Rodger Sorrow

Language of Report: 
Year of Report: 
Share My Report With: 
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.: 
Compassionate Leadership Choose Connection Child Development Resources of Ventura Co. Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education SoCal NVC Cal Arts Los Angeles Zen Center Occupy Lompoc, CA NVC Academy Academy of Healing Arts The Society International
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?: 
Private sessions with individuals and couples Nature, Hiking and Self-Healing course I offer and some new sessions that I offered for the first time: Let's Talk About Sex, Recovering from Reactivity and others. I co-founded Compassionate Leadership with Jim and Jori Manske and Faye Landley. The work the graduates of Compassionate Leadership 2012 are doing to take NVC forward in the world inspires me. We have accepted an applicant from Pakistan and helped raise the funds to have him join us in 2012! The NVC Conference in Oxnard, CA was attended by over 400 people. This conference completed its fifth year and has even more people registered for 2013. I organized and moderated this event. We brought together 15 trainers from around the country combined with local trainers. I loved the collaboration. The Conference if offered in English and Spanish. I'm also celebrating the laughter, humor and play that my partner Anne Walton and I bring to our trainings.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
I continue to struggle with marketing and long for it to be easier for all us who share NVC. I continue to collaborate with others and keep expanding the circle of trainers I work with. I'm venturing into social media and created my first YouTube videos.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
I teach ‘needs’ as being Source Energy or Life Force and share that Marshall refers to needs as Beloved Divine Energy. I also share that Jackal or judgments support the illusion that there is separation between us and Source Energy in ourselves and in others. NVC is a process that allows us to dissolve the illusion quickly. It helps to remember the Jackal is an expression of Source/need. I believe this Energy is alive, conscious, present, eternal, only wants us to thrive, knows what’s best for us even when we don't, has wisdom and the power to do anything. When we connect with this Energy and trust in It’s wisdom, miracles happen – solutions and strategies emerge that hadn’t been considered before.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
PEACE ON THE PLANET IN MY LIFETIME Live the process each year. Expand this year’s Compassionate Leadership program. Co-create and offer Compassionate Leadership 2012 training. This is happening and the program is described on the website Participants continue to to be drawn from around the planet. This program supports participants in creating their vision for social change and the steps they will take to get there.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
I continue to be part of SoCalNVC and I created and continue to own/moderate LANVC Yahoo Group.
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
Not a lot of learning for me from evaluations anymore. The feedback is consistently very positive but not specific enough. I learn more from the live interactions with participants and my own self evaluations of trainings with my partner Anne Walton. One growing edge I identified is around the need for balance between participants needs for intellectual understanding and experiential learning. At times I find that balance and celebrate and then there are other times when I don't and mourn.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
I want to improve my distance learning courses, how to increase connection and community on large conference calls. I want more skill at the technical part. I want to transition into video conference systems and webinars.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
Yes I have found several opportunities between the NVC Conference and Compassionate Leadership to work with a lot of trainers. The most meaningful experience for me is working with Jim and Jori Manske in co-creating Compassionate Leadership along with other trainers, our organizer, interns and 30 participants. We have created a community that reflects the world I want to live in, heaven on earth. We support each other is living NVC. The NVC Conference completed its fifth year with about 400 people attending. We brought together 15 trainers from around the country and the connections were beautiful to watch emerge as the community thrived.
N. Is there anything else you would enjoy sharing with the CNVC network?: 
I hope we create a huge celebration of Marshall's life work soon!


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Thanks, Rodger. I really

Thanks, Rodger. I really appreciate your sharing this report with everyone. It is inspiring to read of your efforts and what is in your heart. Warmly, Pan

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