Anne Walton

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Year of Report: 
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General Public (Including Certified Trainers and Certification Candidates)
A. Approximately how many training days did you have this year?: 
B. Briefly list the groups and organizations you worked with this year as a trainer.: 
Korean Center for Nonviolent Communication, Seoul, Korea Blood and Cancer Research Center, Bakersfield, CA Massage Therapists Assoc, LA, CA Zen Center of LA Spiritual Directions, Calgary, AB Attachment Parenting Group, Edmonton, AB North Star Retreat Center, Edmonton, AB California Institute of the Arts Seaside Church of Religious Science Alcohol & Drug Health Center, Santa Barbara, CA Imagine Center bookstore, Tarzana, CA Southern California NVC Conference Rethink Red Deer, Red Deer, AB Terra Ferma Co housing Community, Ottawa, ON Mountain Drive Community Assoc, Santa Barbara, CA
C. Approximately how many people did you offer NVC training to this year?: 
D. What are you celebrating about your training experiences this year? What was significant for you? What touched your heart?: 
I notice how much more comfortable I feel when I'm sharing NVC. I've grown in confidence about my skill. I'm more able to be present to myself and participants. I feel touched when I hear people share about what a difference NVC makes in their life - bringing them greater connection with self and other significant people in their lives. This is VERY meaningful to me!
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
About 4 weeks after teaching a session in Korea, I received an email from a participant in which she expressed a great deal of pain about her experiences during the training. Some of it was expressed in Giraffe and some in Jackal. I had a really hard time reading it and read it several times over the next few days. I gave myself empathy and received empathy from others several times before I was able to respond to her email. I was able to make guesses about her feelings and needs, I enjoyed what I'd written. That was 15 months ago, I haven't heard back from her and noticed how that I've had a challenging time coming to a place of completion about this. Now, Dec of 2012, I notice I'm able to be more peaceful and accepting of this - what helps me is to imagine the needs that are might be met for her in not responding to my email - perhaps autonomy, closure, healing, freedom and choice. I recognize it as an opportunity for me to send compassion and acceptance to the person without expectation of any action on her part.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
I do this in several ways - I share about needs as life energy flowing thru us, I talk about what I think of as the "layers" of NVC, that is, on the surface, it's a set of communication tools and on a deeper level it's a way of living life more consciously. At any moment we can pay attention to our thinking and noticing if it's in alignment with our values/the life energy flowing thru us.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
I yearn for a planet on which we resolve conflicts in a more harmonious way and where there is more equal distribution of/access to resources to support and sustain life. The primary way i'm working with this is to do my own inner work - bringing more inner peace and more balance to myself.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
This past year, I was part of the organizing team for the NVC conference held in Oxnard, CA in May - this really meets my need for sharing NVC with an increasing # of people. While I was in Seoul, Korea, I participated in staff planning and organizational meetings
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
The feedback I receive from participants is that they value the warmth, authenticity and fun I bring to trainings. Sometimes I've heard a wish from participants for greater clarity in understanding the process so I continually endeavour to describe the process in a more concise and clear manner. I sense that i have grown in this area.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
A major growing edge for me is trusting myself and valuing what I have to offer - I have continued to work with this using NVC tools and now (late 2012) I've begun using Neurophysiology to make some shifts in this old idea of myself and I'm celebrating the results I'm noticing. I'm very committed to my own growth and work with these old beliefs on a daily basis.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
I continue to work with my partner Rodger Sorrow and notice that there's greater ease and flow between us - I have a sense of remaining more connected to myself and empowered when we facilitate together.
N. Is there anything else you would enjoy sharing with the CNVC network?: 
I'm so very grateful for these tools, they make a huge difference both in my inner life and in my relationships with others esp my partner. AND I'm VERY grateful to be able to share this process with others and hear what a difference it makes in their lives!


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teaching the spiritual basis of NVC

Hi Anne, I really love the phrasing you used when describing how you teach the spiritual aspect of NVC...the phrasing "on the surface" is particularly important to hear. It is just that for me too...the tools just scratch the surface of what lies beneath. Thank you for your report. I like reading trainer reports as a measurement for my own growth. Much love to you and Rodger! carlene
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