Nonviolent Communication 2-day Virtual Course - Fundraiser for CNVC

Starts
Saturday, August 08, 2020
09:30 am
Europe/Paris
Ends
Sunday, August 09, 2020
End Time
5:30 pm
Number of sessions/meetings
2
Format
Online training
Main Topic
General NVC
Short description
The Peace Factory team is happy to offer you a ground-breaking way to engage in learning Nonviolent Communication - a 2 day course, aimed at encouraging and promoting intercultural dialogue and citizenship.
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Fundraiser for CNVC!

with CNVC CERTIFIED TRAINERS

Frank Gaschler (DE), Irmtraud Kauschat (DE), Louise Romain (FR/GB), Magdalena Sendor (PO) and Godfrey Spencer (FR/GB)


Would you like to learn and deepen your Nonviolent Communication (NVC) skills in the safety and comfort of your own home?

The Peace Factory team is happy to offer you a ground-breaking way to engage in learning Nonviolent Communication - a 2 day course, aimed at  encouraging and promoting intercultural dialogue and citizenship. During this course we will discover how NVC enriches and deepens all your relationships,bringing us closer to ourselves and to those around us. This is a practical and enlightening approach to empathic listening and effective self-expression. We will see how we can replace the dehumanising systems in which most of us grew up, allowing us to create better ways to be together, sharing power with each other.

Most of us have been educated from birth to compete, judge, demand and diagnose - to think and communicate in terms of what is “right” and “wrong” with people. Because of this, we probably express our feelings in terms of what another person has “done to us.” We may struggle to understand what we want or need in the moment, and how to effectively ask for what we want without using unhealthy demands, threats or coercion.

At best, thinking and communicating this way can create misunderstanding and frustration, or simply keep us from getting what we want - at home, at work and in our community. It can also keep us from the fulfilling relationships we long for. And still worse, it can lead to anger, depression and even emotional or physical violence.

Most of us have been educated from birth to compete, judge, demand and diagnose - to think and communicate in terms of what is “right” and “wrong” with people. Because of this, we probably express our feelings in terms of what another person has “done to us.” We may struggle to understand what we want or need in the moment, and how to effectively ask for what we want without using unhealthy demands, threats or coercion.

At best, thinking and communicating this way can create misunderstanding and frustration, or simply keep us from getting what we want - at home, at work and in our community. It can also keep us from the fulfilling relationships we long for. And still worse, it can lead to anger, depression and even emotional or physical violence.


Since developing the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process, Marshall Rosenberg’s vision has been to share NVC with people of any gender, ethnicity or background as a much more effective alternative. While very simple, NVC offers a framework to reconnect us to the needs behind our own or another’s behavior, even in the most difficult of interactions. 

This course is obviously about learning and practicing NVC skills with certified trainers and yet it's so much more than this. Full of NVC activities, each day has individual choices for your level of engagement according to your own learning needs. Some of the topics are : 

  • Beginner track
  • Social change
  • Empathy in conflict
  • Education & parenting
  • Empathy in business

We are delighted and passionate about exploring together with you the breadth and depth of Nonviolent Communication, and keen to grow as a community to extend well beyond the 2 days spent together.

Join us the weekend course on 8th and 9th August, especially geared to support NVC learning for people living in Africa/Europe UTC 0 to +4 time zones. Number of places is limitedIf you are motivated and have a desire to integrate the spirit of NVC into all aspects of life, this is the course for you! All  beginners are welcome.

LANGUAGES

English is used as our shared common language during all sessions. No translation is envisaged by the organisers, although our experience is that many bilingual people are happy to jump in when necessary on an ad hoc basis. You can also buy one ticket for two and work side by side with your own interpreter.

If it supports you to know how many other participants are coming from your language area, please get in touch with us

HOW TO ACCESS THE COURSE

Equipment required : a webcam, microphone and an internet connection. It’s that simple! 

All the meetings will take place on Zoom, a video platform which is compatible with Microsoft or Apple. After registering, if you’re new to Zoom, you can access detailed information about how to use it and be supported with technical aspects. 

The virtual exchange platform has been developed by the Peace Factory team, with personal and community spaces, take care spaces, one-to-one empathy sessions, details on the schedule, media library and more… with 9 years of experience offering on-line courses, so you’re in good hands!

COURSE CONTENT

Through a range of activities, the VC aims to expand the reach and scope of technology-enabled people-to-people courses sustained over a period of 2 days. Co-created with you to provide a safe container where everybody taps into the living energy of an emerging community, you can participate, experiment and facilitate learning with experienced trainers, all certified with CNVC, to learn skills which are quickly transferred into daily life, making profound changes to how we live.

With a ratio of about ten people per trainer, the programme structure is rich, with some participants who have NVC skills and awareness well beyond the early levels, whilst others are starting their NVC journey.

The courses are designed to promote the integration and sustainability of work throughout the following year and in addition to the two-day course in August, there is an eight-day course in November , plus an option for small groups to stay in active contact once a fortnight and to enjoy monthly mentoring from one of the trainers.

