I. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.:
Reading my 2009 evaluations I was struck by two things that people were grateful for: a sense of safety and clarity in the trainings that allowed people to open up and be more intimate. Some quotes from the evaluations: “You don’t see me like a criminal. You see me like a human being. We’re like a little family here now.” “This is the first time I’ve opened up in a long time.” “I myself was really closed off when first arriving in the class but this changed because I heard different ways of approaching everyday situations that I will be having to deal with not only in prison but upon release back into society.”
J. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?:
I continue to focus on bring more of my authenticity to each moment and not framing things according to my social training. I'm learning to slow down and allow myself to settle into the real feelings that are present and then sit with the beauty of the needs.
K. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.:
Freedom Project- Dow Gordon and other Freedom Project staff and volunteers. I love the partnership!
NW Compass--to my beloved colleagues who watch my back and welcome me into the circle over and over again.
NVC Academy- Mary Mackenzie--wow-- a true support in getting NVC into the world as well as a personal friend and support.