Nonviolent Communication Virtual Exchange Platform

Learn Nonviolent Communication skills from the safety and comfort of your own home.

Starts at 7:30 am GMT Saturday, August 8th 2020 until 3:30 pm GMT Sunday, August 9th 2020
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The course is a fundraiser for CNVC - 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 this amount is too much for your comfort, a smaller donation is welcome. If you have the comfort of accessing more resources than average, please consider increasing your donation.

About

We are happy to invite you to join us for a two-day virtual Nonviolent Communication (NVC) fundraiser for the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), with certified trainers Frank Gaschler (DE), Irmtraud Kauschat (DE), Louise Romain (FR/GB), Magdalena Sendor (PO) and Godfrey Spencer (FR/GB).

The weekend is especially geared to support NVC learning for people living in Africa/Europe UTC -1 to +4 time zones.

If you are motivated and have a desire to integrate the spirit of NVC into all aspects of life, this is the course for you!

Full of NVC activities, each day has individual choices for your level of engagement according to your own learning needs. Beginners are welcome as we have a special beginner track for you!

Equipment required: a webcam, microphone and an internet connection.

Language: English

Course

Through a range of activities, the course is 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.

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.

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.

Topics

Education/parenting: Same needs, different stories. How can we educate this and future generations of children to create new organizations whose goal is to meet human needs—to make life more wonderful for themselves and others? Explore ways of including children’s needs as fully as adults’ needs in making decisions, staying present and engaging fully, even in those most difficult moments of “no”, tantrums, or distance.

Conflict resolution: NVC’s dynamic communication techniques transform potential conflicts into peaceful dialogues. Learn simple tools to defuse arguments and create compassionate connections with family, friends, colleagues and other acquaintances.

Personal growth: Nonviolent Communication is the integration of four things: Consciousness: a set of principles that support living a life of compassion, collaboration, courage, and authenticity; Language: understanding how words contribute to connection or distance; Communication: knowing how to ask for what we want, how to hear others even in disagreement, and how to move toward solutions that work for all; Means of influence: sharing “power with others” rather than using “power over others”

Work place: Asking what the importance is of communication in the workplace might be best answered when we look at what happens when it is missing. The constraint of limited time because of work-related timeframes and deadlines and that people don’t go to work to become emotionally close with their co-workers means that what we are looking for when we apply NVC in a workplace setting, is enough connection so that people can best attend to the reason and purpose for being there: getting the work done.

Social change: From the manner in which we communicate, to the intention we bring to every interaction and the organisation structures we support, social change “begins with me.” Nonviolent Communication can help create an internal culture of peace that will help effect lasting social change.

Language

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.

What you need

All the meetings will take place on Zoom 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. Peace Factory has 9 years of experience offering on-line courses, so you’re in good hands.

You might like to look here to see the proposed schedule.

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! No experience is required to join and we have a special beginners track for 2 days designed just for you!

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 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.

Does this two day training count for the CNVC certification?

Yes. 2 days with 1 or more certified trainers counts towards the number of days of training required to either

  • register as a certification candidate with a CNVC assessor and
  • once registered as a certification candidate, to count towards the total number of days of training to become certified with CNVC.
What is an EIC and a VIC?
  • Normally, the EIC (European Intensive Course) is an 8-day event organised every year by Peace Factory in France, Europe. The VIC is a virtual format of the same course.
  • An experiential workshop for developing fluency in Nonviolent Communication
  • An opportunity to learn and practice Nonviolent Communication with Peace Factory certified trainers
  • A safe environment for personal growth
  • A time to make deep connections
  • A group of people from different cultures working together toward transformed relationships and social systems
What will it be like?

Unpredictable, Informal, Challenging and supportive

How will I learn?
  • By listening to presentations about various aspects of Nonviolent Communication
  • By participating in small groups and through informal practice with other participants
  • By remembering the purpose of Nonviolent Communication
  • By contributing to other participants and receiving their contributions
What is a “Remembering”?

The Remembering Sessions help participants be aware of the purpose underlying NVC. Participants who wish to share may express this remembering with a short exercise, a ceremony, poem, musical selection, a reading, etc. If you would enjoy doing so, please bring materials to contribute to the Remembering Sessions.

The video platform, how does it work?

It’s an easy to use platform and our technical team who are all trained in NVC are here to help you. Technical glitches are a normal part of any virtual course. Rather than panic and blame, they are handled with grace and support.

What is the format and structure?

To provide participants with a choice of learning opportunities VIC’s typically operate in a manner that is similar to the principles of Open Space Technology. For more information about the principles, please look at openspaceworld.org

What payment options do I have?

We request payment in Euros using Eventbrite. You can book a place by registering yourself

Are sessions recorded?

We plan to film and record parts of the sessions at the VIC which do not include a personal or group process. These recording are accessible only by participants for the next 12 months so you can carry on learning from the sessions.

What is the waiting list procedure?

Once the places on the VIC are filled, Peace Factory creates a waiting list. If the VIC is full when you apply (and you will see this information on the registration form), your name is automatically placed on the waiting list in the order received, and your payment is not requested unless/until you are promoted from the waiting list and registered into the VIC. There is no guarantee that a space will open up.

Where can I find more details?

Please check this document for more details

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!

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Learn Nonviolent Communication skills from the safety and comfort of your own home.

Starts at 7:30 am GMT Saturday, August 8th 2020 until 3:30 pm GMT Sunday, August 9th 2020
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