Miki Kashtan

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.: 
In the US: Center for Elder Independence, Oakland, CA Minnesota Custody Dialogue group, Minneapolis, MN Los Angeles Harbor College Life Skills Center, CA Blue Bottle Coffee Company, Oakland, CA American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, CA Social Venture Network, San Francisco, CA Phoenix Coffee, Cleveland, OH Department of Health and Human Services (Federal), San Francisco, CA Canticle Farm, Oakland, CA The Peace Alliance, Washington, DC Outside the US: World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
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?: 
What I am celebrating is not a training event. It’s people learning and changing without being trained. The most memorable experience is a person involved in the MN child custody dialogue project (legislators and advocacy groups working collaboratively to find solutions with my facilitation) that the facilitation has been an attitude altering experience for her; that she used to be one of those people who charge forth with what needs doing regardless of cost, and no longer. This is only an example of a repeated experience. What touched my heart in particular has also been not in training events. It was seeing the people in the community I have started to support, Canticle Farm, and how much they are attempting to transform deep structures and adapt to their values of how they want to live. I am also celebrating reaching many more people through my writing than I could possibly count, probably about 45,000 views for my blog in 2013.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
I was doing a training at Esalen, and I found it challenging to work with a group of people who didn’t necessarily have an understanding of what they were coming to do. I had two opportunities this year to choose to make a decision based on integrity with my values rather than fear of scarcity. One was turning down a potential contract with a company whose product was not aligned with my values even though it would have been a fantastic opportunity for learning and increased sustainability. The other was choosing not to hire someone whose services could potentially support BayNVC in having many more people reached from outside the NVC community, and choosing not to engage with him because his marketing strategies are not aligned with how I want to operate in the world. I felt stronger and more whole both times.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
I have nothing new to say here that’s different from what I said in past years.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
I have nothing new to say here that’s different from what I said in past years regarding vision.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
I neither created nor joined a new circle or organization. I have been part of an ongoing experiment in running an organization – BayNVC – since 2002. In 2013 we continued to evolve our collaborative trainer decision-making and resource allocation processes and structures, and I am satisfied with our success in this area: we are living the principles we share, and I, in particular, am continuing to learn about power, leadership, and collaboration through these experiments, especially as they include working with paid staff.
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
Nothing in 2013 that stands out.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
I am working to create a product that is designed for NVC self-study, and am happy with the challenge of making it meaningful, relevant, inspiring, and not bound by language and form.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
(This question seems like a repetition of an earlier one, and I am providing a bit more here instead of repeating) This year I collaborated three times. Once with Jeff Brown and Francois Beausoleil on a retreat, once with my sister Arnina on a daylong, and once with Wes on a daylong. The work with Jeff and Francois was particularly meaningful because we experienced a few challenges, mostly external to our design and collaboration, and found great ease in attending to them through connection, authentic sharing, and some empathic reflection. I am happy to collaborate with them again. The daylongs with Arnina and with Wes were delightfully uneventful in terms of collaboration.
N. Is there anything else you would enjoy sharing with the CNVC network?: 
Nothing stands out to me.

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