Human beings are social animals. How we relate to one another affects our ability to survive and thrive. Are you as close to other people as you would like to be? Are there relationships that are more distant, frustrating or combative than you would like? Would you like to have more ease, flow and aliveness in your relationships?
In this workshop, we will explore, conceptually and experientially, some key ideas that affect how we relate to others. Ideas likely to be touched on include:
- Self-responsibility (for interpretations, feelings, needs, actions)
- Interdependence (how we need one another and are affected by one another)
- Seeing others' humanity (transforming "enemy images" and strengthening our "empathic imagination")
- Including others in decisions without giving up self-determination
- Traps in close relationships (submission, expectations, etc.)
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 Relationship with Yourself, Saturday April 27, 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.