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Rodger Sorrow

Language of Report: 
English
Year of Report: 
2013
Share My Report With: 
General Public (Including Certified Trainers and Certification Candidates)
A. Approximately how many training days did you have this year?: 
100
B. Briefly list the groups and organizations you worked with this year as a trainer.: 
Santa Barbara City College's Center for Lifelong Learning Choose Connection Compassionate Leadership Child Development Resource, Inc., Ventura County, Calif NVC Academy The Oaks Parent Child Workshop
C. Approximately how many people did you offer NVC training to this year?: 
1300
D. What are you celebrating about your training experiences this year? What was significant for you? What touched your heart?: 
Private sessions with individuals and couples The diversity of the topics I offer. I co-founded Compassionate Leadership with Jim and Jori Manske and Faye Landley. The work the graduates of Compassionate Leadership 2012 are doing to take NVC forward in the world inspires me. The NVC Conference in Oxnard, CA was attended by over 600 people. This conference completed its sixth year and is the largest NVC gathering on the planet that I know of. I organized and moderated this event. We brought together 15 trainers from around the country combined with local trainers. I loved the collaboration and the Conference if offered in English and Spanish. I'm also celebrating the laughter, humor and play that my partner Anne Walton and I bring to our trainings.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
I continue to struggle with marketing and long for it to be easier for all us who share NVC. I continue to collaborate with others and keep expanding the circle of trainers I work with. I'm venturing into social media and want to create more YouTube videos.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
I teach ‘needs’ as being Source Energy or Life Force and share that Marshall refers to needs as Beloved Divine Energy. I also share that Jackal or judgments support the illusion that there is separation between us and Source Energy in ourselves and in others. NVC is a process that allows us to dissolve the illusion quickly. It helps to remember the Jackal is an expression of Source/need. I believe this Energy is alive, conscious, present, eternal, only wants us to thrive, knows what’s best for us even when we don't, has wisdom and the power to do anything. When we connect with this Energy and trust in It’s wisdom, miracles happen – solutions and strategies emerge that hadn’t been considered before.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
PEACE ON THE PLANET IN MY LIFETIME. Live the process day by day, one conversation at a time. If you read this, please leave a comment below. I long for feedback. Thanks.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
I continue to be part of SoCalNVC and I created and continue to moderate LANVC Yahoo Group (450 members and growing).
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
Not a lot of learning for me from evaluations anymore. The feedback is consistently very positive but not specific enough. I learn more from the live interactions with participants and my own self evaluations of trainings with my partner Anne Walton, certified trainer as well as other trainers I work with. One growing edge I identified is around the need for balance between participants needs for intellectual understanding and experiential learning. At times I find that balance and celebrate and then there are other times when I don't and mourn.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
I mostly want to live NVC more deeply. I want to show up with more authenticity sharing my deepest truth with the greatest compassion possible.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
I create opportunities to work with other trainers and for other trainers to work with each other. I've done this through Compassionate Leadership, the NVC Conference and the NVC Academy.
N. Is there anything else you would enjoy sharing with the CNVC network?: 
I notice this is the latest I've completed my trainer report. I wish it was more fun to write. I wish we had an annual gathering of trainers to share our experiences, deepen connections, support, learn and grow with each other. I would like CNVC to organize, keep the cost down and still make some money doing it. If you read this, please leave a comment. I long for feedback.
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