Focusing and Nonviolent Communication enhance each other

Generating a Culture of Peace

  • Do you shy away from conflict, or do you find yourself embroiled in the same conflicts over and over?
  • Do you get angry at others then blame yourself for being angry?
  • Do you feel you “have to be compassionate” so that you can’t really express yourself with people you disagree with?
  • 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?

If you are dealing with any of these problems, it is helpful to learn how emotions are connected to real human needs that are met or unmet. When our needs are satisfied, we feel calm, motivated and creative. When our needs are not satisfied we feel anger, fear and many other forms of emotional pain.

Our cultural tendency is to blame others for how we feel, then suffer our victimization in silence until we become ill or addicted or explode in anger. Nonviolent Communication empowers us to get to know our own emotions and the beautiful human needs that give rise to them. Any one experience calls forth many feelings and needs. Once we understand our feelings and our needs, we see that there are many ways to meet our needs, and we can take steps to do just that.

Join people from all over the world to experience how Empathic Communication and Focusing can make conflict resolution flexible, relevant and authentic. Each session will combine theory with practice. There will be opportunities to share your experiences and learn from the experiences of others. In each class we will explore how Nonviolent Communication theory can create an atmosphere for entry into the implicit, and how Focusing can deepen NVC.

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.

Prerequisites: None

Dates and times: Sessions can begin at any time. Just mention a time that is convenient for you in the contact form below and I will see if other interested people could meet at that time. The class could be done in person over one or two weekends, or online in seven 2-hour sessions.

Cost: US$175 for a 14-hour class, payable by PayPal or check. For more information please fill out the contact form below and I’ll get back to you. 

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