Kirsten Kristensen

Language of Report: 
English
Year of Report: 
2012
Share My Report With: 
General Public (Including Certified Trainers and Certification Candidates)
A. Approximately how many training days did you have this year?: 
121
B. Briefly list the groups and organizations you worked with this year as a trainer.: 
1- and 2-year groups, family camps, folk high school, public welfare organization, municipality, kindergarten, parents at school, public lecture, church, IIT and India and Sri Lanka
C. Approximately how many people did you offer NVC training to this year?: 
725
D. What are you celebrating about your training experiences this year? What was significant for you? What touched your heart?: 
I was touch by the people I met in India and Sri Lanka. Some people living through very difficult experiences and still eager to support friends and family. Other people having access to wealth and eager to contribute to social change. I continue to feel heartbroken in relation to Indian girls and women being killed in their family. My experience of serving in the Polish IIT was one of great love. I felt so welcome with my offerings, and I was touched by the healing and many connections that grew between Polish and German/Austrian people. I also found delight and learning in offering my first 3 module training in mediation, conflict resolution and restorative dialogs, together with my friend and colleague Carl Plesner.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
I still have something to learn about how to contribute in teams in a way that leads to the team working well together. Especially when I work with people I don’t know beforehand and where I did not choose the people in the team. I found delightful experience in being on IIT team with John Kinyon. My learning (again) is to extend my non-doing, go slowly and be gentle with myself. This year I am taking greater care when saying yes to work in new teams, and more often I find a way to speak my honesty and longing in a way that leads to understanding and connection. I don’t recall having difficulties in relation with participants.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
I bring in more meditation and body work. I enjoy playing with Giraffe Juice, and inviting us to feel the space inside where we can welcome negative feedback as much as positive feedback. “Really we need both. So please, please, please tell me when my actions are not meeting you need, so I can get a new chance with you.”
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
Peace in 17 years. I set the goal of peace in 20 years, a couple of year ago, so I guess there are 17 years left. I am enjoying so many signs of synergy towards Education for Peace. I continue to be passionate about contributing to next generation, working with parents, kindergarten and school to give children the skills to solve their difference peacefully.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
Our association Life-enriching Communication is still growing. We have managed to get to bigger grants from EU and Nordplus where we co-operate with colleagues in other countries. And next year we have funds for producing a film about A Culture of Peace in School. I continue to enjoy the big network of NVC friends. It’s like an international family to me. Especially my many friends in Germany, where I enjoy the blessing of a very sweet and productive relation with Gerhard Rothhaupt. This year I also made several new friends during my visit to India and Sri Lanka.
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
In general I hear that participants are satisfied with my sharing. The big thrill for me is when I am satisfied with myself, and even that happened several times during this year. My learning is to go about my trainings in close contact with what I am passionate about, and to make sure we play, sing, dance and have fun.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
Last year one of my growing edges were learning to speak in front of bigger groups. And I have learned a lot and feel much more confidant now addressing a bigger group – there is still room for improvement. ☺ I often say that I want more recreation time. And still my actions are counter to rest. On way of saying it is that I start a new 3-year project every 3 months.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
I did a quick count of how many trainers I remember having worked with this year, and found more than 30. Wauw I celebrate this richness.
N. Is there anything else you would enjoy sharing with the CNVC network?: 
I feel grateful for all the work done by our board of CNVC.
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