Our intention for this retreat is to immerse ourselves in the practice of compassionately embracing and transforming our thinking whilst living NVC together with others who are committed to the practice.
We don’t have to be masters or even “good” at NVC. We don’t have to speak in a particular way or be fully practised in empathic listening. Anyone who has learned the basic steps of NVC can come and join in and have a go at showing up with as much compassion for us all doing our best.
I, Penny, will hold and facilitate the space and help us create the container for a safe space to practice together. All sorts of feelings can show up. They are all welcome. I have many years of experience in holding spaces for people in this way and the almost unanimous conclusion by the end of them is people’s faith in humanity is restored and, by the end, people generally feel relieved of some of the weight they were carrying alone.
Alex will bring his years of practicing NVC into the mix too and I am delighted to be working alongside him for the first time. He brings a willingness to be honest and vulnerability… I love having male role-models for this in a society where male vulnerability is often seen as a weakness, rather than the strength it is.
Each day, we will create what we want to do together. From experience, this will almost inevitably include group time where we have the opportunity to share deeply together - or witness others doing so if we are not ready to do so ourself. We will also build in times for walking, reflecting or being creative. There will almost certainly be emergent teaching moments though none are planned!
What does it look and feel like to live from an NVC consciousness? Do we need to give up our truth in the name of being ‘nice’? Do we have to abandon ourself in order to be ‘nonviolent’ to others?
These are some of the questions you could explore...
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