Susana Rusch

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A. Approximately how many training days did you have this year?: 
B. Briefly list the groups and organizations you worked with this year as a trainer.: 
Municipality of the city of Utrecht (communication staff), family training in the Czech Republic (28 persons), about 40 kids (age 16-18) in the Kees Boeke School, close to my house. And people who came to my trainings at the People University and to my year training "Living fully"
C. Approximately how many people did you offer NVC training to this year?: 
D. What are you celebrating about your training experiences this year? What was significant for you? What touched your heart?: 
I celebrate a summer training in Rusava, Czech Republic, August 2015. The atmosphere was warm, there were 26 participants, a challenge and change I really like, and I could suddenly apply NVC decision making, which I love. "Susana, every moment of this training, from the first words you said, until the very last minute, has been healing for me", I remember hearing from one of the women. This touched my heart. Her daughter went for a walk with me and practiced expressing herself honestly towards friends of hers. She was a rapid student and grateful for our time together. I had some private time with another participant and coached her a bit, mixing some focussing into it and she was sooo relieved. So many tears. It touches my heart when I can contribute to the lives in just 5 days, by just being myself.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
I was overstressed in October 2015. In this status quo I was standing in front of a group, confused, tired and disconnected. Once I was at home (for 2 months to recover), I needed deep self empathy to deal with the lack of integrity, that comes along with a 'quality' of presence that does not reflect the very model I am sharing. I handled my stress by staying home. And I handled my absence by asking a colleague to take over one NVC course. I also offered alternative dates for other courses (at a later time) and paid back participants that chose to stop. Last but not least I handled this "time out" by taking time to carefully communicate and correspond with all participants.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
Basically I walk my talk. I live NVC. I believe that is a very practical spirituality. Moreover, nowadays I ask participants to check in with their intention: for themselves, for the group, for the country and for the world.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
I am planning to reach more people with NVC. My long range dream is to write a novel (or more) in which NVC is naturally woven. I also think we NVC trainers could do more on the radio, in theatre-shows and on TV. With my talents it does not make any sense that I reach so little people with what I do. My longing is to effortlessly reach more and more people with NVC. So that there will be a significant change...I want to practice my Spanish and give NVC in South America. I picture a movie being filmed on the basis of a NVC novel, with well known actors (so that they would need a thorough training in NVC before filming) after which NVC could have a boost and many more people would like training in NVC. And I want to give more In-Company trainings. On a large scale, like Marie Miyashiro does. Also I picture more and more companies operating the "Laloux" way.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
I am part of 2 Dutch NVC circles. In 2015 I did not put any effort in creating or joining more NVC related circles or organizations. In 2015 we come together as Certified Trainers and also the bigger circle (with both Certified and not Certified trainers). Every time (twice a year) the meeting for Certified Trainers is organized by another couple of trainers. We come together in person. I love meeting my colleagues. We have "open-space" sessions, support each other, share impressions and brainstorm about how to integrate Laloux his model into the future. For now I do not in particular have challenges. Most of all joy. Last but not least I am part of CNVC and following the New Future Process with awe and curiosity. For me the New Future Process releases a lot of energy...and I seem to already feel it.
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
The third meeting (out of ten) I told my participants that I was overstressed and needed rest. After this message I received heart warming reactions, that touched me to tears. Their reactions full of understanding reminded me of how I usually treat participants. This time I felt the impact of my common attitude towards others, in my own system and I felt grateful. And in general I remember what happens in the groups that come back 10 times: the judgments just fall apart and only love and connection stay. As a participant once said: "You know, this woman in the group, if I would meet her on the streek I would walk around her in half a cirle, and now...well...I just love her!"
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
It rarely happens: in front of a group (after a specific kind of trigger) I disconnect with the speed of light, without realizing I'm disconnected, until a few hours later. This happened once in 2015. I am working on this intangible phenomenon.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
I love how Jan Carel van Dorp, Ivana Horakova and I co-create new training formulas and inspire each other with exercises. I cherish the fun and laughter when we prepare, the empathic listening and flow. What is also meaningful to me is the freedom I feel nowadays to offer moments to loosen up, connect and have fun, so that group building happens quickly and spontaneously, like: singing, dancing, meditating, toning, exercises from theatre sports, etc.. In 2015 I cancelled another collaboration at a late stage. Although sad for the way and timing, I feel happy with my decision in itself. My painful honesty was very meaningful for myself.
N. Is there anything else you would enjoy sharing with the CNVC network?: 
I feel curious and full of hope about the New Future Process. A huge thank you to all who put so much energy in that.

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