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Training Details

Living in a Blame-Free State


All Levels


General NVC


In Person




Beausoleil, Francois
Bowers, Irene

Date and Time

Sat, Jan 26, 2019 to Sun, Jan 27, 2019 — [Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days] — Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)


[exact location in Ann Arbor TBD]
Ann Arbor, Michigan
United States


Discover how to live a fully-resourced, fulfilling life by stepping out of the blame-game and into authenticity, power, understanding, and possibility.

In this 2-day intensive, you will learn how to shift out of blame by learning skills, tools, and mindsets for blame-free living. This opens the door to an empowering paradigm of authenticity, balance and powerful collaboration, a more productive and fulfilling life.

Also, you will discover how to transform your mental framework – your paradigm – which guides your thoughts, decisions, and attitudes. During the training, you’ll learn how to shift to a blame-free state, that frees you to experience more power and possibility to create the relationships and results you really want.

The training offers:
   • An introduction to the powerful modality of Nonviolent Communication (NVC).
   • An empowering guide map to transforming blame and self-blame into freedom and understanding.
   • Keys to uncovering unconscious blame and the powerful work of dissolving enemy images.
   • A clear understanding of the price we pay with blame – on our health and well-being, and the cost to our relationships.
   • How to discover what we are really wanting when we choose to blame, and what we can do instead that will be more satisfying.

    The training begins by addressing the compelling reasons to address blame in our lives, and what we gain by living blame-free.

    On Day 1, each person will have the opportunity to learn to dissolve blame for others by applying the blame-free process to a real-life experience of their choosing.

    On Day 2, participants learn the process of dissolving self-blame. Throughout the training, participants are supported in their learning by demonstrations of the process, small group, and individual work, training assistants and opportunities for question and discussion.

Meet the Trainers:

François Beausoleil, MBA (Quebec, Canada), trains, coaches and supports individuals and organizations throughout Canada, U.S., Mexico, Europe, Costa Rica, Japan and China. In addition to his engaging approaches on how to share the foundations of NVC with others and developing trainers, François brings a strong business and coaching focus to his work.

    With his expertise in business and working with organizations, François supports participants to clarify their vision, articulate what they want to contribute to the world and identify strategies of doing this that are designed to attend to their needs. François is highly skilled at helping participants discover and transcend internal and external barriers so that they can live from a more fully empowered state.

    François' previous career was as a musician with Cirque de Soleil – he brings creativity and music into the rooms and hearts wherever he shares his work. He has an MBA from Sherbrooke University in Quebec and has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2008. In 2014, he wrote the book, The Blame-Free State, and has been helping people move out of blame for others and themselves in several countries since then. Learn more about François here.

Irene Bowers (Avon Lake, OH) has years of experience as writer, editor and communication consultant. With a Communication degree from Purdue University, Irene began her career writing and editing for consumer and trade publications, later working as a communication consultant in an international management consulting firm. In this role, she developed complex communication and training projects.

    In 2004, Irene discovered NVC and began integrating and sharing it, and is pursuing Trainer Certification through the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Irene is a member of the Oberlin College Center for Dialogue which provides mediation and facilitation to the College and community. She taught a popular full-semester NVC class at Oberlin and continues to offer workshops by request for student groups and departments at the College.

Who is it for

Everyone is welcome -- no prior experience necessary, although this program will be relevant for both newcomers and experienced practitioners of Nonviolent Communication.


  • Reach a clear understanding of the cost of blame on our health and overall well-being.
  • Insights on what's possible when we move out of blame
  • A framing on blame coming from the nonviolence movement and Nonviolent Communication
  • A comprehensive map of how to transform blame towards others, self or situations.

Registration Investment

EARLYBIRD: $225/person (by Jan. 15, 2019)
STANDARD: $275/person (after Jan. 15)

MULTIPLE PERSON DISCOUNT: (can be combined with early bird discount)
• 2 people register together - both save 10%
• 3+ people register together - everyone saves 15%

Registration, payment and deposit info.

If you have questions about registration, payments or other logistics, email Jeff Brown at If you have questions about the program or content, email François Beausoleil at


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Download a free copy of François book, "The Blame-Free State"

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