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Mitch Miyagawa

Language of Report: 
English
Year of Report: 
2014
Share My Report With: 
General Public (Including Certified Trainers and Certification Candidates)
A. Approximately how many training days did you have this year?: 
32
B. Briefly list the groups and organizations you worked with this year as a trainer.: 
All my work in 2014 was offered to the general public, not to specific groups
C. Approximately how many people did you offer NVC training to this year?: 
190
D. What are you celebrating about your training experiences this year? What was significant for you? What touched your heart?: 
I'm celebrating my emergence as a facilitator and trainer. 2014 was a year of stepping into leadership. When Penny Wassman asked me to start offering workshops on my own (which touched me deeply), I had a "deep breath" moment, followed by a big yes. I began this before I finished my certification process. I'm celebrating the ways that I come forward, and bring full presence to groups.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
I dealt with some strong "Am I enough?" stuff coming up before leading workshops. Am I enough to really help people? Do I have enough material? Will I know how to handle difficult situations, intense emotions? This sometimes led to sleeplessness. I handled it mostly by just accepting that it was there! And finding ways to be vulnerable about it. I also practiced going with conflict and intense emotion within the group, rather than trying to divert away from it. I had many moments of being "in the heat", and found ways to physically and emotionally stay present.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
I connect the principles of NVC to our interconnectedness, to the deep mystery that we choose to label "needs", and to the power of paradox.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
- inspire others to transform their lives and their relation to social structures, in workshops and writing - support individuals and groups who are drawn to speak, think and act more consciously and compassionately, through workshops, retreats, 1-on-1 support, and community work - contribute to systemic change by helping individuals and groups have understanding (even compassion) for the systems they live in, while still using their power to create the world they want - support an exciting, diverse, and welcoming empathy movement around the world, through contributing my energy to local and global NVC communities I see all of these as in line with the mission and vision of CNVC. I seek a balance between individual transformation, on "non-cooperation" with life-alienating systems, and constructive building of new systems and relationships.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
- I participated in Synanim process as part of CNVC New Future process. - I started and energized 2 practice groups - I created an on-going support and learning circle online with participants at my 7-day Haven workshop - I supported Penny Wassman in her assessment work
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
- Supporting others in leadership - Showing up in present moment, without plan - Stepping into greater vulnerability - Creating more "living" experiments - Reaching out to wider community
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year,┬áplease share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
My collaboration with my wife Angela on several workshops, where we blended being life partners, parents, and collaborators, was rich, challenging, rewarding - and healing. We find ways to bring the full complexity of our relationship to service to others. My collaboration with Aya Caspi during the 7-day Haven retreat, and later on a teleseminar, was the start of what I hope is a long-term partnership. It was sweet to find the different things we brought to the collaboration, and I learned a lot from her clear insight and giving heart. My ongoing mentorship with Penny Wassman continues to buoy me and fill me with support and appreciation for how she guided me into this work.
N. Is there anything else you would enjoy sharing with the CNVC network?: 
Just celebrating my first year as part of this network and movement. Hooray!
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