Rodger Sorrow

Language of Report: 
Year of Report: 
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General Public (Including Certified Trainers and Certification Candidates)
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.: 
Santa Barbara City College Salvation Army - Hospitality House, homeless shelter Choose Connection, my own company TV show Compassionate Connection Compassionate Leadership 2010 Shanti Child Development Resources Ocean Charter School, LAUSD Arcadia Methodist Hospital Ventura Charter School Carpinteria Family School SoCalNVC The Irag Peace and Reconciliation College Tour Oak Grove School, Ojai, CA
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 co-founded Compassionate Leadership with Jim and Jori Manske and Faye Landley. The work the graduates of Compassionate Leadership 2010 are doing to take NVC forward in the world inspires me. A core group of about 10 have launched SoCalNVC (Southern California NVC). They have organized two trainings so far. The second was attended by 75 people. I'm thrilled to contribute to others sharing NVC. The NVC Conference in Santa Barbara was attended by over 220 people. This conference completed its third year and has even more people registered for this year. I organized and moderated this event. We brought together 10 trainers from around the country combined with local trainers. I loved the collaboration.
E. Would you share some difficult experiences you had while training this year and how you handled them?: 
I continue to search for ease with tele-classes. My discomfort arises from my need for connection with participants. I'm so visual and find it hard to get the feedback I want from the audio input of words, tone and volume. I suppose I could speak up about this and make a request. Imagine that! I'm delighted to get something out of writing this report! Yea! If you the reader have any needs met by reading this, I would love to know it. Please leave a comment or email me at rodgersorrow [at] verizon [dot] net
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 get from Jackal back to Source Energy 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, at times knows what’s best for us even more so than we do, 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 each year. Expand this
year’s Compassionate Leadership program. Co-create and offer Compassionate
Leadership 2011 training. This is happening and the program is described on
the website Participant
continue to to be drawn from around the planet. This program supports
participants in creating their vision for social change and the steps they
will take to get there.

J. Please describe your efforts to create, or join, an NVC circle or organization.: 
I'm a founding member and treaurer of the Santa Barbara NVC Team. Vision: The Santa Barbara Regional NVC (SBRNVC) community envisions a world where everyone is meeting their needs compassionately and resolving their conflicts peacefully. Mission: To live, promote, support and teach the use of NVC personally, interpersonally, and in organizations. To strengthen our NVC community through connection, communication and growth. Aims: Provide to our region: NVC trainings and materials. Collaborate with SBCC Adult Ed and other educational organizations on classes and workshops. Scholarships for NVC training. Support for NVC training in schools, prisons and other organizations. Meetings to facilitate connection and collaboration among NVC trainers and supporters. Provide to CNVC and the global NVC community: Scholarships for IITs and other training events. Measurements: Annual review and feedback indicates this group has served its purpose and is going dormant for now. Energy is shifting to the creation of SoCalNVC.
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. The feedback is consistently very positive. I learn more from the live interactions with participants and my own self evaluations of trainings. 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 still avoid conflict more times than I enjoy. Some times I see the opportunity for connection that conflict offers and move towards it. Other times I will move away quietly out of choice and other times in reaction to protect myself.
M. If you found opportunities to work with other trainers this year, please share the most meaningful experiences for you.: 
Yes I have found several opportunities between the Santa Barbara NVC Conference and Compassionate Leadership to work with a lot of trainers. The most meaningful experience for me is working with Jim and Jori Manske in co-creating Compassionate Leadership along with other trainers, our organizer, interns and 30 participants. We have created a community that reflects the world I want to live in, heaven on earth. We support each other is living NVC.
N. Is there anything else you would enjoy sharing with the CNVC network?: 
I celebrate the reopening of the trainer certification program because I value spreading NVC consciousness. I want more companions on this path. Marshall only offered three IITs this year. I celebrate that CNVC has created a team to continue the IITs and I hope this will evolve to include a combination of a few trainers who traveled and local trainers from the area the IIT is being offered.


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I really enjoyed reading the

I really enjoyed reading the section on "spirituality" in your report Rodger. It rings true to my own core.

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