself by participating in Friday evening's workshop "A Taste of Nonviolent Communication."
- A Taste of Nonviolent Communication, Friday April 26, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
- Transforming Your Relationships with Others, Sunday April 28, 10 am - 5:30 pm
Register for this and Bob's other workshops that weekend by filling out the Registration Form
I once asked myself the question, “Is there a single key that could make a difference in addressing all the world’s problems?” It seemed to me that if we could find ways to more reliably partner to work together, instead of battling or working at cross-purposes, then this could make all the difference. To me, NVC offers some critical pieces of the puzzle, concerning how we can be together in more satisfying ways. NVC powerfully contributes to making new things possible intra-personally (in how we relate to ourselves), interpersonally (between people), and potentially on larger scales (systemically, institutionally and politically). I am interesting in supporting the application of NVC at all these levels. I’m also interested in integrating NVC with additional knowledge, about individual thriving (especially in the face of trauma) and organizational functioning (including consciousness about use of power).
I am a CNVC Certified Trainer, and have led workshops around the world. In addition to leading workshops, I offer private sessions, coaching and mediation for individuals and couples—for learning, healing, and creating inner and outer peace. For groups and institutions, I offer facilitation and coaching to support increased effectiveness and alignment with aspirational values.
I co-founded Family Heart Camp, a collection of NVC family camps held each year around the US. I served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Nonviolent Communication. I have a Ph.D. in Applied Physics.