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Shantigarbha

Language of Report: 
English
Year of Report: 
2009
Share My Report With: 
General Public (Including Certified Trainers and Certification Candidates)
B. Briefly list the groups and organizations you worked with this year as a trainer.: 
Joy Living and Learning Centre, Auroville, India, CCT, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sandhi Institute (Sri Lanka), Aryaloka Buddhist Retreat Center, Newmarket, NH, Irvington Friends Meeting, Indianapolis, Birmingham Buddhist Centre (UK), Great Bay Services, Portsmouth, NH, Khanti Outreach, Concord mens prison, NH, NVC-UK Summer Camp.
C. Approximately how many people did you offer NVC training to this year?: 
250
D. What are you celebrating about your training experiences this year? What was significant for you? What touched your heart?: 
I enjoyed the trainings I did in Auroville and Sri Lanka. I spent the second six months of the year working on a book on empathy, which I have since finished. Yay!!!
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
The main difficulties I encountered were due to tiredness from workshops and travelling. I've tried to ameliorate this in 2010 by spacing out the workshops and leaving rest days after each multi-day workshop. I found the NVC-UK Summer camp exciting, delightful and at times stressful, as it turned out that I was the only person confident to facilitate the community circles, and there was conflict in 1-2 of those circles. I could have done with facilitation support! I handled the stress I felt at times by remaining silent and waiting until I had reconnected with myself, then empathizing with the other person.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
I remind myself of my intention for 'compassionate connection' and share this with others.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
I want to live in a society and a world where people and institutions value the needs of humans and animals to live secure, free from fear and hunger, free to associate with each other, free to express themselves, free to follow the religious/ethical code of their choice and to love and live with the partner of their choice. Not much, really...! I'm applying myself in - training and befriending people who can share NVC in various countries. - reconciliation work in Sri Lanka - working with 'Dalit' Buddhists in India - writing articles and a book on NVC to reach a wider audience
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
In 2009 I continued to help coordinate the NVC-UK network and joined a Peer Circle with Ray Taylor. Ray also helps coordinate the NVC-UK network.
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
I gave out feedback forms at the end of my trainings asking for quantitative scores on a number of criteria and qualitative accounts of needs met and not met (and when). I got the following feedback... General helpfulness of trainer's contribution. Range: 1 (Very dissatisfied) to 10 (Very satisfied). Number of people who filled this in: 51. Average score: 9.08 out of 10. Learning: amended feedback form to include a space for people to draw a picture. Introduced more movement and small groups on the first day of the Foundation/Basic Training.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
In 2009 I attended the Living Energy of Needs training in the UK, which gave me a keener sense of the 'living energy' of needs and Robert Gonzales' compassionate presence.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
I enjoyed the assistance and support of Lucy Ascham, Sejal Chad and Yvonne Greenaway.
N. Is there anything else you would enjoy sharing with the CNVC network?: 
I'd like you to read my book on empathy when it comes out! Love, Shantigarbha
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