Do you shy away from conflict, or do you find yourself embroiled in the same conflicts over and over?

Do you want to make sure that you understand your motivations and the motivations of others when conflict arises?

Do you wish you had more resources to help deal with the deep divisions in society?

Join people from all over the world to experience how Empathic  Communication and Focusing can make conflict resolution flexible, relevant and authentic.

What participants are saying:

“Thank you for your graceful and even playful way of facilitating this course. I’m grateful for this opportunity to learn and express my feelings, needs and understandings.”–Michele Gomes, Seattle, USA

“Thanks a lot for this wonderful training course that had a great impact in my life.”–Marien Bemi-Ngbali,  Turkey

“The well-designed structure of each class with the co-creation of teacher and students makes the course really enjoyable!” Lindsay Chang, Taiwan

Connecting: Connect to the class on your computer or smartphone via Zoom, a free video conference service. We will be able to see and hear each other. All you need is a strong, stable internet connection and a quiet place to connect from. The link to Zoom and class materials will be sent when you sign up.

Class dates: Tuesdays, September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 26, 23, and 30, with partnership practice sessions in between.

Class times:
7 p.m. US Eastern.
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Facilitator Beatrice Blake: I’ve been a Certified Focusing Trainer since 2000. I originally studied Focusing with Robert Lee, Joan Klagsbrun and Neil Friedman and went on to study Thinking at the Edge with its founder, Dr. Eugene Gendlin, and with Kye Nelson, Nada Lou and Evelyn Fendler Lee.

Peggy Smith was my first Nonviolent Communication teacher 2006. When I arrived in El Salvador in 2007, people were more attracted to NVC than Focusing, so I have used it as a doorway to teaching Focusing for the last 11 years.

The combination of these two practices has given me confidence in dealing with conflict in my personal life. I love hearing examples of how it the class heals and smooths the lives of my students. Empathic Communication is based on Nonviolent Communication, a theory developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD. NVC teaches that all human beings have needs, and that our needs are beautiful because they motivate us to live fully. Anger, sadness and distress arise when our needs are unmet. NVC teaches us to identify our needs and to express them clearly to others. NVC can be deepened and enhanced by getting the felt sense of situations, as we do in Focusing.

Each session will help you understand the theory of Nonviolent Communication and then a practice session combining it with Focusing. There will be opportunities to share your experiences and learn from the experiences of others.

Cost: US$175 for seven 2-hour sessions, payable by PayPal. If you’d prefer to pay by check, or if you have any questions, please fill out the contact form below and I’ll get back to you.