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Kirsten Kristensen

Language of Report: 
English
Year of Report: 
2015
Share My Report With: 
General Public (Including Certified Trainers and Certification Candidates)
A. Approximately how many training days did you have this year?: 
111
B. Briefly list the groups and organizations you worked with this year as a trainer.: 
1- and 2-year groups, Train-The-Trainer, family camps, folk high school, schools, kindergartens, NVC-convention in India, Buddhist Sangha, Victims Foundation, Goethe Institut and open workshops
C. Approximately how many people did you offer NVC training to this year?: 
530
D. What are you celebrating about your training experiences this year? What was significant for you? What touched your heart?: 
This year I was again invited to give open trainings in Norway, and enjoy very much the co-operation with IVK Norge (NVC Norway). I am enjoying the continuation of the several teams I work with in Denmark, UK, Germany, India and Nepal.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
My main challenge is not in relation with participants but rather with colleagues. My humbleness grew this year, when I was faced with disconnection and conflict that I have so far not been able to repair or dissolve. I am very grateful for all the support I have received from several people in this situation. I look forward to the day where we as an international community have established agreements about how we will handle disagreements and conflicts between us. I imagine us having agreed to engage with “a third side". I find it so much more doable to help others with their conflicts than to handle my own.
F. How do you teach the spiritual basis of Nonviolent Communication in your workshops and training programs? : 
I am enjoying how much more I have been able to integrate body, breath and heart in the ways I share NVC. I am experimenting with sensing presence, and find it the most important part of creating connection to self and others.
G. Please describe your social change goals...: 
Peace in 14 years. In 2009 I set the goal of peace in 20 years. I am enjoying so many signs of synergy towards A Culture of Peace in Schools, Education for Peace, and even building infrastructure for peace.
J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
Our association Life-enriching Communication (Livsberigende Kommunikation - LIVKOM) went through a very difficult year in 2015. I resigned from the board in April, tired and frustrated. And in September I came back on board, with new energy and commitment to create the written agreements that would allow us to work with more clarity between us. This transition went on into 2016. I feel sad seeing some people leave the association, and at the same time I have some trust that we can now work in more life-serving ways. This is for me a crucial point: To get enough clarity about our shared vision, mission and aim/purpose, and to live with the result when the way forward, that we are able to find now, is through separation and divorce – for now. The film project “A Culture of Peace in School” was produced in English, and have already more than 10.000 views. More languages are on the way ☺
K. Summarize participants’ evaluations, and how their feedback resulted in new learning or growth for you this past year.: 
My learning is – again – that less is more. In general I get feedback that people are inspired, uplifted, empowered and find deeper connection with self and others.
L. What are your current growing edges or challenges as a trainer that you will be working on in the future?: 
I am quite satisfied with my growth the last year, especially to listen more to my heart and inners voice. And also having more access to speak for my heart – taking it serious that no one else can actually do that, so my heart relies on me using my voice for both of us – heart and me. My current challenge is self-care. Starting the practice of saying no to jobs. This has been coming on the last few years, and now I have actually started to say no – celebrating that.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
Again this year my most meaningful experience comes from our team in India. This year we did not manage to live up to our goal of solving any conflicts between us before we meet for the training. And as is to be expected it had difficult consequences for all of us. So last year’s celebration was this year turned into mourning. My learning is to take our agreement even more serious and stand up for “don’t import conflicts” (see description last year).
N. Is there anything else you would enjoy sharing with the CNVC network?: 
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