Irmtraud Kauschat

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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.: 
Volkshochschule Darmstadt and Kaiserslautern, IIT in Kenya, 9-day retreat with Israelis / Palestinians / Internationals, people in Iceland
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 celebrate that I was able to contribute to the first IIT in Africa to happen. this was and still is very meaningful for me as it supports the spread of NVC in Africa and especially some of our Kenyan trainees to become certified trainers. I also celebrate to have been part of the trainer team of the NVC workshop for Israels /Palestinias and internationals. I also celebrate to have had a reconciliation meeting with the women of the two warring tribes in Kenya (2011 I met with the elders, 2012 I met with the young wariiors). I leanr from them that there has been no killing and cattle raiding between the two communities. Here is a song they created at the end of our 4-day meeting: Let’s embrace peace Poem by women from B. and R. community Created during the meeting from August 24th-27th 2013-09-24 B: We don’t have ethnic background We are united We have lost our husbands Because oft he violence Let’s embrace peace We have had difficulties R: We have lacked economic development In the entire community Our children today don’t have their fathers We are confused about how we are living We do not have a life Let us all reason Let us welcome peace B: This (violence) does not help us Let’s think about that Let us embrace peace Those who were thinking of violence Remove these thoughts out of their heads R: This (violence) does not help us Look at it Let us stop it on our own B: We have suffered to a point of rott We have killed each other But what have we gained? R: Only unity can help us prosper Tribalism gets us back Let’s pray to god our children get education Unity is strength B: Let’s embrace unity We feared each other T Then we got the spring to fetch water And to herd our livestock Let’s now embrace unity
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
During the training in Israel/Palestine I was told that a young women had said during our intorduction that I would only need to wear an uniform and then I could be a guardian in Auschwitz. I was puzzled because I had tried to convey my pain about the Holocaust. I took a deep breath and told the messanger to let her know that I would be willing to listen to her with empathy if she would like me to. He came back telling me she would let me know when she would like to connect with me. During the training a young German men shared his pain about the Holocaust and when I was checking with her again if she would like me to listen to her she told me there was no need any more after she had witnessed the young man's pain. I was really grateful for knowing NVC supporting me with emergency self-empathy and being willing to listen to her.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
by sharing that we are all human beings and share the same needs, or as a Kenyan participant expressed: everybody's blood is red. Stressing on interdependence
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
My social change goals are to contribute to a world where everybody's needs matter and to create power-with structures as a prerequsite for everything else
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
I am a member of different circles: Locally in Darmstadt, on the German-speaking level with D-A-CH, German speaking network, supporting participants in Kenya to create their own network and from 2012 till October 2013 being a member of the CNVC board. I try to support the Kenyan NVC enthusiasts to create a network in Kenya, we created a yahoogroup for certification candidates.
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
the usual feedback I get is that participants feel safe in my trainings, which is an important aspect for me. I am not so sure I got feedback that resulted in new groth and learning. This has happened wore in exchange with my colleagues, my growth develops more in the direction on how to share NVC in a way that people walk away having an idea about the NVC principles, less about the trechnique of the 4 steps.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
to raise funds for projects like the reconcilation between the two warring ttribes in Kenya and the training with Israeli and Palestinans
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
see above I.

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