More details about the main topics: 

  • Beginner track: find out how NVC can help you to improve relations in everyday life.
  • Social change: “I am the change I want to see in the world” meaning how do I want to contribute to a world where everybody’s needs matter, what kept me from getting there, how can I transform it into action, which resources do I need? How can I support the change of structures to life-serving structures, caring for everybody’s needs - like in the education / business / medical / business world, where I am living / working?
  • Empathy in conflict: self-empathy and empathy for the other person(s).
  • Education/parenting: seeing the humanity of our children: same needs, different stories. Explore ways of including children’s needs as fully as adults’ needs in making decisions. Over time, this means being able to stay present and engage fully, even in those most difficult moments of “no”, tantrums, or distance.
  • Business: how listening helps people working in a structure (be it a company, hospital, ...).

Our programme includes deepening awareness of needs, integrating NVC skills, handling conflicts, basics of mediation, personal growth and spiritual aspects of NVC, deep self-empathy, transforming enemy images and the pain of unmet needs, so that we can:

  • explore and identify personal core beliefs and create new cognitive structures that emanate directly from our living needs; reduce the level of pain carried in our systems so that we are able to generate lives of satisfaction and empowerment;
  • honour power-with leadership models like Systemic Consensing[1] and Open Space Technology;
  • shift from scarcity thinking (an inherent part of a domination system) to the consciousness of plenty;
  • study the belief systems of money and practice how resources can flow from a perspective of abundance;
  • move from chronic struggle and “busy-ness” to a sense of flow and ease in our lives.

 YOU CAN FIND THE SCHEDULE HERE.

REQUESTED CONTRIBUTION

Requested donation per person € 50 (or £45 or $57) or a donation of your choice from €1 +

Your contribution towards this two day online course is being donated to CNVC. The fee includes access to the Virtual Exchange Platform. It does not include equipment to join, documentation or your internet connection.

(Note: A donation of €50 or more means you receive a €50 discount to the 8-day Virtual Intensive Course from 13th to 22nd November 2020!) 

If you have the comfort of accessing more resources than average, please consider increasing your donation. If this amount is too much for your comfort, a smaller donation is welcome.

Contribution requests are in Euros, if you would prefer to pay in another currency, including US Dollars, please contact Louise.

ENQUIRIES and REGISTRATION

For more information about the course, please contact Louise at [email protected] 

Significant energy is required to process each application, so please don't register until you're sure of your availability to participate in the course. Places are confirmed on a first-come-first-served basis and the number of places is limited.

If you are interested in applying, please complete this Eventbrite application form  By the time you register, if the course is full you will be informed and added to a waiting list.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

What is Nonviolent Communication? 

Nonviolent communication (NVC) is an approach and a way of living that aims to bring any human being closer to themself and to others around them. Above all, it serves as a compass for creating a life that aligns with our deepest values, moment to moment.
Through a set of tools for listening to our deepest needs and feelings, NVC gives us an opportunity to have effective communication with people around us, and helps us solve conflict in a compassionate and connecting way. In addition, NVC can be used for designing life-supporting communities and systems, in government, business, schools, and more.
NVC was developed by Marshall Rosenberg, an American psychologist, who was the Educational Director of CNVC, the world-wide organisation that brings NVC together on a global basis.

I know nothing about Nonviolent Communication. Can I come?

You’re so welcome! There is no experience required to join and we have a special beginners track designed just for you!

Why do some people attend your courses each year?

Even the more experienced participants don’t find the course repetitive. Course materials are continually evolving, so it’s somewhat different from year to year. Additionally people report that the material is so rich that they hear something different even if a topic is the same! Most important, peer learning is an integral part of our course. Having applied the material in their lives for a year, they enrich and broaden the programme for everybody. They may coach during mediation role-plays, offer empathy and support between training sessions so first-time participants get all the support they could want throughout the course.

My English is not very fluent. Are you sure I can participate? 

We’re confident because most of the team speak English as a second or third language, so it’s simple and slow. But if you’re still not reassured, you might prefer to find an NVC course in your own language here: www.cnvc.org.
 

Can I offer workshops during the course?

Yes, if a trainer is willing to be present with you, otherwise there is plenty of space for you to lead workshops outside the daily schedule.

Learning NVC is very much like learning a new language. And we all know that the best way to become fluent in a new language is to immerse yourself in an environment where others are speaking and learning it too. This is not the kind of training where you can fill up a notebook, put it on the shelf, and call it done. You need to incorporate what you learn into your being. The training is an opportunity for you to learn in a context where you are safe to push yourself, let down your guard a little and try some new things, be present a little longer when you become uncomfortable with conflict, and grow with each incremental step you take. 

Why limit the number of people for the course?

This is not designed as a festival or gathering, it’s a course for skill building, and so the number of people is limited to assure the learning aspects.

I am worried about my privacy. What measures do you take ?

We all want to feel secure and we want everybody to feel secure too.  The virtual exchange platform has been designed by experts with privacy in mind. We are aware that during the course people may share personal information. Our data collection is the bare minimum to conform to European law and our Terms of Invitation (ToI) include a written agreement to withhold from registering any part of the VC and to respect the privacy of everyone’s personal details unless they have written informed consent for another participant.

You can’t find your question?

If you have questions that aren’t included here, you are invited to write to Louise so that this part of the flier gets richer!


[1] For decisions made with all the members of our community, we use Systemic Consensing because of its ease of use.  If this is a new tool for you, it's quick to understand and we support you in participating in making decisions that work for all.