NVC FOUNDATION TRAINING
What is Nonviolent Communication?
NVC, also known as and Empathic or Compassionate Communication, is a practical and learnable process for relating to ourselves and others with understanding and empathy. It is about much more than simply the words we use.
Here Marshall Rosenberg, the person who developed NVC, explains the purpose of NVC in 5 mins
What skills can you develop?
Speaking: confidence to have difficult conversations that may otherwise be avoided or end badly; clarity about what you’d like and how to ask in a way you’re likely to be heard; creativity in finding solutions that are satisfying to everyone; giving supportive feedback; being honest without hurting or offending
Empathic listening: capacity to fully take in another’s experience, especially when they are in emotional, physical or mental pain; hearing the needs behind another’s judgments; staying grounded and open even when under attack; hearing what someone is saying ‘yes’ to, even when they express a ‘no’
Self empathy: awareness of the needs and values fuelling your feelings in each moment; finding a way back to aliveness when jaded; transforming anger, guilt and shame into life-serving wishes; staying with your experience without judgment and with empathy; getting creative about fulfilling both your smallest hopes and wildest dreams
Cath Burke, certified as an NVC trainer in 2014. Cath runs three NVC deepening groups in London and NVC Intermediate trainings and retreats, sometimes including conscious dance. More about her here: http://www.empathymatters.net/about-cath.html
Ways of working:
You will be invited to work with your own examples of difficult conversations, interactions and feelings in a safe way by doing sharing and listening activities in pairs and small groups and sometimes reflecting individually.